Archive for February, 2010

End of Warbook? End of Brimstone.

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

Well apparently, the Warbook mana server has been down for months now and nobody seems to be inclined to do anything about it. There are still some people playing it for reasons of their own but I don’t think it will recover from here.

This would mean that it is rather pointless for me to continue developing Brimstone as things stand. If things change then maybe I will reconsider but for now assume that there will be no more releases of Brimstone.

Started work on my new website

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

My previous website was rather basic to say the least. This weekend, I finally got around to creating myself a new Joomla based website. Most of the information that was previously available has been migrated. All I need to do now is some actual design work and stop using the default template.

You can check out my first attempt at

Brimstone 0.6.1

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Made a minor update to Brimstone today. It now:

  • Supports Firefox 3.6
  • Supports the current Warbook server

However, at the time of writing, the Warbook server wasn’t allowing people to cast spells. (We’re sorry, but we are fixing our DB server. We’ll be back online soon!.)

Don’t know how long that will last for.

RememberMe - My First Jetpack

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Made some time last night to actually sit down and write my first Jetpack. Its a very simple affair inspired by my annoyance that some websites decide to mark their input boxes as autocomplete=”off”. This has the effect of stopping Firefox’s password manager from attempting to remember login credentials. This may be sensible on some banking sites where personal data security is paramount but otherwise is just an annoyance to the user.

RememberMe is a jetpack that once installed allows you to override the autocomplete attribute by right-clicking and selecting “Remember Me”. The jetpack then remembers your request and from then on the attribute will be forced to “on”. You can reset this by selecting “Forget Me”.

You can find RememberMe here.

I have only tested this on sites that I use and so it is quite possible that there are bugs. Don’t hesitate to let me know.

Upgrading to Firefox 3.6

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Thought I would upgrade to Firefox 3.6 this weekend. Mostly a smooth process except that it appears that IE Tab doesn’t support 3.6. I don’t know whether this is going to get updated at some point but as work uses a number of web apps that require IE, I was happy to discover that there is an alternative.

Corel IE Tab is a fork of the IETab project with some enhancements. I haven’t actually tried any of these out, but the main function of embedding an IE tab in Firefox appears to work as expected.

On a related note Firebug 1.4.0 also doesn’t support Firefox 3.6. As I mentioned in my previous post, Firebug 1.4.0 is the most recent version of Firebug that allows me to do any decent debugging in Jetpack. In the end I resorted to using Nightly Tester Tools to override the compatibility check. This seems to work fine so far. Now I am running Firefox 3.6, I did try out the Firebug 1.6 alpha builds but no joy on the Jetpack debugging front there so 1.4.0 it is for now.