Friday, May 20, 2005

Greasemonkey on

We've added Greasemonkey to and are now directing all downloads to go through there. This probably means nothing to you, except that:

a) We should be able to roll out new releases of GM much faster now
b) There's a cool little download counter

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

More obvious user script alterations?

Rael made a pretty high-profile mistake in posting that Google had added delicious tags to its results page. It turns out that these tags were supplied by the Annotate Google user script, which he'd installed and forgotten.

He raises the point that the user-writable web is likely to raise more such issues:

While I'm as much a fan of the writeable and rewriteable Web as anyone..., is
that cute little Greasemonkey in the bottom-right corner of my browser
notification enough? (Apparently not.)

Point taken. But is this something that should be solved by more obvious changes, or by more awareness of the augmented web? I don't expect my email client to show the same contacts as Rael's. Why should I expect my search results to be the same as Rael's?

OK, it's a stretch, but maybe we can agree that if the augmented web continues to become more popular, this becomes a non-issue.

If we can't agree on that, how could the augmentations be made more obvious? Mouseover'd aura element borders? A monkey icon that smiles more largely when scripts have been injected? A siren that sounds when you've forgotten, again, that this page is augmented?

That last one may be a bit annoying.

Suggestions? Comments welcome, or send 'em to the list.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Slashdot (ouch)

Apologies for the downtime and slow responses experienced on the script directory and home page. DiG warranted a Slashdot post, and we're all hurting. Except for DiG. Mark was prepared, of course.

Anyway, uh, this is temporary. Probably. ;)

Sunday, May 15, 2005

0.3.3 (not beta)

Seems stable enough, so let's call it that. Booya.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Greasemonkey 0.3.3 (beta)

No big changes over 0.3b. The main news is that it should work for the latest aviary (soon to be 1.0.4). Still working on latest trunk fix. Sowwy.

Details here.

Since mozdev takes a while to propogate mirrors, you can also try getting it here.

Dive into Greasemonkey

If you're interested in Greasemonkey, you'll be interested in this: Dive into Greasemonkey, another fine publication by Mark Pilgrim, whose enthusiasm Greasemonkey has benefitted from greatly.

Dive into Greasemonkey is
  • Patterns
  • Case studies
  • API reference
  • Screencasts
  • GPL-licensed
It's also excellent, and includes the latest features. If you'd like to know something about coding for Greasemonkey it's there. If you'd like to evangelize Greasemonkey to someone else, it's there. If you'd like to learn how to use Greasemonkey, it's there.

Fully buzzword compliant, just the right length.