Firefox and FireBug

It gets more and more fascinating every time when you think about the narrowness of some people. This time I’m exceptionally not talking about other people being stupid, but myself. Yes, I am a personified dumb ass. For a few days (or even weeks?) I am using the up-to-date version of Mozilla Firefox (2.0) (and you should do it either). Fortunately the upgrade from a prior version was very neat, because all extensions were updated (if there had to be an update and there was an update available of course).

Firebug LogoWithin the past few days, there were some strange and fascinating problems occurring on my desktop PC (funnily enough not on my laptop). The address bar of my web browser seemed to be locked in some way. I wasn’t able to use any direction key (like arrow-left or arrow-right) in there and moreover the same error also blocked some input fields in any html form. Besides, I couldn’t even use the combination of Ctrl (control) + A, to select all letters within an input field or the address bar. By pressing the two keys together the whole displayed website itself was selected instead. In addition the focus of the input seemed to be wrong, although the cursor blinked in the input field of the address bar, but the „main“ focus was inside the html document (I had to click on the address two times, for setting the focus to the desired field). In summary it can be ascertained that there was a typing problem (or is it just me, who can’t type?) and/or a problem with my keyboard.

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A new highlight

I was just browsing the web, searching for some nice WordPress plugins. During the installation of the Simple Multilanguage Plugin which allows you to change the language of a post (only if I wrote it in several languages, of course), I found another interesting plugin on their website, called ig:Syntax Hiliter. This plugin allows you to put source-code on your website with some.. yeah, who would have thought: syntax highlighting. I just put up the following two examples, showing the highlighting of Java and C#.
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Shuffle the taskbar

Sometimes people tend to be some kind of fussy, concerning the order of almost anything. Peolpe who know me personally will have recognized that I’m belonging to this group of persons. I have to have everything in place (especially referring to my desktop, hdd and.. well yes, almost anything else).

This also ranges up to my operating system. I hate Microsoft for not having implemented a feature to change the order of my taskbar buttons. If you ever used a browser, capable of tabbing (like the new Internet Explorer 7, but I prefer Mozilla Firefox) you will know the feature of rearranging all existing tabs via drag & drop. After searching the web for some time I found several tools providing this functionality. Unfortunately many of them are not freeware (I don’t want to spend money for such a „trivial“ feature) or are limited in usability. Some programs only had a list of running applications you could change the order of and not a drag & drop support on the taskbar itself.

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Roots, bloody Roots

Wohlan, kurz vor der besinnlichen Weihnachtszeit gibt es noch eine Neuigkeit zu verkünden. Dem regelmäßigen Besucher wird mitunter vielleicht aufgefallen sein, dass die optische Präsentation und Aufmachung (wir Profis nennen das „Design“) dieser Seite einer Neugestaltung zum Opfer gefallen ist. Im neuen, meines Erachtens (und ich hasse die verfluchten Internet-Akronyme wie m.E, Anm. d. R.) deutlich individuelleren und damit schöneren Gewand präsentiert sich mein Weblog nun in leicht veränderter Weise. Neben der reinen optischen Neugestaltung hat sich ein klein wenig am internen Aufbau geändert und es sind Erweiterungen (Plugins) hinzugekommen. Dies ist für den Laien bzw. geistig Minderbemittelten (und das ist jeder, der diesen Text bis hier hin immer noch spannend genug zum Lesen findet) jedoch unbedeutend.

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