Always interesting to have the Semipermanent Floating RSS Argument stop by for a visit. Highlights from this trip by included the GAOF Pro Tempore cooking up his funky chips, and a visit from the always-delightful Michael Bernstein. Since I throw off twenty or thirty allusions like that every day, and have someone catch the context, um, never, it’s that much better when someone does. Sometimes, I really do love the internet.
In Mozilla news, Mozilla 1.4 RC 2 is out, mostly notable to me as a step on the path to 1.5, when Firebird and Thunderbird take their rightful places as the main products.
More personally significant, LiveHTTPHeaders 0.6 is out, with a fix for the “crash with Tabbrowser Extensions in single window mode” bug. The fix puts the LiveHTTPHeaders menu item below the Options item, which is a bit funky, but quite tolerable compared to doing without either one. But I have to say that my totally uneducated guess is that TBE is probably at fault, what with the way that it’s doing so much, and LiveHTTPHeaders is just trying to insertAfter like any other extension. Don’t know yet whether I’m sharp enough (or committed enough) to hack at extension, but I’m getting more tempted all the time to try doing my own version of TBE, splitting off the parts I use into probably three separate focused extensions.
The 2003-06-17 Thunderbird build includes support for extensions. Wonderful! Extensions do two things for you: if there’s an extension to do that one thing that you would kill to have a program do, then suddenly Fire/Thunderbird goes from being something sort of interesting to being something you can’t live without, and the existence and incredible power of extensions (I was poking around in just what you can do with the XPInstall API, which is slicker and more powerful than some standalone Windows installers I’ve used) means that the owner(s) of the program itself can say “No. If you and three hundred other people want it, do it in an extension.” rather than adding ten prefs and three menu items for every idea anyone has ever had.
Also currently rocking my Flattened Firebird world: the Download Statusbar extension puts downloads in a second statusbar at the bottom of the window, rather than using separate dialogs or a sidebar. Start a download or two (at the moment I’m 55% of the way through the new Thunderbird), and when you notice that the progress bar has finally made it clear across, double-click to launch it. It does several other nice things, but just those two are enough to put it in my must-have list.