Google AJAX API Playground

I am not using AJAX at this moment, but nevertheless Google’s AJAX API Playground looks quite interesting and can really simplify lives of AJAX developers.

Advertisements site helps to check your web page for browser compatibility by providing cross platform browser testing in form of taking screenshots of your web page in all kinds of browsers/OSes. It supports seemingly everything there is out there (main page has something like 100 checkboxes for various browsers) and you can customize all kinds of options like screen resolution, Java version, etc. It is a free service, but there is an option to get “priority lane” for money.

UPDATE Just found 10 Browser Testing Tools: Roundup for Web Designers by Bryan Connor – a nice collection of browser testers with short reviews.


CommitMonitor is a small footprint system tray tool that monitors Subversion repositories for new commits. I think it is the best utility in this category – IMHO much better than SVN Notifier.

There are a few more interesting tools by same author on his Stefan’s tools site, including FavIconizer that can scan all your favarites’ links and updates websites’ FavIcons, grepWin – a simple search and replace shell-integrated tool supporting regular expressions, StExBar that provides useful extra commands for Windows explorer (my favorite is ability to rename multiple files using regular expressions; you can add custom commands to it), and DemoHelper – an annotation and screen zoom tool you can use for technical presentations that include application demonstrations.

|=uCl<1/\/9 Acrobat Reader!!! (Part II)

Shit! I have already once posted about problems with Acrobat Reader. And, here it comes again! I am really tired of getting stupid “The Adobe Acrobat/Reader that is running cannot be used to view PDF files in a web browser. Adobe Acrobat/Reader version 8 or 9 is required. Please exit and try again.” message almost (almost, but not always) every time I try to open PDF document from some web site. Both solutions I found suck big time:

  1. Uninstall Acrobat Reader 9 and install version 8
  2. Go to Edit > Preferences > Internet and clear Display PDF in browser checkbox (this is the one I am using now)

This problem is known to Adobe, but ignored by them for more than half a year. Boooooo…