Update: I played around for a few more hours and got something much better. It’s still fragile, but not nearly so much as before, and it restores the fade effect for all the google content. Same download link as before.
Update 2: Looks like Google fixed their homepage sometime this morning, so this extension is now officially obsolete. I will continue to host the download if anybody is interested in the code.
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So why has been talking about MouseHole lately. If you’re unaware, MouseHole is a ruby script that acts as a web proxy and filters HTML documents via ruby scripts. Or for a much better look at it, go look at what why wrote.
I haven’t actually done anything with this new capability yet aside from a rather silly example script which simply adds a button to Google that asks MouseHole for a random number. I’d really like to extend Google Maps, but that will require delving into how it works, and it’s far too late to do that now, as I need to get to bed.
Anyhow, I put together a patch and sent it to the MouseHole Scripters mailing list. If you check out MouseHole from the CVS repository, you can apply my patch and test it. Or you can just wait to see if it gets added to MouseHole.