Xmarks Blog » End of the Road for Xmarks

This sucks. I’ve been a huge fan of Xmarks (and Foxmarks, as they used to be called) since they came out. I’m using them currently to sync bookmarks between Firefox and Chrome, and now I’ll be stuck with the built-in sync. =P

As I write this, it’s a typical Sunday here at Xmarks. The synchronization service continues operating quietly, the servers chugging along syncing browser data for our 2 million users across their 5 million desktops. The day isn’t over yet, but we’re on track to add just under 3000 new accounts today.

Tomorrow, however, will hardly be anything but typical, for tomorrow one of our engineers will start a script that will email each of our users to notify them that we’ll be ceasing operations in around 90 days.

(via Xmarks Blog » End of the Road for Xmarks.)

Mind = Blown.


IE9 Beta - Acid3 Score: 95%
IE9 Beta - Acid3 Score: 95%
Firefox 3.6 - Acid3 Score: 94%
Firefox 3.6 - Acid3 Score: 94%

Internet Explorer beat Firefox on the Acid3 test? I think it must be a cold day in hell. 😉

(IE9 is actually pretty badass; I’m very impressed with the work Microsoft has done to step it up in this release. Feels like an actual competitor to Chrome/Firefox, not a ball and chain like previous IE releases.)

Visual Studio Incremental Search (Type-Ahead Find)

This is just awesome – with Ctrl+I, you can perform a type-ahead search within Visual Studio, just like Firefox!

Again, my buddy Sairama to the rescue. Just when I think I’ve pretty much got VS.NET down solid (only being use it since Pre-Beta days, right?) I’m thrown a curve ball called incremental search. I guess I just assumed that a feature that was so cool in so many other editors would never make it into VS.NET. Silly me.

So, lest I be the most ignorant, fire up Visual Studio.NET, get some code in there, hit Ctrl-I and start typing. After you’ve found something, use F3 to Find Next. In the words of Chris Sells – It’s pure sex.

via Scott Hanselman’s Computer Zen – My ignorance proceeds me: Visual Studio.NET Incremental Search.

Lifehacker: Shelf Web Pages Instantly (and Get Back to Work) with ReadItLater

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Yeah, I could really use this app. I’ve just been bookmarking links to my Bookmarks Bar in Firefox, then using Foxmarks to synchronize them to my home computer.

BTW, Foxmarks is teh awesome. You should really check it out.

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Surely you come across web pages during the workday that are completely unrelated to actual work, but that you’d love to save for later—and the previously mentioned (and award winning) Firefox extension ReadItLater does just that really well. Once ReadItLater is part of your everyday workflow, it’s super-easy to park long articles or interesting tidbits you want to look at over lunch or at home in a “staging area” that’s available as an RSS feed, in your regular bookmarks, and even on other computers. ReadItLater may appear unnecessary to power bookmarkers who keep a “later” folder or tag, but on closer inspection it does offer features that make hitting the snooze button on a link much easier.

The Killer Feature: One-click Park

Without ReadItLater, to save a web page in your bookmarks in a “read it later” folder or tag, it takes a couple of steps. (Even with Firefox 3’s one-click bookmarking, you still have to tag or file the link.) With ReadItLater installed, Firefox gets a checkbox in the address bar next to the regular bookmark star icon. Click on that checkbox to automatically add the current web page to your ReadItLater list in one click. That’s it. Now you can get back to work.

(continued at lifehacker.com)

How to Live: 25 Useful scripts for Flickr users

Following up the post on 10 Really Useful Flickr Greasemonkey Userscripts from the other day is this great article from howtoliveonline.com that lists 25 great Greasemonkey scripts for Flickr users:

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Flickr is a nice, popular online photo sharing tool. Here is a collection of tools and scripts that will enhance your flickr experience.
Enjoy these collection and feel free to suggest any useful script or additional tool that I might have missed.

Scripts to enhance Flickr browsing experience:

Tip: To install these scripts, you must get Firefox browser and Greasemonkey extension [Read a 30 sec description on GM]. Once you install the Greasemonkey, you will see a smiling monkey icon on the right-bottom corner of your browser. These scripts need to be automatically installed when you select install option.

(continue reading at 25 Useful scripts for Flickr users)

dPS: 10 Really Useful Flickr Greasemonkey Userscripts

All of these are excellent scripts, and many of them are available in the Better Flickr extension from Gina Trapani at Lifehacker, but my favorite by far is the Flickr Follow Comments plugin which makes that atrocity of a page into something sane and manageable.

Flickr, are you listening? The “Comments You’ve Made” page sucks hard. (Otherwise, I love Flickr to death, and everything else is somewhere in the range of pretty good to awesome.) 🙂

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This post on Useful Flickr Userscripts has been submitted by Martin Gommel. You can see his work at his is a Flickr account and his blog KWERFELDEIN.

Userscripts are add-ons for the Firefox web browser, which dynamically enhance the communication and visualization of certain websites.

To be able to use these scripts you need to have installed greasemonkey on Firefox – this enables and manages the userscripts. If you have greasemonkey in Firefox you can install and use these userscripts instantly.

(via 10 Really Useful Flickr Greasemonkey Userscripts)

Lifehacker Code: Better Flickr Extension

I’ve been using this extension for about a week now, and I can definitely say it’s been a big help to me in my flickr usage lately!

There are a ton of features that it includes, you can find out about all of them at the Lifehacker site linked below.

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Everyone’s favorite photo-sharing web application, Flickr, has had tons of ancillary applications and user scripts developed for it to tweak, mod and add to its functionality. Dozens of Greasemonkey user scripts have popped up that make Flickr better; so in the spirit of Better Gmail I’ve rolled a few of my favorites into a new Firefox extension called Better Flickr. After the jump, check out Better Flickr’s features and grab the download.

Better Flickr Firefox extension

Version: 0.3
Updated: July 1, 2008
Released: May 29, 2007
Compiled by: Gina Trapani, using Greasemonkey scripts by several authors, compiled using a modified version of Anthony Lieuallen’s Greasemonkey Compiler.

(via Upgrade Flickr with the Better Flickr Firefox extension)

JIRA: Linking to local file under Firefox

Very helpful article from Atlassian…

Wiki markup allows you to links to files on the network / server with the format:

[file:///c:/temp/foo.txt]

This works fine under Internet Explorer, but Firefox and Mozilla block links to local files for security purposes. If you are happy with the risk of linking to local content, you can override the security policy and also enable linking in Firefox

The instructions for this can be found at http://kb.mozillazine.org/Links_to_local_pages_don’t_work and you may also want to check out the other network preferences.

Please note that you need to use full URL syntax for your link (from http://kb.mozillazine.org)

You also need to use proper URI syntax for local file references. It is not proper to enter an operating-system-specific path, such as c:\subdir\file.ext without converting it to a URI, which in this case would be file:///c:/subdir/file.ext. In general, a file path is converted to a URI by adding the scheme identifier file:, then three forward slashes (representing an empty authority or host segment), then the path with all backslashes converted to forward slashes.

(via confluence.atlassian.com)

Flickr: Firefox 3 is now Color Managed

This post to the Canon EF 28-135 IS group on Flickr is incredibly helpful:

noeltykay is a group administrator noeltykay Pro User says:

  1. Type about:config in Firefox 3’s address bar and press Return. The configuration settings will appear.
  2. In the Filter field, type gfx. The list of settings will shorten to show just those related to graphics, ie gfx.
  3. If the Value for gfx.color_management.enabled is False, double-click anywhere on that line to toggle the setting to True.
  4. Quit and relaunch Firefox 3 and you’re in business. You can confirm that colour management is working by viewing the photos on this page. If all four quadrants of the first photo are a seamless match, then colour management in your copy of Firefox is up and running.

(thread here: Color Management PSA: Firefox 3 is now Color Managed.)

Update: In case you missed it, here’s the color profile test page:
http://www.color.org/version4html.xalter

Lifehacker: Set Firefox 3 to Launch Gmail for mailto: Links

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Another great post from Lifehacker (of course) about how to set Gmail as your default mail handler in Firefox 3:

In today’s earlier list of five extensions you won’t need in Firefox 3, we said you won’t need any special toolbars, third-party apps, Greasemonkey scripts, or extensions to get Firefox to use webapps to open certain types of links. This means that when you click on an email address that uses the standard mailto: email protocol, Firefox 3 itself can launch Gmail instead of a desktop app. By default, the Firefox RC 1 only comes with Yahoo! Mail as a possible mailto: link handler, which leaves Gmail users out in the cold—unless you know how to set it up by hand. Here’s how to configure Firefox 3 to use Gmail as your default mailto: application handler.

Ready to set up Gmail? Roll up those sleeves.

(via Set Firefox 3 to Launch Gmail for mailto Links)

CyberNotes: Create Your Own Smart Bookmarks in Firefox 3

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I know I’ve deleted this bookmark folder myself a couple times…

Just a few weeks ago we showed you how to quickly restore the default Smart Bookmarks that come with the browser, but did you know that it’s also possible to make your own? Thanks to the new bookmarks backend that Mozilla has implemented it’s actually pretty easy for you to create your own Smart Bookmarks once you understand how they work. An extension will inevitably come along that makes this a no-brainer, but it will take you no time to catch on to manually creating them.

The first thing we’re going to do is show you the steps needed to create a new Smart Bookmark, and then we’re going to give you an overview of the query syntax you’ll want to use to take things up a notch.

(CyberNotes: Create Your Own Smart Bookmarks in Firefox 3 via LifeHacker)

Firefox 3 / Ubuntu 8.04 – Large Fonts Fix

Update: Here’s a list of more tips for Firefox 3 on Linux, including how to make your bookmarks toolbar text smaller, and remove the down arrows from bookmarks folders! Super Awesome Firefox 3 Tips! (Linux)

For those of you seeing strange and unreasonably large font sizes in Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 8.04, try setting the “layout.css.dpi” (via about:config) to 72 or 96. Either of those values should set all fonts to a reasonable size.

Ubuntu Forums, via tumblr.wolffmyren.com

Color Differences

Color Differences

This little experiment was inspired by a photo posted from _Neverletmego_, in which she highlighted the differences in color space between Firefox and Safari on the Macintosh. I was inclined to carry out a similar experiment with three Windows browsers, Safari, Internet Explorer 7, and Firefox. Not surprisingly, Safari has richer and more saturated color (same as on the Mac).

P.S. I’m curious to see how this screenshot looks to users with other browsers than those tested above. =)