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Dec. 17th, 2007 @ 12:53 pm take my software... please
It's been fourteen years since I shipped any software outside of work. The previous program's still going strong - and its version number climbed from 0.9 all the way to 0.94.13! So 1.0 should be out in about 2028. It'll be the web server on your flying car.

Anyway, forget the past and future and join me in the present. Download: (Firefox) Favicon Fixer

To make sure the potential audience is as small as possible, it requires you to be running OSX Leopard, Intel only, and of course you have to use Firefox. And it'll be less than thrilling if you don't have any bookmarks.

Let me know if it works or doesn't work. I don't know how much more time I want to spend on it because for the most part it's something you only run once. I'd rather put polishing effort into something people might use at least twice. I'll keep fiddling with it as long as it's helping me learn cocoa.

[Update: I forgot the most important thing. Anyone want to win a spot in the credits file by making me an icon? It's kind of sad to have no favicon for a favicon-specific piece of software - so I need a 16x16 icon, but more importantly one of whatever size OSX uses for applications. Maybe something involving Fs?]
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From:brec
Date:December 17th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Basically worked. It (appeared that) I had to stop it manually: it was still "Working" after it became quiescent.

However, it didn't do what I hoped it would: display icons next to the names in the Bookmarks Toolbar. I miss those from the Windows version.
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From:extempore
Date:December 17th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
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There's a firefox extension that does that: mac favicon. I don't use it so I can't vouch for its awesomeness.
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From:brec
Date:December 17th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
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So far so awesome.
From:mosch2000
Date:December 17th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)

It mostly worked, I guess...

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I'm not sure what the status '???' means, but apparently I have 3 of them.

Care to share what that one means?
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From:extempore
Date:December 17th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)

Re: It mostly worked, I guess...

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This is listed (unclearly) in the known bugs - ??? is just the init state. It doesn't finish off right, so 1-10 bookmarks can end up ??? instead of being fully processed.
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From:krizazy
Date:December 18th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
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The only time I ever thought that I was going to teach myself cocoa was when I realized that mac laptops all have cameras built into them. I was going to write the "Cryptonomicon screen saver." I just abandoned it when I realized that I didn't really know where to get started with whatever API I'd need to use to grab images from the iSight.

I assume that I would have found a similar barrier to surmount trying to write a plugin for anything, so I salute your abilities as a developer.
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From:extempore
Date:December 18th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
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I didn't get very far into cryptonomicon (not because I didn't like it, it just happened...) anyway, what is the cryptonomicon screensaver? It's not exactly what you want because it requires user involvement, but maybe the problem will seem more tractable if you see you can get images from isight in about two lines of code. In f-script:

IKPictureTaker pictureTaker orderFront:nil
IKPictureTaker pictureTaker outputImage

If it has something to do with a screensaver of real-time shots from other people's isight cameras, I like that idea. Maybe I'll write it. Right now the screensaver I have installed shows live video from net-accessible surveillance cameras.

Also, Favicon Fixer isn't a firefox plugin, it's a standalone cocoa app that manipulates firefox's bookmarks file - that's why you need firefox.
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From:krizazy
Date:December 19th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
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Well, in the story he set his laptop up to snap pictures every so many seconds with a little script he threw together. His goal was to get pictures of a bunch of people in a meeting who may be walking in front of his computer.

I translated that to making a screen saver for when you leave a room to snap a picture and send it off to some location on the internet to get pics of potential notebook thieves. The idea is that that location would be user-customizable. I think there's something similar that uses the motion sensor to do pretty much that anyhow, which is also cooler, but it was one of those "let's see if I can write this" sort of things.

The other option, I suppose, would be to make a really neat screen saver (whatever the flying toasters of 2008 would be) that people want to install, and then use that to get their pictures sent to wherever you want to send them. That'd be pretty bad, but I suppose that's an option too.

My hitting a wall consisted of not making progress for about 30 minutes (I suppose that I suck at google and reading). Knowing that it would be some trivial thing that I was just missing, I kinda put that idea on the back burner until the answer presented itself.
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From:extempore
Date:December 19th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Take a look at gawker.

And it's open source.
From:danielhoerr
Date:December 18th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)

FF?

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Is Firefox still gracing the Mac with bugginess and memory leakage? I switched to Camino about 5 months ago simply because I got sick of Force Quitting Firefox several times a day...

How's it running these days for you Paul?
From:danielhoerr
Date:December 18th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)

Re: FF?

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Oh, and BTW - App ran beautifully, nifty work. If I have time today, I'll work on an icon for you.
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From:extempore
Date:December 18th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)

Re: FF?

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Firefox is still the buggiest piece of software I use on the mac. However, I can't live without the extensions, especially adblock - I've tried and I miss way too much. Compared to the alternatives, restarting the browser periodically is a small price to pay.
From:on3_40_se7en
Date:December 19th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)

Re: FF?

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FWIW, Opera has ad-blocking ability. The only problem is the need to do it manually (or the last time I checked, you had to, but I haven't used Opera in a year), which I would assume expends too much of your time to make it worthwhile.

Just throwing it out there though.
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From:krizazy
Date:December 19th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)

Re: FF?

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There's an AdBlock like thing for Safari too. The problem is that Safari pukes a lot when a connection is poor, so when I'm on the road in crappy hotels I hav to use firefox (which is extremely stable compared to safari in my experience).
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From:extempore
Date:December 19th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)

Re: FF?

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Yeah, hand-maintenance is an absolute nonstarter. I think I'd rather endure the ads than spend any more of my life dicking around with filtering lists. I was on the verge of bailing from email entirely before gmail's spam filter became so effective.