Dear Commons Community,
David Pogue (NY Times) in his column today reviewed what he thought were the best “tech” ideas for 2009. The best tech idea was awarded to a simple, free piece piece of software named “Readability”. Below is an excerpt from his column. I have just tried it and it is everything Pogue says it is.
“READABILITY The single best tech idea of 2009, though, the real life-changer, has got to be Readability. It’s a free button for your Web browser’s toolbar (get it at lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability)
When you click it, Readability eliminates everything from the Web page you’re reading except the text and photos. No ads, blinking, links, banners, promos or anything else. Times Square just goes away.
You wind up with a simple, magazine-like layout, presented in a beautiful font and size (your choice) against a white or off-white background with none of this red-text-against-black business.
You occasionally run into a Web page that Readability doesn’t handle right — no big deal, just refresh the page to see the original. But most of the time, Readability makes the world online a calmer, cleaner, more beautiful place.”
Happy New Year!