Born Geek

NC Zoo Macros

May 31, 2016

I’ve posted some macro photos from a trip to the zoo last fall. I’m woefully behind in my photo posting, but I hope to remedy that in the near future.

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Contact Form Issues?

March 26, 2016

I’ve seen a couple of different reports here that the contact form isn’t working properly. That said, the form seems to work for me in the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and IE. If you have tried to contact me via the form and gotten an error, please leave a comment with this post. I’d love to know what browser you see the issue in, and what the error is. Thanks.

Googlebar Lite Documentation Updates

February 17, 2016

I have updated several of the documentation pages for Googlebar Lite. A number of screenshots have been updated, and the documentation on Googlebar Lite options has been updated to reflect a number of new options that have appeared over the past few releases. If any of the existing documentation isn’t clear, or you feel that a specific topic is missing, let me know.

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Googlebar Lite 5.1.3

February 16, 2016

A new build of Googlebar Lite has been posted, adding a new preference:

  • Added a preference for collapsing search words when Googlebar Lite is placed on the nav-bar toolbar (enabled by default). Disable this preference to get the old search word button behavior.

Securing Born Geek

February 6, 2016

This website now enforces the use of https, thanks to the Let’s Encrypt initiative and the good folks at DreamHost. I initially had a number of problems in getting WordPress to behave, but I found this helpful article that pointed me in the right direction. I believe the bit of magic that helped me was running the wp CLI tool:

wp search-replace --precise --recurse-objects

Things now seem to be working, though if you spot a problem anywhere, let me know.

Googlebar Lite 5.1.2

January 26, 2016

I’ve released a small bug-fix for Googlebar Lite:

  • Fixed a missing entity in all non-English locales
  • Commented out a couple of unused devtool JavaScript module paths preventing compatibility with Firefox 44

Commenting Fixes

January 21, 2016

The commenting system on this site was throwing some nasty errors, as I found out this morning. They were due to an outdated comment spam plugin I was using. I have removed the offending plugin, replacing it with another, so commenting should work once again.

Googlebar Lite 5.1.1

January 19, 2016

Version 5.1.1 of Googlebar Lite is now available at the official Firefox add-ons site. This will be the final release of Googlebar Lite to include new features written by me. From here on out, my plan is to solely fix any problems that crop up, some of which have already surfaced for the upcoming Firefox 44. I do not have plans on porting this toolbar to the new multi-process Firefox that is coming down the pipeline.

If you have new features you want to see added to Googlebar Lite, or if you want to take on the task of making Googlebar Lite compatible with the multi-process builds of Firefox, feel free to submit pull requests at the official GitHub repo. I will happily merge any pull requests that are submitted, as long as they adhere to keeping with the “Lite” aspect of this extension.

It’s been a fun 11 years of development (can you believe it has been that long?!?), and I am grateful to all the many users who have made Googlebar Lite such an outstanding project. Nearly 30,000 people still use this extension every day, which boggles my mind. To think that something I wrote for my own use could be so useful to others is really terrific.

Here is the change log for version 5.1.0 (5.1.1 fixed a regression I inadvertently introduced):

  • Search words are now grouped together under one toolbar button when Googlebar Lite is placed on the nav-bar
  • Googlebar Lite options can now be exported and imported, making it much easier to migrate options from one install to another
  • Keyboard search modifiers (Ctrl+Enter, Shift+Enter, etc.) can now be toggled on or off
  • Keyboard search modifiers (Ctrl+Enter, Shift+Enter, etc.) now have the option of opening in a new tab
  • The basic web search type is now available for each keyboard search modifier
  • The “classic Maps” option has been renamed and now toggles “Lite mode” when performing Google Maps searches
  • Bumped the supported minVersion to 38.0
  • Simplified the extension’s about dialog
  • Removed a few deprecated code paths
  • Removed four locales due to their being very out of date: el-GR, hr-HR, pt-BR, and sk-SK
  • Minor locale updates
  • Googlebar Lite change history has been moved into a Markdown-flavored file at the top of the tree
  • Bug Fix: Removed a hard-coded tooltip, replacing it with the appropriate localized variant

Pasta e Fagioli Recipe

December 28, 2015

This delicious recipe was sent to us by my wife’s grandmother. It’s incredibly tasty!

  • 1 and 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
  • 6 oz onion; chopped
  • 7 oz carrots; slivered (a bag of shredded carrots also works)
  • 7 oz celery; diced
  • 24 oz tomatoes; canned, diced
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can white kidney beans or cannellini beans
  • 44 oz beef stock
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 3/4 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 24 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 4 oz dry pasta ditalini (or any other small pasta)

Saute beef in oil in large 10 qt pot until beef starts to brown. Add onions, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and simmer for about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse beans and add to the pot. Next, add beef stock, oregano, pepper, Tabasco, spaghetti sauce, and pasta. Add chopped parsley. Simmer until celery and carrots are tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Makes 4.5 quarts of soup.

Googlebar Lite and Firefox 43

December 16, 2015

Firefox 43, which was just recently released, now enforces add-on signing. Versions of Googlebar Lite that were distributed via this site were unsigned, meaning that they will be disabled once your version of Firefox updates itself. To fix this problem, simply install the signed version from the official add-ons website. You do not need to uninstall your previous version of Googlebar Lite to do this, and all your settings should be retained.