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Open With for Firefox lets you easily open pages in any other browser

Open With is a neat little Firefox add-on (from a developer with the interesting domain name DarkTrojan.net). Domain name notwithstanding, the add-on feels pretty solid (and has been tested by Mozilla). It adds a set of buttons to Firefox, which let you open the current page in any other browser that you've got installed. In terms of UI, it's very flexible; you can add entries to the View menu, t...

CSS3 Playground lets you experiment with new CSS features and generates code

I have recently been experimenting with CSS3 box properties for my own personal site. I was thrilled with how easy it was to create a box with rounded corners, some shading and a border – it was really trivial. That was even before I found CSS3 Playground. Had I found this neat little tool before, I would not have had to hand-code a single line of text. Like so many other showcases and play...

Historious lets you easily recall where you browsed, but the price tag is a killer

Historious tries to fill an incredibly tiny niche in the world of online bookmarking, archiving, and saving text for later perusal. It's a browser bookmarklet, and its claim to fame is that it involves just a single click. There's no tagging or anything like that. Once you click the bookmarklet, Historious adds the site to your "personal history." You can then search your personal history for any...

DLS Review: Picasa 3.8 released, now with Picnik editor

Picasa 3.8 was unleashed upon the world a couple of days ago. It brings with it several major features, such as Batch Upload, something called "Face Movie," which creates an animation out of a series of images of the same person, and last but certainly not least, Picnik photo editing. That's right – Picasa can now upload your photo seamlessly to Picnik, and it allows you to edit it there, t...

Three simple ways to watch YouTube (and other) videos with no distractions

It turns out people don't like clutter. Surprise! Not that YouTube's interface is all that cluttered, but sometimes I just want to watch my video without having to see it in full screen. Well, it turns out that there's a whole genre of websites which specialize in removing all the crud and leaving the video: in other words, they generate spartan pages with your video embedded right into them, on ...

How to read CBR/CBZ comics on an iPhone -- for free!

The iPhone's gotten a lot better about PDF support over the years, but comics fans still don't have a perfect way to read files in the CBR and CBZ formats. These formats are both just compressed archives of image files, so you could unzip them and put the JPGs or PNGs onto your phone using iTunes. Keeping them in order is a pain, though, and the Photos app isn't really designed for viewing comics....

Dropbox offers a free 250MB for completing a quick tutorial

If you're a Dropbox user -- and we think you probably should be -- you can get an extra 250MB added to your account by completing a tutorial that really doesn't take very long. Just click the Get Started tab on the Dropbox website and follow the instruction. There are 6 steps, and you can do any five of them: just watch a video, send some Dropbox invites to friends, click through a list of Dropbox...

Mugtug offers beautiful, powerful sketching and image editing for the Web

Mugtug is one name (and website) for two distinct, and equally impressive, image editing/creation applications: Darkroom is a sophisticated, in-page photo "adjustment" software. Note that I don't use the word "editing." That's because you can't really make selections (unless you want to crop or mirror). You can, however, adjust any image parameter (such as white balance, exposure, contrast, or sa...

Image Resizer Powertoy Clone lets you resize image batches with one step

Image Resizer Powertoy Clone is a neat, free Windows utility, that doesn't forget to give credit where credit is due. I've never used the original Powertoy, but I can tell you its clone lets you very easily batch-resize image files. You get a single context menu entry (yes, another one) that says "Resize Pictures". When you select several image files and click this entry, a simple-looking dialog ...

Which Loads Faster tells you, well, you know

Have you ever wanted to compare how fast one site loads against another one? Instead of futzing around with multiple browser windows or a stopwatch, just head over to Which Loads Faster, and load the URLs into the split window interface. When you hit the GO button, it will load both sites in side-by-side frames, then make a judgment. Keep in mind, there are a lot of variables at play, and you'll ...

Beta Review: Forrst is an awesome community for designers and developers

Let me start this off with a disclaimer: If you feel any sort of aversion towards hipsters, you should probably move on; I don't think you can enjoy Forrst. However, if Tumblr feels like a second home, and you spend your days endlessly gazing at ffffound and sharing snarky comments over at the Shirt.woot forums, you are probably going to love Forrst. The site has a simple, clear-cut mandate: it's...

Calcmoolator is a handy online calculator collection

Calcmoolator is a very neat collection of task-specific calculators, with a cute bovine mascot. The site provides an enormous number of calculators, like "Auto Lease vs. Buy", "Tip Calculator" (shown above), "Canadian Mortage", and even "Cost of a Baby" (a weird one, but it must come in handy for some people). The site looks very clean. Once you enter all of the variables and hit Calculate you ge...

Super-charge your Canon PowerShot camera (shoot RAW format!) with CHDK

CHDK, or Canon Hack Development Kit, can magically turn your regular Canon PowerShot into a professional workhorse capable of shooting RAW files, displaying live histograms, motion detection and even executing Lua script. Seriously, CHDK takes almost any PowerShot camera and turns it into a device that is probably worth twice as much as you paid for it. Just being able to shoot RAW images is al...

How to remove the Feedback button from Firefox 4

The new Firefox 4 Beta has a Feedback button; for some people, that may be an eyesore. Some people have worse problems, like the one shown in the screenshot above. That's my default FF4 installation, by the way; I just ran it and got this, and it wouldn't budge even when I tried to customize it. The four rows of buttons stay. Only when I run it in Safe Mode it looks fine. Interesting. Anyway, hop...

In a pinch, PSD Viewer might save you... or it might not

Ah, viewers! Whether you love the fact that they exist, or hate the fact that we live in a world that necessitates them, file viewers are a vital part of any computer user's tool kit. The number of times I've seen sent a Microsoft Word file and not been able to open it... ugh! Fortunately I have Photoshop, but I'm sure there are lots of people out there that don't -- that's where PSD Viewer co...