August 23rd, 2010

To quote from the Homepage: “Readability™ is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading.”

Sounds a little bit mysterious – eh?? Readability is someting called ” a bookmarklet”, a script installed in the bookmark toolbar of your browser. When loading a page, you can remove unwanted ads or the like. When going to the Readability page, you can select certain things like style, size or margin and then drag the script to the browser toolbar. After that it’s waiting for its activation.

Try it – it’s a nice and useful little utility.

[1] Readability

Google Analytics

July 19th, 2010

State-of-the-art web page analytics offered by Google:

Make sure you include the compulsory Privacy Policy statement in your web page that Google Analytics stipulates in their Terms of Service (

Vertical Centering

July 19th, 2010

You might have come across the problem of wanting to vertically center a web page, which you are creating, in a browser’s window.

This is how it can be achieved:

Example: you want to horizontally and vertically center a text box of 1000px x 500px in a browser’s window:

Step 1:

In your style sheet create two boxes like the following:

#center {   /* the centred "anchor" of your page */

#page {
  /* your styles */

Step 2:

In your html document, the actual page will be centred around the anchor:

<div id="center">
  <div id="page">
    <!-- contents of your page -->


July 19th, 2010

Firebug is an extremely useful add-on for the Firefox web browser, which helps you to edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

Firebug can be downloaded from here:


July 19th, 2010

A powerful tool to edit and process images is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program, © 2001-2010 The GIMP Team). GIMP is a freely distributed piece of software and can be downloaded from

A main feature of GIMP is the ability to work with layers. Layers provide a means to include existing or new images or objects in a new piece of work, where every object resides on a different layer and can be selected and edited independently from all other objects that form the overall piece of work. In order to maintain the capability to edit objects and layers individually, always save your work in GIMP XCF format, before you publish it in png, jpg, gif, tiff or any other format.


Tutorials on how to work with GIMP in general and layers in particular can be found at


Another cool option provided by GIMP is the inclusion of plug-ins and filters which can be found here:

Examples of general or artistic filters are:

National Geogrphic Filter:

Comic Book Filter:

All script filters go in your c:\program files\gimp 2.0\share\gimp\2.0\scripts (or c:\program files (x86)\gimp 2.0\share\gimp\2.0\scripts) folder. They have to be *.scm files.

RAW Format

If you take photographs in RAW format and you want to edit and process them in GIMP, there is the UFRaw plug-in available that does the job:

I think, GIMP is pretty cool and powerful!

Useful Links

July 5th, 2010

These are my favorites …

webmastercoffee (this is a page in German) displays details about the web server, provider, CMS used, SEO details etc. displays your web page inside a colored frame. This indicates the percentage of users who can see a particular part of your page without scrolling. shows, how different fonts look in the browser window.