Special search characters in Firefox

In Firefox, I use the InstantFox add-on to combine address bar and search bar into one item – like in Google Chrome.

But even without this add-on, Firefox allows you to restrict your search by adding a character in front of the search terms, like so:

firefox-search.jpg

Notice the * in front of the search term bugs. This restricts the search to bookmarks.

Here’s a list of the most important restrictions:

Character Restriction
* Bookmarks
^ History
% Open Tabs
+ Tags (in bookmarks)
# Search in titles only
@ Search in URLs only

All these shortcuts can be edited in about:config under browser.urlbar.

Bug of the Day: Backup running, ok/cancel?

Today’s bug is a GUI design bug in Windows Server Backup (2012). What do you think of this screenshot?

progress-ok-cancel.png

Why is there an “OK” and a “Cancel” button? What do they mean?

(“OK” means “Close” and “Cancel” means “Stop Backup”. When you start a backup, the button is actually labeled “Close” (instead of “OK”).)

Bug of the Day: Fast Deployment

Today, I’ve been hunting down a bug in Mono for Android (4.4.55). This bug flooded the Android log with this entry (thousands of times):

02-04 17:09:32.010: W/(4300): Bad call to mono_mutex_lock result 11
02-04 17:09:32.010: A/(4300): * Assertion at /Users/builder/data/lanes/monodroid-mac-monodroid-4.4-series/6418373f/source/mono/mono/metadata/loader.c:2181, condition `ret == 0' not met

This flood of log messages made the whole deployment process very slow (54 seconds to deploy a fresh project).

As workaround I found that disabling Use Fast Deployment in the project settings “solved” the problem for me.

I’m still waiting for an answer from Xamarin on this issue. Update: This problem is tracked here.

Unit Testing Framework for MonoDroid

Currently MonoDroid (or “Mono for Android”) is lacking a unit testing framework. Since Xamarin (the guys behind MonoDroid) enable us to use C# on almost every platform it would be nice to be able to reuse C# unit tests written for Visual Studio on other platforms, such as Android.

This is the goal behind the MonoDroid Unit Testing Framework which can be obtained here:

https://bitbucket.org/mayastudios/monodroid-unittest/

Happy testing!

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