Posts Tagged ‘online’

Building Bookmarklets

April 3, 2010 Leave a comment


I wrote a while ago about programming bookmarklets so that they would work as normal bookmarks or “smart” bookmarks depending on the context, such as searching Rotten Tomatoes for the selected text on a webpage, or just going to the site if no text is selected.

Since then I’ve gradually extended my collection of bookmarklets, and moved a few back to asking before loading a site (since my broadband is now capped I don’t load any page unless I have to!).  I’ve found the Bookmarklet Builder at to be really useful for building these, and I’ve shamelessly copied many from around the web.

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Stealth Bookmarklets

February 2, 2008 Leave a comment


I’ve been using bookmarklets for a while now (apart from a brief hiatus when an update to Safari broke them!) and they are very useful.  The kind of useful that you forget that not everyone has them and if you’re stranded without them you can’t believe how you managed before they came along!

Just recently I’ve started to move bookmarklets from my bookmarklets folder in my bookmarks into my bookmark bar, replacing the normal bookmarks.  For example in my bookmarks bar I have links for Google, Google Maps, Apple, Wikipedia and so on.

My new line up looks the same but is a little bit more useful, due to the new “stealth” bookmarklets.  These seem like normal bookmarks, but when you click on them when there is some text selected on the current page they use them as input for that service.

For example if I’m reading an article and want to look up something on Wikipedia, I highlight that term, and click on the link.  The browser loads the page as usual, except it brings up a page related to my term, automagically.

Here’s the ones I’ve put together.  If you want to use them drag them to your bookmark bar or favourites.  I’ve only tested them in Safari but I’m sure it’ll work in other browsers too.


Google Maps


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Monster Job Madness

October 28, 2007 1 comment

ThoughtsHaving just moved to London I’m doing a lot of job hunting at the moment. I’m using a range of online job tools, including In the most part I find it very useful (after the painful setting up an online CV part, which I’ve heard from employers in the past is not very useful to them anyway!), especially being able to set up QuickApply, which lets you select a CV and cover letter to send when clicking the QuickApply button.

Useful as it is though, it could be even better. At the moment you find a job description you want to apply for, then click Apply, and on the next page if QuickApply is enabled you can use it. What if Monster checked if you had QuickApply enabled and just put a QuickApply button on the job description page, reducing it by one click.

Maybe I should apply for a job as web programmer at Monster!

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