Limahuli Garden Pictures

November 10, 2014

Album number two from my honeymoon to Hawaii has been posted. This one features the Limahuli Garden & Preserve, a fantastic tropical garden on the island of Kauai. The entrance fee was a little steep, but in the end the visit was worth it.

Pictures of Kauai

November 8, 2014

I have just posted the first of what I estimate will be 13 (!) photo albums from my honeymoon in Hawaii. While there, my wife and I visited a total of three islands, and we took thousands of photos. Each of the albums I post will feature photos that we both took. This first album, Visit to Kauai, showcases a number of photos from Kauai that didn’t fit into any particular theme. The next five albums will all be themed albums from Kauai. I then have five albums from Maui, and two from the Big Island. Stay tuned for more pictures; we saw lots of cool things while in paradise!

Googlebar Lite 5.0.4

September 20, 2014

I’ve just released a new version of Googlebar Lite, fixing an issue that was introduced in 5.0.3. The up menu wasn’t working properly thanks to an over-zealous edit I made. A big thanks to Richard Johnson for pointing out this error to me.

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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
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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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