New design

I finally got around to spending ten minutes to create a new design for this site that I might not hate quite as much as the last one. The HTML is slightly better, the CSS is just as bad, and links are painfully non-obvious, which I’ll need to fix. An added bonus is that I’ve broken all the links in my sidebar – hooray for progress!

And I’ve just noticed my layout breaks in 800×600! Woo! I rock so hard 🙂

MSN Spaces launched

Microsoft launched Spaces today.

Dear God it’s shit. I don’t really have much more to say on the matter, so I’ll just quote one of my workmates who also signed up to see what it was like: diabolical.

I realise that this post will make you go to spaces to sign up and see what it’s like – really, don’t. You’ll just be wasting your life.

Oh, and although it’s functionally better in IE than in Firefox (drog and drop parts of a page Sharepoint-stylee and the post creator/editor actually works), the visual style keeps breaking badly in IE, whereas at least in Firefox all of the page actually appears each time you view it.

The MSN Messenger integration looks like it might be nice, but they’ve not released it yet and I don’t use Messenger anyway. Ho hum.

Search your gmail in Firefox

I’ve only recently made the move from Firefox 0.9.x to 1.0 (I was waiting for all the extensions I use to finally get updated) and although I mainly do my searching using keywords, I’m really enjoying the search toolbar. It’s incredibly intuitive, and although I’m both very used to, and very quick at using keywords to perform all my searches I find myself using the search toolbar time and time again, it’s clearly a very intuitive widget, and massively extensible to boot.

It’s not actually listed on the mycroft website, but as well as Amazon, Wikipedia, IMDB and all the other search engines that can be plugged into it, there’s also one for letting you search your gmail (the ‘install’ link on the site doesn’t work though, but you can click this link to install the gmail search engine).

It’s actually quite useful being able to search your mail from your browser, especially when it lets you perform complex queries like I wrote about before.

What using the gmail search toolbar looks like

What’s also nice is that if you don’t type anything and just hit enter it takes you straight to your inbox. Must save me literally seconds every day 🙂