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Boost Google Reader's Productivity

Increase Google Reader’s Productivity Using Greasemonkey Scripts

 

I use Google Reader to read through 200+ feeds that contain mountains of information. Google Reader does a great job helping me manage this tall task. If you do a little tweaking, you can turn Google Reader into an amazing productivity tool. Firefox allows you to add extensions to increase functionality.

 

Google Reader plus Greasemonkey

 

One of the most handy extensions is Greasemonkey. Greasemonkey allows you to customize the way a webpage works using small bits of JavaScript. There are thousands of Greasemonkey scripts available that help you get more from just about any popular website or service. I use a few scripts to customize Google Reader into more than just an RSS feed reader.

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How to Download TV Shows from the Internet (Part 2)

How to Make uTorrent Automatically Find and Download your Favorite Shows

So you learned how to Download TV Shows from the Internet in my last post. Now that’s great for one off shows, but you’d really like to make your computer go out and grab the newest episode of your shows automatically.

You can have uTorrent go look for newly posted episodes of your favorite shows and begin downloading them automatically. This is done using an “RSS” feed. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication; which allows websites to post new content to their site and have a “RSS Reader” check and download this new content automatically. There is an RSS Reader built into uTorrent.

If you go to the tvRSS (the RSS in the name refers to this technology) download page for your show, there is an RSS link at the top of the episode listing. (circled below)

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You need to right click on this RSS link to open your browser’s Options menu.

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Select Copy Shortcut from the Options menu.

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See How Easily You Can Embed a Map on Your Site

Embedding Beautiful Maps on your Site or Blog Pages

Did you ever want to place one of those cool maps on your site or blog? Say for example if you have an event going on, or want to give directions to your house, or want to show where something happened that you are describing. Well, there are several really easy ways that you can use to give your pages that polished look. They use many of the popular internet mapping services along with varying degrees of know-how to get the maps from Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft straight into your pages.

I’ll take a look at a few.

Google Maps

Let’s start at the top; the king of the heap, Google Maps. You know ’em, you love ’em. Speed, beauty, detail, elegance, it’s all there. Well, the good news is, they provide the best combination of Ease of Use and Functionality of all the contenders when it comes to easily embedding a nice functional map on your site or blog.

Here is an embedded Google map:

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This is quick, simple and nice. Once again, Google does it right.

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