I’ve got a habit of every now and then making tiny web applications to solve some issue/challenge I encounter.
I call these Hizmo’s, for lack of a better term. (You have to be Belgian to get this typo).
The last one I made is called StereoSearch, an interface for searching search engines at the same time with the same keywords. They are in 2 separate windows side-by-side, so you can easily compare the top 5. I use it to compare Yahoo and Google results, and to test the new GigaBlast search engine. Again, no rocket science, just handy.
Older Hizmo’s are:
- LoginForm generator: for creating a minimal login screen for HotMail, Google, …
- DisciplineBrowser: OK, this one was for fun. It allows you to browse the web for defined # of minutes and then alerts you to go back to work.
- HTTPHeader Analyzer: show HTTP headers (I made this one while working with caching servers)
- WorldSpeed tester: tests your connection speed to different parts of the world.
UPDATE: these tools are now on web.forret.com!