Archive for December, 2009

There are several times when you might want to just print certain text from a webpage. Instead of copying the text and pasting it in a Word or text file, you can use a simple trick to print selected text on webpages.


To print selected tables on webpages, first select the text you want to print on a webpage and hit “Ctrl + P” to bring up the print dialog.


In the printer dialog, select the radio button next to “Selection” if it is not already selected and hit the print button. That’s it, only the selected content will now be printed. If you are looking for more such solutions, you might want to check out how you can print only what you want in Internet explorer, or use the Print What You Like .

This trick has been tested in , and . Currently does not seem to support this feature, there is a lengthy discussion about the lack of this feature in Chrome, hopefully it should be added in the future versions.

[via Techie Buzz]


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Eager to play with Google’s just-released Chrome OS but don’t want to waste your time if your hardware isn’t supported? This simple chart from Google helps you figure out whether or not your equipment can work with current Chrome OS builds.

Populated by developers who’ve played with Chrome OS and gotten it up and running on their systems, the chart specifies how (and if) features like Wi-Fi, trackpads, and suspend/resume work on each system. You can also read about any caveats or other comments from the developers who’ve played canary-in-the-coalmine. Currently most of the hardware in the list is of the netbook variety, but it’s a good place to get started if you’re an early adopter but you don’t want to waste your time if your hardware’s not going to play nice.

Remember that Chrome OS is still extremely young and still rough around the edges, so unless, as Google puts it, you “aren’t afraid to take a screwdriver to [your] computer,” you’ll probably want to wait for Chrome OS to mature a little.

Developer Hardware [The Chromium Projects via Download Squad]

[via Lifehacker]

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Nobody wants to get hit with a massive over-limit luggage charge when they’re already stressed and rushing to catch their flight. Hit up Luggage Limits before you travel to avoid any check-in counter surprises.

We don’t know if you’ve visited the web site of a major airline lately and attempted to decode their baggage policies but a significant number of the airlines have baggage policies that are not only buried deeply in their sites but written in a less than clear fashion.

Luggage Limits catalogs the baggage policies of over 90 airlines. Plug in what airline you are traveling with, your departure and arrival airports, and the class of your ticket—no surprise that first class has a higher luggage limit—and Luggage Limits spits out a comprehensive breakdown of cost of checking bags, the size limits for both standard and overweight/oversize baggage—and the associated fees—and the size and weight allowance for your carry-on and personal items. Reading the information on Luggage Limits for Northwest Airlines was much clearer than reading it on the Northwest web site, that’s for sure.

Luggage Limits is a free service and requires no registration or personal information. Have a helpful travel site to share? Let’s hear about it in the comments.Thanks Bill!

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Windows only: TVTrigger is like TV Guide for your desktop—if, in addition to keeping you up to date on your favorite shows, TV Guide also automatically found and downloaded the latest torrent of said show as soon as it’s released.

(Click the image above for a closer look.)

This weekend we highlighted an application called FreeGuide, which is essentially a personalized TV guide for your desktop. TVTrigger is a little like that, except rather than personalizing your listings by channel, TVTrigger lets you choose favorite shows—and then automatically downloads the latest for you as soon as it’s available.

We’ve seen similar tools before—like previously mentioned TED—but TVTrigger takes things a step further. It’s got full episode lists, cast lists, plot synopses, can play trailers of episodes, and fully integrates with BitTorrent searches and downloads. Although TVTrigger has a built-in BitTorrent client, you can choose to open torrent files with your preferred BitTorrent client if you don’t want TVTrigger handling your downloads.

It’s a little rough around the edges at spots, but TVTrigger would probably feel a whole lot friendlier for beginners than the normal BitTorrent procedure. TVTrigger is a free download, Windows only.

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iPhone OS 3.0 is supposed to open up an exciting new level of integration between iPhone software and hardware accessories – but so far I don’t recall seeing that many thrilling examples of this.  As is so often the case though, we can count on a jailbreak app to establish another first – in this case support for bluetooth keyboards.

The new Keyboard Driver Demo app – available now in the Cydia store – provides this support, which we have never seen before on the iPhone.

Here’s a little more detail, from the developer’s site:

This iPhone Bluetooth keyboard driver fills this gap. It is based on the open-source BTstack project, a Bluetooth stack designed for embedded devices where resources are scarce.

This driver runs on the iPhone 3G(S) and all iPod touch devices with Bluetooth support. It is unclear yet, if it works properly on the iPhone 2G

The app is titled a ‘demo’ at least partly because it only works inside the app itself right now – though apparently the developer says a version that works outside the app will be available ‘soon’.

The demo app is free and out now in Cydia.

[via JustAnotherIphoneBlog]

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Migrating 21k Pictures and Videos from Flickr to Picasa

[via human3rror]

Finished. I’m finally finished.

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We’ve all been there at some point, you’ve got a perfectly functional Ethernet cord that somewhere along the line had its tab broken off. Don’t buy a new one or re-terminate the cord. Fix it with zip ties.

While we’re no stranger making our own Ethernet cables—you can probably find a few RJ-45 connectors hanging out with the dust bunnies under our work bench—sometimes it’s not convenient or you don’t have the tools to strip an Ethernet cable, strip and reposition the pairs, and re-terminate it. It’s an even bigger annoyance when the only reason you find yourself having to do it is a missing plastic tab on the connector plug.

Over at the ever-growing how-to site Instructables, they have a tutorial on how to fix a broken RJ-45 connector using two zip ties, a razor knife, and a pair of pliers—although if you’re going full MacGyver you could skip the pliers. When you’re done you’ll have a functional tab on your Ethernet cable. Check out full tutorial at the link below and if you have your own clever use for zip ties or other inexpensive tools—duct tape anyone?—we want to hear about it in the comments.

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