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PageRank Indicator for Linux and Mac OSX

new extension for Mozilla browser displays PR

     
7:39 pm on Jun 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I just read about a new extension for the Mozilla FireFox browser that allows you to view PageRank on Mac OSX and Linux systems. Here's what's involved:

1. Download FireFox browser from [mozilla.org...]

2. Install the GoogleBar Mozilla extension from [googlebar.mozdev.org...]

3. Install the PR indicator extension from [toolbar.nickstallman.net...]

The PageRank indicator bar will appear right next to the PageInfo button on the GoogleBar when you restart the browser.

8:27 pm on June 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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this is SOOO COOL! now there's no reason to use IE anymore.

a little bit slow though (PR indicator takes some seconds to load), but it doesn't affect browsing or the rest of the toolbar.

and most important: this also works on windows!
(unlike what the title of this thread suggests.)

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Its not working for me. I see an empty grey box in that area. When I mouseover the area I see "PageRank".
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Firefox is quitting every time I try and dowload the GoogleBar Mozilla extension.

Anyone have ideas?

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works for me.
win2k, firefox 0.8, googlebar 0.8.0.22
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Its not working for me. I see an empty grey box in that area. When I mouseover the area I see "PageRank".

Press reload/refresh. I have the same problem on some pages. Been working for a whole minute now for me!
9:08 pm on June 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Works in Windows with FireFox 0.9c for me.

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9:25 pm on June 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It is the lame way to show PR, it gets PR image from
[toolbar.nickstallman.net...]
9:58 pm on June 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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not sure how that is lame.

It's about time a toolbar for something other than IE can show PR.

Now I can dump IE and just use firefox. Yippee!

10:24 pm on June 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

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working great for me on my G4 laptop with OSX 10.3 and Firefox 0.8
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I wonder how scalable it is.
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It is the lame way to show PR, it gets PR image from
[toolbar.nickstallman.net...]

I can see someone making an automated PR checker from this. heh.

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Tried all but still won't work for me...it is there, labeled and all but no rank?
2:37 am on June 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yep...I'm having trouble too. Uninstalled, reinstalled, et al with no luck.

Would really like to get it working properly.

WinXP Pro, Firefox 0.8, Googlebar 0.8.0.22

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Haven't gottem it to work yet either. The pagerank box shows but nothing in it.

Running Fedora

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Excellent, it'll be handy having pagerank in Firefox, seems to working fine too.
I remember there was an unofficial pr tool for mozilla ages ago, but that was discontinued because of legal issues with Google; won't the same happen with this one?
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Pagerank was the only reason I had to open IE. Hopefully Google will follow suit with an official version sooner or later.
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...and Nick Stallman is only 15 yrs old :)
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fantastic! :)
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Got it working!

Your are right though Muesli, this takes 'a while' for the toolbar to appear, but nevertheless, a step in the right direction.

:o)

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Perfect. Works perfectly as it should. Can't say the UI is visually neat, but hey I am not going to fuss!
11:24 am on June 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm surprised someone hasn't reversed engineeered the google toolbar and got the code that's called to retrieve the number.

I presume that's all it does.

All these damn kids everywhere writing viruses and trojans - shame some of that skill couldn't be put to some use.

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Thanks for the heads-up - thanks a million!
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Installed and re-installed and still no bar. Very frustrating. SuSE, Firefox on a greybox with DSL. Does the software use a port that I need to open?

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Remember, all your request for urls will be going through a 3rd party server to get the PR image, and you have no way of knowing that they aren't being stored/tracked
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So how long do you expect it will take Google to block this service...? ;)
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How do I install for OS X? It saves as xpi extension, what do i do next?
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If you're on OSX (I'm running 10.2.8), you can install the .xpi extension file by going to FILE>OPEN FILE and then selecting the .xpi file. It should do the rest.

As to the crashing, this happened to me several times until I realized I was running version 0.8. I then downloaded version 0.9 and it worked.

Incidentally this version shows itself as version 0.8.0+ in the 'About' section on Mac OS X.

On a nother note, it looks like Nick's site has been getting pummeled with requests. I can't get to it as of 11:30 CT USA. I guess I will wait a few hours and try again.

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it looks like Nick's site has been getting pummeled with requests

And, as of 1:30 PM Eastern time, Nick's site appears to be down. It appears as though /. got him. :(

6:05 pm on June 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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SELECT * FROM BIG_DATABASE WHERE USER = 'UNAUTHORIZED TOOLBAR'

Good way to stay on the radar, folks.

[edited by: bakedjake at 6:08 pm (utc) on June 10, 2004]

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