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Power User Guide for the iPhone, Droid or Other Smart Phone ... and the Computer

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As I noted in 2009:

Since I just bought an iPhone, I am learning - and will be posting - some tricks and shortcuts for making it more useful.


iPhone G3 is a great smart phone and mobile computing device.
However, it has some real blind spots. For example, you cannot do a
basic search within a web page for words or phrases.


Here is the hack/workaround:

1) Open up your Safari web browser


2) Bookmark a page (by tapping the button)


3) Go into bookmarks (by tapping the button)


4) Click "Edit"


5) Select your new bookmark


6) Change the name to "Search" or "Find"


7) Delete the address


8) Copy and paste the following into the address box [just
double-click anywhere within the javascript code, copy and then paste]:


9) Save (by tapping Done)

Now surf as normal, and when you want to find something within a web page, choose bookmarks and select "Search" or "Find".


The following javascript dialog will pop up:



It works well.

I've set up a number of other power-user bookmarks on my iPhone since
then. To install them, follow the 9 steps above, but substitute the
following javascript code for the code in step 8 above.

Google Search

Highlight text, then use this bookmark to automatically run a Google search for that text:


Compare Google

After you've run a search in any search engine other than Google, use this bookmark to compare Google's search results:


Compare Bing

After you've run a search in any search engine other than Bing, use this bookmark to compare Bings's search results:


Wiki Search

Highlight text, then use this bookmark to automatically search for that phrase in Wikipedia:

se(d) {return d.selection ? d.selection.createRange().text :
d.getSelection()} s = se(document); for (i=0;

!s; i++) s = se(frames[i].document); if (!s || s=='') s =
open('' + (s ?
+ encodeURIComponent(s) : '')).focus();

Search for Term Within Favorite Site

text, then use this bookmark to automatically search for that phrase
at your favorite site (in the following example, I used my own site;
substitute whatever site you want for
the 2 bolded uses of below):


When Modified

It is often difficult to tell whether a web page has new or very old and stale information on it.

Use this bookmark to tell you when the web page was last modified:


Previous Versions

who has used the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine knows that it is a
very powerful way to look at old versions of the website.

Here's the bookmark for looking at old versions of any web page:


Whose Website

It is often difficult to tell who is behind a website.

Use this bookmark to see who bought the website's domain name:


Scroll to Bottom of Page

You can easily scroll to the top of a webpage - at least on the iPhone - by tapping the built-in status bar at the top of the screen.

But to scroll to the bottom of the page, create a bookmark using the following code:


Mark Position in Web Page

If you find something you want to re-read, use this bookmark to set the position within the web page:


Then use this bookmark to go back to that same place in the web page (make this a separate bookmark):


Up a Level

you're in a web page, but you want to go to one of the websites' main
pages, use this bookmark until you get where you want to go:


How Many Windowfulls?

you go to a web page, it is impossible at first to know whether it is a
short or endlessly long web page. If you start reading something which
ends up being hundreds of pages long, it is helpful to know that before
you start reading (for example, you might want to save a long essay and
read it another time, or print it out and read it at your leisure).

This bookmark tells you how many "full windows" the web page has:


Show Emails

Emails can be hidden in huge web pages, which makes it hard to find out who to contact. This bookmark finds them for you:


List All Links

This bookmark lists all links on a webpage:


Change Links to Show True URL

This bookmark changes all links on a webpage to show where you'll actually end up if you click:


Display All Images

If you want show all of the images on a web page, use this bookmark:


Double Image Size

Doubles the size of all images on the web page:


Halve Image Size

Halves the size of all images on the web page:


Double Size of Fixed Elements

If you're going crazy trying to make something bigger because you can't see it, try this:



Removes cookies set by the site, including cookies with paths and domains.


Remove Redirect

This removes link redrirects, so you go directly to the ultimate target webpage, instead of through some other site:
javascript:(function(){var%20k,x,t,i,j,p;%20for(k=0;x=document.links[k];k++){t=x.href.replace(/[%]3A/ig,':').replace(/[%]2f/ig,'/');i=t.lastIndexOf('http');if(i>0){%20t=t.substring(i);%20j=t.indexOf('&');%20if(j>0)t=t.substring(0,j);%20p=/https?\:\/\/[^\s]*[^.,;'">\s\)\]]/.exec(unescape(t));%20if(p)%20x.href=p[0];%20}%20else%20if%20(x.onmouseover&&x.onmouseout){x.onmouseover();%20if%20(window.status%20&&%20window.status.indexOf('://')!=-1)x.href=window.status;%20x.onmouseout();%20}%20x.onmouseover=null;%20x.onmouseout=null;%20}})();Stop Annoyances

powerful bookmark zaps java, flash, background music, third-party
iframes, colors, cheap effects, blind links, exit pop up ads, event
handlers, and timers all at the same time:


Remove Images

you want a web page to be less cluttered or appropriate for work or
other public places, you can remove all images using this bookmark:


No Color

If a webpage's obnoxious colors makes it hard to read, strip out the colors using this bookmark:


Translate Into English

This bookmark detects what language the web page is in, then uses Google translate to translate it into English:


Count Characters in Text Boxes

Many web pages only allow you a certain number of characters in a text box. With this, you can keep count:


Remove Maximum Number of Characters in Text Boxes

If you want to remove the maximum number of characters you can type in a text box, use this:


Show Passwords

you want to reveal passwords masked by asteriks or dots (for example,
you've typed in a long password, but your phone rings and you forget if
you finished it or typed it correctly), use this:


Tiny Url

Make a smaller version of the url for the web page:


types of javascript bookmarks work on your Droid or other smart phones
as well. They also work on your computer or laptop. Just create
bookmarks in whatever device you're using, and then run 'em. Or you can
copy and paste any of the javascript bookmarks into your browser's
address bar.

Bookmark this webpage so you can come back to it and mine for bookmarks as the need/desire arises.

For more bookmarklets (or to find code if one of the bookmarks above isn't working), see this and this.


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Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:55 | 1343271 tamboo
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here's a concept: a search engine that finds relevant results instead of a bunch of monetised bullshit.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:58 | 1343237 ebworthen
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This is why I use a laptop for the Internets.

I'm sure if you fix those last two Java scripts the iPhone users will be happy with the post George, as if I had an iPhone and couldn't do the things you had to customize I'd throw it in the nearest duck pond.

What size and device will we decide upon?  5" touchpad?  4" smartphone?

I find it fascinating to see intelligent, literate human beings of the 21st century thumbing small devices like baboons picking at nuts and fruit and sending each other abbreviated text messages in newspeak- rather than using all eight fingers with the complement of two opposable thumbs or in the languages and voices that took millenia to develop.

We are in a technologically assisted de-evolution but we are all DEVO, may as well "Knock Boots until the end":


Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:45 | 1343224 Agent P
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I have an old flip phone.  The following is my guide for being a power user:

1. Open the phone.

2. Use the phone (only when necessary).

3. Close the phone when done.



Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:22 | 1343159 falak pema
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this is a sign of the times : the intellectual moralist going "techy" to prove (to himself?) he still pisses with the young guys. Next GW will be dancing the hip hop and singing on rap shows...the way to go to show your pecker doesn't have arthritis....or grid lock!
Not that viva la vida! is a bad motto for the boomer on the slide down the shute who wants a last hoot...

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:02 | 1343125 Crumbles
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Obviously V.FEW technically adept on ZH ...
Or perhaps following JavaScript is akin to use of spellcheckers or proofreading before hitting SAVE
Too lazy or too dumb?
Anyway, Thanks for the tips, GW - have a great day!
And so it goes

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 13:13 | 1343678 cranky-old-geezer
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What part of "financial site" do you and GW not understand, you clueless (geek) morons?

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:01 | 1343115 edwardscpa
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Where is Reggie when we need him to tell us how he really feels about Apple?

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 09:57 | 1343108 Dr. Engali
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And how exactly does this information impact the market?

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 09:56 | 1343101 mogul rider
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another surreptious apple pump - chrrist!!!!!!!!!


What the hell is going on around here.

Here I'll beat you all to it.

The ICLOUD is the greatest innovation since the wheel.

buy buy buy, oh yeah while you're at it -  beat the elites buy gold and silver too. Beat QE3 by buying Apple Icloud pumps


Gold, Silver and Apple will save you from the zombies. I promise

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 09:57 | 1343096 alien-IQ
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it just seems to me that the world was a happier place when we had rotary phones and 8 track tape decks...or maybe it was the 4 finger lids for $20...

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 09:43 | 1343059 cranky-old-geezer
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I and others have posted scathing comments about GW's ludicrous whiny pointless off-topic claptrap, recommending GW's contributor status be revoked. 

And now this nonsense. On a financial website. Perhaps the best financial website around. 

It's no longer GW's embarrassment.  Come to think of it GW might be beyond embarrassment, having no shame.

It's now Tyler Durden's and ZeroHedge's embarrassment.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 09:56 | 1343104 alien-IQ
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don't get carried away...all you had to do was NOT read the post. there is no requirement to read every post on ZH or anywhere else for that matter.

choosing wisely is the key to happiness.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 09:16 | 1342978 Smokey1
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What a useless crock of shit.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 09:12 | 1342958 cbaba
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Thank you sir, i am not an iphone fan.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 09:11 | 1342957 HellFish
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Do you just like to see yourself in print?  Between the liberal conspiracy claptrap and now tech pointers from a "Not-so-bright guy" maybe you need to start dating?

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:54 | 1342913 KevinRudd
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Seems a lot of work to search a web page - might be simpler just to buy an Android phone - also handles Flash 

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:50 | 1342892 bullchit
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Just shows up the gulf between a compact and a smartphone.

I'll stick with a notebook and a phone. (no free phones here)


Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:44 | 1342888 bullchit
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Just shows up the gulf between a compact and a smartphone.

I'll stick with a notebook and a phone. (no free phones here)


Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:38 | 1342864 Jim in MN
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LOL, the natives are angry.  You should work up some option swap and HFT algos for this thing.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 19:59 | 1345245 M4570D0N
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Probably because we are unamused by the misuse of the phrase "power user" and the lack of actual scripts and useful tweaks. I use linux on my home computer, so seeing a "power user guide" with codes filled with amp;amp;amp;ampamp;amp;amp;ampamp;amp;amp;amp... is amusing and equally unamusing. Shit, Mac is based on Unix. It's not supposed to be more tedious and nonsensical than Windows.

It also probably has to do the fact that we're halfway through 2011 and he's writing an article on tips for the iphone 3. That's ancient history, and is no longer supported (as in no more software updates). That about the equivalent of him writing an article on Windows 2000 at this point.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:33 | 1342839 g
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blah blah blah

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:55 | 1342819 Protonrick
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Thank you. You have helped me finalize my decision to NOT get an iPhone.


Mon, 06/06/2011 - 11:15 | 1343318 DosZap
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Do you have a real profession?

I would have put a pistol in my mouth before I wasted all that time on a damned phone.

Stick to your articles bro............their fine.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 08:03 | 1342778 Fat Ass
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What the hell is this crap ?  

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 07:52 | 1342770 serotonindumptruck
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Your Fukushima reports are more interesting reading.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 07:49 | 1342768 topcallingtroll
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Good try GW.

can you figure out those last two scripts?

The annoyance blocker is a great idea.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 07:34 | 1342757 M4570D0N
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Mon, 06/06/2011 - 07:16 | 1342734 cahadjis
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GW, there's a few scripts that have not pasted correctly and are incomplete, the last 2 for example.

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 07:00 | 1342726 Vlad Tepid
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Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:02 | 1343111 Broken_Trades
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Seriously. WTF is this sh*t?


Next thing you know some douche will be posting up reviews of automobile shows...

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 10:02 | 1343123 Missing_Link
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No kidding.  GW lost his marbles a long time ago; this is just more proof of that.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!