I got tired from searching for song lyrics online while watching music videos on YouTube.
So I write this simple, yet extremely useful Chrome extension.
It’s called “Lyrics for YouTube™” and you can download it at the Google Chrome extensions gallery:
With one click of a button, the lyrics will appear right next to the music video, at a very natural fashion. This way, you have the playing music video and the song’s lyrics, in a beautiful side by side comfortable display.
Usage instructions – Click the extension’s icon and the song’s lyrics will magically appear right next to the video.Search terms:
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Have you heard about Google’s latest service – Google Cloud Print?
It’s a cool service which allows you to print stuff from your home printer using any other computer in the world or even (and especially) mobile devices.
The service is still in beta, so right now you can only print through mobile devices with HTML5 compliant browsers which can access Google’s Gmail and Docs mobile version.
They claim that their next step is embedding this functionality in Chrome OS notebooks.
It kind of looks like they skipped over Google Chrome’s version.
That’s why I developed an extension for Google Chrome through which you may print using the Google Cloud Print service to any of your connected printers.
I encountered quite a few technical challenges while developing this extension. But I’ve overcome all of then and I’m proud to present the final outcome.
Everyone is welcome to download and study the extension’s source code.
You may download the extension here: (A 5 star rating will be greatly appreciated :)
What does the extension do?
The extension gives you the ability to print any doc/pdf/txt file, Gmail attachment, email or Google Docs document using Google Cloud Print™.
Here are some screenshots of the extension in action:
Some more screenshots people took I found on Flicker:
Print a pdf/doc/txt/jpg/jpeg file
Navigate your way to the desired file and click the extension’s icon.
The icon will appear on the left side of the address bar only when the current tab’s URL ends with .pdf, .doc or .txt.
Print a Gmail attachment or email
Look for the “Print using Google Cloud Print” links (you can see where they are located in the screenshots).
Print a Google Docs document
Open a document and click File > Print using Google Cloud Print.
Here is a demo video of the extension in action (thanks to Digital Inspiration):
Version 0.31 (5/3/1011)
- Bug Fix – Existing Google Docs documents will now also have the “Print using Google Cloud Print” button.
Version 0.3 (15/2/1011)
- Image Printing – The printer icon now shows up when viewing JPG or JPEG files.
- Google Images integration – There is a “Print using Google Cloud Print” link when viewing JPG or JPEG image results.
Version 0.22 (10/2/1011)
- Bug Fix – Printing Google Docs documents at subdomains docs0, docs1 etc. now works.
Version 0.21 (9/2/1011)
- Bug Fix – Printing Gmail attachments in threaded conversations now works.
Version 0.2 (7/2/1011)
- Gmail integration – Print emails and attachments using Google Cloud Print.
- Google Docs integration – Print documents using Google Cloud Print.
This extension has been broadly reviewed by bloggers and news sites:
Please leave any feedback / suggestions you might have at the extension’s feedback forum (no registration needed):
or in the comments section below, or by contacting me.
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I was curious to see what’s inside a wireless keyboard that was laying around the house. So I cracked it open. And boy did I learn some interesting stuff.
Tip of the day – follow your curiosity and instincts. Only good can come out of it.
Or like National Geographic says: “Live Curious“.
Anyhow, I had some fun with what used to be a wireless keyboard and this is the end result:
The odd ball at the top acts as the mouse. It’s surprisingly comfortable and accurate.
The upper trigger acts as a left mouse button.
The lower trigger acts as a right mouse button.
The scroll wheel at the bottom acts as a… scroll wheel.
You can turn the remote sideways and control any TV using the mini universal remote control glued to the side (thanks eBay!).
It comes real handy when watching TV series while in bed (oh the laziness!).
My brother and I developed a first person minesweeper game in 3D, using the UNITY game development platform. Give it a shot (click to play):
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I finished working on this project today, it took me about a day and a half to complete it. It looks super easy but as always there are issues that you encounter only during the development phase.
The service/application offers you six boxes in which you may type whatever you want. e.g. memos, notes, temporary data or tasks.
The data is saved within each keystroke one makes. It’s stored using the browser’s cookies.
Adding extra features always costs some of the simplicity of the application. And many people try to find the “right” balance. In this project, I decided to go to an extreme – super easy & no features. Some people may like it and some may not.
Here is my new personal homepage:
Your feedback is welcomed.
The Big Geek II
This event was organized by StartupSeeds, a non-profit organisation encouraging teen Israeli entrepreneurs to make their first steps in the entrepreneurship world. Whether it’s by giving them a place to talk about technology, or by conducting monthly meetings with the most interesting lectures (for free!). StartupSeeds even assists young innovative kids with starting their own startups by providing them financial help and the best mentors available. The online forum and meetings created a large and friendly community for the Israeli teenager who breaths technology and internet.
What’s the event about?
Sixteen kids (Ages 14-18), divided into four “teams”, worked 24 hours non-stop on their unique idea for a startup. Each team raised a fully working service within those 24 hours (!). While the projects are not breath-taking nor unbelievable, they are still awesome considering the time spent working on them. Actually, they’re awesome not matter what.
The project that my team and I developed is FixedInch. It’s a free online service for displaying objects in their real size over any screen in the world. We have discussed the possibility to continue working on it, and we most likely will, in the near future.
“Let’s use JSON for this”
“Who’s this Jason you are talking about?”
Startup Weekend Israel 2009
This is a world-wide known event, which started in 2007. Since then it took place in over 50 cities and growing (!). This is kind of a grown-up version of the Big Geek.
During the first day, 140 Israeli entrepreneurs pitched 50 unique ideas which turned into thirteen motivated teams. Each team consisted of about 4-8 people who designed and developed their idea for three days. The second day was all about work and food (lots of it!). On the third day of the event, the teams finished their work and presented their project.
My team and I worked on Frayer Meter – an online free service that suggests the most economical cellular plan according to one’s needs. While it’s not fully functional, we plan to continue working on it as we believe in it’s potential.
NOTE: If you don’t know Hebrew, feel free to use Google Translate when visiting links from this post.Search terms:
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I have received a request from someone that wants even more from my WordPress Custom Fields Plugin. He has a category called “videos” which has posts with YouTube videos embedded with some plugin. He wants to put the videos thumbnail as the post’s thumbnail.
First, how is the video embedded in the post? It uses the following syntax:
Second, how do we get the thumbnail itself after we extracted the video key? We build the image’s URL with the following syntax:
Now, how do we put all of this together into a plugin that inserts the thumbnails?
You don’t have to because I have already done it for you.
- Visit the plugin page of YouTube Thumbnailer
- Download the plugin here
- Unzip it’s contents
- Upload the folder you unzipped to
/wp-content/plugins/using your favorite FTP client.
- Go to your admin panel and activate the plugin called “Youtube Thumbnailer”
This plugin runs through the posts in your blog and if it finds a YouTube video embedded in a post it sets the thumbnail to be the video’s thumbnail.
That’s it, have fun playing with the configuration.
If you encounter any issues please comment/contact me.Search terms:
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I want to thank everyone who sent feedback and feature requests for the post editor buttons plugin.
Because of you I have released 3 more version of mainly bug fixes to the plugin.
The feedback was send through comments on the blog and email messages to me, if you have something on your mind, do not hesitate.
Post Editor Buttons?
This plugins allows you to add your own buttons to the post edtor’s toolbar.
I’m talking about the buttons that you see above your content text area when editing posts (b,i,link,img,ul,li).
For example you can add a “h3″ button to make subheaders in your post.
There are virtually endless buttons you can add.
Here is the plugins interface:
This is the output of the above settings:
Comment whatever is on your mind.Search terms:
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The new version of Mass Custom Fields Manager is out!
Why do you need it? For example if you have custom fields that old plugins left of your posts and you want to get rid of them you can now do it with a click of a mouse. There are virtually endless occasions where this plugin can save you valuable time and effort.
I added new features that you asked for, fixed some minor bugs and did some code optimization.
If you encounter any bugs or have an idea on how to improve the plugin then I would love to hear it from you.Search terms:
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