This is My Take on Windows 10 Technical Preview

I had the opportunity to try out the Windows 10 Technical Preview recently and I was happy to see that the Start menu has returned with a facelift of sorts. The Start menu on Windows 8, as we all know, was changed to suit a touch interface. This was really great for their premiere surface tablet line up – but for desktop users without touch functionality this left a lot to be desired. Personally, I do far too much on my system to even be able to rely on a touch interface at this point. The keyboard and mouse will … Continue reading This is My Take on Windows 10 Technical Preview

Video – Memory Management Masterclass with Addy Osmani

Really good video on managing memory using Google Chrome Dev Tools. From YouTube:Published on Sep 2, 2014 Addy is a senior engineer on the Chrome web engineering team, focusing on tools to help improve developer productivity and satisfaction. He works on Polymer – a Web Component library, is the the lead engineer on Yeoman and Web Starter Kit and regularly writes about web application architecture and the front-end. Outside of Google, Addy enjoys both hacking on open-source projects like TodoMVC and Grunt-UnCSS. He has authored books on JavaScript design patterns and frameworks. Efficient JavaScript webapps need to be fluid and … Continue reading Video – Memory Management Masterclass with Addy Osmani

Adobe AIR Application – Prattsville NY Creek Gauge (Alpha release – Windows only)

Simple System Tray Icon application that keeps a small meter that displays the water level of the Schoharie Creek in Prattsville N.Y. within sight on the Windows desktop This is a useless application to anyone other than people who live in Prattsville N.Y. and the surrounding area. It utilizes the data received from the unmanned experimental sensor located in Prattsville (the gage house is on the side of the creek down by the bridge). There is no Mac functionality at this time for this application (maybe later on). The code is less than elegant at this point. However, there is … Continue reading Adobe AIR Application – Prattsville NY Creek Gauge (Alpha release – Windows only)

Google Chrome and Opera Extension – Look-it-up, a Dictionary Context Menu Extension

Adds context menu item that looks up selected text on dictionary sites. You have the choice of dictionary.com, merriam-webster.com (dictionary and thesaurus), thefreedictionary.com, thesaurus.com, urbandictionary.com, wikipedia.org, wiktionary.org, and yourdictionary.com to look selected terms up with. There is an options page to enable or disable the different menu items included. This is actually a rewrite and improvement of an older version that looked up terms on dictionary.com exclusively. While using the old version, I eventually found myself in need of more options for this add-on so here it is.   manifest.json app.js options.html options.js Install Look-it-up Context Menu Extension in Chrome (Google … Continue reading Google Chrome and Opera Extension – Look-it-up, a Dictionary Context Menu Extension

Update – The You-Tube Search extension for Chrome is now renamed to uTube Search

Google is fussy about copyright stuff and browser extensions. I used a dash in the name to get around their copyright rules – they caught me. Google owns youtube.com, as well as you-tube.com apparently (even though it doesn’t resolve, it goes through google nameservers) – they don’t own utube.com (Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation does – I don’t think they’ll complain about my browser extension). So I think this new name will be OK (hopefully). I just want to mention that I am just trying to make searching youtube.com easier and more convenient  – nothing more.  I’m sorry if … Continue reading Update – The You-Tube Search extension for Chrome is now renamed to uTube Search

Adobe AIR Helper File – IntrospectorAliases.js

IntrospectorAliases.js When developing user interfaces in Adobe AIR and HTML/JavaScript you don’t have the luxury of using the browser tools you may be accustomed to using. What Adobe provides instead is the Introspector tool; which is similar to but not as feature rich as most browser tools. Hey, you have to look at the bright side, at least Adobe gives you the basics to work with. This file was born as a bunch of functions I used to place at the bottom of the AIRIntrospector.js file. However, its not proper to change the files provided by a third party so … Continue reading Adobe AIR Helper File – IntrospectorAliases.js

Debugging Mobile Web Pages using Google Chrome Developer Tools on an Android device setup

Mobile device usage is said to exceed desktop/laptop usage in the near future. The mobile web is expected to grow exponentially as a result. This post covers setting up the mobile developer tools included in Google Chrome to debug mobile web pages running on Android. Being able to debug your mobile web pages on an actual device is the best way to see how your pages will look and behave. Google provides excellent facilities for this. To do this you’ll need a desktop or laptop, an Android device and a USB cable to connect them together. Debug mobile pages running … Continue reading Debugging Mobile Web Pages using Google Chrome Developer Tools on an Android device setup

Google Chrome Extension – Omgili Search, an Omnibox extension

Google Chrome Omnibox Search extension that enables you to search Omgili (omgili.com) from the Omnibox.  To use, simply type ‘omg’, a space, and your search query into the Omnibox, then choose a time frame from the drop down, and it will open your search results up in a new tab. Omgili is a time sensitive international message board search engine (in case you didn’t know). manifest.json background.js Install Omgili Search Extension (chrome store) Continue reading Google Chrome Extension – Omgili Search, an Omnibox extension

Google Chrome Extension – Alexa Search, an Omnibox extension

Google Chrome Omnibox Search extension that enables you to search Alexa (alexa.com) from the Omnibox.  To use, simply type ‘alx’, a space, and your search query into the Omnibox and it will open your search results up in a new tab. manifest.json background.js Install Alexa Search Extension (chrome store) Continue reading Google Chrome Extension – Alexa Search, an Omnibox extension