6 May 2005
13 Apr 2005
The Mozilla Update site has lots and lots of extensions for Mozilla browsers. Here are my picks:
- Autocopy – automatically copy any selected text to clipboard
- Tabbrowser Preferences – tweak tab settings (includes putting an X on each tab label, not just on the right)
- ForecastFox – weather forecasts in your toolbar
- DictionarySearch – get definitions via context menu
- Web Developer Toolbar – highly recommended if you develop websites
- ConQuery – query web services from the context menu; good for fiddling around with server-side scripts
- GooglePreview – adds thumbnails of result webpages to Google and Yahoo search results
- Nuke Anything – probably superceded by AdBlock, but more straightforward. And perhaps you like advertisements…
- EditCSS – modify stylesheets, live
- AutoForm – automatically fills data into forms, such as your name and email address.
- ieview – preview a page or link in MSIE
- SmoothWheel – smooth scrolling when using mouse wheel
- QuickNote – make annotations on web pages
I've tried a bunch of these and they work as advertised. It's great that Mozilla's extension system makes it possible for so many people to improve the product.
4 Apr 2005
Gmane is a mailing-list-to-news gateway. News here means good old USENET news, accessed via NNTP. Mail-to-news gateways have been built before, but gmane is interesting because it is bidirectional—you can post via usenet and have it funneled into the mailing list. You can also read and post via a the web using a threaded interface (example) or a blog-style interface (example) complete with RSS.
Gmane is focused on communications about free software, but it's also the most comprehensive cross-media threading system I've seen. The world will be a better place when conversations can start in email, move into mailing lists, web forums, and blogs, and provide access to the whole thread from any entry point.
17 Mar 2005
I keep on hearing good stuff about the Ruby on Rails web application framework. It's like the Republican party—one of the highest values of its supporters is to tout its greatness. But the Rubyblicans have evidence: cool projects like Basecamp and sibling Tadalist, wiki+hierarchy tool Hieraki, and the aforementioned Web Collaborator. Not to mention very nice documentation, such as this tutorial on making, guess what, a to-do list.
But I'll save the rest of the hype until you can actually visit and try voo2do…
17 Mar 2005
Free wikis for workgroups.
1 Feb 2005
David Weinberger points to a brilliant del.icio.us site integration hack by Matt Biddulph made with a Firefox extension called Greasemonkey. I wonder if it would make sense for sites to leave dedicated spaces for client-side DHTML extensions… <div id="__extendme__"/> anyone?
9 Jan 2005
Handy tool for web app hackers.
5 Jan 2005
4 Jan 2005
Access your gigabyte of GMail storage as if it were a drive in Windows.
3 Jan 2005