Have you ever wondered what your website looked like in other browsers or even in other operating systems? Well the answer is here, browsershots.org. Browsershots is a free and open-source online service which generated screenshots of your website: in different browsers, on different platforms, and with different plugins. It’s a true amazing service. It’s a must for every web designer’s arsenal.
If your like me you absolutely love the Pandora music service. However due to greedy music labels pushing their agenda in Washinton (see SaveNetRadio.org) Pandora was forced to limit its service to the US. What’s a geek to do? Why… use an ssh tunnel to proxy the Pandora service through a US server. How? You may ask.
First we’ll setup the ssh tunnel. For that we’re going to use an application called Putty. To setup the ssh tunnel you’ll need to have access to a server based in the US with ssh enabled (for example – a Dreamhost account). For the purpose of the tutorial we’ll call the server “example.com”. After launching Putty you need to enter the hostname into the field provided. Now comes the magic. Expand the SSH category and select Tunnels. Under source port enter 8080, select the “Dynamic” and then click the Add button.
Click on the Open button. After click on Open you’ll be prompted for your username and password for, in the case of this example, example.com. After successful establishing your ssh connection all you have left to do is setup Firefox to use this ssh tunnel as a proxy.
Open up Firefox and select “Options” from the Tool menu then click on “Advanced”. Next click on the “Network” tab, then the “Settings” button. Select “Manual proxy configuration”. Now comes the important settings. Erase the HTTP Proxy, SSL Proxy, FTP Proxy, and Gopher Proxy fields. Enter 127.0.0.1 under SOCKS Host and 8080 under Port.
Click OK and click OK once more. We’re done! Browse to www.pandora.com and crank the tunes.
I’ve been using Chrome (from the Dev Channel) pretty much since it was released. And I absolutely love it. Don’t get me wrong I still like Firefox and Firebug can’t be beat. So today I was using the search function and I noticed something really cool. Your search results show up in your scrollbar. It’s like a map of your search results! Checkout the screenshot for yourself.
That is so useful. I’m keeping my eye on that Dev Channel rss feed waiting with baited breath for what is going to come next!
Thee best email service anywhere. I can’t imagine my life without Gmail anymore. It is awesome in so many ways and has so many hidden features and functionality that I can’t believe it’s free.
Recommended settings and configuration for IMAP
If you want Thunderbird to check all of your folders for new messages try adding user_pref(“mail.check_all_imap_folders_for_new”, true); to your user.js or pref.js