This version 5 has a lot of improvements, almost too many to list. There’s something for everyone, and almost every top requested feature has been implemented. G+me should work quite well for all of us.
I normally prefer to make incremental updates to G+me over time instead of releasing a big update. But I was pushing a lot of risky changes and the beta testers were a tremendous help.
- Clicking the G+me icon goes to Google+ notifications
- Option to increase the number of teaser lines in a collapsed post
- Mute button on a collapsed post
- Collapse bar at the bottom of posts in expanded mode
- Option to collapse all comments by default
- Option to turn on/off the mouse-over post preview in list or expanded mode
- The date/time of a post is back
- Compatibility with SGPlus, Usability Boost, Google+ Tweaks (except for “Fixed Navigation: All Navigation”) is back
- A new separate version of G+me for those who want even more safeguards to their privacy: G+me (PARANOID Edition). It has fewer features, but now you don’t have to take me at my word when I say that G+me does not and never will track your browsing history.
- A new clean look, which by default blends into the vanilla Google+ style
- Tracks read posts; plus a mark-as-read button on a collapsed post
- Re-shared posts show the original author
- Icons for all types of posts: mobile, check-in, games, photo, video, link
- A marker for posts shared only to limited circles
- Ability to show photo thumbnails in the summary of a collapsed post
- Button to mark all posts as read in list mode
- Button to collapse/expand all posts in expanded mode
- More key shortcuts: ‘v’ opens embedded links and shift-C expands long comments
- The extension has been internationalized and translated to many languages
- Finally, a separate options page (See below for screenshots). This also means you can now freely hide the G+me icon if you want.
As always, G+me can be found at the Chrome Web Store. It will automatically update after a few hours if you already have it installed, or you can force an update.
The next updates will have radical new features. Stay tuned…
Preview of the options pages
UPDATE: it’s been fixed by the author. If you’ve installed this patch, please follow the instructions below to go back to the original version.
Today, Google+ seems to have changed its code and broken the extension Replies and more for Google+. It’s indispensable to me, and seeing how it hasn’t been updated in a while, I patched it temporarily until the author, Matt Mastracci, can release a general update.
- Go to Tools > Extensions and disable the original version
- Install this patched version: [No longer available]
- You’ll have to re-enter all the options
- Refresh all Google+ tabs
There are no automatic updates. So if the original developer updates his extension or I update this patch, you will have to know about it and update manually. I suggest you follow both of us (Matt and Huy) on Google+.
To go back to the original version:
- Go to Tools > Extensions and either disable or uninstall this patched version
- Re-enable the original version
- Refresh all Google+ tabs
In design, they say space lets layouts breathe. Well, in filenames, it makes me choke on that Apple.
If you can’t hang with the filenames that Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and 10.7 (Lion) generate when you do screen captures, here’s the multi-step process to turn the unfashionable “
Screen shot 2011-07-05 at 5.38.53 AM.png” into a humble but stylish “
- Change the date format to 24 hours, if applicable, by customizing the Medium times format under
System Preferences > Languages & Text > Formats > Times > Customize > Medium.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture name "screenshot"
- Edit the appropriate localization file as root (change
English to your language):
sudo vi /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Localizable.strings
comment out the old filename template and replace with a new one:
/* Format screencapture file names */
/* "%@ %@ at %@" = "%1$@ %2$@ at %3$@"; */
"%@ %@ at %@" = "%1$@_%2$@_%3$@";
- Restart the SystemUIServer:
The vim text editor is distributed with a very nice, but not well-known, less replacement which allows you to quickly and easily page through files or standard input, with full color syntax highlighting based on the type of the file. You don’t need to know how to use vi/vim to use this pager; the keybindings are similar to
less's (just hit
q to quit).
The “less.vim” pager in distribution had bugs and annoying quitting behavior that I fixed. I also made it work like
less -F by having it quit immediately after displaying, if the specified single file is less than a screenful. There’s no need to page something that’s less than one page, right?
Get the Goods
You can download from https://github.com/huyz/less.vim.
There is an alternate fork of less.vim called vimpager which seems to have some other nice features, but it doesn’t fix the core problems in “less.vim”. I may integrate the two sets of changes.
You can also continue to use
less by pre-processing the input with source-highlight.
TL;DR The best WordPress plugin for adding share buttons right now is Sharedaddy and you can download this fork to have a Google +1 button.
Best sharing buttons for WordPress
The Sharedaddy plugin may very well become the standard for adding share/like buttons to self-hosted WordPress blogs. It’s authored by Automattic, the creators of WordPress, and offers the same functionality as what you’ll get on the blog host wordpress.com. It comes bundled with the indispensable Jetpack plugin. Its strong points are a drag-and-drop interface, a focus on only the most popular sharing services (other than Twitter and Facebook, who the hell actually uses all the share buttons you see on the web?), and importantly, click-tracking integration with WordPress.com Stats, which is another module of Jetpack.
I want Google to be my +1
The only short-term problem is that it currently doesn’t support the recent Google +1 button. Marco Newmann extended Sharedaddy to add it, so there’s no need to wait for the inevitable Sharedaddy update.
But Marco’s plugin doesn’t work quite right. So I modified his modifications to make the button work consistently with all the other services:
- I reverted to the “smart button” terminology instead of talking about “count”.
- All 3 major display styles (smart button, non-smart with text, non-smart without text) are supported, as much as feasible.
- The smart button is always medium-sized, and the non-smart button is always small-sized.
- In all display styles, the buttons and text are cropped and aligned properly, both within the WP Admin and on the rendered web page.
Get the goods
Download my fork of a fork of Sharedaddy 0.2.12 at https://github.com/huyz/wp-sharedaddy