Saturday, September 30, 2006

Netvibes with Firefox 2.0 Beta2

Have started using Firefox Beta2 (BonEcho) for the last two days. The biggest difference is the automatic spell-checker for text-entry fields. This really helps with GMail and Blogger. You can get the latest version of Firefox Beta from here. Some of my extensions seem to work, most of them don't. The ability to subscribe to feeds has improved. One can now use an online-feed reader or a desktop feed-reader to automatically subscribe to RSS/ATOM feeds from a website which offers one.


The right way BonEcho by default ships with support for Google Reader, My Yahoo! and Bloglines. I really wanted support for Netvibes as that's my main feed-reader. Here's how I went about doing it.


  • Open a Tab and type in 'about:config' in the address bar.
  • Filter the list by the words 'contentHandlers'. This should list the Google, Yahoo and Bloglines feed-readers.
  • You will need to create new entries for Netvibes.
  • To create a new entry right click the window and select 'New > String'.
  • For the first string enter 'browser.contentHandlers.types.#.title' as the preference name and 'Netvibes' as the string value. '#' is the next biggest number for the feed contentHandlers. In my case it was 6.
  • For the second string enter 'browser.contentHandlers.types.#.type' as the preference name and 'application/vnd.mozilla.maybe.feed' as the string value.
  • For the third string enter 'browser.contentHandlers.types.#.uri' as the preference name and 'http://www.netvibes.com/subscribe.php?url=%s' as the string value, '%s' here is replaced by Firefox as the URL of the RSS/ATOM feed when it subscribes to Netvibes.
  • Restart Firefox and check if 'Netvibes' is listed as a feed when you subscribe to an online feed by choosing 'Bookmarks > Subscribe to this Feed'.


The ugly way At times I've seen that the netvibes value does not show up in my feed-selection. To fix this I just modified all the 'about:config' entries which point to 'My Yahoo' to Netvibes. In my case I had to change the values for contentHandler numbered '1'. You can edit a value by right-clicking and choosing 'Edit'.


After setting up Netvibes in Firefox 2.0 I can now go to a website and subscribe to the site's feed directly instead of copy-pasting URL's.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Audioslave Revelations

Following up to 'Out of Exile' would be an easy task for hard-rock's supergroup Audioslave and they seem to have done a good job of it. Here are the best tracks from their new album Revelations.


Keepers:

  • Revelations
  • Sound of a Gun
  • Until We Fall
  • Original Fire
  • Wide Awake
  • Moth


Weakpoints : The lyrics are not as good as the first album or even 'Out of Exile'. Some songs like 'Jewel of the Summertime' have overdone chorus parts with Chris Cornell just plain shouting and trying to sound loud and angry. Tom Morello takes the back seat and his trademark guitar solo's are missing, the only saving grace is 'One and the Same' which has the rare riff from Tom. Cornell's voice seems to have lost that icy smoothness which was evident in 'Like a Stone' and 'Heaven's Dead' and gained a lot of "force". Rock-ballads are missing in this album.


Strengths : It's LOUD!. There's more variety in this album, genre's range from grunge-rock to R&B to Disco and all the times making sure they have a hard-rock touch to it.


Rocktivism : I loved the music of 'Rage Against the Machine' and their politically charged songs like 'Killing in the name of' and 'Sleep now in the Fire' which are masterpieces in the power-metal/rock-rap genre. It was sad to hear that when Audioslave was formed the band was going to give up on their previous politically charged lyrics and instead concentrate on music. With 'Revelations' the formaer-RATM members seem to be back with political activism and it's evident from song's such as 'Sound of a Gun', 'Original Fire' and 'Wide Awake'. Either the band's ideology seems to have changed (for the better) or these are just antics to cash in on Republican-bashing. I really hope it's the former. You can read more about RATM's political activism on the Wikipedia article about the band (NSFW).

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