Monthly Archives: November 2006

Two Big Improvements in Google Reader Subscription Process

In a recent post I lamented a couple usability problems with the Google Reader subscription process. I cited two problem areas. First, when you subscribe to a new feed, you’re forced to choose the target aggregator (Google Homepage vs. Google … Continue reading

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Pukkadita = Tagging for Google Reader via Pukka

Earlier this month I introduced Gordita — a little bookmarklet generator. The generated bookmarklet lets you tag not only the current web page, but more specifically the current item when you’re in Google Reader. Commenter Justin Hamilton asked for … Continue reading

Posted in, Google Reader, Pukka | 10 Comments

Streamline Feed Subscription in Google Reader

I have Firefox on the PowerBook configured to subscribe to “live (RSS) feeds” using Google Reader. This tight integration is nice, but there are two things that could be streamlined. When I click a subscription link, rather than have the … Continue reading

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Goodbye Cyberduck, Hello Transmit

I recently switched from Fugu to Cyberduck. At the time I considered moving to Panic’s Transmit but didn’t see how to get SSH certificate-based authentication to work. Well, a nice person at Transmit support answered my question. Interestingly, while perhaps … Continue reading

Posted in OS X, tool | 4 Comments

Firefox Tab Navigation in OS X

For those of you who like to keep your hands on the keyboard… Control-tab will cycle to the next tab to the right (and wrap at the end). Page-up and Page-down keys can be used to move to adjacent tabs … Continue reading

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Eliminate Subversion Passphrase Prompts with SSHKeychain

One of the things I really like about OS X is the Keychain Access application. Most Mac applications (but not Firefox) that deal with passwords or certificates enlist Keychain Access services. The upshot is that you don’t need to manage … Continue reading

Posted in OS X, tool | 3 Comments

Goodbye Fugu, Hello Cyberduck

I’ve been using Fugu as my SFTP (SSH) client for a while now.  While I’m grateful for this free and serviceable program it is not without annoyances.  It’s a bit clumsy at certificate-based authentication.  You have to specify some pretty … Continue reading

Posted in OS X, tool | 2 Comments

Two Reasons to Love Firefox 2.0 Tabs

Tab Hierarchy: In Gmail or Google Reader, click an external link and a new tab is opened, as in Firefox 1.5. What’s new is that when you close that second tab, focus returns to the tab that opened it (e.g. … Continue reading

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Mac Workaround for Firefox Popup Bug in Gordita

As I mentioned, Gordita has a problem on Firefox 2.0. Here’s a workaround for Mac folks so you don’t have to leave the keyboard. What you’d like is a key combo that’ll switch from the current Firefox window to the … Continue reading

Posted in, Google Reader | 4 Comments

Choosing a Dynamic DNS Service

I recently had a look at a few dynamic DNS services. They each provide simple HTTP interfaces for updating the the “A” record for a host (that’s the one that maps a Fully Qualified Domain Name to an IP address). … Continue reading

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