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About a month ago, Google decided to release a new feature that allowed using the arrow keys to navigate up and down in the thread list. Unfortunately, that meant that the arrow keys no longer work for scrolling the message body when the Preview Pane lab is enabled. I finally had enough, and wrote a Greasemonkey script to re-enable scrolling the preview pane with arrows. I’ve done some testing and it seems pretty stable. If you’re interested in trying it out, the link is below. If you have any feedback, you can leave it in the forum on the userscripts site.
I recently had a fan of my Google Reader Absolutely Compact script ask for my thoughts on a replacement for Google Reader. Here is my response:
As far as replacements for Google Reader, I haven’t found anything that exactly matches how I have come to use it. The closest I have found are Feedly & The Old Reader. Each of them comes close, but lacks certain functionality that I’ve come to depend on. I’m hoping that in the coming months, one of those two will add features to more closely resemble Google Reader or that a new entrant to the field will come to fill the void (Digg has announced that they are building a feed reader).
Lifehacker has recently put the question to their readers (Feedly seems to be their hands-down choice). If you’re on Twitter, you can follow me (@DustinLuck) as that’s probably where I’ll post any updates on my quest to find a Google Reader replacement. Once I settle on something, chances are very good that I will make an Absolutely Customizable script for my new choice.
I have a lot of Google Calendars and sometimes I only want to look at one or two of them at a time. I could click to hide each calendar, then click them again to show them when I’m done, but I’m
lazy a lifehacker.
I found that the embeddable calendar helper works perfectly for my need. Just open up your calendar settings and click the “Customize the color, size, and other options” link in the “Embed This Calendar” section. That will open a new tab with a list of your calendars that you can select. The selected calendars are put together in one view in the preview area. Changes here will not affect your regular calendar display. The tool is meant for generating code to embed calendars on your site, but I’ve gotten much more use out of it for quickly focusing on a few calendars.