Mechanical

Afterbirthday

The birthday was wonderful. The sore throat and runny nose I have this morning is (s)not.

The photos of my new brother and sister in the UK were the high point. This is the first I've seen them.


And if you use Firefox, here's a tip that many don't seem to know about: keywords.

Let's say that you're constantly searching images.google.com. Go there and type a search for "daisies" and bookmark the resulting page. Then, goto "Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks" and select the bookmark you just saved. Ricght-click the bookmark and select "Properties" (or "Edit -> Properties" from the Manage Bookmarks menu). In the resulting dialog box, you can edit "Name", "Location", "Keyword" and "Description." The "Location" will look something like this:

  http://images.google.com/images?biw=&q=daisies&hl=en&btnG=Search+Images

In that URL, find the word you searched for ("daisies", in this case) and replace it with "%s" (without the quotes):

  http://images.google.com/images?biw=&q=%s&hl=en&btnG=Search+Images

Then, type "images" (without the quotes) in the keyword field. Click "OK".

When you're back at the browser, you can now just type "images" followed by what you want to search for and you'll go straight to the google images page for that. Try it with "images puppies", for example. This technique will work for just about any site where you can search.
Keywords are wonderful. I lost some I'd set up sometime back, but I've used them for doing lookups on perldoc, cpan, php.net, google, google images, and more. So handy.
The only problem that I have is that since I use multiple computers all over, it's hard to keep things in sync. I don't do much customization of my FF installs, and I use SiteBar for my bookmarks generally, so I tend to use more of what's installed by default into my profile, which is a few things like dict and slang and such.

I should look into a portable profile of sorts somehow.
Belated Happy Birthday to you!!! I was thinking of you yesterday, even if my thoughts never connected my hand to the phone.

Huge hugs,

Tamara