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Some updates

If you are a regular visitor you may have noticed I am constantly trying new things on my blog. These are the results of the last couple of days: Gravatars, an archive page, a new background image, updated divider graphics and even more transparency tricks. In addition to this, I’ve also added the ability to […]

Random Links #1

A batch of random links…


A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an 80×80 pixel avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums, so why not on weblogs?

Conditional comments

I’ve received a number of questions about the way I promote Firefox on this website. IE users see a large red bar on top of every page that will basically tell them to get Firefox. Most questions were about the way I show this red bar… Well thanks to Microsoft, it is actually very simple. […]


After some initial problems, the Firemonger project is now finally ready. The goal of the project is to create CD images which contain Firefox and which users can download, burn and give away to friends and family. The first CD is now available and includes Firefox, Thunderbird and various plugins, extensions and themes.

FirefoxCD needs a new name…

The goal of the FirefoxCD project is to create a downloadable .ISO CD-ROM image for Firefox users, which they can burn and give away to friends and family.

Firefox 1.0

In case you haven’t noticed yet: Firefox 1.0 is out!

Nucleus RSS/Atom Aggregator 0.10

As promised, today I am going to unveil my third Nucleus plugin. It’s called RSS/Atom Aggregator and is a variation of my previous plugin, the RSS/Atoms Reader. Instead of reading a single feed it can read multiple feeds and combine them into a single list. With this plugin you can simply include a single list […]

Nucleus RSS/Atom Reader 0.10

My second Nucleus plugin, a complete RSS/Atom parser that reads the headlines from the feeds you want to feature on your blog. It can handle RSS0.9, RSS1.0, RSS2.0 and Atom feeds, even when combined with RDF and complex namespaces.

Nucleus XBEL Reader 0.10

Ever wanted to publish your bookmarks on your blog? I’ve created a Nucleus plugin just for this purpose. Instead of using some weird non-standard solution, I decided to base the plugin on an existing standard called XBEL. This standard defines the contents of a bookmarks file in XML format.

Just a month old and already updating…

If you visit this blog over the next couple of days you might notice some strange things happening. I am currently trying out some new stuff with Nucleus and refining the design of this website. In addition to this I am going to add a small lib-scrub project page, a GPLed HTML parser, cleaner and […]

Wallpaper statistics (updated)…

My wallpapers are apparently a success. A large number of people have downloaded them and some sites even added a link to the blog entry. I’ve also received an enormous amount of positive feedback. A big thank you to everybody for the support!

Get Firefox buttons

After the wallpapers and the avatars, which will receive some updates in the nearby future, I’ve also created some Get Firefox buttons. Four different styles so far: XP, Orange, Blue and Black. I’m going to create a complete button set for at least one of them, which one do you prefer?

Avatar gallery

The first part of a Firefox avatar collection. Currently just 47 avatars for use on forums, of which 6 are animated. There are also 29 smaller versions for use with AIM and 22 larger versions for use with Yahoo or MSN. Check back later for more updates. Also, if you like these avatars, also check […]

Firefox wallpapers

The spreadfirefox website recently posted the original vector image of the Firefox logo. I’ve downloaded it and decided to play around a bit. The result is two wallpapers, one in two variants. I have some more ideas, so if you like these, check back in a couple of days… Update #1: I just came up […]