Archive for September, 2004

Search Amazon, check out a library book

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

There’s a cool bookmarklet that lets you search Amazon for a book then look up the book at your local library. The Cambridge Public Library wasn’t supported in the list, but it was close to the first one. It was easy enough to change the bookmarklet to make it work though, as all it does is pass the ISBN of the Amazon web page you are viewing to your library.


Thursday, September 16th, 2004

Wow! I just found a cool new website called “PublicRadioFan“. It lists tons of public radio station streams and allows one to see what is currently playing across a multitude of sites, search for upcoming shows, filter by stream types, and lots more. Combine it with streamripper, and you’d have something pretty close to TiVo for NPR. Definitely nifty.

A link round-up

Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

I haven’t done a link round-up in a while, and there are lots of interesting things to post about, so here goes…
# First off, a warning: If you have Gmail, you might want to know about a spoof email making the rounds. There’s something like it for paypal and other sites too, so if you have an account for anything, make sure you don’t give out your username and password.
# In not-really-related malware news, there’s now a crazy Windows worm which talks to its victims. Be sure to click the link and listen to the sample (wav). It’s kind of funny in a way.
# Some guy made a series of .htc actions for Internet Explorer which allows it to have a small taste of XUL. Of course, it would be better to get the real deal and just get Firefox (because, after all, IE is good for one task only, right?).
# While on the subject of Firefox, the launch of a new website has just been announced: — also, Firefox is now at 1.0-preview (sooo close to 1.0)
# PyOpenOffice allows one to convert an file into a PDF. It doesn’t require OpenOffice itself to function, so it’s perfect for installing on a server for website upload-and-convert tasks or for use in a corporate environment.
# Do-it-yourself LCD virtual windows make your place look like it could be anywhere in the world. It’s stuff out of sci-fi movies (or Bill Gates’ house).
# Personal semis: Gas guzzling monster trucks.
# Monkey!

Eye on the Web

Friday, September 10th, 2004

Ever wondered about the way people read web pages? Tracking eye movement to see what is relevant to a viewer is the topic of an interesting report just released as a part of “Eyetrack 2004” by the Poynter Institute.

It’s a fascinating read with lots of useful, detailed information.

Firefox’s styleswitcher returns!

Friday, September 10th, 2004

Well, it seems that Firefox’s styleswitcher is set to make a comeback after being recently yanked. Hooray!

Fixed IE compatibility

Friday, September 10th, 2004

There were a few snags with Internet Explorer when I launched this site. I updated the CSS to fix the following:
* Force the text above the background (IE was drawing the content below the background for some odd reason)
* Fix the width to an actual size instead of relying on min-width or max-width
* Move the logo into the correct position for Internet Explorer
* Add a margin for forms with IE, as it was overlapping one form element over another

Thankfully, these small changes were both easy to figure out and implement.

Interesting links –

Friday, September 10th, 2004

I’ve added my bookmarks on the sidebar as “interesting links”. I’ll probably do more with them in the future, but for now, they’re over on the side. Check ’em out.