Grid Preview in Chrome


A while back I wrote about my dream RSS feed reader. This plugin does nothing to get me there, but it’s kind of cool so I figured I should share it with you all (in case it gets you closer to your dream reader). This from Lifehacker:

Google Reader is still one of the best ways to get through your mass of blogs, but it’s never been the prettiest way to read. The Grid Preview extension for Chrome makes browsing through those blogs a little nicer with an image-focused grid layout.

Once you install the extension, you’ll have the option to organize Google Reader in two to twelve columns, letting you browse your favorite websites and blogs easier to see what you actually want to read without clicking next so many times.

If you like things to be more visual, and use Chrome, then this is the extension for you.

Delete individual autofill entries

Address Bar

Today I did some clean up of my data on my computer. I created some groups in LastPass and did some site title clean up. I also did some research on how to get rid of autofill entries that aren’t right or got added without me realizing. I found this handy article on Lifehacker on doing just this.

For example, I visit TripIt a least once a week and one time I typed it wrote as and so that is always the first address I pick from the address bar. So using the tip from Lifehacker I just moused over that entry in my address bar and hit ‘Shift+Delete’ on my keyboard and it disappeared. I was also able to delete typos in my log in forms this way as well.

Find Plugins Used on a Site


I wrote a little while back about a plugin for Chrome that lets you find out what WordPress theme a site is using, now I have one to find plugins! Thanks to WordPress Jedi for pointing out SpyBar for Chrome and Firefox. It helps you find out what WordPress plugins and themes a site is using.

Once you install SpyBar, you will be able to analyze websites and find each one’s theme and plugins in one click. The script did not show us every plugin for every site but it showed enough in many cases. SpyBar also shows the themes being used by your favorite sites.

Google Search Shortcuts

Shetland Sheepdog Temperament Search

Lifehacker has two articles with shortcuts for Google searches, 20 in the first article and 10 more in the second.

One of the tips (that I missed the first time around) was on how to find flight status, which I wrote about here a little while ago. Another cool one is the ability to track your packages from the Google search box!

Paste the tracking number of a shipment from USPS, UPS, FedEx, or On-Trac into your Google Search bar and Google automatically figures out which service has it and links you directly to the tracking page.

Another cool one is to find out information about a dog breed you might be considering adopting:

Shetland Sheepdog Temperament Search

This is one of the more random quick results, but if you type “[dog breed] [temperament]” you’ll get an instant result listing the breed’s characteristics. It should come in handy when you’re at a shelter picking out an animal.

You have to check out these articles and learn about these neat little shortcuts.

Plugins for Gmail Productivity


A post on Mashable lists 9 plugins to help with you email productivity in Gmail. I have installed a couple of these but don’t have enough experience to review any of them yet. Hopefully one or more of them ends up helping you:

Learn more about each of them on Mashable.

What’s that theme?


Have you ever visited a website and wondered what theme was being used? I have! And now there is a way using Chrome to sniff out the WordPress theme being used by a site you’re looking at.

Chrome Theme Sniffer is a add-on for Chrome that will detect the theme or template being used on current site for several major open source CMS’s, including Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. All you have to do is click the Theme Sniffer button at the top of your browser to get the information instantly

See it in action here on my site – or any other of your favorite WordPress powered sites.

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Browser Security Articles

In the news recently were a series of articles about the Pawn2Own hacking contest. The results of the contest were not surprising to me, with Internet Explorer and Safari falling to security hackers in the first day and Chrome and Firefox standing strong. This lead me to put together a series of articles and web pages on browser security to share with those of you who have libraries that are still using Internet Explorer.

When I finish training on open source I inevitably get an email from an attendee asking for research on Internet Explorer being less secure than Firefox, instead of emailing a bunch of links I can now point them to this Zotero library, so I’d love to hear from my readers with additional articles that I can add.