How-to guide for the esoteric cheevos in Cheevos for Firefox (Part 1)

12 January, 2012 § 5 Comments

There are a few cheevos in Cheevos for Firefox that are esoteric and hard to win through normal interactions with the browser.

One example is the Yo Dawg cheevo. The hint for this cheevo is, “I heard you like browsers”. If you’ve ever seen MTV’s Pimp My Ride television show, you may recall Xzibit pimping peoples cars by redecorating their trunk to resemble their favorite hobby. Xzibit would often say lines such as, “Yo dawg, I heard you like basketball, so I put a basketball court in your trunk so you can play basketball even when you’re not at a basketball court.”

Through the power of the internet, this morphed in to a meme that represents recursive levels of repetition. For example, the image on the right could carry along a phrase of, “Yo dawg, I heard you like pizza, so I put a pizza inside of your pizza so you can eat pizza while eating pizza!”.

Well … it turns out that you can actually put Firefox inside of Firefox.

So now you know where the “Yo Dawg” achievement comes from. To see this for yourself, try the following:

  • Open Firefox (shame on you if you’re not already)
  • Copy and paste this URL in to your address bar:
    • chrome://browser/content/browser.xul
  • Hit enter

You will now see Firefox running inside of Firefox! This is a pretty cool trick, and it showcases the power of the user-interface programming language that Firefox uses to create itself.

This technology is XUL, pronounced as zool, and is very similar to HTML. Firefox also uses CSS and JavaScript. So with XUL, CSS, and JavaScript, Firefox is very similar to an extremely complicated web page that has more privileges than normal web pages 😀

I hope you learned something. If you’re not already using Cheevos for Firefox, give it a try today and let me know what you think about it.

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§ 5 Responses to How-to guide for the esoteric cheevos in Cheevos for Firefox (Part 1)

  • Andrew2070 says:

    Reblogged this on StumbleUpon's Best.

  • Thanks for Cheevos, it’s a really nice game. But it’s not really a game to get to know your Firefox. Therefore the descriptions are far too cryptic. You simple don’t know what to do to achieve more award. For example I have the bronce award at “Dog Eared”. I’ve got it by starring a website (what I do very often). But how to get silver and gold? Starring more websites? Wouldn’t that be a contraproductive use? The same with “Concurrent Tabs” … Is the goal only to open as many tabs as possible?

    The text displayed after finishing the goal is the one which really helps to understand Firefox. The cryptic messages just provoke clicking around (which – I have to admit – also helps a little to get to know your browser). It’s a little bit frustrating because you don’t know, what to do. Maybe it’s an idea to display the “finished text” of one unsolved box when there are no achivements one day?

    • msujaws says:

      Yeah, I want people to get the achievements naturally. I tried to provide hints/riddles for them so it’s not too easy to just get all achievements in one sitting. I like your idea about displaying the “finished text” of one unsolved box when there are no achievements for a while.

  • Tho D. Oris says:

    So, has cheevos been recently updated? Or does it work in some way that new categories are being added as time passes? Or new cheevos come with Nightly, because I switched to Nightly today and I noticed that reddit and twitter now give cheevos (I suppose facebook and MySpace too).
    Anyway, new personal record: 465 points 😀

    • msujaws says:

      I just published a new update (version 1.4) for Cheevos that includes some new achievements that are associated with reddit, twitter, facebook, and myspace. Congrats on the new record!

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