Sunday, June 10, 2007

Quick 'N Clever Tips

Here are a grab-bag of clever little tips I collected this week

Hacks For Firefox

Paste multiple lines to input boxes - Via Lifehacker.

Want to copy multiple lines of an address into the single form field of Google Maps search (or any other input box)?

Open "about:config" in your address bar, then search for the value "editor.singleLine.pasteNewlines" and set the value to "2".

This lets you paste multiple lines into a single-line input box.

Quick Google Address Mapping hack - Via Lifehacker comment by bswilson

This little gem will allow you to text-select an address, then click a bookmarklet and the address will then appear in Google Maps.

Create a new (blank) bookmark in Firefox.

Give it whatever name you want; I named mine "Go to Google Maps"

On the "Location" line, paste the following code:

javascript:(function(){q=document.getSelection(); if(!q){void(q=prompt('Enter address or location to map:',''))};if(q)location.href=''+escape(q)})()

Save it.

Now to test, find some text that has an address listed, select the address lines, then click your bookmarklet.

If all went well, a Google Maps page should load with your address included!

This is a real time-saver!

How to find latitude and longitude - via Lifehacker

Although finding a location's latitude and longitude is not probably high on the list of the average Joe's needs, it is another nice example of the power of bookmarklets.

Create a new (blank) bookmark in Firefox.

Give it whatever name you want; I named mine "gMaps L&L Finder"

On the "Location" line, paste the following code:


Save it.

Now to test,

Go pick an address on Google Maps and make sure your location pick is centered in the map area.

Then click your bookmarklet.

If you did it correctly, the latitude and longitude values should appear in a popup window.

Taskbar Switchero

Actually, this dandy little freeware application is called Taskbar Shuffle

Freeware utility from Jay of the "Nerd Cave."

If you are a constant desktop fidgeter like me, the fact that you can't rearrange the items in your task bar has to be aggravating, to say the least.

This little freeware utility lets you drag and drop the items showing in your taskbar and system tray and rearrange them to your heart's content.

Two flavors, an installable version and a simple executable "standalone" version.

Take your pick.

--via CyberNet News

No, Really...What date is it again?

RunAsDate (freeware) - Nirsoft

Want to trick (most) programs into running as if it were a particular date and time different from the current moment?  This is the tool for you, you sneaky dog!

It doesn't modify any of your BIOS or system time clocks at all, only injects the time/date you want into the program at launch.

Compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, and Vista.

Have fun!


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