Rainy days and Java always get me down


I've Moved My Blog

It's currently located at http://www.urlinone.com/blog

I should say "I'm moving my blog." It's a pretty painful process.

Pebble has blown up on me, and it's been many months since I've been able to blog reliably. I've lost posts. And now I've got to figure out how to migrate my past blog posts from Pebble to my new destination without all the URLs changing, lest external links become 404 Not Founds.

Why does everything in the 21st century have to be a three-day project???

A couple of weeks ago, I installed Mozilla Firefox, and I've got to say it's an environment in which I became very comfortable very quickly. I've had a few problems with printing, and there are still some kinks to be worked out, but it is overall a very usable browser.

One of the really nice features is the inherent extensibility of the platform. I've installed a couple of very powerful Extensions that make life so much easier. My favorite is Mouse Gestures by Optimoz. If you've ever used a Palm to write in Graffiti, mouse gestures are a very natural way to interface with a computer. Even if you've never used Graffiti, this is not a hard thing to pick up. It's so cool to be able to open links, move from tab to tab, close tabs and windows, and do pretty much everything I want to do with simple mouse movements anywhere in the browser window. It sure beats having to travel across the screen and aim and click on a small area to execute a command. Considering that I probably execute <swag>10,000</swag> little commands a day, reducing the effort in each one adds up to a lot of savings.

Incidentally, if you've been through the extensive search I have to learn how to create Mozilla Extensions, it's almost spooky how hard it is to find the information. I think it's a better kept secret than Area 51. Here is the one and only tutorial I found on all the web! Thanks, RoachFiend! (With a handle like that, you'd better be careful about exposing such carefully guarded government secrets. :)

The interesting thing about Extensions, from what I read in Eric's excellent tutorial, is how simple they are to write. Admittedly, I'm brand new to the whole process, but it looks like the folks at Mozilla really did a nice job of making an already powerful platform easily extensible.