If you take a look at the reading experience from a web page, you will see why attention deficit disorder (ADD) is so widespread these days.
I often need to look up information to setup my mail clients such as POP3, IMAP, or SMTP servers and ports. Today, I decided to create a spreadsheet with these information which should help me and others. Feel free to edit the spreadsheet to include other services such as comcast, verizon, …
Here is the URL to the spreadsheet:
Just to experiment, I printed the web page above to a PDF file, then view that file using Tofu, an OS X file viewing utility and the result is like day and night:
I got fed up with this high noise-to-contents ratio and have been seeking for ways to bring sanity back to reading web pages. One of the way to deal with this situation is to use the print view. Many web sites has a print view, normally a text link that says something along the lines of “print,” “print this article,” or “printer-friendly view.” These are your friends.
The print views offer a few advantages:
- They often pack more contents into the same screen area.
- They are free of ads, or carry only a minimal amount
- Some websites show white text on black background, which makes it a little hard to read for me. The print view usually show black text on white background–much easier to read in my opinion.
And here is the print view:
Have a way to reduce distractions from the web pages? I would like to hear from you.
If you are hosting your blog on wordpress.com and would like to post your source code, WordPress has a treat for you. Check out this Java code sniffet:
for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) print("Line number %d\n", i); [/sourcecode]
If you are interested, check out this WordPress FAQ page. WordPress claims to support Python, but I have tried and the syntax-highlighting feature does not work.
Another alternative is to use the Code Colorizer which I have described in my previous post. The Code Colorizer supports a number of languages, but Python is not one of them. If you know a solution for Python, please post a comment here.
easycallOriginally uploaded by haivu_ed.If you are using Google Local to find a listing, found it, and would like to call its number; the easiest way to do so is to click the call link right next to the phone number. Google will then ask for your phone number and connect you immediately. This is easier than punching the number into your phone.
WUGNET is my favorite broadband speed test.
TEXT-IMAGE.com is a free service that turns your photo into text.