Category Archives: The Web

RSS Reading versus Site Hopping

RSS

I have a confession to make. I don’t really go visiting websites anymore. For the past month, I’ve just been using my RSS feed reader (Google Reader) for most of my daily reads and research.

Why not? It’s a very streamlined process to get the low-down on what’s new and fresh without the fuss of having to load. I used to have bookmarks folders for all my daily reads and open them all in tabs. Now, while I love Firefox, it is still a resource hog. And opening around 60 tabs will eat up a hell of a lot of RAM and bandwidth. It isn’t really a great option.

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Firefox Quick Tip: The Mozilla Firefox Cheat Sheet

Life is one of those things that you can’t play through “God mode.” But at least in most computing chores, you can. Or at least have a cheat sheet handy. As for Firefox, yes, you can cheat and hack your way through most of the work.

I’ve been featuring mostly add-ons and tweaks here that I think I haven’t really finished creating a list of all the keyboard and mouse shortcuts for Firefox. Especially with the mouse shortcuts since I’m a self-professed keyboard ninja.

In any case, here’s the Firefox Cheat Sheet. It’s a comprehensive list of shortcuts from the general shortcuts, navigation, text display, and search shortcuts, and mouse shortcuts for mouse ninjas. It also includes location details and some tips and tricks for basic configuration.

If you want, here’s a downloadable PDF version.

Firefox Quick Tip: Tweak Your Title Bar

Titlebar Tweak

Titlebar Tweaks offers a simple feature but it may suffice for those who want to further customize how their browser looks like without the hassles of going down to the level of code. It lets you do any of the following tweaks with your title bar:

  • Display the browser name before the page title
  • Display only the browser name or page title
  • Replace the browser name in the titlebar with your own text

If you’re like me who maximize tab browsing, then you may find having the page title an overkill since you already have the page title on your tab. So why not beautify your browser a bit and change it with your own preferred text. If you are a little vainglorious, maybe your name perhaps. Hehehe. A simple add-on for simple purposes.

Download Titlebar Tweaks here.

Web Raid: How to Become an M&M

Become an M&M

My sister passed this site to me. Apparently something to keep you busy during office downtimes. I could only wonder if there are people dream of becoming an M&M or even those who think “I wonder what I looked like if I was an M&M.”

In any case, if it just so happens that you have wondered so (or if I’ve been devilish enough to put the thought in your mind), here’s an actual site that lets you become an M&M. Hehe. Or at least make your own M&M character.

Planet M&M is a website that lets you do a heck of a lot of stuff aside from creating your own M&M character. But first with the character generator. It has a pretty and intuitive interface that lets you create your own M&M character from preset lists of body types, arms, legs, facial features, and accessories. You can even select from a wide palate of colors to customize each of the elements you put there. Best of all, they appear 3D.

After creating a character, you browse the Mporium to get some more cool items, visit the studio for a photo session, use your character and play it in the arcade, and even create postcards or screensavers with the character.

You need Flash player and a broadband connection to fully enjoy this site.

Web Raid: Plan Meetings with the World Clock Meeting Planner

This might come in real handy for those who do a lot of traveling or dealing with clients and personnel abroad. With the different time zones and daylight saving time in effect, scheduling can be a real problem.

I’ve already featured some world clocks here before but here’s another tool for your arsenal. The World Clock Meeting Planner is an online tool that helps you choose a common schedule from different timezones.

It lets you pick up to four different timezones or cities at once and a date. It would then show you the times from each city synchronized and presented in neat tables side by side. It even lets you in on whether the city’s in DST, the night time (normal sleeping hours), weekends and workdays. Very handy information indeed.

Via Lifehacker

Firefox Quick Tip: Make Find Case Sensitive by Default

This may come in handy for those who always look for exact matches including case. Sure you can always just click on the “Match case” check box in the Find bar. But for those who always use the feature, this little tweak will make sure that little box is checked by default.

  • Access the about:config page.
  • Find the accessibility.typeaheadfind.casesensitive preference name
  • Double-click on it to change the integer value to 1
  • Click on OK
  • Close the about:config page/tab
  • The changes take effect instantly

I, myself, chose to leave it in the default setting for flexibility.

Firefox Quick Tip: Supercharge Your Sidebar with All-in-One Sidebar

All in One Sidebar

For those of you who have used Opera, you might miss its great sidebar control features. Firefox is more of a toolbar type of guy and the sidebar’s mostly used up by add-ons and the default options to access the bookmarks or history.

I haven’t really tried out this add-on previously but now that I’ve installed it, I think it’ll stay on my system for now. All-in-One Sidebar lets you access Firefox’s panels in the sidebar – bookmarks, history, downloads, extensions and themes, page info and page source.

You can also reposition the sidebar quickly from one side to the other. And it’s got loads of enhancement features like assigning widths and icon sizes for a neater browser. For keyboard ninjas, you can even customize shortcuts for panel access to your command.

Download All-in-One Sidebar here.

Firefox Quick Tip: Display Random Messages

Random Message

Sometimes, a random idea blurted out of nowhere can give your mind the proper jolt it needs. Works for me sometimes. Here’s one little Firefox add-on that lets random messages pop-up on demand – Random Message. Clicking a little button in your status bar will bring up random message pop-ups, like this one.

Best for those times when your mind starts to wander aimlessly instead of focusing on your work. Okay, so it’s mostly a toy. It can even be an annoying little bugger for most. But there must be a reason why this thing was built? Hehehe…

Download Random Message here.

Tech News: Gmail Allows 20MB Attachments

Great news for Gmail users. Gmail is now allowing bigger file attachments up to 20 MB in size. I know this has been on the news since yesterday but I just finally got it in my account.

Here’s the news bit from the Gmail’s What’s New page:

Increased attachment limit– 20 MB!

Now you can start sharing more of those home videos, large presentations and files you just can’t seem to get smaller. We have doubled the allowable attachment size to 20 MB to make your Gmail space even more useful.

So that’s another reason to celebrate. I could now send heftier files like video and image-laden PDF files over Gmail. Yes, and for pr0n freaks, more space for you too. :p

Tech News: Feedburner Goes to Google

Feedburner

The scuttlebutt has now been confirmed, Web giant Google is acquiring Feedburner, the RSS management service that lets users keep track of RSS feed subscriptions even monetize it through ads. TechCrunch wrote the following story:

Rumors about Google acquiring RSS management company Feedburner from last week, started by ex-TechCrunch UK editor Sam Sethi, are accurate and are now confirmed according to a source close to the deal. Feedburner is in the closing stages of being acquired by Google for around $100 million. The deal is all cash and mostly upfront, according to our source, although the founders will be locked in for a couple of years.

With this news, we’ll probably expecting more out of Feedburner, especially with the advertisements and monetization. While many have voiced their concerns over Adsense for feeds, this acquisition of Feedburner might just be the ticket to that.

I’ve been using Feedburner for my personal blog and it’s really a great service. RSS is a great way to make sure you get read. And with this acquisition we just might have a new way to make money out of our content. RSS hasn’t been that friendly since feeds rarely include ads. In any case, we’ll just have to wait and see.