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Better browsing using Privoxy

I've been a happy Privoxy user for quite some time now. I can really recommend it to anybody who wants to get rid of all the nasty stuff floating around on the web these days. From the Privoxy homepage:

Privoxy is a web proxy with advanced filtering capabilities for protecting privacy, modifying web page content, managing cookies, controlling access, and removing ads, banners, pop-ups and other obnoxious Internet junk.

The most useful feature for me is that it automatically removes almost all of those ugly flash-based ad banners.

My todo list:

  • Fine tune the filters for my needs. I'm currently using the stock Debian package of Privoxy, without any customizations.
  • Check out Neil van Dyke's privoxy rules which filter even more nasty stuff.
  • Check out the combination of Privoxy and Tor for anonymous browsing.

Flickr + Memory = Memry

Memry Screenshot

OMFG! Only yesterday I said there's no really nice Flash website out there. I might have to reconsider.

I just found Memry, a memory game written in Flash, which uses flickr images tagged with a given keyword. Very nice idea. Ahh, I like open APIs and the creative things people do with them...

(via Manuela Hoffmann)

Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005

The annual report from usability expert Jakob Nielsen:

Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005

  1. Legibility Problems
  2. Non-Standard Links
  3. Flash
  4. Content That's Not Written for the Web
  5. Bad Search
  6. Browser Incompatibility
  7. Cumbersome Forms
  8. No Contact Information or Other Company Info
  9. Frozen Layouts with Fixed Page Widths
  10. Inadequate Photo Enlargement

I agree with all of them, especially number 3 (Flash). I'm starting to like most of the AJAX sites popping up around me, but I have yet to find a Flash site which I really like.

(via Google Blogoscoped)

The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library

Some of you might not know this site. Over at angryalien.com, there's a bunch of flash movies, all named "INSERT-MOVIE-TITLE-HERE in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies", e.g. The Exorcist in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies. All of them are absolutely hilarious...

Next up (Thursday, July 21, 2005): The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 30 seconds, re-enacted by bunnies.

I'm looking forward to this one...

(via schiesty.org)

Super Mario Physics Tutorial

You're looking for an innovative method to teach someone physics? You've found it. Just let Super Mario characters explain and demonstrate everything (flash video).

(via Boing Boing)

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