web http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3372/all en-US One genius little button that's saving me a whole bunch of time http://www.wisebread.com/one-genius-little-button-thats-saving-me-a-whole-bunch-of-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/one-genius-little-button-thats-saving-me-a-whole-bunch-of-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/61780671_1574a5db01.jpg" alt="Happy Brit button smiley flag" title="Happy Brit button smiley flag" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="254" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How many times do you click on a link to an article, video, image or anything else of interest and want to visit the homepage of that site? It happens to me all the time. Sometimes finding the homepage link is fairly easy, on other occasions it&#39;s buried. And then you have to go up to the address bar, delete all of the information before the domain name and hit enter. Well, not any more with the help of this &quot;bookmarklet.&quot;</p> <p>It is the brainchild of Billy Chasen, author of  <a href="http://anerroroccurredwhileprocessingthisdirective.com/2008/03/22/go-to-home/">[anerroroccurredwhileprocessingthisdirective].com</a> (nice and easy url Billy). Billy explains the simplicity behind his idea:</p> <blockquote><p><em>The best ideas come from finding something you do all the time, realize you do it, and then automate it.</em></p> <p><em>With me, I discovered that I frequently go to the base domain of a website by going to the URL, highlighting and deleting the junk on the end of the domain name and then pressing enter. I HATE doing it. I also have to do it when websites don’t link to their home page.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>As someone who does a lot of research online for Wisebread, and my job, I&#39;m coming up against this on a daily basis. Countless links lead to websites that I just want to know more about, but I end up having to spend valuable time editing the web address (which doesn&#39;t always work either, usually because I delete an extra letter or symbol by mistake). </p> <p>The &quot;bookmarklet&quot; Billy has devised uses a simple piece of code, that I don&#39;t pretend to understand, to get around all of that. To get this simple little button, <a href="http://anerroroccurredwhileprocessingthisdirective.com/2008/03/22/go-to-home/">visit Billy&#39;s site here</a> . You&#39;ll be greeted with the image below. Simply drag the &quot;go to home&quot; button to your bookmark bar, and hey presto, now you can get to the homepage of any site just by clicking it. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Go_to_Home_1220074418884.png" alt="go to home" title="go to home" width="500" height="168" /> </p> <p>It&#39;s already saved me a bunch of time this evening. And as we all know, time is money.If you have Firefox, you can also<a href="https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/869"> try this little add-on</a> that basically navigates you up one level. Enjoy, and thanks Billy. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-genius-little-button-thats-saving-me-a-whole-bunch-of-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Sandy Might Be the Next Best Thing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-you-spend-money-to-save-time">How do you spend money to save time?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Productivity Technology application bookmark browsing Internet research save time web Sat, 30 Aug 2008 05:38:39 +0000 Paul Michael 2384 at http://www.wisebread.com High tech for mass transit http://www.wisebread.com/high-tech-for-mass-transit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/high-tech-for-mass-transit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cumtd.jpg" alt="CUMTD Bus" title="CUMTD Bus" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="131" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The local bus company where I live has started providing a bunch of high-tech aids to riders.</p> <p>The coolest one is <strong>sophisticated trip planning</strong>. In a web browser, enter your starting point, desired destination, and departure time. Get back a list of possible bus routes. You can get them sorted by fewest transfers, quickest arrival, or least walking.</p> <p>The results turn out to be fascinating, even if you already know how to reach the destination, as it finds all sorts of serendipitous routes:</p> <!--break--><!--break--><ul> <li>There are two buses that go right past my office that will get me downtown with a transfer. This tool pointed out that I could walk three blocks and catch a bus that will take me right downtown.</li> <li>I go to a weekly meeting at a coffee shop that&#39;s only five blocks from a bus that takes me home. This tool pointed out a bus that will take me those five block, which has been nice to know on rainy days.</li> <li>I even found one place where I could get off a bus a few blocks from a major transfer point, walk a block, and then catch a bus that I would otherwise have just missed. </li> </ul> <p>Besides the trip planner there are other new high-teach features:</p> <p><strong>Rerouting information by RSS feed.</strong> I get a short post every time there&#39;s a temporary change to a bus route due to something like construction or flooding. This is not only good for catching the bus, but is also handy if I&#39;m driving or bicycling, because I&#39;ll face the same obstacles the bus faces.</p> <p><strong>Schedule updates by text message.</strong> Every bus stop has an ID. Send a text message with that ID, and receive back a text message with the next few buses coming to your stop. Very handy to make sure you didn&#39;t just miss your bus, and also useful when deciding whether to take one bus versus holding out for a more direct route.</p> <p><strong>Bus stop signage with current bus arrival info</strong>. LED signs at some bus stops show the next five or six buses and when they&#39;ll arrive.</p> <p><strong>Desktop widget with current buses for any stop.</strong> This is the same information as the LED signs, but available on your desktop. Handy for knowing when to head out to catch the bus. </p> <p>Does your mass transit district offer high-tech features like these? I&#39;d be interested to get an idea if this sort of thing is already common. If you know, post in the comments. If you don&#39;t know, it&#39;s probably worth your while to find out. Where I live we have a superior mass transit district, so maybe we&#39;re on the leading edge. I&#39;d had no idea how good our bus service was, until I started riding it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/high-tech-for-mass-transit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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