Greasefire Helps You Automatically Find GreaseMonkey Scripts For a Website

If you are a Greasemonkey Fan and often find yourself downloading interesting scripts from UserScripts.org. This article shall bring great news for you. 

Firefox Add-On GreaseFire is an interesting add-on which lets you automatically find GreaseMonkey Scripts for a website. When you visit a web page that has compatible user scripts on Userscripts.org, this extension will highlight the Greasemonkey icon in the status bar. Right click the Greasemonkey icon and choose the “X scripts available” item to see and install the scripts available for the current page.

Greasefire automatically finds Greasemonkey scripts for the website being surfed.

Image: Greasefire automatically finds Greasemonkey scripts for the website being surfed.

If you are thinking that using GreaseFire might bring in more latency to the page load time, you might be surprised to know that Greasefire uses a local index to look up scripts that apply to the page you are on — it does not send any browsing data to a server.

Set your Preferences for GreaseFire

Image: Set your Preferences for GreaseFire

This index is updated periodically, you can update your preferences for this update time by going through Tools –> Add-ons -> Greasefire -> Preferences for details.

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[HTML Forms] 5 Rapid Form Generation Services

If you are someone who is looking out for HTML Form building and publishing service, this post lists 5 great Rapid HTML Form Generation Services.

These Form generation services will let you create complex HTML forms which can be used for various purposes like Survey Forms, Contact Forms etc. In order to generate, publish and collect data using these forms, you don’t need to educate yourself with HTML. Though, its always good to know about the stuff  what you are getting into.

Almost all these HTML Form Generation and Publishing services are free for basic usage. However, they do offer more advanced features which you can use to get some advanced features built into your forms.

1.) FormSmarts: FormSmarts is a free web form service providing all you need to create forms and publish them in minutes.It is an integrated web form service that lets you create forms, publish them online, and get form results. FormSmarts provides you with several options to publish your forms. Check out the Form Examples they have which lets you get a feel of how it works.

FormSmarts is an interesting service which lets you design and publish your forms.

Image: FormSmarts is an interesting service which lets you design and publish your forms.

2.) FormAssembly: FormAssembly lets you create almost any kind of HTML Form, For instance, surveys with complex branching logic, multi-page data-entry forms, simple contact forms, etc. FormAssembly also allows you to have a form and collect data even if you don’t have a website. In such a scenario, FormAssembly can host the form for you. The web address of such a form will look like this: http://app.formassembly.com/forms/view/12345 (where 12345 is a unique identifier for your form).

3.) JotForm: JotForm is a web based WYSIWYG form builder. Its intuitive drag and drop user interface makes form building a breeze. Using JotForm, you can create forms, integrate them to your site and collect submissions from your visitors. JotForm supports all standard web form field types.

Design and Publish your HTML Forms for Free using these 5 free services.

Image: Design and Publish your HTML Forms for Free using these 5 free services.

In addition, it allows you to use new and intuitive fields in your form such as Date Time Picker, Star Ratings, or CAPTCHA checks. Using JotForm, you can create any kind of web form. 

4.) PHPForm: PHPForm allows you to create your HTML forms in three easy steps. All you need to do is Select the color scheme. Design your Form and then Download the HTML.

Google Spreadsheet offers Rapid form generation service.

Image: Google Spreadsheet offers Rapid form generation service.

5.) Google Docs: Google Docs added the form feature few months back and also allowed forms to be embedded into your website and blogs. You can use Google Docs as a Rapid Form Generation service to design your forms. You can then embed this form into your website using the HTML provided and get the results in a spreadsheet.

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Gladinet Delivers Web Applications and Online Files To Your Desktop

Gladinet is an interesting yet free Windows application that runs on your desktop and offers easy access to files stored online or across remote PCs.

If you have a some content stored in online services like  Google DocsAmazon S3 and Windows Live Skydrive , Gladinet allows you to manage your content by making all of your files accessible from a virtual drive mapped into your Windows Operating Environment, thereby letting you update and modify files stored on the above mentioned services.

Once you have updated those files, Gladinet uploads the new version back to its original space in the cloud. This therefore elimiates the need for downloading the files onto your computer, editing them and again pushing them back onto the internet cloud for storage.

Other than letting you manage your online files locally, Gladinet also lets you do the following interesting stuff

  • Remote Access To Multiple PCs : Gladinet connects all your PCs together. You can access folders on multiple PCs from any one of them. You can also use remote access solutions such as RDP or VNC among them. Your PCs are always connected even when you are on the road.
  • On Demand Sharing: Sharing Files and Folders is as easy as sending an e-mail or an instant message. Your friends can view your shared files instantly and securely without any Gladinet software pre-installed. You can share both local and online files.
  • Use Web Applications Locally: Use online office to open local spread sheets. Use Paint Brush to open online images. Use online storages as if they were local folders. Gladinet software delivers web applications and online storages to your desktop.

So How Does It All Work?

Its easier to understand it like this, Browser’s are designed for delivering web contents to your desktop and 
on similar lines, Gladinet was designed for delivering web services to your desktop. It then goes a step further than the web browser by integrating web services into the Operating System. The below given figure explains the entire process.
Gladinet -- How it Works?
Gladinet — How it Works?

Feature List & Demo for the currently released version

  • Supported Online Storages

    • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) 
    • Microsoft Windows Live™ SkyDrive 
    • Google Picasa™ Program 
    • Google Docs™ Program
    • Folders from Remote PCs – Standard Version only.
  • Supported Online Applications

    • Word & SpreadSheet

      • Google Docs™ Program
      • Zoho®
      • ThinkFree
    • Image & Editing

      • Google Picasa™ Program
      • Picnik Image Editing
      • SnipShot Image Editing
      • Image Author Image Editor
    • Support Single Sign-On

      • Google Mail™ webmail service
      • Google Talk™ instant messaging service
      • Google Calendar™ calendaring service
    • Support File Type Association

      • Google Docs™ Program
      • Zoho®
      • ThinkFree
      • Picnik
      • SnipShot
  • Connect All My Computers

    • Resource Drive For All Virtual Directories
    • Support Remote Desktop – Standard version only
    • Support VNC through Device Redirection – Standard version only
    • Merge All My Favorites – Standard version only
  • On Demand File/Folder Sharing – Standard version only 

As i write this, Gladinet, is still in its Beta release.

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WordPress 2.7 Release Candidate 1 is now available for Download

WordPress has released the Candidate 1 release for WordPress 2.7. Seems like wordpress is moving real fast with the release of 2.7 which is scheduled to happen soon.
 

 

Wordpress 2.7 release candidate 1 is up for grabs

Wordpress 2.7 release candidate 1 is up for grabs

WordPress says

With the release of RC1, we’re in the final leg of development before the release of 2.7.  280 commits since beta 3 have polished the new admin UI (including new menu icons created by the winners of our icon design contest) and fixed all known blocker bugs.

We think RC1 is ready for everyone to try out.  Please download RC1 and help us make the final release the best it can be.  As always, back up your blog before upgrading.

Download WordPress 2.7 Release Candidate 1

Also, if you are still on the older WordPress 2.x.x , its time you get a copy of WordPress 2.6.5 which was released a few days back.

Understanding Prefetching

This post describes an interesting concept called “Link Prefetching in Web Pages”. It talks about the ways to design Prefetching within your webpages and also talks about the issues attached with it.

What is meant by Prefetching in Web parlance?

In order to understand Prefetching, we need to understand how a web page with multiple objects like images, stylesheets etc is loaded by a Browser. In a usual scenario, we always have a web page designated as the HTML rendered by the browser. This webpage then has the embedded objects like images ( jpeg,gif,png etc) , stylesheets ( css ) etc. When the user makes a request for such a webpage, the first thing a web browser does is load the HTML. The browser then parses the HTML and asks for the different objects in a top-down fashion.

Skeleton of a Web Page.

Skeleton of a Web Page.

The above figure explains the request flow for a hypothetical web page with HTML, Images, FLV, Javascript and CSS. The numbers written against the component refers to the way they would be requested by the browser.

So if you have a script written at the top of the web page, that will get loaded first, then whatever next. What is important to understand is that the next request from the browser is made only when the first request has completed. This ways, the browser waits for the first object request to complete before issuing the next request. This leads to a lot of wait time, which in turn can make your website appear to be slow.

With Prefetching, the web browser tries to resolve this issue. When Prefetching is enabled, the browser requests for the first object (i.e. the html) and while it delivers and renders the response to the end user, also parses the HTML to figure out the next subsequent requests. It then makes those requests Asynchronously and stores the result in its browser cache. Therefore, the wait time between the two results is reduced. When the user actually asks for that content, all the browser has to do is give that object from its Cache. The object appears immediately, thereby giving an impression to the end user that the website is indeed fast. Read more about How to get data from the browser cache in Firefox.

How to design my HTML to enable link Prefetching?

The browser looks for either an HTML link tag or an HTTP Link: header with a relation type of either next or prefetch. An example using the link tag follows:

<link rel="prefetch" href="/images/big.jpeg">

The same prefetching hint using an HTTP Link: header:

Link: </images/big.jpeg>; rel=prefetch

The Link: header can also be specified within the HTML document itself by using a HTML meta tag:

<meta http-equiv="Link" content="&lt;/images/big.jpeg&gt;; rel=prefetch">

Please note that even if you dont have these special tags in place, some browsers/ applications can still prefetch your links.

I am a Web Administrator, How can i identify Prefetch requests from the Browser client?

Yes. Firefox sends a special request header X-moz: prefetch for Prefetch requests. You can setup your server to track these requests seperately or block them totally, as the case may be.

If you are a web admin and seeing lot of traffic on your server, firstly identify Prefetching requests from your Server Access Logs and then in order to take control of the situation related with prefetching process, decide upon a rescue strategy.

Do i need any special kind of Browser for the Prefetching to work?

Almost all the web browser these days, support Prefetching. All you need to ensure is that your browser supports prefetching and it is enabled. Test if your browser supports Prefetching.

Are there any issues with Prefetching?

There are no serious issues attached with Prefetching but yes, you may find your bandwidth being utilized for content which you might never actually view. 

The other issue is related to prefetching of certain links with topics which might be illegal in your geography.

Your Web site statistics data may become less reliable because of statistics registered for page hits that were never seen by the user

Can i disable Prefetching in Firefox? How do i disable Prefetching in Firefox?

Yes. Though, by default Prefetching is turned on in Firefox, but it can be disabled by following the steps mentioned below.

1.) Open the Firefox browser

2.) Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter

3.) Scroll down the resulting preference list to network.prefetch-next

Disabling Prefetching in Firefox

Disabling Prefetching in Firefox

4.) Double click network.prefetch-next so the value is set to false.

5.) Close Firefox and restart it to enable the change.

Can you list any other Softwares or Add-ons which use Prefetching technique to help me gain some time?

Well, there are many but the two most famous one’s are Google Web Accelerator and an interesting Firefox Add-On for speeding up Firefox called FasterFox.

References: Mozilla

Also Read: Firefox 3.1 to add Private Browsing feature

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PC Decrapifier Lets You Cut the Crap from your PC

If you have got a new laptop or a desktop or even for that matter a new version of Windows, and you are experiencing a latency when it comes to the boot time of your laptop or desktop, this post will help you get rid of the crap which comes installed by default. Crap, as these are those softwares which you will most probably never use; but they do block up your memory. You already know how to free up some memory on your PC by disabling Windows Messenger, if you dont use it.

PC Decrapifier is designed to detect and delete all such annoying software. Don’t worry, you will always get to see what has been detected; if there is anything you want to keep, you can always retain it.

PC Decrapifier works with all versions of Windows XP and Vista. You can also get the complete list of softwares which a PC Decrapifier can remove.

 

PC-Decrapifier lets you cut the crap from your PC.

PC-Decrapifier lets you cut the crap from your PC.

In short, PC Decrapifier does let you get rid of the bloatware which simply clogs up space and memory of your PC during boot time.

Though, you can always remove such programs from your Control Panel’s Add/Remove Programs feature, but this tool lets you get a list of most of the crap which might be sitting on your PC without even you knowing about it.

Also Read: Top 3 FREE Antivirus Applications

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[How-To] Add Flickr Photos to your Word Documents with Ease

What do you do when you have to embed an image from Flickr into your Word Documents? Download the image from Flickr onto your own computer and embed it using Insert Image feature of Word. If you are also the one who does the same thing and wastes a lot of time and bandwidth doing all this download and insert, their is good news for you.

 

Flickr4Word is a Plugin for Microsoft Word 2007 software that allows you to insert Flickr photos into your posts. All you need to do is install this software and get started.

 

Flickr4Word lets you embed Flickr Images into Word with Ease.

Flickr4Word lets you embed Flickr Images into Word with Ease.

The plug-in enables you to search all your content, photosets, or search by tags.  It is available for free and can be downloaded from Codeplex.  For developers, the code is also made available if you want to contribute fixes and features (that comply with Flickr API terms of use).

Also Read[How To] Convert PDF to Word files for free

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