Geekly Weekly 6 Sept 08
In my never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American Way (well maybe not the recent AW) I’ve explored a few more tools since the last Geekly Weekly, and since not a one of you is begging me to share, okay okay: I will.
CHROME, PRISM, FluidApp Biggest Web New Arrival this week is Google’s browser, Chrome. I don’t expect to jump ship anytime soon and abandon the essential FFx add-ons that will take Chrome some while to appropriate (as it is open source, after all). While there are some cool things about Chrome, FFx can do many of them already. One–turning web sites into free-standing apps–is cool, but Firefox has has Prism and Mac has Fluid App that can be used for the same purpose to create SSB’s– site specific browsers– that in the latter case are free-standing fully mac-compliant programs with their own dock icons, menu bar drop-downs and such. I’m using one for my biz info, a Google Spreadsheet that is way faster than opening Numbers.
TWITTERSEARCH Speaking of websites, Twitter now has search function. Just enter the word in the search field and hit enter; updates come as fast as they’re twittered from around the world. I have set up as an SSB with two windows side by side (Ike and Hanna at the moment).
CUT AND PASTE Freeware: PTH Pasteboard. I won’t need it constantly, but it ought to be standard issue with OS-X. I still prefer SnagIT but it is PC only.
CHUNKIT and GRABuPÂ More Freeware for FireFox: ChunkIt! This program that works WITH firefox but is NOT just an add-on is harder to explain. Let me just send you to a screenshot (by GrabUp, another freebie for Mac) and explain. ChunkIt (from the installed toolbar) will take a Google Search window or other web page and drill down into it to show search terms in context. In this example, I’ve done a site search of Fragments for Tsuga (since you asked about him, Mark.) Then I’ve told ChunkIt to “chunk” the links on the google page, and from that, I’m able to see in each found link how my search term is used in context. IN this case, I have a third SplitBrowswer window open showing the blog post in which I’ve found the search-ed for combination of the dog’s and and details of the post–without having to open each post separately. Clear as mud. Right?
Okay. Note the Twitter block on the left sidebar on Fragments for the past couple of days–sort of like weenie little updates. And so you can keep up with fast breaking weather news, check out the Wx-Man’s Perspective blog. That Ike looks like one bad dude.
I had more but I see your eyes crossing there and will have mercy. Until the next Geekly Weekly. You were warned.