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Monday, January 09, 2006

Firefox Auto-Complete Bug Fixed!

For several months, Firefox's "auto-complete" feature that remembers typed words in text boxes was disabled, for reasons unknown. This meant that everytime I used a search engine or a shopping cart form, I had to laboriously type out the entire words rather than just the first letter and then selecting my previously entered text from the drop-down list.

Can you imagine the horrible inconvenience? What year is this anyway, 1999? I had resolved to simply live with this growing annoyance, but this morning, I had had enough. I decided to search far and wide to find the source of this malicious bug, no matter the cost. I would pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to regain my cushy lifestyle.

And I found it. The culprit: the Google toolbar. (In my best Jon Stewart impression, with fist shaking) Damn you, Google toolbar!

When I think of all the days, I mean hours, I mean minutes I've lost to typing complete search queries and my home address and my phone number, I can't speak. Oh the horror, the horror.

But, if you're in the same boat as I once was, fret not. The solution is pretty easy: just uninstall the "official" Google toolbar and install the unofficial Googlebar extension. (If you're using Firefox 1.5, be sure to get the "experimental" version, or Googlebar won't work.)

In fact, Googlebar actually has better features and options than the real deal, so it's a win-win. Thank you Thighmaster, err Googlebar!

Posted by Cory Kleinschmidt




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