Super Search Thingy Is Alive!!!

With a bit of free time I’ve had lately being unemployed, I was able to work on this project and finish it. I’m very happy to have it done and working so well.

What is it?

It’s a keyboard activated search tool for a specific website built to act like the application launcher Alfred App and QuickSilver. I went through each page in the Kynetx documentation site and indexed each page by hand. I didn’t include all pages which I believe makes this a much more powerful search for Kynetx developers. I also assigned key words to each page based on what I thought it should be searchable by. If you have suggestions, let me know because I would love to hear them.

Check out the live demo at http://supersearcher.michaelgrace.org/

If you like it, you are free to use the code in any way that you like. Cheers!

Double Key Press Activation State Machine Thingy!

I’m working on building a documentation search tool based on QuickSilver and Alfred App. I needed a way to activate the search so I built this demo in preparation for finishing the search tool. You can check out the live demo at

http://mikegrace.s3.amazonaws.com/geek-blog/double-tap/double-tap.html

This is what it looks like even though the code is the fun part:

The demo code will shift states as you press the ‘s’ key. If you press the ‘s’ key quickly enough back to back it will switch to the activated state and stay there until the ‘esc’ key is pressed causing it to reset. The code also won’t change state if the focus is in a textarea or input to prevent activation while a user is typing in an area they don’t want to be interrupted in. I will have to add an exception for the search tool input box when I implement this to allow the ‘esc’ key to reset and hide the search tool while inside of it. You can use the code if you like and I would love to hear any feedback that anyone has about it.

Tested on Mac 10.6.6 with Firefox 3.6, Chrome 9.0, Safari 5.0, and Opera 11.01

Remove Auto-Complete URL Suggestion on cr-48 Google Chrome OS

The other day I misstyped a URL and now Google Chrome auto suggests the wrong URL every time. To remove this auto suggestion on cr-48

  1. Start typing the URL so it will auto suggest it
  2. Use keyboard shortcut ctrl + alt + backspace

Doing this immediately removed the suggestion from my Chrome history on my cr-48 for Chrome OS

Creating Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

TextMate recently released an update that changed one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts. This event reminded me that Mac OS X has provided a nice way to create your own keyboard shortcut key bindings. To create your own keyboard shortcut for an application, you will need to know the exact name given in the application’s menu.

Example

Creating new keyboard shortcut for changing tab in TextMate:
1. Found action in app menu to assign keyboard shortcut to

2. Open System Preferences

3. View keyboard shortcuts window

4. Click plus button to add new shortcut

5. Click add and celebrate!