Posts Tagged ‘Firefox’

Hack Week wrap-up!

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Another Hack Week @ Novell / SUSE has come to an end. I think I’ve been pretty productive, as I took on and accomplished three pretty successful mini–projects.

Redesign the one-click installer

I walked through the current one, taking screenshots and notes. My goals were simple: make it simpler, and reduce the number of clicks (at least 6, depending on what happens) down to 1, as the name implies.

When I had a mockup ready–to–go, I showed it to Benjiman Weber, who happened to be visiting the SUSE office for hack week. He thought it was good overall, but suggested a few changes. I iterated over it a few times and came up something much simpler than the current design, and got it down to 1 click if the repository is already trusted, and an additional click if the repository needs to be trusted.

Here’s the final (for now, at least) design:

If you’re interested, also check all of the mockups, including the previous two as well.

WallaWalla, a from-scratch font (which looks quite a bit like the SUSE font)

Jakub had a great idea; initially I wanted to help out, but I basically wound up making my own SUSE derivative font. Most of it was done on Monday. I spent today (Friday) tidying i up and redoing a lot of the glyphs, as well as quickly adjusting the space between letters (kerning).

Download version 0.1 of the WallaWalla OTF (OpenType File) …or if you want to play around in FontForge, you can download the SFD also.

Ubiquity command for quickly performing a software search

This week, Ubiquity was all the rage. It’s a quick launcher for the Web, served up as a Firefox extension. I decided, on a whim, to whip up an extension for the extension—basically make a new command for it called “software-search”.

Basically, it lets you search the openSUSE software search engine all from a selection on a page (or whatever you type, optionally). It displays the results of how many hits there are (if there are), which provides a quick glance to see if you can do a one-click install from the software search to install whatever software you want, without even needing to visit the page (until you know there’s something available of course). To see the results, just hit enter, and it will open up a new tab with the software you’re seeking.

(It’s great for all of those pages that lists random software for Linux, or whenever you feel like quickly searching to see what is available in the software search.)

Here’s a demo screenshot:

Interested in trying it out? First install Ubuiquity in Firefox, then visit my page for the software-search command.

whoisi theme

Friday, July 4th, 2008

I posted about this on twitter already, but I hacked together a quick user theme for the excellent whoisi service.

It works with either stylish or greasemonkey (there are two versions on the theme’s page, one for each excellent Firefox extension).

Firefox 3!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Today is Firefox Download Day, and the release of Firefox 3.  Go get (and install) Firefox (it’s available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows too), and be counted as part of a world record!

Ancient Gecko widgets

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

On Linux:

  1. Why do Gecko / Firefox HTML widgets still look like non-native ones from 1995?
  2. Why has this been such a long-standing issue?
  3. When are modern widgets that look like the rest of the operating system (such as those in XUL) going to appear?

Just curious; it would be nice to have this fixed someday.

(Windows has had native looking widgets for a while and the Mac is finally getting them too…)

Firefox 2.0: Fitting in

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Firefox 2.0 has a lot of great features, but if you’re using it on Linux (or BSD, etc.), then odds are that it doesn’t really seem to fit in with the rest of your desktop.

I’ve been working on the new version of the Tango theme for Firefox, making it compatible with Firefox 2.0. I’ve also been implementing subskin support (same overall theme with tweaks, such as other icons) with other people’s help in #tango on IRC.

Tango Firefox theme screenshot excerpt

If you’re interested in trying out any of the Tango, Tangerine, GNOME, or Industrial themes for Firefox, please head over to my primates work page and install away!

(Find any bugs or have anything to say? Leave some comments!)

Real-life Firefox

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

To Celebrate the arrival of Firefox 2.0, I’m presenting a photo I took of the real-life Firefox.

Congratulations, Firefox team!

Unpausing my ‘blog

Friday, March 17th, 2006

So many things happened since my last post…

On a side note, it’s kind of hard to start blogging again when you haven’t done so in a while.