Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Favorite FireFox Add-ons

Using a browser like Google Chrome reminds me how addicted I am to my FireFox add-ons. I use 15 or so, but these are by far my favorites:

Delicious Bookmarks

Can't go without having the same bookmarks on every PC, laptop and phone I use. The search and sidebar make this a must-have.

IE Tab

Love switching to IE inside Firefox when a web page won't display correctly. Even better are the filters I can set to have it switch automatically once I know a site doesn't render well in Firefox.

TinyUrl Creator

Right click on a link and automatically have a tinyurl created and on the clipboard ready for pasting.

DownThemAll!

Cool utility that lets you download all images from a web page in a batch. Good for backing up a web site you don't have file access to (like a Blogger blog), or for getting every little image that makes up some web menu or other construct you'd like to emulate.

Adblock

The name pretty much says it all. Turns sites that bombard me with animated ads into static images my eyes and brain can comprehend.

Flashblock

I would imagine everyone has this already, but I'll mention it just in case. Great again for blocking sites with way too many animations.

Friday, December 12, 2008

2008 In Review

I'm only 11 months in, but I'm optimistic and declaring my first year of blogging a success. Not only am I still interested in blogging, I managed to post more information than I initially planned. My initial goal was 2 posts per month. So far in 2008 I managed 41 posts, although some of them were purely announcements and probably shouldn't count as content.   :)

Considering other commitments I have I am very please with 41 posts. These are my favorites from 2008:

Why Blogs are not as Lame as they Sound

A Database Trigger That Maintains an RSS Feed

Nitpicks Matter

Direct Table Access in ADO.NET

Updating Static Cursors

Delphi: Did You Know #1

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

ARC: Did You Know #5

Did you know you can double-click in the filter edit box of the table browser and get a larger filter dialog?



In addition to a larger buffer to enter text, the dialog includes options to save, print and load filter expressions.



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Twitter Test

I've avoided Facebook and LinkedIn and still have no plans to join either. I have been avoiding Twitter as I don't quite understand how it provides more than some trivial value, but on a whim I have decided to give it a try.

OK, not entirely on a whim... Out of curiosity I searched Twitter for "Advantage Database", expecting zero results. I found a handful of posts including one by Marco Cantu, and I wanted to reply. I had to have an account to reply. And now I have an account.  :)

Now that I have passed the entry barrier I figured I would give it a try. If you feel like following me my Twitter account name is jeremym1234. Tell your friends.   :)