Archive for the 'Tools' Category

26
Jan
08

Pop-Up Tester

The page linked below generates various types of pop-ups, using various techniques. It’s a good way to tell how well your browser, or your pop-killer program is working. I have standard Firefox pop-up control, and only two kinds of pops got through, the “drop-down banner” and the “sticky pop-up.” All the others failed.

However, there are a couple really annoying “pop-unders” that get through fairly routinely. The page doesn’t have a test for that.

http://www.popuptest.com

21
Jan
08

OpenOffice: Free Open Source Replacement for MS Office Suite

 A friend told me about this a while back, and I forgot about it. Re-discovered it this evening. Very cool.

OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute…OpenOffice.org the product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office, and the vendor-neutral OpenDocument standard from OASIS.

http://www.openoffice.org/ 

21
Jan
08

No frills, no bull, ad-free dictionary for quick lookup

You just type in the word, hit enter, and the definition appears below. I tested a number of fairly obscure words on it, including “imbroglio” and “syzygy.”

http://www.dictionary.hm

Syzygy