Browser Add-ons, Flock, Mozilla, Mozilla Add-ons, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Firefox for Mobile, Netscape Navigator, Software, URL Fixer

URL Fixer Has Been Acquired

Update: URL Fixer was acquired and is now hosted at

URL Fixer, one of the first add-ons I wrote for Firefox, has been acquired! It is now being managed by the team at

URL Fixer was inspired in 2006 by this Firefox bug report. Since then, it has been a featured add-on on the Mozilla Add-ons Gallery, it was one of the first add-ons to be compatible with Mobile Firefox, and it placed in the Extend Firefox 2 contest. It used to be compatible with both SeaMonkey and Flock (remember Flock?); its functionality was included in Netscape Navigator 9, and it was at one point under consideration to be included in Firefox 3.

URL Fixer has also been the subject of several experiments: it was the source of the statistics I used in my examination of what people type in the address bar, and it was the add-on I used to test the feasibility of selling a freemium browser add-on.

The new team in charge of URL Fixer recently released version 4, which you can install without needing to restart Firefox; I’m looking forward to seeing what other improvements they make and in what direction they take the add-on. Please note: support questions should no longer go to me; please send them to

AutoAuth, Browser Add-ons, Flock, Ideas, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape Navigator, Software

New browser extension: AutoAuth

Note: AutoAuth is now being developed by Steffan Schlein. If you would like to leave feedback, pleaseĀ create an issue on GitHub.

AutoAuth is an extension for Mozilla-based Web browsers that automatically submits HTTP authentication dialogs when you’ve chosen to have the browser save your login information. (If you’ve already told the browser what your username and password are, and you’ve told it to remember that username and password, why not just have it automatically submit it instead of asking you each time?)

The extension is pretty simple right now (very simple, actually), but I think it has the potential to become a very useful base for enhancing the HTTP authentication process in the browser. For example, a future feature might add the ability to specify login credentials for wildcard subdomains, so that once you’ve entered a password for, you don’t have to manually re-enter that password for,,, if they all take the same username/password pair. Just tell AutoAuth the username and password to use for *, and let it do the work.

You can install AutoAuth from the AutoAuth homepage. (AutoAuth is compatible with Firefox 1.5 and 2, Netscape Navigator 9, and Flock.)

Browser Add-ons, Flock, Mozilla Firefox, Performancing, ScribeFire, Software

ScribeFire (previously Performancing for Firefox) Updated

ScribeFire logo Version 1.4 of Performancing for Firefox has been released, and in the process, it has been rebranded as ScribeFire. The homepage has moved as well, from to

Besides the name change, this release includes the following changes:

  • Support for Blogger blogs has been improved (now you can even post with ampersands!)
  • We’ve added support for the new WordPress API. What does this mean? If you have a WordPress blog that supports the new API (currently any blog at, you will be able to add, edit, and delete pages directly from ScribeFire, as well as create new categories. (The API will be included in the next major WordPress release, for all blogs.)
  • General bug fixes and code optimization.

I’m new to this project, having been asked to pick up where the previous developer left off, so I’m not completely up-to-speed on what the most-requested fixes and features are. So in the spirit of catching me up, feel free to comment below with any feedback until the new site is up and running.

You can download ScribeFire from the Mozilla Addons preview site.

Browser Add-ons, Flock, Mozilla Firefox, Software, URL Fixer

Shortcuts are people too

Update: URL Fixer was acquired and is now hosted at

While I was reading over the comments at Lifehacker’s post on URL Fixer, I came across this critique:

[…] I’ve run into one little problem with this sucker. I avoid bookmarks like the plague and, instead, create keywords to jump to sites by typing in one word or a short phrase. Anyway, one of my keywords was the term “intranet” which linked to my office’s internal database pages. This extension would always turn that into which would send me out into the web for a site that I didn’t actually want to visit. […]

This situation hadn’t occurred to me before, but now that I’m aware of it, I’ve updated URL Fixer to check first if the text in the URL bar is a shortcut URL, and if so, to leave it alone. Thanks, dashifen!

Browser Add-ons, Flock, Mozilla Firefox, Software, URL Fixer

Update to URL Fixer (1.2.12)

Update: URL Fixer was acquired and is now hosted at

I’ve updated URL Fixer to version 1.2.12. In addition to including a Catalan translation, there are two main changes to the correction algorithm:

1. “;//” will now be corrected to “://” (http;// => http://).
2. All commas and other semicolons will be changed to dots (www,google;co,uk =>

You can install or upgrade URL Fixer from its homepage.

Browser Add-ons, Flock, Mozilla Firefox, Software, URL Fixer

Minor update to URL Fixer

Update: URL Fixer was acquired and is now hosted at

I’ve updated URL Fixer to version 1.2.11. A bug was causing the Chinese translation to be displayed for English-speaking users, so if you were seeing “?? (R)” or Chinese characters instead of “Confirm corrections” in the context menu for the URL bar, go ahead and upgrade. (You can always download the newest version of URL Fixer from the addon’s homepage.)

This version also includes 4 new locales: Hebrew, Korean, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Thanks to the translators over at Babelzilla for all their hard work.