Google Reader is shutting down in July

No! Say it isn’t so, Google. Google will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1st. You can read Google’s official announcement post here. I’m saddened by this news as I’ve been using Google Reader for a while now and it is my main source to keep all of the sites I want to stay up-to-date with in one place and now I will have to find another RSS reader.

Luckily there’s a good article I found that lists out web and desktop alternative RSS readers. Make sure to check out LifeHacker’s Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives.

I’ve signed up for NetVibes and I’m liking it so far. If you’re a Google Reader user and will be switching to another RSS reader, what service are you switching to?

Select all checkboxes with jQuery

So you have a form on your web site and you want to add a way for a user to select all checkboxes for one of your questions in the form. Here’s an easy way to do just that using jQuery. Use the Javascript and HTML code below.

HTML and Javascript code with the function that will make this work:

Remember that the checkbox’s “class” have to all be the same for those checkboxes that you want to check with the function. In this example the class is “checkboxClass”.

Few free good resources

This is a quick post where I just wanted to make others aware of these cool free tools and resources available.

  • Smashing Magazine blog post about using Opera’s Mobile Emulator to test how web sites look on mobile. The article has a link to where you can download the emulator.
  • Mobilizer, a free Adobe Air tool in beta, where you can test how web sites look on mobile.
  • with a free downloadable e-commerce icon set.
  • with a post with their list of 10 Best Open Source Tools for Web Developers

Here are some more good freebies and resources to check out that I didn’t have a chance to post earlier.

Legal documents and resources for web work

I posted previously about adding terms and privacy legal notices on your web site, with information from Smashing Magazine‘s email newsletter. Today, I’m posting about a good blog post by none other than Smashing Magazine, where they broke out a list of legal documents/contracts that web designers (and just about anyone who works with anything web-related) should be using and made the documents downloadable for free. Make sure you check out the Useful Legal Documents For Designers (PDF/DOC) blog post right now and download those documents.

Online payment services for your business

Over at they have a good blog post with a list of the major online payment services. Make sure to check out and read the entire blog post.

Here’s the list of online payment services, but read the original blog post to hear about the pros and cons of each.

Add terms of service and privacy policy to your site easily

Do you have a web site and you’re not sure what the terms of use and privacy policy should say? Well there are a few sites out there that can help you and point you in the right direction. Smashing Magazine‘s email newsletter gives a few good sites to check out that provide these for free. Make sure to check it out.

To create a basic terms of service, use‘s service here.

To create a basic privacy policy, use‘s service here.

Every site should have a privacy policy so get to work.

Hello world!

Yup, hello everyone! This is the first post on my tech and life blog here at I have an old blog over at Blogger that I’ve had for years, where I’ve posted about anything I’m interested in, but I haven’t used it in quite some time. With this blog, I’m hoping to use it for posting about web development, tech-related news, interesting resources around the web, tips, questions/thoughts, things I’ve learned, and about life.

You can also find me on Twitter @BostonianAdam.