Living Without GMail’s Unread Message Icon feature
GMail provides an amazing Google Labs feature to show the unread message count in the Favicon of the GMail web page. If you use features like Chrome’s “Pin Tab” to manage your gmail tabs, this is essential to seeing when you have new mail. Unfortunately, this feature broke in public GMail sometime in October/November of 2012 based on public reports.
How to Fix Unread Favicon in GMail for Chrome
- Ensure Labs => Unread Message Icon feature enabled
- Install “TamperMonkey” chrome plugin
Thanks to Bertrand Schneider for the code snippet and fix.
Why did the favicon break?
It looks like there was a regression that causes two favicon link elements to be generated in the GMail markup, causing only the first to take precedence for the page (the default favicon) and the smart favicon with the unread count not to be shown.
Work-around for old GMail (on Google Apps domain)
Rails 3.0 introduces ./script/rails
When Rails 3.0 was released, all of the individual command utilities (the Rails console, Rails generator, etc) were all consolidated into a single script:
Being used to typing “./script/console” for the last 4 years of my life, this is annoying. It’s a lot easier to tab complete within the ./script directory to the exact command you want and then fill in the arguments.
My Answer: rails_command_stubs
To solve this, I built a wrapper script you can drop in your Rails ./script directory. You can then symlink in commonly used commands and reference them directly and they pass through to the ./script/rails equivalent.
./script/console production # Calls ./script/rails console production
- William Gibson – Zero History
This book is the culmination of the trilogy of present-day futurist fiction from Gibson, a great adventure through the streets of London and Paris in search of underground fashion and conspiracy.
- Freedom – Jonathan Franzen
This is the first novel to live up to The Corrections, beautiful writing, horribly true to life characters, and a gift for capturing the modern American situation. Deeply human and flawed characters grappling with building a life, being parents, and finding meaning despite the unintended choices that lead us to our lives.
- Although, of Course, You End Up Becoming Yourself – David Lipsky
Less a book than a fairly raw presentation of a 48 hour road-trip/interview with David Foster Wallace, a solid meal for anyone interested in the world of writers, the life of DFW, or interesting conversations about making a life for yourself.
What is Firesheep?
Firesheep is a recently released packet sniffer with built in side-jacking, that monitors insecure networks (usually open WiFi) for web application traffic, steals session information, and automatically impersonates your logged in session to many sites (Google, Facebook, Yahoo, etc).
SSH Tunneling/Proxy in OSX
The simplest way to protect yourself is to establish a secure VPN/tunnel for all of your web browsing to prevent sniffing of that traffic on the network. This moves the insecure traffic between the server and the web application and off of the local network your browsing.
If you have access to a Linux server with SSH, you can build a local SSH tunnel from a port on your machine out through the server to the internet. For those of you at PatientsLikeMe, dev2 is a great server to use for this. Below is an example SSH command to load a persistent SSH tunnel with a SOCKS proxy locally forwarding traffic over it.
ssh -D 8080 -f -C -q -N email@example.com
I’ve been suffering with abysmal disk performance on my work laptop for some time, so I decided to pick up an OCZ Vertex2 SSD on sale over Black Friday and 8gigs of RAM. Total cost for both was under $300 (though the same from Apple would have been about $1200).
I wanted to get OSX re-installed, data migrated, and my development environment setup on my own time without wasting productive work time, so I did the following:
- Installed SSD in USB enclosure
- Installed OSX on SSD Drive as secondary
- Migrated Data/Apps from old internal drive
- Boot off of USB/SSD and finish config
- Install SSD as primary drive
Everything went smoothly. Here’s the disk portion of a system XBench benchmark before/after:
Overall, about an 8x performance increase split between 4x for Sequential Read/Write and 28x for Random Access. The system boots up in about 15 seconds now. Applications load very quickly, Chrome with 10-12 saved tabs opens in about 1 second.