WhatfettleScripts for Grownups

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In the week that IBM’ers rejoiced over the announcement of official support for their using Firefox and the amazing Mark Pilgrim published his latest free book Dive into Greasemonkey, I was passed an industry analyst report, you know the sort that big companies pay big money for their insight, which, says something along the lines: “Greasemonkey has absolutely no place on corporate computers [snip] it opens you up to exploits, performance problems, and support chaos.”. I found this really depressing. Firstly as any good cook knows you’re more likely to cut yourself using blunt knives. Secondly, I wonder what really is the difference between a GM script and a bookmarklet such as flickreplacr. Guess mnot maybe onto something with his ideas for a Greasemonkey proxy if it puts corporate thought-police minds at rest, but in essence GM is about personal computing and that is always going to be in contention with those responsible for protecting the herd – “you do realise it’s not your computer, it’s the company’s”.