Thursday, October 21, 2004
Bookmarklets are fun. This one gets Google's cached version of the page you're on. Add it to your bookmarks/links bar:
Update: Mozilla users should use the special version.
Special features, besides just sending the URI to Google:
- Checks for non-HTTP(S) URIs, which Google does not cache.
- Asks, when appropriate, whether or not to send the query string (the part after the question mark.)
- Properly handles fragment links (the part after the number sign) so you can go to the same bookmarked place on a cached page as on the original.
Update: Special for Mozilla Users: If you land on a Net error page, this will determine the originating URL and ask Google for that instead of the chrome://... garbage. You know the drill: Google cache +FL
Monday, October 11, 2004
Do you ever view the printer friendly format of a web page to get rid of the ads and clutter, just to suffer a long, wide, unstyled pain in the ass to read? I do at the New York Times, so I decided to act on it.
The Bookmarklet: Make readable
Drag that link to your bookmark/links toolbar, hit it when on an ugly page, and watch as the page is automagically made more readable. Your eyes will thank you.
Disclaimer: This does not work in Internet Explorer.
Disclaimer 2: This makes low-style pages like New York Times printer-friendly ones prettier, but will screw up more complex pages. A reload will bring it back to normal.