Googlebar Lite 5.0.3

September 16, 2014

I’ve just posted a new version of Googlebar Lite, which fixes a few outstanding bugs:

  • Bug Fix: Simplified logic in the ProgressListener routines that caused search terms to occasionally be removed in some circumstances
  • Bug Fix: The Googlebar Lite toolbar should no longer permanently overflow if it’s placed on the navigation toolbar and search words are enabled
  • Bug Fix: Overflowed search terms should now properly display an icon, indicating their highlighted color
  • Bug Fix: Search word buttons are no longer created when the search word area is hidden

Redirection Woes

September 5, 2014

I recently made a change to this site to remove the ‘www’ from the front of the URL. Well, it turns out this caused a large number of headaches with WordPress (though I think the actual root cause of the problem lies in a custom .htaccess rule set that I wrote). Anyways, I’m going back to the old-school ‘www’ style URL until I have more time to fix it. If you see problems with the site, please let me know.

Reynolda House & Photo Site Updates

August 12, 2014

I’ve just posted a new photo album of a recent trip to Reynolda House in Winston-Salem. This estate, former home to R.J. Reynolds (founder of the R.J. Reynolds tobacco company), is truly astounding. If you’re ever in the area, I recommend it as a day trip.

I have also finally gotten around to rolling out some minor improvements at my photo site. Tall images should be scaled to fit the view-port now, though it’s not perfect (there are still some bugs lurking in the code). I hope to eventually improve this portion of the site, but for now it should prevent having to scroll around to see the whole image. (I’ve backed this change out since I’m not 100% happy with it).

Googlebar Lite 5.0.2

July 27, 2014

I’ve just pushed out version 5.0.2 of Googlebar Lite, which fixes the search suggestion bug that cropped up in Firefox 31. A huge thanks to Nils Maier for opening issue #18 and providing the requisite fix over at GitHub. This is what makes open source so great! :D

Search Suggestions Broken in Firefox 31

July 26, 2014

It looks like Firefox 31 has broken the search suggest feature in Googlebar Lite. Specifically, it looks like mouse events are no longer being registered properly (for reasons I have yet to understand). If you use the keyboard to select suggestions, things work as expected.

I’ve opened issue #17 to track this bug, and will investigate how to fix this. Stay tuned for updates, and my apologies for the problem.

Search Words and the Nav-bar

June 17, 2014

The search word buttons in Googlebar Lite are occasionally a source of frustration for me. With the user interface changes made in Firefox 28+, I’ve heard of an increasing number of users who place Googlebar Lite in the nav-bar (the toolbar that houses the URL field, forward / back buttons, etc.). When search word buttons are enabled, they cause the toolbar to shift around wildly as they appear or disappear. The toolbar can even get into a mode where it completely overflows into a breakout panel, with the only way to restore it being to close Firefox and reopen it!

I’ve been trying to think of ways to improve the way search words are handled when Googlebar Lite appears in the nav-bar. One option I thought of is to use a fixed width search word area. Some words would fit, while all the other overflow into the overflow menu, as they do today. This comes with its own set of problems, however (a bunch of blank space in the toolbar, being one of them). The other solution I’ve thought of, and which I’m currently leaning towards, is to have a dedicated search words menu button that appears in this nav-bar case. Search words would then become children of this menu button. This would make things compact, the size wouldn’t jump around, and the words would still be easily accessible (though it would require one more click).

What do you think of this idea? Are there other ways that search words might be handled in this case? I’m leaning towards implementing the second option above for the next release, but I’m open for other suggestions.

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Googlebar Lite 5.0.1

June 8, 2014

I have just uploaded a minor bug fix for Googlebar Lite. Here’s the change log:

  • Bug Fix: Implemented a workaround to prevent the search site button, up button, and Google Dictionary menu item from getting stuck in the “disabled” state

It appears to me that the underlying problem here is actually a bug in Firefox, but I need to do some more experiments to prove whether that is indeed the case or not. Nevertheless, this fix should correct the issue that people have intermittently been reporting. Let me know if you continue to see issues in this area.

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Outer Banks in May

May 16, 2014

I’ve just posted a new photo album showcasing some sights from the outer banks. My fiancee and I took a trip out there recently and I took my camera along.

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Googlebar Lite 5.0.0

May 9, 2014

The biggest release of Googlebar Lite in a long while is now available, offering Google search suggestions for the first time ever! Here’s the full change log:

  • Google search suggestions are now offered when typing in the Googlebar Lite search box
  • Searches are now performed over secure (https) connections by default
  • Added an option to control the search suggestions feature (suggestions are enabled by default)
  • Added an option to lock the search box width
  • Internal search URLs have been tweaked
  • Improved the efficiency of the window resize event listener
  • Removed the option to enable secure search since it is now enabled by default
  • Changed the minimum width of the search box from 150 to 100 pixels
  • Removed several deprecated strings
  • Removed the nb-NO locale due to it being woefully out of date
  • Bug Fix: The search word overflow button is now hidden properly if it was visible and search words were turned off
  • Bug Fix: The search word container is now resized properly if search words buttons were present and then turned off

As always, let me know if you spot a problem. Lots of code changed in this release, so hopefully I didn’t miss anything obvious.

Googlebar Lite 5 Sneak Peek

May 7, 2014

Can you spot the big new feature in this screen shot of Googlebar Lite 5?

Googlebar Lite Search Suggest

I’m very excited for this release, and I hope to make it available later this week. Stay tuned…

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