My new laptop

Well, I finally bought a new laptop, an Averatec 3715, for $799 at Sam’s Club. I needed a powerful enough machine to do some serious developement work, but at the same time something small and light weight enough that I could take it along anywhere and everywhere. At 4.2lbs this 12-inch ultralight is exactly what I was looking for. It’s tiny on the outside, but inside it’s got a 1.8 GHz processor, 512MB of memory, and an 80GB hard drive (or in other words, it doesn’t lag at all behind any low end larger model I might have bought instead).

I love the looks of it too. The battery life is a little lower than I maybe would like, but if you turn the screen brightness down a bit you can get a good two hours between charges, which I can live with.

Prefbar for Firefox 1.5

I have had several people lately requesting a version of the Preferences Toolbar that works with Firefox 1.5. As some of you may know, I was out of the mozilla world for an extended period of time ending this last summer. The last few versions of the Prefbar have been developed and maintained by a team of programmers at Now that I have returned, I intend to get back into prefbar work again, hopefully in cooperation with those other guys. However, since I have not yet been able to discuss this with the mozdev group, I hacked together a quick update to the latest prefbar build in order to make it work with Firefox 1.5. This was actually a lot more complicated than I thought it would be (there were quite a few changes between 1.0 and 1.5, combined with the fact that there is now quite a bit of code in the prefbar that I am not familiar with), but I have a version that works.

Experimental Prefbar 3.5 for Firefox 1.5: Download
(You may have to save the file locally and then open it in Firefox in order for the install to begin.)

I know of two bugs in the current version:

  1. After changing the toolbar button selection via the options window, you have to open a new browser window before the changes are reflected. I’m working on figuring out a fix for this.
  2. Some of the buttons and checkboxes no longer work, mostly because of changed preference names. Your help in figuring this out would be appreciated. If you spot a preference that no longer works (or any other bug in the prefbar), email me at aaron at xulplanet dot com with the details.

This should be considered a somewhat unstable experimental build, suitable for those who really really need the prefbar for everyday browsing, and people who want to help me out by spotting bugs. I’m hoping to have a better, cleaner, less of a hack version available soon.


I am resurrecting the old book review arm of this blog as of right now. I’ve purchased a lot of books online lately, and gotten a few more from the library. I’ve been getting a lot of the books that I read as a kid, or wish that I would have. In the second category is Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, a book I really wish would have been around when I first started high school.

Title: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Published: 1999
ISBN: 014131088X

My Rating: 10 / 10. Perfect. Five Stars.

This book is, as of two days ago, one of my favorite novels of all time. I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone I know (and everyone I don’t, such as the majority of the people who this read this blog). Although I don’t know if it’s international appeal would be the same, anyone who is, or ever was, a student at an American high school should appreciate this story. More later…

Happy Birthday

… to me!

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And while I’m at it…

… who the heck is Parson Brown anyway?

(I’m Google knows, actually, if I only had time to ask)

Is it over yet?

When you put the 24 hour Christmas station on at work all day, you come to realize very quickly just how few Christmas songs there really are in this world.

Isolophobia: Fear of being alone.

My cat has this.