Friday, 27 October 2006

Firefox 2, a couple of useful hacks

The Mozilla Foundation has finally released the official second version of the famous browser. There are plenty of new interesting features, but also a couple of steps behind.

A first new feature, hard to comprehend, is the overriding of websites' accesskeys. I cannot understand why a browser -which should HELP people navigate in the most accessible way- has been reprogrammed to ignore the accessibility keys. By the way, it is sufficient to enter configuration page by typing this address:


and look for this keys:
  • ui.key.chromeAccess
  • ui.key.contentAccess
  • ui.key.menuAccessKey
The first key is the user preference for the Firefox keyboard shortcuts. You can completely disable them (assign "0"), use them with SHIFT (assign "1"), ALT (assign "2") , CTRL (assign "4") or define a combination with a logical OR (i.e.: if you want to assign SHIFT and CTRL for Firefox shortcuts, set this key to 1 OR 4 = 5).

The second key is the user preference for the webpages accesskeys. It's equal to the previous one. If you want to use accesskyes correctly, just assign it to ALT (so, set it to 2).

Finally, you have to activate this preferences setting the last key to -1.

A second innovation of Firefox 2 is the placement of a closing button on every tab, just like Opera. I don't agree this choice, it's much more comfortable the single "X" on the right to close many tabs in sequence, and if I want to close a single tab I can always middle-click it.

To bring the clock back, just set to 3 this key:


You're done. :)

Finally, you can observe my first job in the cybernetics field: a simple webpage generating Coven's automata. Maybe you can find it interesting, check it out!

Wednesday, 4 October 2006

I need more time!

I always considered time as the nearest asymptote to divinity. It features every typical God's peculiarity: has ever existed, it can't be handled and modifies reality in any moment.

And, like every God, it runs against me.

I need more time.

One week is not sufficient. One day is definitively NOT sufficient!

To work, to study, to play, to live.. I need an extra day every week! Maybe I can call it gloveday.

Sunday Monday, happy days
Tuesday wednesday, happy days
Thursday Friday, happy days
Gloveday comes, computer runs, I'm ready to program you!

This week, I started lessons of Cybernetics at University. The matter is truly amazing but very difficult. I'm going to sacrifice additional time to God, three days every week. I will need extra time to study it and to give the damned, years pending calculus exam.

In the meanwhile, my band is starting recording sessions and we're gonna play live in November. I wanted to finish the Powerglove project in time for the next live event, but God doesn't wanna allow it.

Maybe I should kill some lamb?