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Call for beta testers of the latest SkS Firefox Add-on

Posted on 7 April 2011 by John Cook

The Skeptical Science Firefox Add-on, developed by Shine Technologies (makers of the SkS iPhone app) has been an amazing tool. It's allows you to quickly and easily submit climate links to the SkS database as you browse the web. I use it daily to keep tabs on the latest climate info, especially when I encounter peer-reviewed papers. In turn, all incoming links get added to the Daily Climate Links email which anyone can subscribe to.

Shine Tech have been working on a upgrade to the Add-on - they've added SSL encryption, tweaked the encoding to fix any weird characters that pop up in webpage titles and a few other background technical bits & pieces. One feature I specifically requested in an upgrade was the ability to enter the Date of the link you're submitting. Now, rather than today's date being added by default, you can submit older articles and specify their publishing date (it may not sound like much but it made me very happy). Many thanks to Marc at Shine Tech for all his hard work to make it happen.

Anyway, while the new Add-on works a charm on my system, we'd like to test it on as many different systems as possible. So if anyone would like to volunteer to be a beta-tester, please post a comment here or contact me via the Contact page. I'll then email you the updated Add-on along with installation instructions so you can test the new upgrade. Thanks to all who can help us make the Add-on just that little more robust.

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  1. Is the upgrade compatible with FireFox 4? If so I would be happy to test it
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    Response: Does it work on FF4? It should do but hopefully you can tell us. I've just emailed you the file :-)
  2. I can test it on both 3.6.16 and 4.0
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    Response: That would be great. Just sent you the file.
  3. Be glad to test on 3.6 & 4. also DaveW
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    Response: Thanks, Dave, file sent.
  4. I'll be glad to test it on three configurations: FF4 under Windows XP; FF4 under Mac OS X 10.6 (Intel); TenFourFox under Mac OS X 10.5 on PPC (TenFourFox is a branch of FF4 compiled to run on PPC-based Macs).
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    Response: Sounds like you've got all bases covered. File sent, thanks!
  5. I'll install it on Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows XP Professional... Well, after i get back from the Michael Mann talk tomorrow night! <LOL>
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    Response: Sent and let us know how the talk goes :-)
  6. I'd like to test it too. Please send me one, John.
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    Response: Sent, thanks
  7. Unfortunately, FF4 does not think it is a compatible plugin.
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    Response: Is that the "official" older version or the new beta version?
  8. So far, no trouble on FF 4.0 On FF 3.6.16, the Zone Alarm Toolbar extension (for those who use ZoneAlarm security software) somehow does not allow the two SkS icons to appear. When I disable the Zone Alarm Toolbar extension and reload FF, the two SkS icons then appear just left of the URL field as they're supposed to.
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  9. Hey, is it just me or the media is dropping the "balanced" attitude? I wonder what a Boykoff&Boykoff paper would find today if they did their study again.
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  10. Hey guys, just discovered this new service connecting app developers to beta testers, so if you're wanting to be selected for testing, or wanting to find testers quickly, go ahead and check it out:
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