Conspiracy & Trade Secrets

While I was reading the paper this morning, I came across these two cartoons.

Foxtrot cartoon

Get Fuzzy cartoon

Either there is some conspiracy going on here or someone leaked trade secrets.

Deleting Firefox Auto Complete Values

I am working on a project where I have to add several new job postings each day into a data base through a simple web form. Often, the job duration, application due date, city, or company are the same as previous ones. As a shortcut, I simply type in the first two or three characters and scroll through the auto complete list in Firefox.

Occasionally, I press tab too soon to get to the next field and end up submitting a partial value (like ‘4 ‘ instead of ‘4 months’).

Well, I just realised how to delete unwanted items from the auto complete list in Firefox. Just scroll through the list with the down arrow key on your keyboard until the the unwanted one is highlighted. then press Shift+Delete. Voilá! (is that better Cedric)

For IE users, I believe the key combo is simply the Delete key.

Google Preloads Firefox Searches

ZDNet has an article that states Google now pre-loads websites for the top results of searches made using Mozilla browsers.

Reza Behforooz, a software engineer at Google, announced on Wednesday that the search engine now pre-loads the top search result into the cache of Mozilla browsers.

“Now Google’s faster than ever on Firefox and Mozilla browsers,” said Behforooz in a posting on the company’s blog. “When you do a search on these browsers, we instruct them to download your top search result in advance, so if you click on it, you’ll get to that page even more quickly.”

Dry Cleaning

Mary dropped off my dry cleaning today.

They charge 4.50$ for each tie and six-something for suit coats. I’m having two ties and a coat cleaned and it cost more to clean two ties than it did to clean an entire suit coat.

Seems a bit backwards to me.

Google Weather and Movies

Google is really on a roll. First it was their Google Maps that took the Internet by storm. Now they’ve released a weather service. All you need to do is type in “weather” followed by a city. For example:

weather great falls, mt

For the movie features, you can search both for a movie if you only know what the movie is about but forget its name, or you can search for current theatres and show times.

Just in time for the Oscars, we’ve created a new “movie:” operator that enables you to find movie-related information faster and more easily, whether you’re looking for titles or actors, director or genre, famous lines or obscure plot details. Can’t remember the name of that film where Tom Hanks made friends with a volleyball? Search for [movie: Tom Hanks talking to a volleyball] and Google will tell you: it was Cast Away. Want rental recommendations? Try searching for [movie: awesome car chase] or [movie: good chick flick].

Looking for a multiplex near you? Use “movie:” followed by a U.S. zip code or city/state to find theaters and showtimes in your area (a search for [movie: Mountain View, CA], for example, will show you what’s playing near the Googleplex). You can also just search on “movies,” “showtimes” or the title of a current film, and your top result will be movie-related info for your area (if you haven’t already saved your location using Google Local, just fill in your U.S. zip code or city/state and click the “Get Showtimes” button). And for those on the go, movie showtimes are also available on Google SMS (send a text message to 46645 — aka. GOOGL on most phones — to look up showtimes for nearby theaters).

Very cool. I can’t wait until they include Canada.

Can you imagine? You live in Lethbridge and you want to take a drive to Regina (who wouldn’t want to). You could use Google to get driving directions, find local attractions, find out current movies and even check the weather. What’s next? Sorting hotel room availability and pricing?

Fingerprint Logons

Someone here at the Faculty of Management just bought an IBM ThinkPad T42. It’s hard to find anything cool about laptops nowadays, but this one manages to implement something.

Fingerprint security.

It has software that allows you to scan in the print of one of your fingers and then assign the scan to a user account. Then when you boot up and come to the login screen, you just scan your finger, and if it matches, it lets you in. No username to type, no password to remember.

Even better, you can assign different fingers to different accounts. You could assign your pinkie as the admin account and the index finger as the general user account. In a experiment of antiestablishmentarianism, you could even assign your middle finger to your Microsoft hackor account.

How cool is that?

Netscape 8.0

Netscape has released a public beta version of Navigator 8.0.

It’s built on the Gecko engine, but users apparently have the option to switch to Trident (IE’s rendering engine).

I haven’t tested the features since I will be using it for testing purposes only, but this has to be the ugliest browser I have seen since the 1990s.

Judge for yourself

Google Maps Goes North

It looks like Google has extended its map database to include locations north of the 50th parallel. Now people can get travelling information for Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and the like.

Very cool.

There are a few bugs still. For example, Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador does not have street names and you cannot zoom into the maximum amount. Other than things like that, it rocks. Can’t wait until it’s out of beta.

Now if they could just allow me to scroll with my scrollwheel.

Michael Jackson a Drunk?

Todd Dominey pointed out the oddity of E! Online‘s pseudo-logo for the Michael Jackson trial.

Is it just me or do your eyes fixate on the empty center of this Michael Jackson Trial graphic that E! has been plugging non-stop? Every time it comes on TV, my eyes nearly go cross-eyed. That space between the “L” and “J” is not just wide, but dead center in the layout, and I can barely look at it without feeling like I’m about to fall down a hole.

Personally, I think the dead-space looks like an upside down whiskey flask.

Firefox 1.0.1 Now Available

Mozilla Foundation has released version 1.0.1 of its most popular browser, Firefox. The new version consists of security updates.

“Regular security updates are essential for maintaining a safe browsing experience for our users,” said Chris Hofmann, director of engineering for the Mozilla Foundation.

Download here.