Open a chromeless browser

Today I saw a tweet from Das Surma, where it shows how you can open a chromeless Google Chrome browser. Like this:

How to

  • Open Terminal app
  • type open -n -a 'Google Chrome' --args "--app=[URL]" where [URL] is something like http://google.com
  • Done!

If you’re curious about what those flags do, -n “Open a new instance of the application even if one is already running.”, -a “Opens with the specified application” whatever that means.

Nerdtip #356: hide profile visit data on Linkedin

Today I was bored checking someone’s Linkedin profile page when a friend mentioned that that person was going to know that I visited it.

I thought, that’s weird, Linkedin doesn’t tell me who visited my profile. After a while going through settings, I notice theres an option that lets you hide that information. It’s worth mentioning that it works both ways, i.e., you can roam Linkedin “anonymously”, but you can’t see who visited your profile.

Here’s the link: http://goo.gl/50LI4t

Run a simple HTTP server with one command line

Recently someone told me this great and simple trick on how to run an HTTP web server with just one command line. This is useful for a million things, but I use it for prototyping and avoid same-origin policy in Chrome. Sure, I know there’s a way to disable it, but you may not want to do that.

XMLHttpRequest cannot load file:///C:/Projects/Test/app/views/shell.html. Cross origin requests are only supported for HTTP.

This is all it takes:

$ cd /projects/TestProject
$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer 1234

Then you can access your files at localhost:1234.

I think this provides a much real environment while you build your HTML/JS. That way, you can have a more accurate preview on how your UI is going to feel when served through the Internet by a real server.

Note: This can also be achieved using PHP and probably a gazillion other programming languages.

One line browser notepad

I found out this amazing tip the other day that turns a browser tab into a full size editable area. As the author said, many of us live on the browser. So having somewhere to jot down ideas/lists while browsing or programming without leaving “home” is great.

I started using this version, but the link below provides various flavours of the same “hack”. So, check it out if this doesn’t cut it for you ;)

data:text/html, <title>Quick Notes</title><body contenteditable style="font-size:2rem;line-height:1.4;max-width:60rem;margin:0 auto;padding:4rem;">

Jus paste this on your browser address bar.

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