BlueNC Search for Firefox

If you're using Firefox, there's probably a search box on your toolbars. If you're like me, it's usually set to Yahoogle, but every now and then it's handy to search BlueNC. And the search function here is, howyousay, less than robust.

So I put together a search plugin for Firefox that uses Google, but I don't have the javascript chops to set up an auto install. Maybe someone out there in BlueNC-land can help with that. Until then, here's how to add the search engine to your Firefox.

Right-click on the following link and select "Save Link As..." and put the file somewhere handy on your computer, maybe the desktop.

bluenc.xml

Then you'll need to copy and paste the file into the "searchplugins" folder in your profile folder. Here's where that is on my computer: C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\junkjunk.default\searchplugins\ . The stuff in italics may be different for you. If you're the only user on your computer, the Username may be "Administrator." Note that you won't see the "Application Data" folder unless you have hidden files and folders turned on. If you get to that point and can't see the folder, just click "Tools" in the menu, then "Folder Options...," then the "View" tab, then click "Show hidden files and folders" and "OK."

Let me know if you have any problems!

Comments

Of course, that's just for Windows.

And Firefox 1.5 or higher. If you're using Mac, well then you can use this as an excuse to step up to Windows.

Grrrrr

Got all the way to right before 'search plugins' and that was that. Will try again tomorrow when I'm fresh.

Thanks for doing this.

I'm on it...

as soon as I get to a place with a charger, going going goi...

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Linky Q

Since we're talking tech, is it possible to change the link insert feature so that the phrase "Link Text" becomes one word "LinkText"? That way a double click will highlight for insertion. When clicking and dragging the cursor the words "Link" and "Text" are usually on opposite ends of separate lines for me.

This is another case of

me not knowing enough javascript to be able to pull that off. I've been into the code a few times because I'm sure that it's possible, but I've always come out confused and frightened.

The Java Script Code

Sounds like Da Vinci meets Matrix

What about prefacing comments in your RSS feed...

I know this probably got lost on the stack, but it'd be great if you could preface comment titles in your RSS feed with what thread they came from. I use RSS almost exclusively to sort the wheat from the chaff and it'd be a great help.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

Will, thanks for the reminder

When we talked about this before, I said that I'd get to it, oh, say, right about now. But now I'm going to wait. I'm going to upgrade the site to Drupal 4.7 (or a new CivicSpace, if they get around to a 4.7-based release soon enough) at the beginning of September. Whatever I do to the comment module now will be a hack that, at best, will have to be redone then. There are some big changes in 4.7, and it could be that we'll find that prefaced comments are included or, at worst, that I'll have to come up with a new hack.

So: keep on me, but not until September. I think that this is a good idea—pretty much necessary as the site grows. I'm sorry to keep everyone waiting for it.