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Monday, March 28, 2005

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Answers.com Firefox Extension

Sunday, March 27, 2005
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NOTE: this is hold as crap now, my new solution is to install the google toolbar and set the normal search box to answers.com
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Description:
I wanted an Answers.com search box, but I didnt want to give up my Google search box, so I made an extension that adds an Answers.com search box.

Screen Shot:


Installation:
VERSION 0.3

After installing you will have to right click on your toolbar (where the drop down menu's are) and click on customize, then find the search box from window and drag it onto your toolbar.


Disclaimer:
I didnt make all of this, its mostly hacked together.

Google takes down Google X

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Another Update:
I just looked and theres a bunch of news stories about it now, so heres the links to actual news sources.
ZDNet
MacDailyNews
Google news search for "Google X"


Update:
Heres a mirror of Google X
http://www.theplaceforitall.com/googlex/



Google took down its OSX-style search page that was at the link below
http://labs.google.com/googlex/

Notice that the error is not Google's normal 404 error message, instead giving the error "The requested URL was not found on this server." with just that text and nothing else.

The Google Blog article for Google X is still up.

Heres the Google Blog entry in case they take it down

Google goes X
Today is an amazing day: A small idea - a fun late-night coding jaunt to help me learn Javascript & DHTML - has just launched on Google Labs. I never expected it to make it as far as it has when I wrote it a month ago, especially since my "real" job is working on Keyhole, where I'm having the time of my life taking our cool 3D mapping application and putting the power of Google behind it. It's fulfilling to have the opportunity to reach the audience we always dreamed of when we started Keyhole five years ago, and that by itself is absolute coolness.

And now there's Google X, which came about because I wanted a quick fun way to access all of Google's services. I gave it to a few friends in the company, who gave it to their friends, some posted it on their blogs, others sent it around on mailing lists, and it eventually made its way to Marissa Mayer, who liked it enough to say, when do you want to put it up on Labs? So after some spit and polish from some enthusiastic Googlers and the keen eye of the UI team, Google X is here. I hope all of you enjoy it - especially Mac users, who I'm sure will appreciate its lineage.

Chikai Ohazama
Software Engineer
Posted @ 4:40 PM / Permanent Link

Google user tracking mode?

Tuesday, March 15, 2005
I'm usually on Google's side when it comes to privacy issues, but this is just a bit creepy...

Today I was trying to figure out why my Google Preview Firefox extension wasn't working (it only showed an image of google.com), so I went to the extensions website and right at the top of the page it explained the problem; Google is in user tracking mode. What does that mean? It basically means that Google is tracking which links you click, so for example if you searched for "some site", the first result might be "www.somesite.com", and normally the link to somesite.com is just "http://www.somesite.com", but when Google is in user tracking mode the link might be "http://www.google.com/url?
sa=U&start=1&q=http://www.somesite.com/&e=9800" (or something similar, that's what it was for me), and this means that Google knows which search results you click. On the Google Preview extension site they say that you can fix this by clearing your Google cookie, this worked for me, so if you have this issue then I suggest you clear out your cookies.

What are they doing? I'm sure there is a reasonable explination for this, but it'd be nice if they would tell us whats going on.

linkhold

Monday, March 14, 2005
i made a little script that can hold a link for you so that you can right click -> save as it (if you use AIM a lot, you may have had that problem before)

here it is
http://www.wtfhost.com/link

update

Sunday, March 13, 2005
just figured i'd give an update if theres actually anyone reading this.

I added some features to WTFstart, there is now a weather module (which needs some work) and you can also change your search engine to yahoo (if you are stupid enough to do such a thing!). I also cleaned up the customize page, should be a bit more straight forward now.

I did a minor bug fix to texthold. now there arent slashes before quotes in your .txt files.

I've also been somewhat working on a firefox extension to automatically install the firefox ad blocking trick, but no one told me how facking hard making firefox extensions is! (i suck at java)

edit: almost forgot! theres a whole shit ton of cool pics here (56k warning)

Every SNES game ever

Thursday, March 10, 2005
I put every SNES game up on my server, hope you all enjoy.
http://www.skezdispenser.com/snes/

List of all my projects

Answers.com Firefox Extension

notanorg - paid web hosting

WTFhost - free web host

WTFstart - customizable start page

texthold - holds your text

PHP scripts - a bunch of PHP scripts I've made/am working on

Block almost all ads in Firefox

Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Advanced Users:
If you know wtf you're doing, go here.

Novice Users:
With just a few easy steps, you can block 99% of ads in Firefox.

  1. Install the ChromEdit extension

  2. Go to the tools menu and click "Edit User Files"

  3. Go to the "userContent.css" tab

  4. Go to this link and copy the code.
    http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/adblock

  5. Paste it in your userContent.css file and click save

  6. Restart your browser

  7. Enjoy ad-free surfing!

In case you're wondering how this works, it just blocks elements in the page that are the same as those specified in your userContent.css, so it doesnt even load the image/iframe/whatever (unlike Adblock).

all my crappy scripts

Tuesday, March 08, 2005
NOTE: These should work by just putting them on your server, no config necessary. (I hate configuring stuff)

Mail Spoofer
- Simple little script that you can use to send mail from any address.
http://www.notanorg.org/scripts/mailspoof.zip

Pic Viewer - Pops all the pics in the dir onto the view.php. (also has broken .txt view feature)
http://www.notanorg.org/scripts/view0.3.zip

TextHold - Can be seen in use here. Just a simple little script that creates .txt files on the server and allows you to edit them.
http://www.notanorg.org/scripts/texthold.zip

WTFwiki - Similar to TextHold, but even more simple, its basically an insanely simple wiki. (this one needs some work)
http://www.notanorg.org/scripts/wtfwiki.zip

RSS reader

Heres a little web based RSS reader I made.

http://www.wtfhost.com/rss/index.php

texthold

I made a little script that can save text to a server for you, its pretty useless but kinda nice if you need to send code or something to someone over AIM, especially because they can then edit it and save it so you can get the changes.

here it is on WTFhost

www.wtfhost.com/texthold

Ski Stunt Simulator

Sunday, March 06, 2005
I saw a post on digg.com with the link to the addictive ski stunt simulator demo. well the-underdogs.org (AWESOME SITE) has the full version of it because it is now abandonware.

I uploaded the zip to my server because the-underdogs.org is slow as hell, so here it is. The name and registration key are in the readme.
http://www.skezdispenser.com/stuff/skistunt.zip

And here is the java demo if you want to try it out before installing.
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~van/sssjava/javademo.html

And to be complete, here is the link to the the-underdogs.org page for the game.
http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?id=4989

Just a note, this is not really warez, its abandonware, there is a difference. the guy who made it doesnt sell it anymore.

WTFstart

Friday, March 04, 2005
I made a start page which basically starts with the conecept that google is the best start page ever, and that the only way it could be better is if you could customize it. So this is pretty much just a customizable google

www.wtfhost.com/wtfstart

Click customize at the bottom and you can add links and a couple other neat things (I am especially proud of the RSS feature).

Anyway, if you have any comments or suggestions, shoot me an email at skez@notanorg.org