Daily Archives: October 22, 2012

New Delicious Add-On For FireFox 16.0.1!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Delicious FireFox 16.0.1

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New Delicious Add-On installed in my FireFox 16.0.1.

New Delicious Add-On installed in my FireFox 16.0.1.

There is a NEW Delicious bookmarking add-on that works with FireFox 16.0.1!

But, you don’t get it automatically even if you have the previous, now defunct, Delicious add-on installed (albeit disabled). That is crazy. There is NOT even a notification that a new version is available. Stuff like this drives me nuts. FireFox has an incredibly loyal user base — some of us who have been with them for over 10 years. Don’t be so hostile! Communicate. Help us, and we will help you.

When you install the add-on you will have to re-install the menu bar buttons IF you disabled them when Delicious stopped working with FireFox 16.0.1.

I haven’t used the add-on much at all, as yet. Just installed it a few minutes ago. Accessing Delicious via the menu bar icon seems to work. Haven’t tried to bookmark anything as yet.

Just a heads up, because I know that there is a lot of angst about Delicious and FireFox 16.0.1.

Hope this helps. Cheers.

Keene Pumpkin Festival Will Need TECHNOLOGY To Beat Guinness Book Record Next Year. RFID & LEDs.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Last 2 Related posts:
1/ Pictures From Keene Pumpkin Festival — Oct. 21, 2012.
2/ Keene Pumpkin Festival, Keene, NH — Was A Blast,
—-Though The Record Was Missed By 1,500 Pumpkins — Oct. 21, 2012.

Keene needs automated counting & LED Tea Lights
To Break Record. Period.

Pumpkin Festival Keene, 2012, Newton's Cradle with silver pumpkins.

‘Newton’s Cradle’ with silver pumpkins at the 2012 Keene Pumpkin Festival. I registered these silver pumpkins.

Today’s Printable, barcode/RFID tags that can be read and counted remotely.

Today’s RFID printers. This one is ~$3,000. Get 10 of these and still only a $1/pumpkin when amortized across the 32,000 we will need next year … and of course, yes, the 45 cents for the label.

Lighting the candles are great fun but it is inefficient and too many get blown out and as such don’t count!

Having now participated in most aspects of the Keene Pumpkin Festival (and given my 40 years in high tech) I know what we have to do IF we are going to break Guinness Book record next year — which we appeared to have missed by about 1,500 this year.

We need to exploit TECHNOLOGY to ensure that we get a more accurate count, with an ONGOING count tally on a BIG display at all times.

How do we do that … with Radio Frequency identification (RFID) — think of it as barcode scanning at the supermarket, but at longer distances. The barcode tag emits a signal that can be remotely read.

And we need LED tea lights. I am a sucker for real candles, but you have to be pragmatic. I gather the official counters ONLY count lit lanterns and too many of the candles get blown out before the count.

So, how much is the technology going to cost?

$2 per pumpkin.

32,000 pumpkins, $64,000.

That is NOT much.

Multiple ways to raise that. Though not disclosed, I have to assume that HGTV had to pay something for the rights to record the event. That alone could cover the $64,000.

Discover Card was there. They most likely would pat half that for some advertising. I am sure that if they asked Keen Rotary they would have ponied up $10,000. My druthers is that money is not an issue based on what I saw.

We were registering pumpkins on sheets of paper. That is a joke. It should be all computerized so that there is a running tally at all times. At 5pm we should have known exactly how many pumpkins were there. RFID would provide that.

So, that is my recommendation. IF Keene really wants to beak this record, it has to invest in the technology. Yes, I will help implement it.