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  • Joe 19:25 on April 24, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , greasemonkey, ikea, user script   

    Old greasemonkey news 

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    Funny, just today I discovered a really old article by Computer Totaal (in Dutch) about a couple of Greasemonkey scripts: Websites aanpassen met Greasemonkey (August, 2007).

    Two of my greasemonkey scripts are discussed:

    1. Kilometerdeclaratie (Dutch only, outdated)
    2. Ikea Availability Check (as international as Ikea itself, recently updated)

    The first script used the route planner of a local provider to batch process distances between two addresses (based on Dutch Postal Codes), useful for mass reimbursements of work related trips by car. This script is no longer maintained, a mashup based on the Google geo API makes more sense now.

    The second script runs on every product detail page of the Ikea site.If your country or region has more than one ikea store, availability and stock data is automatically retrieved from each separate store and displayed in a table all at once.

    Most international Ikea sites are built on the very same content management platform, so it works for the Dutch, Russian and US sites equally well. Install it here: Ikea Availability Check.

    Nice discovery, nearly two years after…

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  • Joe 23:23 on March 5, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: greasemonkey, hashtag, , userscript   

    Enhance Twitter with Twitter Hash Tools 

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    Using Twitter in Firefox? Want to easily follow everything which is contributed to your favorite subject (#hashtag)? And want to know who is participating?

    Good, read on!

    First: what are hashtags?

    These are a convention to indicate that your tweet is about a certain subject or event, for example #sxsw is used for tweets about South by South West, and so on.

    Now there are a few services which make using this convention really useful:

    • Twitter Search – performs a live search on #hashtags and keywords
    • HashTweeps – finds all users who used a certain #hashtag

    So far so good, but Twitter does not link the hashtags in any way. Wouldn’t it be nice to have these services linked to the hashtag?

    Well, that is exactly what my Greasmonkey userscript does.

    It turns this line:

    @jake will I be seeing you at #sxsw this year?

    into this:

    @jake will I be seeing you at #sxsw [+] this year?

    So if you’re using Firefox, head over to Twitter Hash Tools on userscripts.org and hit the black install button at the right of the title bar.

    Make sure you have Greasemonkey installed first!

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  • Joe 08:32 on January 25, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: gmail, , greasemonkey, security   

    Google apps secure connection 

    Update Feb 10: Google is listening to their critical users and takes their responsibility serious, it appears!

    Today I discovered that they did not only restore the “always use https” setting in gmail, but there is now a global switch on the Apps for your domain settings page as well. Ironically, the associated help page still tells you that this is a “premier edition only feature “.

    Now that is a big improvement, thank you Google!

    Domain settings: always use SSL

    Apps for your domain: DomainSettings: always use SSL

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  • Joe 14:26 on June 27, 2006 Permalink
    Tags: , , greasemonkey, , , , web server, , XMLHttpRequest   

    XMLHttpRequest and character encoding 

    The XMLHttpRequest transport method retrieves content over http, just like a regular http request from a web browser does.

    There are two result variants:
    The responseXml field holds a parsed DOM tree if the retrieved source was well formed XML
    The responseText field holds the raw source, a Javascript string basically.

    With current Firefox versions (1.5.x) this responseText string is always forced into UTF-8, regardless of the charset encoding sent by the originating web server. Thus valid ISO-8859-1 characters end up as illegible garbage in resulting Javascript string.
    This can be a problem for instance with Greasemonkey scripts targeted at a server, which uses something other than UTF-8 as encoding format.
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