Meebo web interface: I recently started using Meebo, an online browser-based instant messaging. Meebo allows users to combine instant messaging on a single webpage. Meebo works with several chat networks: AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber.

There is no software to install. Meebo will run on any computer with a browser and internet access. Meebo allows users to combine chat buddies in a singe buddy list. You can use your existing IM accounts, or get a free Meebo login to chat across all networks with a single id.

The Meebo interface is also capable of playing games, video conference, transfer files, and so much more, all from the web browser. There is another feature is called Rocket man, it’s a shiny rocket ship in the Meebo IM window which allows you to launch and select any application to launch with your buddy.

In addition to the web interface, Meebo has other products and offerings.

Meebo Me: is a piece of code that you place in your web page. It allows you to chat with anyone who comes to your blog or web page. Your visitors show up in your Meebo buddylist so you can strike up a conversation, answer questions, or just keep tabs on guests. You can also publish your online status so friends can see if you’re available when they visit your site.

Meebo for iPhone: Meebo brings IM to the Apple iPhone. Just point to on the iPhone or iPod touch and chat on the go. Effortlessly flick through your buddies. The smart buddylist makes it easy to keep up with all your conversations. No downloads are required and it’s free.

Firefox Extention: Instant messaging across all the major IM networks is now built right into your browser. The Meebo Firefox Extension gives you a sidebar with a smart buddylist and visual notifications when your friends IM you. Drag internet links and images directly to your buddies, all while surfing the Web!

Meebo Repeater: Meebo Repeater is a software download for people who want to chat safely when their IM access is restricted. Just install the repeater on a computer that can access the Web freely, and then use that computer to bounce the signal to Meebo. It’s simple and secure.

Firefox Web Developer Extension

The Web Developer Extension is a plugin extension for the Firefox browser. It’s a great tool for web designers or for anyone who owns and manages their own website. Here are some of the Web Developer’s features:


  • It has a Disable function to turn on and off cache, Java and Javascript, disable page colors, pop-up blockers, minimum font-size and referrals.
  • It has a Cookie function which allows you to clear, delete or view a cookie. It’s great for troubleshooting authentication. You can also clear session cookies, delete domain cookies and delete domain paths.
  • The CSS section allows you to edit CSS on the fly without uploading styles to the server. If there are multiple CSS regardless of type whether they be inline, print or embedded. You can enable or disable one type or several types or any other combination. You can also enable the CSS box model.
  • The Forms section has a feature which allows you to manipulate form elements, remove maximum lengths, view passwords, enable form fields, auto complete, clear radio buttons, populate form fields, etc.
  • The Images section allows you to disable images, display alt attributes, image dimensions, file sizes, image paths and find broken images. In addition you can also hide images, background images, make it full size, invisibile or replace images with Alt attributes.
  • The Information section allows you to display abbreviations, access keys, anchors, block sizes, div orders, element information, id and class details, link details and a whole bunch more. You can also display table depth and table information, title attributes, topographic information and a lot more.
  • The Outline section will display frames, headings, links, tables, block size elements, deprecated elements, positioned elements as well as outline current elements and custom elements. It can display element names when outlining.
  • The Resize section allows you to display different window sizes, e.g. 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×1024 or any custom size you want. You can display windows size or windows size in the title. In addition, it also has a zoom in and a zoom out feature.
  • The Tools section allows you to validate CSS, feed, HTML, links, section 108 and WAI. It has a DOM inspector, an error console and a Java console. It can display page validation, validate local HTML or CSS.
  • View Source allows you to display HTML source code, view a frame or from a generated source.
  • Finally, Options allows persist features.


If you are running Firefox, you can download the Web Developer extension from Firefox’s website. Double click on the downloaded item and the Firefox browser will automatically add the extension for you. A restart of your Firefox browser is necessary for the extension to work. You can validate the extension is working by clicking Tools – Add-Ons form your Firefox menu. Check the Web Developer Toolbar on your Firefox browser.

Playing With CSS

The added benefit of having Web Developer Tool is the ability to edit CSS on the fly. If you want to try a different font, different size, different color, background, borders, margins, padding, practically anything to do with CSS, you can make the changes in the Web Developer tool and see the changes instantly. There is no need to upload your new CSS code to the server every time you want to try something new. The Web Developer tool saves you time when playing around with CSS.

Linux Kill Command

Occasionally, a Linux Kill command is what you need to terminate an application. This happened to me last night. I was trying to re-run Firefox 3.0 after it had crashed. I was getting an unusual error which I’ve never witnessed before. I wished I had taken a screenshot of the error since I can’t remember it vis-a-vis. It said something like this, “Firefox is still running, please close the application before running another one.”

It was very unusual error since I could not find a trace of Firefox running on my desktop. There were no minimized windows, no instances of Firefox running whatsoever in the current panel I was in or in any other panel (Ubuntu has multiple panels). Zilch. Absolutely nothing, but my system still thinks Firefox is running.

Force Quit

One way of killing an application is to use Force Quit. You can add a force quit icon to your Top Panel by right clicking your Top Panel and selecting `Add To Panel.` Look for the `Force Quit` icon (it’s the broken window icon) and click Add. You should see a `Force Quit` icon on your Top Panel similar to the snapshot I’ve taken below. It’s the last icon to the right, the one that looks like a broken window.

Kill Command

In my case, I could not use Force Quit. There were no traces of Firefox running on my desktop. Well, it is time for the Kill command. So, I thought about writing a tutorial for Linux newbies on how to terminate an application that will not start because another instance of it is running in the background.

The Fix

First things first, check if there is a process running in the background. Substitute the name of the offending application in place of Firefox. From the Terminal, type:

# ps -ef | grep firefox

The PS command gives you a snapshot of the current processes running on your system. I’m using the GREP command to display Firefox processes only. You should get a reply similar to the one below.

In this example, we are seeing one process with Firefox running. It has a process ID or PID of 4694. The second process is the GREP command we just issued. Just ignore this one. Based on the PS command, we’ve now determined the PID of the application that we need to KILL.

Going For The Kill

Now, for the fun part. Let’s kill this application. From the terminal, type:

# kill 4694

You can try it with -9 to ensure execution.

# kill -9 4694

That’s it. This application is now dead. You should be able to restart the application. To learn more about Linux commands, check out the following Man pages:

Firefox 3.0 Download Day

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The official date for the launch of Firefox 3.0 is June 17, 2008. Join Firefox set a world record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. Pledge now. Here are some of the new features of Firefox 3.0. Help spread Firefox. If you want to see a sneak preview of Firefox 3.0, you can download the Release Candidate 3 in your language of choice. Firefox 3.0 is also available in Windows, MacOS and Linux operating systems.


If you are a Mozilla Firefox user, you may noticed an upgrade recently or if you haven’t yet, you will be getting a notice fairly soon. Firefox just recently upgraded their browser to version to correct several security bugs. Here’s the release notes for the latest version. One thing I really appreciate about the Firefox browser is the speed and delivery of the updates which is unparalleled anywhere in the software world. Kudos to the Mozilla Firefox team for the job well done.

Linux Browsers

I just searched Google and was amazed by the number of browsers available for Linux. There are at least a couple of dozen browsers actively in development. The most popular browsers are Mozilla’s Firefox, Konqueror, Galeon and Opera. Firefox and Opera have Windows versions available for download. They are free. Gratis!

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