For those of you who do not know, an IAmA is pretty much a chat somebody does on Reddit where they can be asked about anything at all. Recently, the Mozilla people stepped up and answered a lot of interesting questions and comments about the company, Firefox itself and everything in between. I’d highly suggest you check it out.
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Use the chat feature on Facebook? One thing that it really lacks is a way to keep a history of who you talked to and what was said. Thankfully though, this add-on – Facebook Chat History Manager – will give you a way to simply browse through your previous Facebook chats.
You might not know the name Anthony Lieuallen, but I bet you have heard of Greasemonkey before. It is the Firefox extension that allows you to extend or customize your favorite web sites in a number of different ways.
Anthony is one of the driving forces behind that project, so I thought it would be fun to pick his brain to find out what his part in the project is, and what advice he might have for other hopeful Greasemonkey script writers or Firefox add-on developers.
What all have you done in development for the Firefox Greasemonkey extension?
I’ve definitely lost track of when and how exactly I first learned about Greasemonkey, and when I got involved. Luckily, I can look up enough old records to get a pretty good idea of what the right answer here is.
I first interacted with Greasemonkey as a user. Quickly though I graduated to User Script author. My earliest blog post about a script I authored was in March of 2005. I wrote a few scripts, some quite popular, for a while. By June, Mark Pilgrim contacted me about being included in the “Greasemonkey Hacks” book, essentially a cookbook-like collection of existing User Scripts, with discussion about what they were and how they worked. I was included as a contributor when that book was published.
If you are a user of the Stylish extension, you will love this little tip. I use iGoogle, however I never stay on the page long enough to use the embedded chat they included a while back. However I am happy to say I found a solution.
Install this Stylish user style:
Once doing so, the chat (as you seen in the screenshot above) disappears. To make it work for me, I had to change:
However, once that was done – it worked flawlessly. An easy hack for a very lovable web page. Got to love these Stylish user styles!
It isn’t every day that we get the chance to pick the brain and converse with probably one of the most popular Firefox theme designers (and all around pretty cool guy) TwisterMc. He is best known for the iPox series of themes he has done for Firefox, but also has several other projects worth checking into when you get the time.
To many you are only known as TwisterMc, the brilliant designer that does all those iPox themes for Firefox. Where did the nickname come from?
TwisterMc: I’ve always been fascinated with the weather and especially tornados; even though I’ve never seen one. When it came time to get my own domain, I wanted something that had to do with weather. Since twister was already taken, I added Mc from my last name and came up with TwisterMc.
Where do you draw your inspiration or ideas from when it comes to sitting down and designing a theme from scratch?
TwisterMc: I get inspiration from everything. It could be a web site I came across, cool packaging or just the result of trying a few designs and seeing what I like.
It looks like Meebo’s Firefox extension has gained a lot of popularity and praise since its debut. Mashable is even reporting that “Meebo has already gained 12,000 users in under a week”. If you are familiar with Meebo – the Firefox extension should seem very similar in nature.
Get a sidebar with all of your buddies visible while you’re browsing. Get visual notifications when your friends IM you. Drag and drop links and images from web pages right onto your friends!
Your buddies live in your sidebar and you can login to AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, GTalk, ICQ, and Jabber! The neatest feature I would have to say is the visual notifications letting you know when you get a new message. So does this turn Firefox into an IM client as well as a browser?
What, you didn’t know that Firefox had more than a few branches off from it’s Mozilla base? To keep things simple, we can think of them as cousins (just hope they don’t start kissing). Both the Webrunner and Instantbird projects show a lot of promise and might just be the next big thing for the Mozilla team.
Webrunner – WebRunner is based on a concept called Site Specific Browsers (SSB). The idea behind Webrunner is to make a super light weight browser that is stripped down of all the toolbars, user interface and more so you have a lighter memory footprint and more a a base around the web application you are pointing it at.
Instantbird – This instant messenger client will be Mozilla’s version of Trillian, Pidgin and others that have come before it. That alone should gain it a lot of traction. The basic backbone of the program is up and ready to download right now – but your not yet getting anything other than the ability to say, “I downloaded Instantbird back when it first came out!”. Bring AIM, Yahoo, MSN and others all together the Mozilla way.
I welcome both into the vaguely-related-to Firefox family. From personal use, Instantbird still has a ways to go but Webrunner is looking interesting right now for simple web applications you can’t do without.
Some of the new tools and services out there with the social kink in them have yet to really impress me. One of the few that does the job though and does it well is Me.dium. This service, along side the Firefox extension that comes with it is something I think everybody should try out.
The neat thing about Me.dium is it opens up an entire new world that many might not see behind the web site your visiting. Talking with others that might be on the same web page you are on is a neat experience. Also they give you recommendations of other web pages you should visit based on the one you are at right now too.
Browse with friends or make new ones, the possibilities for the future of this application are endless.
If you get tired of it or you don’t want to use it all the time, just click the browser icon to turn it on and off. The tool lives in your sidebar, so you don’t have to worry about messing up the layout or visual of the current web site you are on either.
There is a world behind each web site you visit, so get to exploring!
I have not yet been bitten by the Twitter bug yet. Personally I think it is a little on the lame side of things. It does seem like it is getting more and more attention these days. So when I stumbled across this post at Mashable I figured I’d give TwitBin a shot.
In case constant SMS Twitter updates weren’t enough, you can now get them in your browser sidebar, using TwitBin. It’s fully functional for Twittering, so you can send and receive messages via this extension to stay forever updated with your Twitter friends.
Want to use the Gabbly chat service in your browser’s sidebar?
Well first, I guess I should tell you what Gabbly is about. It is a free service that allows you to chat in real time with folks that are on the same Web site as you. Now you can get your chat in a new way – via your sidebar in Firefox. I like this a lot better than the default “floating window” that the chat usually comes in.