yubnub: Needs a Firefox Extension

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Jonathan: as mentioned, I’m a big fan of your Rails Day project, yubnub. After a couple of days though, I’m using it less for the simple reason of latency. An example: if I want to check a domain registration, I don’t head over to netsol, wait for it to load, then query it. I simply ALT-TAB over to my terminal window, and do a whois on the item in question. I’d like for yubnub to be just like that. But how? For my part, I’d love to see it as a Firefox toolbar extension – something like the Googlebar Lite. This would let me use it more like the CLI interface it’s intended to mimic, rather than just another website. Anyway, that’s my two cents worth. Still love the idea.


  1. If you want to be REALLY, really hacky, you could do a little bit of Quicksearch Tom-Hackery.

    Create a bookmark, point it to "http://yubnub.org/parse?command=%s" and give it a keyword like "yn"

    Then, whenever you wanna do a yubnub command line execution, in Firefox, hit "Ctrl-T", and type, for example "yn sc phish", to do a shoutcast search for phish

  2. D'oh!

    that should be "http://yubnub.org/parser/parse?command=%s" sorry.

    Works swell and there's no need for an extra Firefox extension.

  3. Just get Dave's Quick Searchbar, and move on.

  4. Hi Stephen — Aaron Ransley has written a YubNub Firefox Search Plugin – Just click on "YubNub" and it will appear in your Firefox search box. Would that meet your needs? http://mycroft.mozdev.org/download.html?name=yubn

  5. Danno: didn't quite follow that sequence. can you walk me through it once more?

    Jonathan: hmmm…i think that'd be a good start, but for some unknown reason none of my three machines are able to add that Search plugin, or any other for that matter. weird, but clearly an issue on my end.

  6. oh, missed the keyword bit. got it now. that does work well, danno. i still think it'd be helpful to have a toolbar to have access to either local or network managed keywords, but for simple stuff this does indeed work swell. thx much for the tip.

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