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:
https://chrome.google.com/extensions/developer/detail/kggldhblikkmmnbkeococbeoaacgelkf

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.

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Background

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.

Download

You may download the extension here: (A 5 star rating will be greatly appreciated :)
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ffaifmgpcdjedlffbhenaloimajbdkfg

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™.

Screenshots

Here are some screenshots of the extension in action:

Some more screenshots people took I found on Flicker:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nda/5411410871/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nda/5411411069/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nda/5411410263/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nda/5411410395/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nda/5411410871/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nda/5412023376/

Instructions

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.

Demo Video

Here is a demo video of the extension in action (thanks to Digital Inspiration):

Changelog

Version 0.31 (5/3/1011)

Version 0.3 (15/2/1011)

Version 0.22 (10/2/1011)

Version 0.21 (9/2/1011)

Version 0.2 (7/2/1011)

Press

This extension has been broadly reviewed by bloggers and news sites:

Feedback

Please leave any feedback / suggestions you might have at the extension’s feedback forum (no registration needed):
http://printusinggooglecloudprint.uservoice.com

or in the comments section below, or by contacting me.

Learn more

About Google Cloud Print™:
http://www.google.com/support/cloudprint/
http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/p/cloudprint.html
http://code.google.com/apis/cloudprint/docs/overview.html

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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):

We’ve also built a Facebook application version of this game, available to play at:
http://apps.facebook.com/minesweeper-game/

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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:
http://www.sixpacknotes.com/

Your feedback is welcomed.

Last month I participated in two amazing events. The first one is The Big Geek and is considerably similar to the second event called Startup Weekend. They both took place in Israel.

The Big Geek II

BigGeek 2 Logo

Startupseeds

StartupSeeds
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.

FixedInch
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.

What else can I say? It was an awesome experience that I will never forget. It was 24 hours of fun and jokes, some of could not be told anywhere else like (via @TalDromi):

“Let’s use JSON for this”
“Who’s this Jason you are talking about?”
“XML’s brother!”

View photos from the event

Startup Weekend Israel 2009

Startup Weekend Israel

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.

Frayer Meter
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.

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21.08.2009

YouTube New LogoI 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:

Now you can embed it like you would normally do.

Second, how do we get the thumbnail itself after we extracted the video key? We build the image’s URL with the following syntax:
http://i2.ytimg.com/vi/$video_key/default.jpg

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.

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.

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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.

Now you can download and use version 1.3 that works perfect.
By the way if you have an idea for a brand new plugin – contact me :)

11.07.2009

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.

Screenshots

Here is the plugins interface:
Post Editor Buttons Interface

This is the output of the above settings:
Post Editor Buttons Output

Download

You can visit the plugin’s WordPress.org page, download the plugin right away and upload it into your plugins directory.

Feedback

Comment whatever is on your mind.

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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.

Download it now!

If you encounter any bugs or have an idea on how to improve the plugin then I would love to hear it from you.

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