Sep 18

The other day I ran across an interesting post by Steve Rubel about Google’s real-time searching capabilities(LINK). He made a bookmarklet that enables you to enter a search term that will take you to a webpage that will show you anything relevant to that search from the last ten minutes.

Here is his bookmarklet:
javascript:(function()%7B%20p=prompt('Search%20term:',' ');%20if(p)%7B%20document.location.href='http://www.google.com/search?as_qdr=n10&q='%20+%20escape(p)%7D%20%7D)();

To use it you need to make a new bookmark in your browser and then copy and paste this code where you would usually have the http://website.com information in the bookmark editor.

I had some fun with his little piece of javascript and made a couple of my own. The first one that I reverse engineered was for Delicious.com.

I use delicious.com all the time for getting back to webpages where I forgot the links. Typically I would type: http://delicious.com/newhighscore/insert-a-tag-name-here – but with this bookmarklet I can just click the bookmarklet in my browser and enter a tag name to go to a page listing those links.

Here is the code for that bookmarklet:
javascript:(function()%7B%20p=prompt('Delicious%20Search%20term:','');
%20if(p)%7B%20document.location.href='http://www.delicious.com/
newhighscore/'%20+%20escape(p)%7D%20%7D)();

To use this one all you need to do is create a bookmarklet and replace the newhighscore text with the name that you use on delicious.com

The only other one that I’ve made so far is for unshortening a shortened link. I normally use greasemonkey to automatically unshorten links on web pages, but this bookmarklet has come in handy. I use the http://therealurl.appspot.com/website to convert the shortened links so at the moment this bookmarklet takes you to a webpage that just displays the unshortened link.

Here is the code:
javascript:(function()%7B%20p=prompt('Link%20to%20expand:','');%20if(p)%
7B%20document.location.href='http://therealurl.appspot.com/?url='%20+%20escape(p)%7D%20%7D)();

To finish up, here is one more that is taken from the Delicious web site.
javascript:(function(){f='http://delicious.com/save?url='+encodeURIComponent(window.location.href)+'&title='+encodeURIComponent
(document.title)+'&v=5&';a=function(){if(!window.open
(f+'noui=1&jump=doclose','deliciousuiv5','location=yes,links=no,
scrollbars=no,toolbar=no,width=550,height=550'))location.href=
f+'jump=yes'};if(/Firefox/.test(navigator.userAgent))
{setTimeout(a,0)}else{a()}})()

When you click this bookmarklet it gives a pop-up that lets you save a bookmark on delicious.com. It works just like the delicious Firefox extension works. What’s nice about all of these bookmarklets is that they work in Firefox, Chrome, and in Opera… and Internet Exploerer.

I found another bookmarklet at 1bit.markwheeler.net this bookmarklet will add a tiny play button next to any links to mp3′s that are in a webpage. So if you go to 8bitpeoples.com and run into a list of mp3′s, you can click this bookmarklet and play buttons will load next to each mp3 link.

javascript:function%20loadScript(scriptURL)
{var%20scriptElem=document.createElement('script');
scriptElem.setAttribute('language','JavaScript');
scriptElem.setAttribute('src',scriptURL);document.body.appendChild(scriptElem);
}loadScript('http://1bit.markwheeler.net/bookmarklet.js');

Enjoy…


May 13

It has been way too long since my last post so here is a quick list of fun twitter web applications and services. Enjoy!

http://twitpic.com/ share pictures via twitter
http://xefer.com/twitter/ get a chart of when you tweet
http://twittercounter.com/ get a graph of your followers
http://www.stocktwits.com/ $$
http://tipjoy.com/ interesting idea for making payments with twitter
http://tweader.com/ View threaded twitter conversations by twitter status ID
http://www.tweetscan.com/ tweet scan
http://twist.flaptor.com/?tz=-7 trends
http://tweetchat.com/ use twitter as a chat room
http://retweetist.com/ top retweets
http://www.twitscoop.com/
http://buzzable.com twitter groups
http://twittervision.com/ tweets on google maps
http://twitprofiles.com/
http://nearbytweets.com/ find local tweeters
http://localtweeps.com/ find local tweeters
http://tweetmeme.com/ popular links in tweets
http://twitter.alltop.com/ twitter news
http://topnewstrends.com/ this service attempts to interpret the news through tweets
http://visibletweets.com/ a fun way to visualize tweets
http://tweetbeep.com/ alerts by email
http://twittersnooze.com/ a way to take a break from tweeters
http://twitgoo.com/ photo sharing service
http://twitter.mailana.com/ top twitter friends
http://twitturly.com/
http://twitshirt.com/ get a shirt with your tweet on it
http://wefollow.com/ twitter directory (heh)
http://www.tweetphoto.com photo sharing service
http://myfirsttweet.com/ tweet your first tweet
http://www.twitly.com group the people you follow on twitter
http://twitterratio.com/ get your twitter ratio
http://twitter.grader.com/ twitter grader
http://tweetrush.com/ track twitter usage

I know there are many other twitter services out there, feel free to post any that I missed in the comments.

If all of this seems crazy and you are completely new to twitter this blog post will be helpful to you: http://ustandout.com/index.php/twitter/beginners-guide-twitter/

Twitter became useful to me when I added the twitterfox add-on to Firefox. Twhirl and Tweetdeck are a couple other great options for following tweets without always having to go to Twitter.com

You can follow me at http://www.twitter.com/rsturk

Jan 25

I thought this was great so I wanted to share it. If you click this link: Monster Attack! a monster will attack this page. If you  copy and paste the code below into your address bar the monster will attack what ever page you’re on. Have fun.

javascript:document.location.href=”http://bunnyherolabs.com/dhtml/monster.php?ref=”+escape(document.location.href)

Dec 24

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a happy new year!

Nov 30

Songbird picture

Songbird is a new Open Source media player. It looks and feels a lot like iTunes but, It has features that make it much better. For example you can right click on your songs and edit the names (id3 tags). That is one feature iTunes should have had a long time ago. Songbird is also designed to be added onto so hopefully it will just keep getting better and follow in the foot steps of Firefox. Go to http://getsongbird.com to download it for yourself and enjoy more freedom while listening to your music.

Nov 26

Last week I found a remake of the new Google Chrome web browser, it’s called Iron. A company in Germany decided to take the new Google browser and strip all of the code out that reports data back to Google. You can download it at www.SRWare.net (that link takes you to the download page). Their website is in German but there is a button there so you can read it in English. I downloaded the portable version so I can take it with me on my jump-drive. Have fun :)

Nov 9

I few months ago I found a great program for creating techno. It’s called Renoise and you can download it for free for Window, Mac, and Linux. I haven’t had much time use the software but, what I have seen looks amazing. I was able to load in sounds and beats from other software that I own and transform the sounds using filters and other tools available in Renoise. This is a nice program and I am happy to see that it is available on Linux too. It dosen’t look like this program is opensource but, it appears to have a community that contributes to the program.

Check out the site at http://www.renoise.com

Learn how to use Renoise here: http://tutorials.renoise.com/

Here is a video I found on Youtube about making trance in Renoise.

There is also a filter that would be great for making 8bit techno.