Archive for January, 2006

Translate buttons for Safari

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

A bit of mucking about today and I adapted my Del.icio.us buttons to work with google translate.

You can grab this like here and drag it to your tool bar to translate any japanese page into english.

Edit the “langpair” option in the bookmark to change languages

you could try this one using www.rikai.com for mouse over translation.

URL is below

javascript:location.href=’http://www.rikai.com/perl/LangMediator.En.pl?mediate_uri=’+encodeURIComponent(location.href)

Google memory search

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Had an idea for a great Instant messenger add on app. It would be wicked to have something like google adwords for IM, but instead of ads, showing relevant excerpts from past chats and web history.

Essentially google for your brain.

So as you chat about the best way to skin a cat you can have a side window showing the time you talked about cat skinning with your uncle Owswald, and where you can buy cat skinning tools, and web pages about cat skinning. The trick of course is deciding what is relevant and doing it in a non invasive manner. Maybe google could do this, maybe thats the future of http://www.google.com/talk/ (yet another IM client).

Why limit just to IM why not live search your whole computing experience?

What would distinguish this from existing desktop searching (google desktop/ yahoo/ spotlight) is that it would be live updating and passive ( no user effort ) perhaps something that hooks into standard edit boxes the way the system wide spellcheck does in Mac OSX.

Only if you could make it so the user didn’t know they were using it would it be useful. If the user has to think about searching then the product is dead because as soon as I think about searching I may as well do a full search, but if its just there like a cup of coffee on your desk and you sip with out thinking then it would work..

perhaps this will be in OS X 10.6 .. Spotlight 2 ( the version that works 🙂 )

Today is defiantly one of those verbal diarrhea days the ideas keep coming no time to filter…. oh well.

Etoire in Snow

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
Etoire in Snow
Etoire in Snow,
originally uploaded by Brokentoaster.

Alright finally a snow day. Thought I’d test out the new wifi enabled Nikon coolpix p2 I bought for my mum with some photos of Miyoshi town.

Forward Delete Key on Macs

Friday, January 13th, 2006

I just found the following hint on macosxhints.com
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050525040921189
Blast that forward-delete key (just below the Help key on a standard Mac keyboard)! It just keeps inputting a ‘~’ when pressed, instead of deleting the next character. Luckily, there is an easy solution. In clean OS X apps, including Terminal, Control-Option-D does what we want the forward-delete key to do.

So go to Terminal’s Terminal menu, pick Window Settings, and then choose “Keyboard” in the pop-up menu. Double-click on the ‘del (forward delete)’ key, and in the sheet that pops open, activate the input box just below “Action.” Type Control-Option-D, and you should see ’04’ in the box. Click OK, close the Terminal Inpsector window, and you should now have a working forward-delete key. Yay!

Lightbox.js

Friday, January 13th, 2006

just found this little script http://www.huddletogether.com/projects/lightbox/.
Very nice. I have added it to the picture pages for the mp3 player at http://butterflymp3.sf.net/pic.html

Dash blog test

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Just thought I’d test out this widget (dash blog) for blogging from the dashboard. seems okay but spell checking would be nice.