Get a Clue: Interclue


I have my geekly moments, and have installed (and then uninstalled) more shareware and freeware than I care to remember. I download one in a hundred I read about, and keep one in twenty of those. So the odds of finding and keeping are remote. But I think this one is a keeper–a firefox add-on called Interclue.

I’m finding it especially useful for quickly browsing news items without having to open tabs just to preview the first couple of paragraphs (though this little pop-up window shows far more than just that.) I like to keep the small (resizable) window “pinned” in place while I move quickly through potentially interesting items in the Interclue panel. Here’s a bit of the program’s description at LockerGnome:

In a nutshell, Interclue creates a little icon next to a link when I mouse over it. I can control how long it takes it to appear, so that it and its brethren (sistren?) don’t bug me too much. If I want to see what the link’s about, I just mouse over the icon, and a synopsis of the page with beaucoup options too numerous to mention appears in a separate window. I can cruise the window, click on links therein, open the original page or, by simply removing my cursor, cause it to go away – or, if I want, I can “pin” the window where I want it (it’s resizeable, of course) and all further mouse-overs will open there.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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