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Firefox hacks + Google Suggest

July 29, 2005
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Hacking Google Suggest

To enable in the location bar, first go into about:config and enter google.suggest into the filter. Change the setting google.suggest.useForLocationBar to true and copy the value from to google.suggest.serviceURL.location. To copy the value, right click on, and select Modify.

Now restart and you can start using the service with the I’m Feeling Lucky feature that you’d normally find when searching from the location bar. Enjoy!!


The problem with this ‘hack‘, and probably the reason why has disabled it by default is that it interferes with the history drop down in the location bar. So use with caution.

Stumbleupon, Firefox, and Google

July 28, 2005

Stumbleupon is great, but dumb.

Months and months ago (too many to remember, damn zinc) I started using the . Occasionally there’s a few easily solved hiccups, like having to configure my firewall, or me forgetting my password. The dumb part is that you can’t change the options in the toolbar unless you’re signed in. I’ll tell you why thats dumb later.

Enter Google.

Which feed it was exactly escapes me right now, but the other day I read in my news and blogs that had released a few extensions for . The one that interested me the most was the extension, which brings the functionality of Google Suggest direct to . I’ll let tell you what it does.

Google is dumb.

Now I don’t know whether this is ‘s fault, but I had to refresh the page after having to manually add the site to the list of sites that are allowed to install extensions. I also had to manually download then install it.

Is Google evil ?, part 1.

Shortly after installing the extension, I began having problems with the software update feature in . The progress either froze when checking, or failed entirely, stopping other extensions from recieving updates becase the google extension couldn’t be updated.

Is Google evil ?, part 2.

So eventually I recieve word via that a new version of the toolbar has been released. I uninstalled the old one, installed the new one, and lo and behold, it appears as if Google lets rip a small piece of hell on my Firefox installation. A bunch of the preferences, if not all where reset to factory settings, and StumbleUpon disapeared.

Why StumbleUpon is dumb

Once the toolbar disapeared, my first reaction was to change the position of the toolbar via the Tools>Extensions>(select stumbleupon)>Options window. Except I couldn’t do that, because you have to be signed into StumbleUpon to alter settings (like I said, a bunch of preferences were wiped). Only I couldn’t sign in because the toolbar wouldn’t appear. That is why StumbleUpon is dumb.

My solution to the disapearing toolbar

A thought struck me, I had an idea that I could use the about:config thing in to manaully change the position of the toolbar. So I went in, used the about:config filter to find the StumbleUpon prefs, changed stumble.toolbar-position from stumbleupon to address, restarted Firefox, and there it was. I checked about:config and it looks like StumbleUpon set the location back to stumbleupon upon reboot fixing the whole problem.

This solution to the common disapearing StumbleUpon toolbar may not work for others, as there were other factors involved (like evil google opening a portal to hell up ‘s ass). Do not mess about with about:config unless you know what you’re doing. Or if you don’t give a shit. But preferably only if you know what you’re doing.

PS: I must stress that I can’t entirely be certain that Google was at fault for causing the problem. It could’ve been Microsoft’s shoddy software that was running on :-P. Seriously though, while I’m good with computers I’m no technical expert, I’m just telling you what appeared to have happened. Also, If you have have try the , which adds a nice, simple but elegant touch to the firefox address and search bars.

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