Sunday, January 17, 2010

Prevent OpenDNS From Redirecting Google Searches – Fix for Firefox & IE Address Bar

For those of us who enjoy the protection of OpenDNS, but don't want to use the OpenDNS guide, change the value of keyword.url in your about.config to Thanks to digital inspiration for the tip.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

VirtualBox Tips

I've been experimenting a bit with Sun's VirtualBox over the last few days. For the most part, its been pretty smooth. I now use this instead of VMware. I thought I'd pass along a few snags I ran into to save someone else some trouble. When upgrading, uninstall the previous version first (they claim it can be installed over the old version, but its given me problems both times I've tried to upgrade that way). It won't delete your VMs. Also, for those running Vista/Win7, when installing, run the installer in administrator mode otherwise it seems to fail when trying to install the virtual network devices. I'm not sure why they don't have their installer set to require these permissions, and it doesn't seem to write a log either when it fails, making debugging difficult.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

GoogleMonkeyR and SkipScreen Incompatibility

I'm a user of the GoogleMonkeyR userscript, and for a few months I had been thinking that Google had changed something that caused the script to have the first result right-aligned instead of left-aligned. It turns out, the problem is actually because I'm also a user of SkipScreen. The problem lies in the 'search refinements' setting, it must be disabled for GoogleMonkeyR to work properly, either do this from the GUI SkipScreen options dialog, or change the value extensions.skipscreen.searchrefinementsactive to false. Hopefully, this saves someone else some confusion.

Monday, January 11, 2010

More Groovy Bugs

While trying to add some sorting to my ValidateMe script, I discovered a Groovy bug that someone else reported on Thursday. It appears that although inner classes are supposed to be supported in the new Groovy 1.7, calling methods on enums inside a class do not. I've also created another suggestion for a reverse() method on Maps. I did add the changes I wanted to ValidateMe without these Jiras being addressed. What I did for the reverse was do something like