Frefox 3: Enable Spell Check in Text Boxes (not just textarea fields)

By default, Firefox 3 will spell check textarea fields (the memo or multiline text fields), but it doesn't check regular text boxes (the single lined variety). Here's how to enable spell check on both the single and multilined text boxes.

1. Open Firefox 3.

2. In the Location Bar, input about:config.

3. Click to get past the warning message that appears.

4. Locate the Preference Name layout.spellcheckDefault.

5. Double-click it and change the value to 2.


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New Blogger Feature : Import and Export Blogs

Blogger has added an Import / Export feature in Blogger that lets you backup your blogger blogs to the local hard drive as an XML file. The import and export features on Blogger give your content a whole new range of portability and freedom, allowing you to create copies of your own blogs as well as import them into other existing ones




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iGoogle Gets a New Look

Google will start rolling out the new version of iGoogle this month, with a full roll-out in July, integrating chat like Gmail, a sidebar, and several other features worth a look. [via]

Chat on iGoogle

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Sweet plugin: Microsoft Cake 2.0 for Firefox 3

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team has sent a fancy cake to Mozilla’s Mountain View headquarters to join the celebration of the Firefox 3 release.

Surprising? Not that much. They did the same thing for Firefox 2 release.

It was also revealed today that Mozillians keep the IE logo piece frozen since then!

Kudos to the IE team for their sport spirit!


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Xobni Gets Even Better With LinkedIn Data For Your Contacts

Xobni, the email startup that was described as “The Superplugin for Outlook”, has partnered with LinkedIn to automatically pull contact information
from the popular professional network. Xobni will now draw from public profiles on the LinkedIn network, displaying information about contacts’ employers, job titles, and pictures as part of the plugin’s sidebar. Xobni’s sidebar helps manage Outlook email boxes by automatically threading email conversations, sorting attachments, and creating a network of related contacts within your inbox. Earlier this year Bill Gates demoed the product at the Office Developers Conference, calling it “very, very, cool” - so cool, in fact, that Microsoft extended an offer to acquire the company for $20 million. The partnership with LinkedIn makes Xobni even more useful. It’s too bad Xobni users are still limited to Outlook and Microsoft Windows (though there’s a web-based version for Yahoo Mail on the way). Where is the Thunderbird version ?

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Google Media Server Streams Content from Computer to the TV

Google Media Center is a free Windows-only software that lets you stream photos, videos and music from the computer on to your TV. This requires a Universal google-media-serverPlug and Play compatible device like an Xbox or Playstation gaming console, set-top box or a photo frame like the Kodak EasyShare.

Google Media Server will auto-discover any UPnP device that’s connected to your computer. You can also pick content (like desktop folders, Picasa photo galleries, etc) that should become available to that device.

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Create an Instant Blog with Posterous

If you’re looking for a ridiculously dead-simple blogging tool, check out Posterous. Just send an email to post@posterous.com, and bam! Instant blog for you and everyone to love. No signups, no special tools, no fancy bells and whistles. It’s perfect for aspiring photo bloggers who don’t need all the extras.
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Twittering from the command line.

Varun Kashyap shows us a way to start twittering from the command line. All you need to have is curl. curl is a command line tool for transferring files with URL syntax. Check out the following commands:
  • Get the public timeline, unauthenticated: curl http://twitter.com/statuses/public_timeline.rss
  • Get your friends timeline, authenticated: curl -u email:password http://twitter.com/statuses/friends_timeline.xml
  • Just the headers, please: curl –head -u email:password http://twitter.com/statuses/friends_timeline.json
  • Post a status update, authenticated: curl -u email:password -d status="your message here" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml

These are mentioned over at the Twitter API page. However you can take this step further and write your own script so that you don’t have to type the lengthy commands over and over again and perhaps not even the email and password if you are okay with storing them in a script file. Here is an example (feel free to copy and paste):

#!/bin/sh

twitterName="<<<Your twitter username here>>> "
password="<<<Your password here>>> "
curl="/usr/bin/curl"

$curl –basic –user "$twitterName:$password" –data-ascii \
"status=`echo $@ | tr ‘ ‘ ‘+’`" \
"http://twitter.com/statuses/update.json"

exit 0

Please note that its –basic (2 dashes), –user (2 dashes) and –data-ascii (2 dashes). Give the file a name such as "myTwitterer". Then you can simply type "myTwitterer <Your status update here>" and you status will be updated right from your command line. Be aware that the password will be stored in the script file without any encryption or security measures, however this file will reside on your local machine so its reasonably safe to do this.

Similarly you can use the other URLs I mentioned and get timelines both public and your friends! The whole processes can be down on windows as well all you need is cURL which you can get here.


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Keep your Firefox user data synced with Weave

With the unexpected news that Google was dropping its Browser Sync Firefox addon, attention is now turning to Mozilla Labs’ “Weave” project.
Weave is also a Firefox add-on and its purpose is to allow you to backup your Firefox settings such as your bookmarks, history, passwords, customizations and preferences and then sync them with the Mozilla servers so that you can access them from anywhere that allows you to access the internet. Obviously this data is encrypted so that it’s securely stored. Weave is still a beta experimental project so you have to decide if you want to risk your Firefox user information in testing this. If you decide you fancy taking a walk on the wild side then go to the Weave homepage and create an account.
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Feedly. A more social and magazine-like start page

Feedly is like a browser start page – but it works from your local computer. It’s touted as a social and magazine-like start page and I must say it lives up to its name. Once you install the Feedly Firefox extension from here and restart Firefox, you can load the Feedly start page by clicking on the Feedly ifeedlycon on the toolbar. What you’ll see is a neat page that asks you if you want to synchronize with your Google Reader, Twitter, FriendFeed and other web 2.0 accounts. If you ask Feedly to connect with Google Reader or Bloglines, it will then load a copy of your OPML file that contains a list of RSS feeds you read from there – you need not essentially subscribe to every one of them manually on Feedly. If you’ve got it integrated with Twitter, it lets you tweet about articles on your start page. Similarly, many other services can be integrated.

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How to report crashes for the crash reporters ? [Fun]


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Google Tosses Browser Sync in the Trash

According to Lifehacker, google's browser sync extension will be discontinued. It will continue to be supported for Firefox 2 through 2008 but there are no plans to bring it over to Firefox 3.

For those of you who want to continue to use Firefox 2, we’ll maintain support for old versions of Google Browser Sync through 2008. After that, we can recommend a few other products that scratch a similar itch. We hope that one of them works for you:

Mozilla Weave [labs.mozilla.com] from Mozilla Labs—Offers bookmark and history synchronization across computers.

Google Toolbar for Firefox [toolbar.google.com]—Store your bookmarks online and access them from any computer online.

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer [addons.mozilla.org]—Synchronizes your bookmarks across all computers where it is installed.

Here is some more coverage:

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Firefox 3: Use the XP Theme on Vista or Vise Versa

Want to use Firefox 3’s Vista theme on Windows XP or use Windows XP’s theme for Firefox 3 on Vista?

Now you have the choice to switch between these without having to change your computer’s operating system. Two new theme solutions for either XP or Vista havevista-xp-firefox-3 surfaced (they are experimental right now) on Firefox’s add-ons site.

Download the Firefox 3 themes here:

So if you use XP but you like Vista’s theme more - use it. If you use Vista and like XP’s theme more, you have a more colorful default theme solution.


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30 Essential PDF Documents Every Designer Should Download

From Positive Space Blog, a nice collection of PDF resources for web designers. The collection includes Resources, Web Development and Programming, Presentation, Freelancing and Income and PDF Collections. A nice list of resources worth browsing. 30 Essential PDF Documents Every Designer Should DownloadTechnorati Tags:

Humyo Provides 30GB of Free Online Storage

Web site Humyo offers 30GB of free online storage with a small and inconsequential catch: 25 of the 30GB must be media files, like music and videos. The remaining 5GB are reserved for non-media files and documents. Once uploaded, files are organized in Humyo's user-friendly interface, which identifies filetypes and even organizes media by metadata (e.g., music can be sorted through by artist, album, etc.). Humyo offers a Windows client that maps a network drive directly to your Humyo account for drag-and-drop uploads and downloads Humyo [via Download Squad]Technorati Tags:

Build your sprouts on the web !

Sprouts are advanced Flash based banners that come in all sizes, containing all sorts of media, can be 100% custom designed or based on a template and, like a paper leaflet, they can contain several independent pages. For example you can use a Sprout to promote your website, add a short description, a live feed and a URL back to your page. If you are an artist you can promote your work by adding sounds, videos, pictures, and much more. The Sprout can be posted on any website, on social network pages like MySpace or as a signature in a forum.
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Firefox 3: Automatically Close the Download Manager When Downloads Complete

If you're tired of having to close your Download Manager after you finish downloading files, you can configure Firefox to automatically close the Download Manager when the files have finished downloading.

1. Open Firefox 3.

2. In the Location Bar, input about:config.

3. Scroll down to browser.download.manager.closeWhenDone, double-click it to change the value from false to true.

Now the Download Manager will close by itself when the file(s) have finished downloading.

To change it back to the original setting, repeat the above steps and change browser.download.manager.closeWhenDone to false.

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5+ Awesome AwesomeBar Tweaks and Tips

Gotten use to the AwesomeBar yet? This is the new stylish name for the Firefox 3 address bar. Here are a few tips and tweaks you can do to make your awesome bar even more awesomer.

oldbar - Oldbar makes the location (URL) bar look like Firefox 2. If you need another alternative to this, try out Old Location Bar. Why two add-ons that do the same thing? I don’t know either.

Hide Unvisited - You too can hide pages (bookmarks) that you haven’t visited (since deleting or clearing history) from showing in the AwesomeBar.

Enter Selects - This Extension allows you to press enter in the AwesomeBar to select the first result (without pressing down).

Hidden Places - Stop URLs from specified domains being added to places and the AwesomeBar.

Edit Middle - Show AwesomeBar results when editing in the middle (not just at the end).

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Visualize the Firefox History

ThumbStrips visualizes the Firefox History. After installing the extension it adds a toolbar at the bottom of your Firefox screen that displays screenshots and titles of the latest websites that the user has visited. Thumbnails can be sorted as well by dragging and dropping them around. A click on a thumbnail loads the website immediately.thumbstripsTechnorati Tags:

John's Background Switcher Automatically Swaps Your Desktop Wallpaper

Freeware application John's Background Switcher automatically switches your desktop wallpaper at regular intervals using photos from your desktop or from online photo services, ranging from Flickr to Picasa to Yahoo image search. The new version can embed a calendar on your desktop over the switchable wallpaper, apply effects to the photos, or limit photos you use to landscape mode so you've always got wide photos. John's Background Switcher is freeware, Windows only.

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Tips to Increase Your Car's Miles Per Gallon

Saving gas is not only good for your pocket, but also you are saving the planet one mile at a time. Here are some pretty easy ways to get that extra mile.

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  • Don't accelerate quickly. – Don’t be an aggressive driver. Don’t speed up quickly from stops, accelerate into the fast line quickly on the freeway, and so forth. If you accelerate gradually, though, it can really help your miles per gallon. Your car won't be working as hard. You'll be a safer driver to boot.
  • Let your car brake itself. – Most of us don’t do that., but I used to often wait until I was somewhat near a stop before braking down to a halt. Anticipate stops ahead of you and just let off the accelerator, letting the car slow itself down.
  • Drive at the speed limit on highways and freeways. – Most of the people consistently drive 5, maybe 10, miles per hour over the speed limit.  Driving even 5 miles slower than the freeway speed-limit can do wonders for your mileage.
  • Don't use the air conditioner. - This can be a hard one in the summer, but with fall settling in, it's not that tough anymore. Every time I turned the air conditioner off, I saw an immediate increase in my miles per gallon.
  • Accelerate before hills. -  Accelerate before you get to a hill, and then let off the accelerator once you hit the hill. Let your momentum carry you up the foot of the hill. Accelerating before the hill is easier on your car than accelerating on the hill. If it's a big enough hill, you'll still need to accelerate while you're on it, but then you won't have to use the accelerator on the entire hill.
And now here are some things I haven't tested, but are supposed to help.
  • Clean out your car. - A lighter car will get more miles per gallon.
  • Check your tire pressure. - Low tire pressure makes your car work harder. Don't over-inflate your tires.
  • Change your air filter. - A dirty filter will decrease your miles per gallon.
  • Get a hybrid car. - Well, duh. However, hybrids aren't for everyone. If you have long stretches of highway or freeway driving, a hybrid won't give you much of an advantage. They are also less powerful when it comes to hills.
  • Do more in one trip. - Less trips equals less gas.
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Apple Keynote in 60 seconds.

We agree, Steve Job’s keynote was long. And sometimes boring. So thanks to Mahalo Daily, here it is in Sixty Seconds.

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Steve Jobs Keynote Live Roundup [Lifehacker coverage]

Lifehacker’s blow by blow account of the Steve Jobs Keynote. View Original Article : geek-o-pedia

Photos: Apple shows off the iPhone 3G

In a speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference, CEO Steve Jobs unveils the device in its second generation, complete with GPS, new apps, and the low-end price of $199.
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Tune your piano.

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Piano tuning is a surprisingly simple process, though clothed in mystery by those "in the know." When I wanted to learn how to tune my piano, I could not find information on the web that clearly explained how to do it without insisting I buy a book or take a course. Learn how to Tune your own piano

GMail gets experimental features.

Lifehacker reports that starting at 6PM Pacific Time tonight, Google will start rolling out Gmail Labs, an experimental area of new Gmail features. Once your Gmail account is Labs-enabled, you'll get a Labs tab in the Settings area of your account where you can enable 13 new experimental Gmail features, including signature tweaks, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, and even a game.

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Google Talk Goes Invisible.

Google Talk in Firefox sidebar has finally integrated the Invisible Status a good 3 months after GMail’s Chat. No news for the GTalk Client yet.

Six Degrees of Wikipedia

Ever wonder how many clicks it takes to get from the Wikipedia page for
Bill Gates to the page for Mark Shuttleworth? The answer is three. How
about from "ice cream" to "cone?" Surprisingly, the answer is four. We
know this this because of Six Degrees of Wikipedia page.
Just type in any two items, and the web service will dig through a
database of Wikipedia articles and figure out how long it would take to
get from one to the other. [via Digital Inspiration]

Mozilla launches Firefox 3 RC2

Firefox 3 RC2 is now available for download. There was a file labeled Firefox 3 RC2 available on the Mozilla FTP server for the last few days. But until Mozilla updates the links on the download page, it's not official.

So what's new with Firefox 3 RC2? Not a whole heck of a lot that you'll notice. This release wasn't about adding new features, but rather fixing bugs. There's still a rather lengthy list of known issues which you can read about in the release notes.

Also, keep in mind that installing Firefox 3 RC 2 will overwrite your previous Firefox installation. You shouldn't lose any bookmarks or preferences, but some add-ons may stop working until the developers update those extensions.

What Do 300 Calorie Meals Look Like?

Here is a selection of meals that are in the 300-400 Calorie range. The visual representation gives an idea of portion size. Read and feel guilty ;-)
What Do 300 Calorie Meals Look Like?

Shutdown Game Consoles Raise Your Electricity Bill, Study Shows

A new study by Australian consumer agency Choice shows that game consoles, especially the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, use significant power even when they're not in use. "Our tests found that leaving...

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All about “about”

Here are all of the useful (and not so useful, but still funny) about: triggers you can type into your address bar.

about: — The same page as “Help -> About”.

about:blank — A blank page. Useful for setting as your homepage.

about:cache — Displays cache statistics and disk cache directory location.

about:config — GUI for modifying user preferences.

about:crashes — List of Breakpad crash reports, with links and datestamps. Only in products based on Gecko 1.9 or later (Firefox 3, Thunderbird 3, SeaMonkey 2).

about:credits — The list of contributors to the Mozilla projects.

about:logo — Displays the application logo (Mozilla Suite, SeaMonkey, and Firefox 3).

about:kitchensink — Was never included in Mozilla for the reasons listed in Bug 122411 (”Mozilla does not have a kitchen sink”). You can install an extension that adds it though :)

about:license — shows the Mozilla Public License and the Netscape Public License for the piece of software. ( Only in products based on Gecko 1.8 or later)

about:mozilla — The famous Book of Mozilla.

about:plugins — Lists all your plugins as well as other useful information.

about:robots — Easter egg, see bug 417302. Beginning with March 8th, 2008 trunk builds, it’s now available on Firefox 3.0b5.

List is courtesy of Mozillazine.  From the useful to the silly, which of these is your favorite?

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How to revert to the “old” Google favicon

Google recently changed their favicon from the ever familiar boxed G, to a smaller g. If you’re not a big fan of the new icon, you can install this Greasemonkey script and pretend the change never happened. You will of course need to be using Firefox as your browser to use Greasemonkey scripts.

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Pledge Now !

Mozilla wants you to help in setting a Guinness World Record.  They say...

"All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours - it’s that easy. We're not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome..."

So, visit this site and pledge to download Firefox 3 on the download day (will be announced shortly).

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