Mozilla Ubiquity – Useful and fun

So i’ve been checking out Ubiquity and playing with it a bit. Even in its “early, rough” state, it is fun stuff to play with and definitely useful!

I even had the time (about 2 min cause I just copied one of their commands) to create a custom command for the shorter URL service.

name: “isgd”,
takes: {“url to shorten”: noun_arb_text},
preview: “Replaces the selected URL with an URL.”,
execute: function( url )
var baseUrl = “”;
var params = {longurl: url.text};
jQuery.get( baseUrl, params, function( isgdUrl )
CmdUtils.setSelection( isgdUrl );

To add this command jsut open up Ubiquity (opt/ctrl+Space) and type command-editor, then hit enter. Add the code (it automatically saves as you type). Then your good to go.

To use the new command, have some text selected in a new email or blog post, open Ubiquity type isgd, then the url, hit enter and the text that was selected will be replaced with the shortened URL.

Shortening a URL with and Ubiquity
Shortening a URL with and Ubiquity

Of course there are plenty of other ways you can use/play with Ubiquity.

Ubiquity’s Intro:

Custom Commands:

That’s right, I even used Ubiquity to create the links above.

Using Fiddler with Firefox

I recently encountered some issues with trying to debug a flash application that posted an XML packet to a URL. I first tried FireBug, it didn’t seem to be picking up the XML that was posted. After a quick Google search, I ran across a post describing how to use Fiddler (an IE based tool) with Firefox.

Check out the simple setup steps:

Bonus! I was able to view the raw header and the XML data that was being posted.

NOTE: I have heard of some issues with having to have Fiddler open to browse in Firefox, but haven’t encountered it.