Category Archives: Web

AdBlock for every browser

One of the main reasons for using Firefox is its fabulous ad blocking extension. Not it is not a reason not to use other browsers here is a list of ad blocking software available for every major browser:

AdSweep uses user scripts to block ads. So it works on all browsers that support user scripts: that is all of them. :-) But it is a bit tricky to install.

Hmmm… What would happen to Google if everyone used these ad blocking software?

Mozilla Weave Sync you bookmarks, tabs…

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I have been a long term user of Foxmarks (now Xmarks) to sync my Firefox bookmarks across different PCs I use. Now Foxmarks supports Internet Explorer too.

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Mozilla has come out with a similar service which provides more. Weave not only syncs the bookmarks but also open tabs across PCs. The tabs from other PCs are available via the History>Tabs From Other Computers menu.

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But what is more interesting is that the disabled options shown above. When complete the extension would sync themes, extensions, search addons… That’s when it will become really compelling.

Email in Tamil with Gmail

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Gmail just added a new feature to send emails in Indian languages. Go to the language options in the settings page to enable this. Once you do this you will see a “अ” icon. Click it and start typing phonetically. So if you type “Vasanth” it is automatically translated to “வசந்த்” in Tamil or “वसंत” in Hindi. Cool!

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There are also correction options available. You can also mix multiple Indian languages in the same email.

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22 Gmail Labs Features I Have Enabled

I love Gmail’s labs features. I did not know how much till I made this list. I have 22 enabled out of 42! Wow there are 42? Here are the ones I have enabled:

gmail labs advancedimap.png Choose which labels show up in IMAP, turn off message auto-expunging, or trash messages when they’re deleted from IMAP.
gmail labs calendar.png Adds a box in the left column which shows your Google Calendar. See upcoming events, locations, and details.
gmail labs cannedresponses.gif Email for the truly lazy. Save and then send your common messages using a button next to the compose form. Also automatically send emails using filters.
gmail labs cob_gadget_flickr.png Shows photos previews whenever you receive a Flickr link in an email.
gmail labs cob_gadget_picasa.png Shows photos previews whenever you receive a Picasa link in an email.
gmail labs cob_gadget_yelp.png Shows previews of Yelp listings (rating, location, phone number, etc.) whenever you receive a Yelp link in an email.
gmail labs cob_gadget_youtube.png Shows a video preview whenever you receive a YouTube link in an email. You can watch the video right inline!
gmail labs createwritelydoc.png Allows you to create a Google Document from an email conversation or a new blank document if your keyboard shortcuts are enabled by hitting ‘g’ then ‘w’.
gmail labs detectattachment.png Prevents you from accidentally sending messages without the relevant attachments. Prompts you if you mention attaching a file, but forgot to do so.
gmail labs dragon.gif Allows you to reorder the items in your navbar using drag and drop.
gmail labs gadget docs.png Adds a box in the left column which displays your Google Docs. Shows recent docs, starred docs, and has fast search.
gmail labs gtasks.gif Tasks adds a to-do list to Gmail. After adding the lab, click the Tasks link above the chat box on the left-hand-side of the page. Your task list will appear on the right – click anywhere in the list and start typing to add a task.
gmail labs markasreadbutton.gif Tired of spending all that effort to click on the more actions menu every time you want to mark messages as read without reading them? Now just enable this lab and that is just a button click away!
gmail labs molephotos.gif See your friends’ profile pictures when you chat with them.
gmail labs muzzle.gif Conserves screen real estate by hiding your friends’ status messages.
gmail labs offline.jpg Make Gmail go where the Internet doesn’t. Access your inbox through your browser and use Gmail’s familiar features when you’re offline. To get started, enable this lab and then click on the “Offline” link in the upper-right of your inbox.
gmail labs quoteselected.gif Quote the text you have selected when you reply to a message. (Now works with the mouse, too!)
gmail labs sendandarchive.png Adds a button to the compose form that lets you send a reply message and archive the email conversation in a single action.
gmail labs sendcanceling.png Oops, hit “Send” too soon? Stop messages from being sent for a few seconds after hitting the send button.
gmail labs sigtweaks.gif Places your signature before the quoted text in a reply, and removes the “–” line that appears before signatures.
gmail labs superstar.png Adds additional star icons. After enabling this feature:
(1) Go to the “General” Settings page to choose which superstars you wish to use.
(2) Use either the keyboard shortcut (‘s’) or click to rotate through your selected superstars.
(3) Use the search operator “has:” to find all messages with your superstar (e.g. “has:red-bang”, “has:blue-star”). Learn the name of a superstar by hovering over its image in the “General” Settings page.
gmail labs titletweaks.png Changes order of elements in the browser title bar from “Gmail – Inbox (20) – xxx@gmail.com” to “Inbox (20) – xxx@gmail.com – Gmail”. This way you are able (most of the time) to see if a new mail has arrived even if Gmail window is minimized.

Which have you enabled?

Searching the forums

A few weeks back, when I got my E71, I was searching for some cool tools for the phone. I tried searching on Google’s Blog Search. I mostly found reviews of the phone, a few blog posts about popular applications that I already knew of. Not what I was looking for.

In my Windows Mobile days I used to be a regular reader of the forum MoDaCo. There was a lot of information there with a huge group of passionate Windows Mobile users. So I figured there has to be a similar forum for Nokia phones. Google came up with a bunch of forums. I kind of liked Howard Forums. But there were a lot of other too.

I was about to post about the lack of a good search engine for such forums. The built in search kind of always sucks and searches only that forum. But I got lazy and never posted about it. Suddenly last month I saw results like the above in Google. Google probably always indexed forums but now it had more meta data about the search result. 15 posts – Last post: Aug 11. That’s neat. In some results it shows the number of authors posting. Nice to know if some one answered a question…

But this is still in Google’s main search results. I was thinking Google should add a Google Forum Search. Well Google did not do that but they integrated it with their Google Groups Search. This searches online forums along with Usenet and Google Groups. Way to go Google. Keep innovating.