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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French Toast

May 6, 2014

I’ve been meaning to transcribe this recipe for some time:

  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground cinnamon (optional)

In a shallow bowl beat together eggs, milk, sugar, and salt. Dip bread in egg mixture, coating both sides. Sprinkle cinnamon over the surface of each slice as you cook them.

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Firefox Extension Utilities

April 28, 2014

I have created a GitHub repo storing several Firefox extension utility scripts that I wrote. Here’s the rundown on what this repository contains:

compareLocales.pl
Compares all of the locales it finds against a “master” locale (`en-US` by default) and reports the number of exact duplicate entries for each. This is useful for figuring out which locales have not been updated.
entityToProperty.pl
Converts a given list of locale entities into corresponding properties. Handy for migrating existing entity localizations into a `.properties` file.
removeLocaleEntries.pl
This script removes a given list of entries from all of the locale folders it finds in the current working directory and below. Useful for cleaning up strings that are no longer needed.

Hopefully others will find these scripts to be useful. I hope to add additional scripts to this repository over time.

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Googlebar Lite 4.9.15

April 25, 2014

The latest build of Googlebar Lite restores the resize gripper. I’ll stick with the gripper going forward; apologies for the inconvenience while it was gone.

Toolbar Tutorial Updates: Phase 2

April 19, 2014

I have finished updating the toolbar tutorial here at the site. Chapters 6 through 8 have been polished, and all the appropriate downloads and sample files have been updated as well. Again, if you spot an error with these updates, please let me know.

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Toolbar Tutorial Updates: Phase 1

April 18, 2014

I have started making updates to the toolbar tutorial here on the site. So far, chapters 1 through 5 have been updated. Here’s a brief rundown of what has changed:

  • The downloadable version of the toolbar has been updated (though the GitHub repo has yet to be updated)
  • The maxVersion has been bumped to 99.*
  • Markup for the toolbar (in chapter 3) has been updated in several places
  • An image sheet is now used in the skin for the toolbar, and all the appropriate style changes have been made to support this; see chapter 5 for details
  • A number of links have been updated

As a result of this first phase of the update, chapters 6 through 8 are now out of sync. I hope to finish these updates later this weekend, but it may be early next week before I can get to it. If you spot any errors in these updates, please leave a comment to let me know.

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Googlebar Lite 4.9.14

April 17, 2014

The final build in the 4.x line of Googlebar Lite has just been released. One critical bug has been fixed, and one visual bug has also been squashed:

  • Bug Fix: Search terms should no longer be duplicated when they already exist in the search history
  • Bug Fix: The Googlebar Lite toolbar should now look better when using large icons

Barring any additional show-stopping bugs that crop up, the next release will be 5.0, and will include a giant new feature. Stay tuned!

Googlebar Lite 4.9.13

April 15, 2014

A new version of Googlebar Lite continues the extension update extravaganza going on here at Born Geek. This release should hopefully improve the look and feel of the toolbar in Windows and Linux. If you see any weirdness, open an issue at GitHub or let me know by leaving a comment here. As always, here’s the updates in this release:

  • Improved the look and feel of the search box on Windows and Linux
  • Replaced the custom clear search history confirmation dialog with a built-in one from nsIPromptService
  • Added a couple of extra presets to the search box width option
  • Search box width presets now list their width in pixels
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a minor warning that was appearing in the browser console on startup
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CoLT 2.6.4

April 12, 2014

Another bug-fix release of CoLT is now available. Here’s what I squashed this time around:

  • Removed a few deprecated parameters from various internal functions
  • Bug Fix: CoLT’s menu items were not working properly when only one format was present in the custom formats list
  • Bug Fix: Improved the way migrating from ancient versions of CoLT works (prefs weren’t being fully migrated)
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Toolbar Tutorial Repo

April 9, 2014

I have created a repository at GitHub to host the source files for the toolbar created in the toolbar tutorial. This should hopefully make it a little easier for people to fork the project.

As an aside, I will be updating portions of the tutorial over the coming days and weeks. There are sections of it that are now out of date, and I would like to improve the UI of the toolbar. Updates have already begun (I’ve cleaned up the first two sections), so stay tuned for improvements to this resource.

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