Goodies

This is a page of some projects and toys I’ve built in my spare time, just for fun, which I hope you will find useful or entertaining. This page is still under construction, but here are a few goodies to tide you over.

This nifty software is offered to you as-is, no warrantees expressed or implied. 

KupieTools

KupieTools are a series of bookmarklets icon-external-link, pop-up tools that live in your bookmark bar and help you out as you surf the internet. They work with any browser, require no download, and can be installed simply by dragging a link up to your bookmarks bar. Right now only the first is available for testing:

dbs

Bad Statements Detector beta

The BS Detector is designed to aid in online research and to help prevent people from passing along nonsense on the internet, by making it easier to look stuff up on fact-checking websites like Snopes.com, Politifact, FactCheck.org, and other myth-busting websites all at once.

It works very simply: drag a “Detect BS” button to your bookmarks bar. Then, while you surf the web, you can select text on any web page and click your “Detect BS” bookmark link. This will pop up no-nonsense links from a multitude of sites that tell you if it’s well-known BS (plus offer you some sharing options right from the popup.)

Interested? The BS Detector is now live on https://bsdetector.info. Check it out. (Right now the instructions on the BS Detector page are a little wordy. Please read ’em. I’m working on simplifying them.)

I really feel like I’ve done something good for humanity with this. Hopefully more people will start fact-checking Bad Statements themselves and rumors before they post them on Facebook, so people like me don’t have to harsh on them anymore for not checking Snopes first.

For webmasters: Here’s where it gets neat. KupieTools is handcrafted artisanal portable code, including features which I have not yet documented, but which allow webmasters to copy and host any tool on their own servers with zero configuration and no futzing around required… one single file serves all necessary scripts and images, allows you to download its php source and repost on your own server, automagically updates its self-contained bookmarklet code to work from wherever you put it, and even provides update alerts when the copy you got it from has been updated to a newer version.
It also provides a plug-and-play framework if you develop your own javascript apps… simply enter your javascript code and HTML pages in a function within the file. It automatically gets deployed as a bookmarklet, with the built-in advantages of absolute portability, update checking, and more. Its complete portability and upstream version checking present a new peer-to-peer model of software distribution.
These features will be activated as soon as I’ve got the code tidy enough that I’m not embarrassed at the thought of someone seeing it.

Browser Plugins

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No Secret Affair for Safari, Firefox, & Chrome.

“No Secret Affair” enhances your Facebook experience by modifying the options on your privacy menu to more accurately reflect what they actually mean. Never again forget who’s looking over your shoulder!

Because Edward Snowden can’t be everywhere, can he.

Firefox addon: Download
Safari extension: Download
Chrome extension requires special instructions due to Chrome’s security restrictions: Chrome requires manual installation of extensions hosted outside of the Chrome Web Store. So, after you click the following download link, it will download, but you will get a security warning and it won’t install. Open your extensions tab by entering chrome://extensions/ in your URL bar, then drag the downloaded extension from your download folder onto your browser window, and it will install. Ok, ready? Ok. Chrome extension: Download


I’ve got several other projects almost ready to be posted here, please check back soon.