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May 17, 2004

Monday morning imitation tech blogging. Scribe, an extension for Mozilla Firefox, adds “Open Entry,” “Save Entry,” and “Save Entry As” options to the browser’s File menu. If you’ve ever typed several paragraphs into a browser form, only to lose it all to a power failure or a system crash, the utility of this should be evident. Yes, of course, we should always use a real text editor to write anything longer than a sentence, but it’s in the nature of blogging (and commenting on blogs) that we often set out to write just a sentence or two, only to see the post grow to much greater length.

Scribe is only at version 0.2, but it’s working for me on Windows Firefox so far. If it turns out to work on OS X Firefox as well, it may get me to switch from Safari. (Via Snarkout.) [10:47 AM]

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Alison Scott ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 11:24 AM:

Mmm. I have the weird Panther bug that causes my iMac to suddenly seize up, that's characterised by long periods of non-response punctuated with a few seconds of music. I sometimes manage to spot when things are getting shaky, but often I don't. The browser extension I really need is the one that says "Ok, girl, you now have 13 windows open with a total of 58 tabs. You'd probably be able to get away with that, but not while editing a picture in Photoshop and shuffling your entire music collection in iTunes."

NelC ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 12:46 PM:

I get that, except without the music (I get my music fix at work from a small FM radio). I wish there was some way of switching virtual memory in OSX off, as it's never been a feature I've found worth the grief. I'd much rather have the old OS9 message come up to tell me I'm trying to stuff the RAM, so I could just quit something before it gets all squirally.

Graydon ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 03:57 PM:

Has Safari acquired Konqueror's comment spellchecking facility?

(Patrick may not need it, but I sure do.)

Alison Scott ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 06:23 PM:

Safari appears not to have the generic Mac OS X spellchecking, which is odd, because the other browsers do, and it's right there in the OS.

Mitch Wagner ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 09:45 PM:

I use Mozex for the same purpose as Scribe - even better.

Nancy Hanger ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 10:21 PM:

Seems to be one of those days here.

Twice I've tried installing Scribe for my Firefox. Twice Firefox has crashed and nothing gets installed.

I do note, however, that all the icons on my bookmarks have mysteriously disappeared. Guess it did do something. Just not necessarily something good.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 10:23 PM:

As it happens I can't even get OS X Firefox to log into my MT installation, so to heck with that. Still, Scribe is darn useful on the PC side.

Andy Perrin ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 10:54 PM:

I find that the spell check can be used in Safari by selecting "Check Spelling As You Type" from the "Spelling" submenu under "Edit." It is not checked by default.

You can also select some text and hit "cmd-:".

Avram ::: (view all by) ::: May 17, 2004, 11:54 PM:

OSX Firefox crashed on my attempt to install NukeAnything a couple of weeks back. Iíll try it again next version.

I am much with the lurve for Firefox on Windows. Beats the heck out of pokey olí MSIE.

W. Kiernan ::: (view all by) ::: May 19, 2004, 05:20 PM:

Geez, I remember once when I was reading some damn weblog and I decided to dash off a quick two-line response. The damn thing grew and grew. I fetched books off the bookshelf and had a half-dozen browser windows open for research, as my post got bigger and bigger. I edited it, and trimmed it, and fluffed it back up, and swapped sentences and paragraphs around. After about an hour and a half of typing I was just about to post the stupid thing - when my browser crashed!

Fortunately I happened to have MS Visual C++ installed on that machine, so it offered me the options of either terminating the failed application or debugging it. After a few minutes of hunting for a string in memory with the debugger, I was able to find the plain text of my post, which I cut-n-pasted into a text editor. Then I let the browser die, restarted it, and posted my stuff.

What an egomaniac! What's worse, betcha no one ever actually read my "brilliant" post.