Archive for Tag ‘firefox‘

Weaving Identity into the Browser

(via Dion Almaer and ReadWriteWeb)

Mozilla Labs posted a screencast yesterday of a new feature as part of the Weave project, which enables OpenID at the browser level, which will have potentially significant impact on adoption and use of portable identity technology.

Mozilla Weave Logo Weave is a Mozilla Labs project, started back in December of 2007, which (before this latest announcement) was mostly known for their Sync service, which can synchonize (and keep in sync over time) bookmarks, saved passwords, browsing history, and tabs, keeping your firefox browser experience consistent across multiple computers. It’s quite useful for those of us who have a work desktop, home desktop, and laptop, or some other combination of multiple computers regularly used.

This new effort, however, integrates OpenID into the Firefox user experience:

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Skyfire Beta

I’ve been playing around for a while with a beta version of Skyfire on my Samsung Blackjack.

Skyfire’s a new gecko-based browser for Windows Mobile and Symbian phones, and if you’ve got a Windows Mobile based phone, you’ll want to request access to the beta ASAP (the beta program requires a US phone number, unfortunately). It’s not quite ready for prime time, but it is definitely something to track as it moves toward 1.0.

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David Cancel’s Web Beacon Finder

(Via David’s blog)
David Cancel’s written a Greasemonkey script which alerts you to the various web beacons / tracking bugs used on the websites you visit.

Tracking Web Bugs

David’s updated the script recently, including the following changes:

  • Favicons are now stored locally to increase performance.
  • Updated definition for Lookery
  • Updated definition for Google Analytics
  • Added definition for Piwik Analytics
  • Added definition for Mint
  • Added definition for Facebook Beacon
  • Added definition for TypePad Stats
  • Added definition for WordPress Stats

Go here to get it.

Not sure I can surf with this enabled all the time, given the number of sites using these various services – but it is certainly interesting to try it out for a while and see how common they are.

Is that a weave, or your natural hair?

Mozilla just (on 12/23, while I was off celebrating Lille julaften) launched another project on Mozilla Labs. This one’s called Weave, and it represents Mozilla’s entry into the data portability discussion.

(I’m sure they meant weave as in the “weaving the web” reference – but I can’t but help think about hair weaves, and the artificial extension of the browser beyond its natural domain – a little irony in the name itself? Not that there’s anything wrong with wearing a weave, mind you.)

News Coverage:

And the original announcement itself: Introducing Weave (Mozilla Labs).

In that announcement, Mozilla Labs argues that:

Web browsers like Firefox can and should do more to broker rich experiences while increasing user control over their data and personal information.

The initial release, which requires a Firefox 3b2pre or later build, lets the user synchronize browser history and bookmarks with data storage in the cloud.

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Use your Long Tail Facebook Apps

Thanks to Dion Almaer using more than six apps on facebook is again possible.

Well, possible is an overstatement – but I tended to forget the ones which fell below the virtual fold imposed by Facebook showing only six by default.

Dion’s aptly named Greasemonkey script to expand Facebook left bar effectively clicks the “more” button under your applications in the leftmost column on Facebook, showing you all of your installed applications.

What gets pushed further down the page, of course, is advertising – in this case the “Facebook flyer” which I for one can do without.

Of course, you have to be running Firefox and have Greasemonkey installed, but you should have both of those things anyway.

Thanks Dion for a nifty quick hack.