Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Microsoft Fiddler on Firefox

Recently, I found on Microsoft web site, the release of a Http debuging tool, Fiddler , something quite similar to HttpWatch software which lets us monitor http responses and requests from client to server. I did not believe why Microsoft did not develop something in order to keep market as Mozilla had with Live Http Headers.
After installing, I found few features were improved rather than HttpWatch had.

The curious thing is that it´s installed as a proxy running on 8888 port which can be configured to work on Firefox browser so those users will keep lucky.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Small-Screen Rendering

Trying to get further on this Opera technology, conclusion is it is not as complex as you could think. Just using Css and Dom you might get a good approach valid for Mozilla browsers. Here is what you should include on your code to reescale html and objects to a normal 176 px width screen. Although, this is obviously quite simple, they have made sure to publish a improved product.

body { width: 176px ;border: thick solid red }

:not(body):not(img) {
/* the negated ID selectors above are here just
to increase specificity */ width: auto ! important ;}

/* the negated ID selectors above are here just
to increase specificity */
position: static;
float: none;
text-align: left;
padding: 0px;
margin: 0px;
top: auto;
left: auto;
{ display: block;}

iframe {display : none;}

li {list-style-position: inside;}

img[width="1"] {display: none}

Friday, April 01, 2005

Firefox Google Searches

According to Google inc, it has been developed a functionality under Mozilla-based browsers that let you preload first result you have executed (Similar to I´m feeling lucky). So far, IE does not support it. It consists on including a link in the headers with 'prefetch value' as follows
 link rel="prefetch" href="http://www.nasa.gov/"/

Curiously, not any search term will be included it.
'Yahoo', 'Nasa', 'StandFord' will but 'Football' will not. Does anyboy know why it behaves like that?.

Look at this to see the headers sent to the browser,


GET / HTTP/1.1
Host: www.stanford.edu
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0
(Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0 (ax)
Accept: text/xml,application/xml,application/xhtml+xml,text/html;
Accept-Language: en-us,en;q=0.5
Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate
Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1,utf-8;q=0.7,*;q=0.7
Keep-Alive: 300
Connection: keep-alive
Referer: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=mozclient&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&q=standford
X-Moz: prefetch

Google improvements

Surprisingly, when I enter Gmail, just in GMail one-year birthday,I noticed a small change on the sign-in page. A gift, exposing mailbox storage (2 Gbytes) is increasing to Infinity and a javascript showing the new capacity treat to explain new plans from Google to fight with Yahoo Mail announcement.

Also, it lets you format your emails offering rich text formatting.

Lastly, a new service related to Google Maps is now online. It is called 'Google Rider Finder', a location service which finds any cab or taxi on the area you are looking for. It´s only available in a few states.