Author Archives: Jason

Domain Shortcut Helps Type URLs in Your iPhone More Quickly

This is truly an awesome feature and I’m really glad Lifehacker posted about it. This is honestly one of those things that make reading a bunch of websites worth it sometimes, as it just made my iPhone experience so much happier.

domain-shortcut.pngFirst, in Mobile Safari, just hold down the .com button for a second to see other domain options (namely .net, .edu, and .org). Second, when the keyboard has the @ symbol but no .com key, you can hold the ‘.’ (period) key to get the same domain shortcuts…

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Mininova Adds Remote BitTorrent Downloads

I’m always looking for simple ways to set up some remote bittorrenting of files, as well as having my home media server quick on the draw to download something I want. I already use Mininova quite a bit anyway, so this very well could be the tool I was looking for. So simple.

Popular BitTorrent tracker Mininova has unveiled a new bookmarking feature that makes it easy to start a BitTorrent download on your home computer from anywhere. The new feature works by creating a personal RSS feed of all of your bookmarks. Since most popular BitTorrent clients support subscribing to an RSS feed of torrents, that means that each time you bookmark a torrent on Mininova, your BitTorrent client will automatically start downloading it.

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3 Resources for Web Designers

This is an awesome list, with some serious tools once you start looking into them. I’ve already spent the past 30 minutes following a rabbit trail that started from clicking on just one of these links, which introduced me to tons of really neat tools, sites, and resources I had never heard from… Great find.

  • Cheat Sheets for Front-end Web Developers is a roundup post from Six Revisions. It offers pointers – with excerpts – to 23 different cheat sheets covering HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Skout is an old-fashioned portal site. It offers hundreds of categorized links: fonts, color tools, icons, stock photos, tutorials, tools, JavaScript libraries…
  • Konigi is directed at user experience designers, with showcases of excellent design and interfaces as well as useful graph paper for manual wireframe sketching.

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Magnets Kill the Cell Phone Speaker Buzz

I do hate the cracking and buzzing noise that my speakers constantly make when my iPhone is nearby. I noticed I never had that problem with Verizon (non-GSM, if I’m correct). But my years of AT&T kind of made me just think it was the way it has to be. Now, I’m going to try adding these beads and see if that quiets the noise my speakers make when my cell phone is next to them.

2008-06-25_001404.jpg Do your speakers buzz and crackle whenever a new text message or call is about to come in on your nearby cell phone? … Tape the ferrite bead to the cable of the offending speaker, and the magnet should provide enough passive frequency suppression to do away with the horrible buzzing and popping.

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Share Almost Any Blog Post in Google Reader

This is Awesome. I’ve been wanting a way to quickly share and blog about things for a while now, and Google Reader made it easy to share things I found, yet that didn’t help me for things that I wasn’t subscribed to. Enter the best bookmarklet ever.

Google Reader’s sharing feature is very cool, but it’s limited to your subscriptions. If you find an interesting post and you want to share it with your friends without subscribing to the feed, Google Reader is not very helpful.

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Top 10 Useful Bookmarklets

I love Lifehacker for assembling things like this. Among the tools that made their list is YubNub, a tool I’ve been meaning to check out for a while now. I think today might be the day.

Having a good set of bookmarklets on your browser’s toolbar is like having a web-savvy Leatherman handy—you can take them anywhere, use them in many situations, and they just simply work. A bookmarklet is a little different than a plain old bookmark—it’s a snippet of JavaScript that can perform all sorts of magic on the web page you’re currently viewing.

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My Geekbox

So, the new Advanced Operators topic is up, and it’s asking “What’s in your toolbox?”

It’s become immediately obvious that “tool” is defined differently by different people, so I’m going to take an approach of “whatever I can remember that I use.”


I use a 24″ iMac with a second, 20″-monitor at work. It’s a pretty unbeatable setup and I love it. I’ve got my browser (Firefox) or Photoshop or TextMate on my main screen; and 3 finder windows (open to different projects or mounted drives), Adium (instant message), and email open on my second monitor.

At home I use a 15″ MacBook Pro and an iPhone.

I usually have a Nalgene of water by my desk, a cup of coffee, as well as a flask of a little something-something there as well. That and some almonds.


Notes: Journler is a great tool for writing, keeping and sorting notes. It’s free, has tags, categories, fantastic searching, smart folders and can post to blogs also. I put everything in here and know I can find it in a second if I need it again.

Coding: If I code, I use TextMate. It’s just got everything I want (except for built in FTP support). I can use key-commands until my brain hurts, and it’s fast as hell. I love it. I’ve tried Coda, and it’s awesome, but it just doesn’t solve the problems I needed solved in a way that made up for it being an underpowered text editor. Sorry. You’re pretty and smart, but I’m sticking with my guns.

Connections: Gotta be Gmail for your domain (my email is powered by Gmail), and Google Reader. Again, the keyboard commands had me at “open in a new window”; as well as I don’t have to sync it between machines. And now that it’s got search, I will probably never leave.

Posting: I’m using SrybeFire right now to write this post. It’s a great Firefox plugin that lets me post to all my blogs from within the window. It’s not perfect with photos, but for text entries, it’s money. All my blogs run on WordPress.

Launching: Gotta have Quicksilver. When I sit down at a machine that doesn’t have it I feel like I’m only using one arm.

Folders: Default Folder X is a great little tool when you’ve got files all over the place. You use it in conjunction with your open/save dialog boxes to quickly jump to folders all over your system. It’s hard to explain but easy to use.

Instant Messaging
: Already mentioned Adium.

Torrents: Transmission is the amazing. Fast, powerful, lightweight.

Production: Adobe CS3 Master Suite. Way more than I need, but everything just in case.

Color: Color Schemer Studio. Great way to grab color from anywhere on the screen. I use it constantly when designing or coding from someone else’s design.

Video: I use Handbrake and iSquint to get movies ripped and onto my iPhone or my XBMC on my modded Xbox for watching movies on my network.

Wireframing: I recently used Pages to wireframe, and I have to say, it works better than OmniGraffle in my opinion. Elegant looking wireframes out of the box and now super easy to make in Pages 08.

FTP: Transmit and Yummy, depending on if I’m at home or work.

Dashboard: Dashalytics for easy access to my web stats and two instances of a Flickr widget that shows me a photo of a kitten and a mountain biker (one of each) every time I hit F12. I love me some kittens.

Shopping: I visit this all day long. It’s bad news for my wallet.

Firefox Plugins: Alexa Sparky (so I can see how important a site is), Bookmarks (nothing beats the Firefox integration.), Firebug and Web Developers (yeah yeah, impossible to work without them), Greasemonkey, Measureit (allows you to tape measure your Firefox browser so you can see the dimensions of things quickly), OpenBook (bookmarks tool), ScribeFire, StumbleUpon (all my sites gotta get a thumbs up), SEO for Firefox, Stylish (Google Reader is ugly, this makes it Purty). I also use the GrApple (Eos Pro) theme for Firefox so it matches my Mac.

Hope this helps ya’ll.

Douchebag WordPress Plugin

Got a douchebag always leaving lame comments? Mark him with an icon that lets everyone know how you feel.

douchebag plugin

The Douchebag plugin for WordPress is pretty much the greatest idea ever. There are a lot of times when I dislike a comment, or a commenter in general, but you don’t want to a) delete the comment, or b) be a jerk to them by calling them out in the comments. With the douchebag plugin, you can quickly give them a very ‘not-so-subtle’ hint without censoring them or even typing a word.

the interweb is the greatest place in the world.

Check out the Douchebag Plugin at Young Go Getter

Is social the new search?

Personally, I believe that search is going to be broken up in the future, as I see it already starting to happen. For a while, Google was god, and you went there for everything, but not anymore. If I’m looking for a torrent, I go to a torrent search engine. If I’m looking for something I know is on Wikipedia, I just go straight to the Wikipedia page. If it’s something I’ve read before, I do a search in my feed reader.

Do I think Google will become obsolete? Absolutely not. They will continue to be the starting point for most people for most things. However, as we get better at searching, as our options improve, I think Google will cease to become the one-stop-shop for all your searching needs. Maholo, Facebook… I’m sure they’ll play a role, as I think the abilities of the masses will definitely begin to shape the search arena. But for that random shit, the obscure, the uber:niche, I think will continue to be served best by robots.

Just my opinion.

To check out other people’s opinions, check out Advanced Operators as a bunches of other people discuss whether or not Social is the new Search.