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 is.gd the shorter URL service.

[js]
CmdUtils.CreateCommand({
name: “isgd”,
takes: {“url to shorten”: noun_arb_text},
preview: “Replaces the selected URL with an is.gd URL.”,
execute: function( url )
{
var baseUrl = “http://is.gd/api.php”;
var params = {longurl: url.text};
jQuery.get( baseUrl, params, function( isgdUrl )
{
CmdUtils.setSelection( isgdUrl );
})
}
})
[/js]

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 is.gd and Ubiquity
Shortening a URL with is.gd and Ubiquity

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

Ubiquity’s Intro: http://is.gd/1Wns

Custom Commands: http://is.gd/1Ydc

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:

http://nil.checksite.co.uk/index.cfm/2006/4/12/Using-Fiddler-with-Firefox

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.