Archive | February, 2006

Firefox Extension for coComment!

7 Feb

I have put up the Firefox Extension for coComment! I and a few friends have been using it for a day now and it seems to work fine!

Download coComment! for FirefoxDownload coComment! for Firefox

coComment! for Firefox allows you to coComment! from the right-click context menu and is of great help especially when commenting in a pop-up window where you can’t access your bookmarks.

Also, with this extension you will not have to move from the comment area to your bookmarks to click the ‘bookmarklet’ and then back, before you click the submit button on the blog. With this extension, you can directly move on to the submit button after writing the comment and merely hit the right click ‘activating’ coComment before submitting the post. Simple Fitts’ law and it makes your browsing experience a great deal better and faster.

Let me know what you think of it!

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More on coComment

6 Feb

Update:
I have put up the Firefox Extension for coComment! I and a few friends have been using it for a day now and it seems to work fine!

coComment! for FirefoxLaurent has posted a few coComment invitation codes in my previous post’s comments. Thanks, Laurent. Make sure you get them before they are gone.

SolutionWatch has put up a quick review of coComment with a Greasemonkey script

Also, here is the screenshot of my Firefox Extension for coComment that allows you to coComment! from the right-click context menu that I quickly put together. This extension is of a great help especially when commenting in pop-up windows where you can’t access your bookmarks. And even on a general page, reduces your onscreen movement time (Read more here).

Its high time I got myself some web hosting space.

coComment – Tracking Comments anywhere

6 Feb

coComment So, all the cool guys in town checked out the very awesome coComment this weekend. The basic idea behind coComment is to help a user keep track of all the comments he leaves on other’s blogs. One can simply get an indication of how much this was needed in the Blogosphere by merely looking at the number of comments on this post where Robert Scoble first writes about coComment.

Meanwhile, the cooler guys in town wrote a Firefox extension for it that just made their life a bit easier. coComment requires the user to click on the “bookmarklet” before you click the submit button on the blog to submit comment. So everytime I have to comment, I have to move from the comment area to the bookmark and then back to the comment area. This simply increases the amplitude of the movement if we talk of Fitts’ Law as you’ll see here.

coComment!

So the workaround I thought was to write a Firefox extension that opens up the bookmarklet in the context menu of Firefox on right-click. Thus, now I can directly move on to the submit button after posting the comment and merely hit the right click ‘activating’ coComment before submitting the post. This invariably saves a lot of on screen movement! (I wonder if I should put the extension up online for others to use. I heard there is already a Greasemonkey script doing rounds.)

coComment

There is also the ‘Blog Box’ that that shows your visitors where you’ve been commenting lately. You require an invitation code to try coComment. Register yourself and wait for the invite code to be delivered to your inbox. Luckily for me it didn’t take an eternity like it does for most other betas (Measuremap!!!) This one is a really killer app. No wonder both Scoble and Michael are excited!

And yes, the coolest guys were off to the mountains 😉

Yahoo Mail Beta – Way too slow

3 Feb

Yahoo! Mail BetaSo after waiting for months, I finally got my Yahoo! Mail Beta invite a fortnight ago and wasted absolutely no time in clicking on the link which read something on the likes of ‘Try the new Beta’.

However, two weeks into the Yahoo Mail Beta and I am left completely disillusioned. For all the AJAX thrown in with the objective of making it a “native” application supporting drag-and-drop, reading pane, and a very desktop application like interface (read Outlook like), the application is extremely sluggish. There is just too much of lag in everything- be it message loading, or the over-crowded contextual menu that pops up on right click.

Takes forever to load. Takes forever to respond. If it were the old days, I could have blamed it on my more-than-obsolete machine. But that is no longer the case. Thankfully, they have a “Switch Back” option sitting right next to “Sign Out”!

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview

1 Feb

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview is now available for developers and IT Pros to download and evaluate.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta Preview

“Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview will only run on Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) systems, but will ultimately be available for Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003.”

Who had imagined that one day even “Betas” will have a “Preview”?