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Review of Stylebot

Occasionally you come across something that is just phenomenal. Plus also needed, because the world does not all think in the same way when it comes to making websites.  Plus it was the right thing to do.  Granted, it wont create mind blowing  accessibility for everyone on the Internet.  But it's a start in the right direction.  The name of this phenomenal is "stylebot".  It's creator is Ankit Ahuja.  Ankit Ahuja was mentored by Rachel Shearer in this years Google Summer of Code project for Chromium.  Ankit Ahuja created a new extension for Chrome that enables users to easily customize a websites appearance.  For many users this will benefit them when viewing websites that pages are less than perfect if you are sight impaired. For others you will still have to use jaws, or one of the many other text to speech software on the market because this tool is not perfect for everyone.   It's not perfect because it's creator forgot that stylebot may too be a issue to view, to be able to change out colors, and text sizes on pages. 

If you are sight impaired pages are a problem, but so are the many tools/apps you use.  On behalf of stylebot's creator, I am hoping this is just a oversight.  (No pun intended.) Not knowing what is involved in such a undertaking... perhaps he may consider down the road this needed new feature?  Being able to change the text color, background, and size of stylebot would be a great addition to this nice tool. The blue, and gray text looks nice, but does nothing for the tool if you are having problems seeing it.  Other than this one flaw, this tool is worthy of a look at, and a keeper for those that don't have this issue. 

Link to original article: 

http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/09/changing-look-of-web-with-stylebot.html

Find a gift for him or her that's in your budget range by searching for pages containing price numbers in that given range. Just type two numbers, separated by two periods, with no spaces, into the Google search box along with your other search terms. You can use this to set ranges for everything from prices, dates or any other term involving a number. Try searching:      toy $25..$50. The idea is to put your search term in but include the price range also, so you need not be bothered with over priced items.

For dates do the following...  somebooknamehere daterange:2008-01-13..2010-01-13   look very carefully.  The name of the book, and then a space, the rest has no spaces in it!

The last tip is for omitting certain words in your search.  If you put a search in for girls toys... You certainly don't want the word boys showing up in your search results.  So.  You put  Nameoftoy/toytype then you put a space and then -boys  the search will look like this  nameoftoy/ortoytype -boys  if you don't want any bikes in your search results then you put nameoftoy/ortoytype -boys -bikes

Easy! 

You can also put emphasis on certain words.  You want these or this word included in the search terms.  So you put  in the search box          dolls -boys -bikes +furniture

Test Your Facebook Privacy Settings

When your privacy went south at Facebook many cried foul.  They had every right to cry foul.  But now you have a tool to make sure that your Facebook account is private, and as secure as it can be. 

A good majority of people will do a search, and click on the first couple links of the search results.  Other's may go through two or three pages of search results. Many are unaware that search results are unbiased when it comes to secure content.  They only need to contain the "right" search terms. This doesn't mean that you should avoid search engines.  But you should pretty much have a idea if the URL you are fixing to click is from a reputable website, or from a website out to do you, or your computer harm.   
Sometimes, and believe me, it's not easy to say this--your IE problems are entirely your fault. After you've made a lot of changes to IE's preferences or customized your home page, add a plugin or two, three, four, IE may start to misbehave. If you have no idea which caused the problem, because you also did not test while you made the changes. Back up to square one and start over. To restore IE's default settings, select Internet Options from the Tools menu, then click the Programs tab and the Reset Web Settings button. It is also a good idea to have that install cd/dvd nearby.