New Mozilla/Firefox Searches

My honeymoon period with Mozilla and Firefox has come to an end. Despite the popup blocking, the actual working security settings and the tabbed browsing I’ve discovered needs that Firefox can no longer meet.

When i reached this point with IE i began to work on adding the small snippets of functionality i needed, such as the address bar customisations and the IE plugins but i soon reached the limit of what was easy to add to the browser. The Mozilla browsers on the other hand seem to have anticipated my needs and provided both the hooks for me to add my own functionality and a community to go with it!

Mozilla and Firefox each have a different way of handling custom search engines, the lean and relatively bloat free Firefox has a small box on the top right, while the full Mozilla browser has a separate sidebar that presents a list of results as well as the results page itself. On this page I’ll be linking to the searches that I’ve needed enough to hack together. For the definitive list please see Mycroft or see below for my paltry offerings.

To install one of these searches to your Firefox or Mozilla setup just click on the install link on the respective search below. You will be prompted for permission to install. Once you’ve clicked OK the search should be ready for use. My honeymoon period with Firefox may be over but the love affair continues.

Redhat Knowledge Base Search. The Redhat Knowledge Base was recently opened to the unwashed masses. It’s a collection of tips, advice, articles and guidance on a huge range of topics. It’s a very useful resource for people supporting Redhat operating systems and so I wanted an easier way to search it. And here’s the partial (no Mozilla sidebar) plugin that lets you.

  • Get the Redhat Knowledge Base Search source code

This was first posted on ‘Sun Mar 26 15:44:29 2006’ by Dean Wilson.

Google Maps UK Semi Search. When it comes to web apps Google maps are one of the best, easy to use, useful and full of little neat features it’s well worth having a look at. Below you’ll find a partial (no Mozilla sidebar) plugin that lets you search Google Maps UK.

  • Get the Google Maps (UK) Search source code

This was first posted on ‘Thu Apr 21 22:24:03 2005’ by Dean Wilson.

Koders Mycroft Searches The Koders.com website crawls and indexes source code from a number of different sites and projects. It then lets you run queries based upon keywords, specific languages and/or licenses, returning the code that matches.

The koders searches below are unofficial, work in the Mozilla sidebar or with plain FireFox and have two small quirks, firstly they all use the same logo as I’m rubbish at design. Secondly (in the Mozilla sidebar) they will show the link to the second page of results in the returned results. I did this so the results include the “Project Matches” results at the cost of one link that just says “2”.

If you want a specific language search that I’ve not created, download either the Perl or Ruby examples and do a find and replace all occurrences of perl or ruby with your language of choice. Assuming you get the correct language from the www.koders.com site it shouldn’t take more than thirty seconds. The searches I’ve created search through all licenses, it’s pretty easy to limit by license but I didn’t need that.

  • Get the Koders All Source Search source code
  • Get the Koders Perl Code Search source code
  • Get the Koders Ruby Code Search source code

This was first posted on ‘Fri Apr 1 23:41:05 2005’ by Dean Wilson.

Whois Source Search. While it’s often handy to be able to look up the ownership details of a domain name a lot of the online services have implemented little graphical images which you need to read and then type into a text box before you can actually get the results back. I recently found a new one, Whois Source that allows you to specify the domain in the URL. This makes the service both simple to use from the browser and easy to integrate in to third party programs; as this Mycroft Semi (no-sidebar) search Mozilla/FireFox plugin should demonstrate.

  • Get the Whois Source Search source code

This was first posted on ‘Fri Apr 1 14:17:41 2005’ by Dean Wilson.

Dave Cantrell Phone Number Info: UK and Ireland. When it comes to phone numbers and associated trivia Dave Cantrell is Da Man. He’s put up an easy way of checking up on UK telephone numbers using the Number::Phone::UK modules and I’ve wrapped it in a Mycroft Semi (no-sidebar) search. Update: I’ve added another search for checking phone numbers in Ireland.

  • Get the Dave Cantrell UK Phone Number Info Search source code
  • Get the Dave Cantrell Ireland Phone Number Info Search source code
  • Get the Dave Cantrell North America Phone Number Info Search source code

This was first posted on ‘Fri Dec 12 23:17:06 2003’ by Dean Wilson.

Mailinator Search. I love Mailinator its as fun as it is useful and its quite easy to integrate it with other applications as this search shows. This search comes with both Firefox and Mozilla functionality.

  • Get the Mailinator search source code.

This was first posted on ‘Fri Dec 12 23:17:06 2003’ by Dean Wilson.

UKLug Search. UKLug is a job search site that gathers job information from a number of sources.

  • Get the UKLug search source code.

Encyclopedia Mythica. A search plugin for a database of mythical facts and articles. It was requested on the mycroft request page and i had some time.

  • Get the Encyclopedia Mythica search source code.

This was first posted on ‘Sun Dec 21 14:56:38 2003’ by Dean Wilson.

PriceRunner - Sweden. This is an odd one, its results are in Swedish so its of no use to me. It was another user request at mycroft.

  • Get the PriceRunner - Sweden search source code.

This was first posted on ‘Sun Dec 21 15:19:25 2003’ by Dean Wilson.

Virgilio Ricerca (Italian search engine) This is another odd one, its results are in Italian so its of no use to me. It was another user request at mycroft, its amusing to read HTML source in English in a sea of (to me) gibberish content and comments.

  • Get the Virgilio Ricerca search source code.

This was first posted on ‘Sun Dec 21 15:19:25 2003’ by Dean Wilson.

Ihmemaan Haku (Wonderland Search) Yet another page i can’t use ;). This time in Finnish.

  • Get the Ihmemaan Haku (wonderland) search source code.

Resist.ca Search - Part 1. Back in the land of English result sets! Another user request. This and the following search use the search engine at resist.ca, it actually has two backends so i ended up putting two seperate searches together for it.

  • Get the Resist.ca search source code.

This was first posted on ‘Sun Dec 21 15:19:25 2003’ by Dean Wilson.

Resist.ca Activist Search - Part 2. The companion search to the Resist.ca search above. They use the same site but different data sources.

  • Get the Resist.ca Activist search source code.

This was first posted on ‘Sun Dec 21 15:19:25 2003’ by Dean Wilson.

Perldoc Online. A basic but useful one, it defaults to searching the sites most upto date version but this can be customised in the source.

  • Get the Perldoc search source code.

This was first posted on ‘Fri Dec 26 16:54:52 2003’ by Dean Wilson.

Google BSD. A little known fact is that Google provides specialist searches for certain categories such as Linux, Microsoft and BSD. This is my wrapper for the BSD search.

  • Get the Google BSD search source code.

This was first posted on ‘Fri Dec 26 16:54:52 2003’ by Dean Wilson.