Tag Archives: Firefox

Keeping it real

Seen whilst browsing ESPN.com comments section using the ELinks console web browser:

You are using an incompatible web browser.

Sorry, we’re not cool enough to support your browser. Please keep it real with one of the following browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer

Hah! :D

Of course, since this page consists of text-based comments on a blog entry, the argument could be made that the Facebook-powered webpage is the incompatible element of this equation…but let’s not split hairs. ;D

Switching: Linux App Equivalents

I have been in the process of planning out switching to Linux in 2010 for my main development computer (a laptop), as well as for various web and database servers I am responsible for at work.

I’ve been making good use of Sun’s awesome (and free) VirtualBox program, which allows me to create any number of virtual computers to experiment on. I’ve had a couple of CLI-only server versions running (Debian and Ubuntu), as well as what amounts to a desktop system for the last three Ubuntu releases: 8.10, 9.04, and the just-issued 9.10.


My User has information that could… that could make this a free system again! No, really! You’d have programs lined up just to use this place, and no MCP looking over your shoulder.

I’ll cover the whys and wherefores of switching in the future. For now, suffice to say that the ever-increasing commercialization of Mac OS X, with accompanying restrictions, has been grating on me for some time now. I am also attracted to the notion of software freedom (having been a huge fan of the original Tron movie ;) and of course the cost savings can be dramatic. And since I work primarily in education, I think we would be neglecting our duty by not exploring the open-source world.


All that is visible must grow beyond itself, and extend into the realm of the invisible.

One of the first and ongoing steps is compiling a list of application equivalents to programs I am need of.

Still looking:

  • Time Machine (backup) -> roll-my-own or manual?
  • Bluetooth File Exchange -> built into Gnome?

Stuff that exists in both places:

If you’re looking into switching as well, or just are looking for new apps to try out whatever your platform, check out AlternativeTo, which provides alternatives for Linux, Mac, and Windows programs.

Note: Written before the current cold whacked me in the head and upper respiratory tract. Bits are incomplete. Suggestions are welcome.

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Cool new Firefox extensions

After installing Jaunty Jackalope from scratch, I went to Firefox to get its prefs as I like them, download my fave add-ons, etc. I came across a couple of new (to me) extensions that I’m digging on.

First up is Brief, an awesome lightweight RSS reader extension. Well done. If you’re using this on Mac and want to keep your external reader (such as Vienna or NetNewsWire) as the associated application for feeds in Firefox, use Brief’s Import Feeds feature to bring in an OPML file of feeds to check. I’m using it for the notification feeds from my various office projects.

Next is 1-ClickWeather, a very pretty status bar weather widget. I’ve been using ForecastFox, but this one seems more streamlined. Worth a test drive.

The others I use all the time:

One I haven’t tried out yet but looks intriguing:

…enables you to browse the web entirely with the keyboard. The basic principle is to add small boxes with unique ids behind every link and/or form element.