Mozilla’s Firefox has been making a comeback on all OS platforms and “this week, Mozilla announced that its browser Firefox will start blocking all cross-site third-party trackers–the cookies hiding in the background that follow your clicks across the web, reporting your activity to advertisers as you move between websites.”
You have the option with most browsers, for the matter of convenience, to save your passwords. This option is typically used on a computer that you exclusively use, such as, your computer at home.
The problem with this is you are accustomed to the browser remembering the password for you; however when you change to another computer (or use another browser) you suddenly realize that you can’t remember the password. This is where Sterjo Browser Passwords comes to the rescue.
SterJo Browser Passwords is an easy-to-use tool that recovers passwords for most popular web browsers like: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Vivaldi and Yandex. Recovered data includes the URL (website address), the forgotten username with password, and the browser used to store those details.
Available as a full install or as a portable app.
Source: Sterjo Browser Password
Google recently came out with a Google Chrome Extension called Google Save that gives you another way to bookmark webpages and images (similar to Pocket). I have been playing around with Google Save for approximately a month now and I am already seeing some improvements. After you install the extension you will see a star type icon. If you want to save a webpage for later viewing simply click the star. You can also use tags to categorize and organize the pages you save. To get to your saved pages, simply go to google.com/save …
Google Chrome user? Try this handy tip. Not sure if this will work in the other browsers; but, you may want to give it a try. To me this tip is pretty handy, especially if you are researching something and you need to open another browser tab in the background. I found two ways this will work:
1 – Hover your mouse on a link on a web page and CLICK your MIDDLE MOUSE BUTTON and the link will open in a new tab (in the background). For some reason, the type of mouse that I have, this did not work; however, other mice I have used, this does work.
2 – A workaround, if your middle mouse button does not work (like in my case), is to hover your mouse on a link, is to push down the CTRL key on the keyboard and LEFT MOUSE CLICK the link. Again, this will open the link in a new tab (in the backgound).
[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure – When it comes to web browsers it seems we get stuck on top named browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer); but, did you know there are numerous other browsers out there that is competing on the Android mobile phone platform that is giving these browsers a run for their money?
A web browser that has become a mainstay on my Nexus 5 is CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast. The install for this browser is SMALL (less that 2MB). It is SPEEDY (featuring a preload mechanism that makes browsing very fast). It is SECURE (warns you when browsing potentially fraudulent or malicious websites).
Two things that stands out with me with CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast is that it actually is fast and will protect your privacy from unsolicited tracking.
Learn a byte at a time, at What’s On My PC, with Geek Squeaks’ — featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it… I just plain love tech!
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[FILE ENCRYPTION] A Small, Easy-To-Use Encryption Program – Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA is a small, easy-to-use encryption program using which you can protect confidential data from unauthorized access. You move the file to encrypt (s) simply on the program window (the drop zone ) and DCU encrypt the file (s) with the very safe Twofish encryption algorithm… @Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA
[COMPUTER SECURITY] Run software in an isolated environment to prevent it from making changes to your system – Sandboxie is an innovative program that makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @DownloadCrew
[DROWNING SIMULATOR] After Watching This You Will Think Twice About Not Wearing Your Life Jacket – @Sortieenmer.com
[WALLPAPERS] Take Your Desktop to New Heights with These Mountainous Wallpapers – @lifehacker
[MUSIC PLAYER] 3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files – What if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play… @Addictive Tips
[RINGTONE MAKER] Free Ringtone Maker (Free Download) – an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones… @musetips
[HOT TECH NEWS] Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt – At present, the reasons for the abrupt ending of TrueCrypt development are not known. Various rumours persist, including NSA involvement, the web site being hacked, a spat among the developers, and more besides… @gizmo’s
Unprecedented 11-Hours Battery Life. 802.11 A/C Wireless for incredible speed. 16 GB solid state storage. 11.6″ HD LED display. Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.16 GHz (turbo 2.41GHz). 2GB DDR3. 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0… @Amazon
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
Squeak #1 – (Make Sure Obamacare Exchange Sites Are Not Bogus) – Numerous people will be shopping for insurance at these sites and giving out personal information. “This is a perfect environment for identity thieves and other criminals to put together bogus (fake) sites to get personal information they can use or sell on the digital underground.” (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #2 – (Google Chrome Cruising Along At Version 30) – I had to throw this one out there to you. I can remember when Google Chrome was way behind in version numbers. Today, they are at version 30 which surpasses Internet Explorer and Firefox (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #3 – (Windows 8 Wallpaper Set): A site on my blogroll, called Awesome Wallpapers has a very nice set of Windows 8 wallpapers that you may want to add to your collection (SEE BELOW);
Squeak #4 – (Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Bundle): I came across this bundled deal on a tablet that includes a keyboard, desktop dock and get this; over $200 of free content including Hulu Plus membership, Google Play credit and Boingo Wi-Fi Access
Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
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The Coming Risk of Scam “Obamacare” Sites
In the United States on October 1, 2013 a major provision of the Affordable Care Act (also popularly known as “Obamacare”) goes into effect. The Health Insurance Exchange will go live. These sites are where people will be able to sign up for health care coverage themselves rather than through their employer.
When a person starts looking through sites to find one, at this time, they’re faced with the challenge that there’s no official marking or labeling that they can look at on a site to know that it’s an officially sanctioned site.
The next problem is that when applying for health care coverage, you have to provide all of your most sensitive personal information not only for yourself but your entire family. Most of us won’t give our social security numbers out willingly. But when it comes to health care, the industry uses that information so regularly that we’ve come to accept handing that information over as a matter of course (even if we don’t like it).
Put these two things together and you’ve got a situation where people are primed to give away their most critical personal information to legitimate sites but can’t be sure of finding their way to those legitimate sites… READ MORE AT TREND MICRO
Google Chrome 30 FINAL
Chrome is no longer the young upstart it once was, and its pioneering spirit is often forgotten in the mists of time. It was Chrome’s sleek tab-driven interface with minimal real estate that was adopted by Firefox and the recent IE9… READ MORE
Windows 8 Wallpaper Set 14
My Opinion: One of the best, privately run, wallpaper sites out there… GO THERE
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Bundle: 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (White), Bluetooth Keyboard and Desktop Dock
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 10.1-inch Display
- Texas Instruments OMAP 4400 1.0 GHz Processor
- 16 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
- 1.28 pound tablet
There are numerous online browser startpage and homepage launchers out there that allow you to collect your favorite websites in a customized and organized manner.
This past week I came across a newcomer on the block called YOURLS. What makes YOURLS special is that it is downright simple to use in that it allows you to to create a personal startpage (and sub pages) of your favorite URLs. If you visit a fixed set of favorite websites (facebook, google, work-related links, etc), on a frequent basis, then YOURLS cannot be beat. I have been using this past week and I can tell you, I love it… It is easy to use, customizable and loads fast… Once you establish an account, set up your own customized page(s); you then have access to your favorite links from anywhere on the planet.
Click the screenshot below to get a sampling of what my YOURLS startpage looks like (and I am not done yet):
Another feature that I really like is that there are browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome that gives you the ability to capture any site you visit and place the site’s url in any category on your Yourls page(s).
Why use YOURLS?
– YOURLS saves you time every day that you use the internet, because you do not have to type in those same websites addresses over and over again …
– YOURLS stores your favorite links in the cloud, so that you can access them from any browser, device or location
– YOURLS let’s you discover new links based on your interests and let’s you share your favorite links with your friends through social media
Who should use YOURLS?
– Every person who uses the internet daily to visit a fixed set of favorite websites (facebook, google, work-related links, etc)
– Organizations like schools, libraries or businesses who own multiple PC’s and want to configure a browser startpage on all devices
When I am informed that a browser security issue (or flaw) exists that is of large scale or is a zero-day vulnerability, I find it important to alert everyone; especially the readers of this blog. Let’s face it, we spend the majority of the time on our computers in our web browser.
The security issue I am alerting you about involves Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and in my opinion is a very serious issue. In the interim, until this issue is completely resolved, I am recommending that you download and install Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET). The enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is designed to help prevent hackers from gaining access to your system. Currently there are no patches available to protect you from this security flaw.
Eric Romang, a researcher in Luxembourg, discovered the flaw in Internet Explorer on Friday, when his PC was infected by a piece of malicious software known as Poison Ivy that hackers use to steal data or take remote control of PCs.
The security flaw, which researchers say could allow hackers to take remote control of an infected PC, affects Internet Explorer browsers used by hundreds of millions of consumers and workers. Microsoft said it will advise customers on its website to install the security software as an interim measure, buying it time to fix the bug and release a new, more secure version of Internet Explorer. – [ source: NBCNews.com TECH]
Reportedly many of the anti-virus software makers are aware of this issue and have already updated their products to protect end-users against this bug; however, this alone may not be sufficient to protect you. Best bet here with this is make sure your security software is up-to-date and to download and install the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET).
The toolkit includes several pseudo mitigation technologies aimed at disrupting current exploit techniques. These pseudo mitigations are not robust enough to stop future exploit techniques, but can help prevent users from being compromised by many of the exploits currently in use. The mitigations are also designed so that they can be easily updated as attackers start using new exploit techniques.
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The browser I primarily use is Google Chrome. A feature in Chrome, that is little used and can be quite handy, is the built-in task manager. The Chrome Task Manager can provide you with details about the specific processes that are running (plus CPU, Network bandwidth being consumed, and a multitude of other options).
The easiest and quickest way I found to get to the task manager is simply right mouse click on Chrome’s tab bar (at the top of the screen) and select Task Manager. You can also get to the Task manager by clicking on the wrenchon the browser toolbar, by selecting Tools and then Task Manager OR use the shortcut keys Shift+Esc.
Chrome’s task manager is quite useful to determine what processes (i.e. tabs, extensions, etc.) is consuming the most memory and CPU cycles. This can be quite helpful when you suspect that there is an errant application or process running that is causing Chrome to misbehave.
To force a webpage or application to close in Google Chrome, select the webpage, then click End process. Sometimes multiple websites might share a single process, depending on how you opened them.
You can also right mouse click within the Task Manager Window to toggle on/off other options that may be helpful when troubleshooting.
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I bet you have never heard of Kylo?
Kylo is a Mozilla (Firefox) based web browser that has been specifically developed for TV screens (home theater). Kylo gives you the ability to browse the web on your HDTV from the comfort of your couch.
Kylo is a web browser developed by Hillcrest Labs for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Initially released in 2010, the Kylo web browser features a 10-foot user interface, with large fonts and buttons that make it easy to see from across the room, making it especially suitable for use with a HTPC (Home theater PC) connected directly to a high-definition television.
The cool here with Kylo is that it is now open source, meaning it is being made available to developers (throughout the world) to play with… Even though it was developed for big screen TV, I downloaded it to my PC and was very impressed. Kylo auto resized itself to fit my screen and I soon found Kylo to contain a great selection of media content (by default). You are not just limited to media content and are able to browse the internet as you would with any other browser. It actually gave the illusion (on my 23” monitor) of a big screen… Kylo also features a popup keyboard that gives you the ability to go to mouse only browsing.
If you are looking for a really cool way to browse online media, then give Kylo a try. With Kylo going open source, I can’t wait to see what other builds we will see come out of this.
Note: There are many ways to connect your PC to your HDTV. [CLICK HERE] to learn how.
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On many occasions, when working on a blog article (or post), I find it useful to open two browser windows side-by-side in order to quickly research information in one browser window and quickly post my thoughts or links in the other browser window. Windows 7 gives us the ability to drag a window to the sides of the monitor to make this happen; however, when using my browser (Google Chrome) there is another (easier way) that requires only two clicks of the mouse.
It is called, Dualless…
Dualless is a Google Chrome Browser extension that gives you the ability to split your browser window in two (to simulate a dual monitor setup). For example, if you have two tabs open in Chrome, by clicking on the Dualless button on the extension toolbar, you will be presented with various ratios that you can split the browser window (see below). Simply click on a ratio selection and the browser tabs will separate into two windows at the ratio you desire. To return to a full screen window simply click on the Dualless button, select the ratio of “1” and the browser will return to full screen.
So far I am finding Dualless to be an extremely useful tool when blogging (as I mentioned), researching information and for shopping on the internet.
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This enhanced memory is good news for serious multi-tab users, who often experience a delay in page loads. Firefox 5 users especially may have found multi-tab loading particularly cumbersome. TuneUp recently conducted a performance intense memory usage benchmark to test how the new browser measured up. With 27 tabs, Firefox 5 claims an astonishing 659 MB of RAM for itself after all tabs have finished loading. Compared to Firefox 7.0a2, loading 27 websites dropped from current memory usage of 670 MB to 496 MB. Firefox.exe peaked at only 658 MB.
To put these results into perspective, Internet Explorer 9 needed a total of 814 MB with a peak at almost 1.3 GB to display the 27 websites which is an incredibly large amount. Google Chrome’s latest beta release consumed 693 MB and peaked at 1.1 GB. It was surprising to see Firefox 7 as the most resource-friendly browser.
This new version of Firefox is optimized for web developers as well. Since optimizing the browser is only one part of the equation, Mozilla also integrated performance monitoring tools to help developers gauge how fast their websites’ navigation works. Firefox logs websites’ responsiveness so that developers can optimize their own websites accordingly.
Overall, Mozilla has done some incredible work improving their performance. Other browsers need to follow suit as users’ move to low-powered devices such as netbooks and tablets, which increases the demand for lean browsers. It will be interesting to see the additional improvements Mozilla has made to the final version and what’s in store for Firefox 8.
For more Windows tips and tricks visit the TuneUp Blog about Windows at http://blog.tune-up.com.
This is actually a repost; however, it contains a couple of browser tips that you can’t post enough. If you don’t use it, you will lose it!
Have you ever visited a web site where the text size is to small to read or you are finding that your eyesight (like mine) is going downhill, and reading certain elements varies from page to page?
Here is a “little known and little used” computer tip for you internet users… By holding down the “Ctrl” key and moving your “mouse scroll wheel” you can “zoom in and zoom out” on a web page. You can also do the same thing, without using the mouse or “Ctrl” key, by hitting the “+” (plus) and “-” (minus) keys on the numeric keypad, located on the right side of your keyboard. Give it a try! It will not permanently change any default settings. If you find that you need to return to the normal default (original) setting, simply hold down the “CTRL” key and hit “0” (the number zero). This works in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and probably all of the browsers. Give it a try!
The “zoom in and zoom out” tip, using the “Ctrl and Mouse Wheel” will also work with other applications as well, with varying results (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, many graphic viewers/editors, pdf readers, etc…). For example, in Microsoft Word, when working on a mult-page document, you can “zoom out” to the point that it will tile (show all) your pages on the screen.
Added Tip: Was helping someone today on a small computer screen complete a task online in their web browser and toggled to full screen. They were astonished and asked “How did you do that?”. Simply hit “F11” on your keyboard to toggle back and forth from full and normal screen.
Interested in alternative browser other than Internet Explorer? Then take a look at Firefox 4.0 . Good stuff!
Straight from the horses mouth (Microsoft) is the Internet Explorer 9 Fact Sheet dated March 2011. If you want to learn more about the new version of Internet Explorer 9, I encourage you to read this fact sheet (reflected below).
Customers upgrading from Internet Explorer 8 will notice performance improvements, a safer experience that puts the focus on their favorite websites and tweaks to the user interface — changes that help make your websites shine.
There are three core pillars that represent how we reimagined the role of the browser with Internet Explorer 9 to deliver an experience that makes your Web feel as native as the applications running on your PC:
Fast. Internet Explorer 9 is all-around fast. Part of reimagining the role of the browser to deliver immersive, compelling Web experiences is rethinking the concept of fast. Today, fast is too often narrowly defined as page load time. Tomorrow, a browser will not be able to call itself fast unless it lets people interact with graphically rich sites and applications with lightning speed. Fully hardware-accelerated graphics, text, video and audio through Windows 7 means that the same markup not only works across the Web, but also runs faster and delivers a richer experience. Designed to take full advantage of the power of your computer’s hardware through Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 delivers dynamic experiences that are as fast and responsive as native applications installed on your computer.
Clean. Internet Explorer 9 puts the focus on the websites you love, with a clean experience for your Web that meets you where you are. With Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7, we rethought the role of the browser and how people interact with websites and Web applications. While other browsers focus on the browser itself, Internet Explorer 9 is site-centric, as opposed to browser-centric. You have the websites you love with a clean look that makes your websites shine.
Trusted. Internet Explorer 9 helps people feel confident and in control. The more that the Web becomes part of our everyday lives, the more complex the issues of online trust and browser trust become. When done correctly, creating a trustworthy browser helps customers feel connected to the Web, not distracted by concerns about reliability, privacy or safety. Internet Explorer 9 is a trusted way to access the Web because it has a robust set of built-in security, privacy and reliability technologies that can help keep you safer and your browsing experience virtually uninterrupted.
Enjoy an All-Around Fast Experience With Windows Internet Explorer 9
Designed to take full advantage of your Windows-based computer’s hardware, Internet Explorer 9 enables developers to build graphically rich and immersive Web experiences that are as fast and responsive as applications installed on your computer, making for a better consumer experience. These new features make the Web all-around fast with Internet Explorer 9 on Windows 7.
Full hardware acceleration. Hardware-accelerated text, video and graphics mean that your websites perform like applications installed directly on your Windows-based computer.
Clean Site-Centric Design Makes Sites Shine and Integrates With Windows 7
With a clean look and an increased viewing area, Internet Explorer 9 puts the focus on the things you love and makes your websites shine. Your favorite sites are taken out of the browser box, with seamless Windows 7 integration.
Clean browser user interface. In Internet Explorer 9, the simplified user interface and site-centric user experience put the focus on the content of each website. This means less screen real estate is taken up by the browser, letting people browse and experience more of what websites have to offer.
Pinned Sites. With Pinned Sites, your favorite websites can be accessed directly from the Windows 7 Taskbar without having to first open the browser. You can pin sites to the Taskbar by dragging the tab or the icon to the left of the URL on the Taskbar, then easily find and launch those sites you access most often — just like native applications on the PC. When a pinned site is launched from the Taskbar, the browser frame and navigation controls integrate the site’s icon and primary color, emphasizing the site and providing an even more site-focused experience.
JumpList. With JumpList, you have a quick and easy way to get to a common website task without having to launch the browser first. For Pinned Sites where developers have created JumpList capabilities, you can quickly create a new e-mail message, check your inbox, change your music station, accept a friend invitation or see breaking news.
Windows Aero Snap. You often need to use more than one website or page to accomplish a task. In Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft has reduced the frame, giving more room than competitors to let your sites shine. In addition, tearing off a tab by dragging it away from the browser, and using Windows Aero Snap to position the content, is a great way to show two sites or pages side by side.
One Box. One Box gives people a single place to start, whether they want to navigate to a specific site or search for a site. One Box in Internet Explorer 9 incorporates search functionality into the Address Bar. With One Box, you can navigate to a site, search for a site, switch between search providers, or access browsing history, Favorites or suggestions from search providers.
One Box Top Result. Another feature that speeds browsing is One Box Top Result. One Box Top Result helps you remember the Web address for common websites by taking you directly to the top results of your search provider without first displaying the search results page.
Internet Explorer 9 is a trusted way to surf the Web because it has a robust set of built-in security, privacy and reliability technologies that help keep you safer and your browsing experience virtually uninterrupted. These new features help provide the trust you need to feel safer online.
Tracking Protection. Some content on websites can be used to track your activity as you browse the Web. Tracking Protection allows you to limit the browser’s communication with certain websites — determined by a Tracking Protection List — to help keep your information private. Anyone can create Tracking Protection Lists, and some are available today.
ActiveX Filtering. ActiveX is a technology that allows Web developers to create interactive content on their sites, but it also can pose a security risk. Internet Explorer 9 allows you to block ActiveX Controls for all sites and, with the new ActiveX Filtering option, turn them back on for only the sites that you trust.
Hang recovery. In Internet Explorer 9, this feature isolates the impact of a hung tab to the individual tab, so that other tabs and the overall browser continue to operate. When a website hangs because of a long-running script or other operation, it causes your browser to become nonresponsive. Hang recovery in Internet Explorer 9 means you can continue browsing on other tabs. This new feature complements tab isolation and automatic crash recovery, which also helps keep you browsing and prevents loss of information.
Compatibility View. You can feel good knowing that your favorite websites will run in the newest version of Internet Explorer. If Internet Explorer 9 detects a website that has not specified its desired display mode, the Compatibility View button appears next to the Refresh button on the Address Bar. Pressing the Compatibility View button causes Internet Explorer 9 to switch to a legacy document mode. The state of the button is saved for that Web page, so there is no need to press it again when you return to the same page at a later time.
Automatic updates. Getting the latest browser updates helps keep you protected over time. You can choose to have important updates installed automatically, once they are made available. Automatically installed updates can include security updates, critical updates, definition updates, update rollups and service packs through Windows Update.
Group Policy support. For IT professionals, Internet Explorer 9 continues to provide excellent Group Policy support. With nearly 1,500 Group Policy settings, including new settings to support Windows Internet Explorer 9 features, IT professionals have the control they need to manage Internet Explorer installations after deployment.
Extensive support for HTML5, Scalable Vector Graphics, Cascading Style Sheets Level 3, ECMAScript 5 and DOM provides a new set of capabilities that will help enable developers to write one set of markup language and know that it will work and look the same in all modern browsers. Internet Explorer 9 was designed with support for industry standards built in to help ensure that the same markup language works the same across browsers.
I currently use Google Chrome as my primary web browser, more or less, to be part of the continued development cycle of this browser and due to the fact, I just plain love it.
I did see recently, on other sites, information in regards to the Google Chrome Web Store and to be honest I set it aside in my mind, without investigating it further. I was also hearing about Google web apps and again, did not make the connection between Google Chrome and Google Web Apps until last night when I opened a new tab in Google Chrome . It was then I noticed an icon for theWeb Store. When I clicked on the Web Store icon that I soon realized how the Google Web Apps and Google Chrome Browser work together.
If you are a Google Chrome user, open up new tab, and click on the Web Store or click [ HERE ] .
The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for Google Chrome. To start exploring the store, visit chrome.google.com/webstore or click the store icon in Chrome’s New Tab page.
Once I was in the Web Store, I discovered there are many FREE (yes FREE) web apps being developed. What I was trying to figure out, was how did the web apps work with Google Chrome? The only way to find out was to install one. After completing the installation, I was on my way of looking for and installing others, and soon discovered, that following the installation of these apps, they were instantly accessible by opening up a new tab in Google Chrome.
I do believe these web apps are a glimpse of how applications are going to work in the upcoming Google Operating System.
Keep in mind, the Web Store is something new; therefore the selections of apps are limited at this time; HOWEVER, there are some FREE apps in the store worth installing. Here are BEST FREE APPS I have found worth installing at this time:
Linoit Web Sticky Service (account required with Linoit)
I am sure there are more apps to be found and I don’t want to spoil the fun (like hunting for Easter Eggs).
Call me a dummy, but I don’t know how I missed the Web Store and the Web Apps that are a direct connection to the Google Chrome Web Browser. Have to wonder how many other Google Chrome browser users have not put two and two together?
After you install Neat Bookmarks a small blue button with a star will be displayed on the browser toolbar. Click on the button and your bookmarks will readily displayed in a tree like structure. Neat Bookmarks features a bookmark search and will remember the scroll position and the last folder you had opened. Those features alone, along with the simplicity of this extension, was what convinced me.
After you install Ultimate Chrome Flag, you will see a small country (or region) flag displayed on the right side of the address bar that indicates the origin of the site you are visiting; AND, that’s not all…
Also displayed along with the flag, you have option of displaying the Google Page Rank or the WOT (Web of Trust) indicator to give you a visual of the credibility of the site (such as Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability, Privacy & Child Safety). Personally I prefer the WOT indicator. Even though the indicator may appear small, it has become second nature (and now habit) for me to check it.
That’s not all… If you click on the flag, a drop down box will appear that will display a wealth of information of the site you are visiting, such as:
Country or region name, Domain name, IP address, Geo information, Google PageRank, Alexa Rank, WOT (Web of Trust) information, McAfee Site Advisor rating; AND, A clickable option to copy the domain name and the IP address to clipboard.
If you are a Google Chrome Browser user, this is one browser extension that is a must have, that has informational value, helps keep you safe, and does not get in the way. You can download Ultimate Chrome Flag from [ HERE ] .
If you are looking for a decent web browser for your Blackberry or your web capable smartphone, then take a look at Opera Mini & Opera Mobile .
The Opera Mini browser has been specifically engineered and developed with the mobile phone user in mind. The browser interface is elegantly designed and is engineered to use a tenth of the bandwidth of other mobile browsers; thus, reducing data usage and saving you money.
I am currently running the latest version of Opera Mini (v5)on my Blackberry (pay-as-you go phone) and believe me, there is no better web browser for a phone out there. As a matter of fact, I never ever dreamed of seeing a browser on my phone that is comparable to the browser on my computer. Take a moment and watch the video below to see Opera Mini and Opera Mobile in action.
Features That I Like:
- Saves money on data charges
- Loads Web pages much more quickly than other mobile phone browsers
- Multitask with tabs
- User interface has been designed for both touchscreen and keypad-style mobile phones.
- See your top Web sites visually laid out on your screen in Speed Dial
- Sophisticated URL auto-completion
- Reads the largest pages comfortably
- Address bar and toolbars disappear until they are needed, allowing you to see more of the page you are viewing.
- Backup your bookmarks, Speed Dials, and search engines to My Opera, and keep them synchronized between different phones
If you been following the tech blogs, there has been a lot of talk about DNS (Domain Naming System) and which DNS nameserver settings to use that will ultimately optimize and make your internet experience faster and safer. For example, instead of using my internet service provider’s default DNS settings, I have opted to the DNS settings from a provider called OpenDNS. OpenDNS is claimed to be faster than your provider’s DNS and has the ability to filter out the bad content, when properly setup. There are other popular DNS services such as Norton DNS and Google DNS.
Why does DNS matter?
The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day. – Google
Changing your DNS settings is very easy to do and is not complicated at all. Once you decide which DNS provider to go with it is a matter of inserting a set of numbers at the computer level (under your Network Connections) or you can actually do it at the router level. Instead of rewriting those instructions on “how to”; best instructions I have found on how to change your DNS is reflected in Bill Mullin’s recently posted article “Norton DNS – Another Layer of Computer Security“. Those same instructions (found toward the end of the article) will apply to using any of the DNS providers.
Once you get a general understanding about DNS and what all the fuss is about, you are probably wondering how do you benefit from changing your DNS settings and which DNS provider is best? One tool to help you benchmark the various DNS providers (or servers), AND answer these questions, is the small (154K) portable tool called DNS Benchmark.
“You can’t optimize it until you can measure it”
Now you CAN measure it!
DNS Benchmark – This little puppy will help you determine your DNS performance by comparing (or benchmarking) your performance with other DNS nameservers. What you will learn is it is all about location; where you are located relative to the DNS nameserver you are using.
GRC’s DNS Benchmark performs a detailed analysis and comparison of the operational performance and reliability of any set of up to 200 DNS nameservers (sometimes also calledresolvers) at once. When the Benchmark is started in its default configuration, it identifies all DNS nameservers the user’s system is currently configured to use and adds them to its built-in list of publicly available “alternative” nameservers. Each DNS nameserver in the benchmark list is carefully “characterized” to determine its suitability — to you — for your use as a DNS resolver. This characterization includes testing each nameserver for its “redirection” behavior: whether it returns an error for a bad domain request, or redirects a user’s web browser to a commercial marketing-oriented page. While such behavior may be acceptable to some users, others may find this objectionable.
In my testing, using DNS Benchmark, I found that OpenDNS, from my geographical location, was top dog and utimately made a noticeable difference in my browser page loads. Remember DNS is like a phonebook. Everytime you visit a website in your browser, your computer performs a DNS lookup using the DNS provider that you have selected. It really does make a difference!
Other interesting articles about DNS:
It is that time again… Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly rundown of links to articles posted from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community. If you have a desire to keep up with information technology and computers, then I suggest you make these sites part of your daily routine.
When I am asked, “What browser do I use?”, I usually comeback with “I’m a Chrome user”; BUT, when my inner self takes over, the real answer is that I hang out with Firefox, Chrome and Opera. It seems that Chrome is in fact my primary browser (for the moment), but when Firefox and Opera make another leap forward, I just have to be there to witness the leap. For example Opera 10.5 was just released and I had to try it out. I just can’t help it. This is what is so fun about software; you can witness technology changing right in front of you AND browsers are where it is at. The competition amongst these (3)-three are pushing the technology envelope on the internet further and further. Think about it, the browser is your windshield to the world wide web.
If you have been wanting to give one of these (or all of these) browsers a test run, there is a way to do that without performing a full install of the browser software; AND, that is through downloading the portable versions. The portable versions of Firefox, Chrome and Opera are designed to be downloaded, saved and run from a folder of your choice without making system wide changes to your computer. The portable versions are primarily designed to be carried on a flash drive (as a portable app); however, I can personally attest the portable versions will run just fine from a folder on your PC, as well. The “cool factor” with this is that if you don’t like the browser, just delete the folder where you saved it to.
Now, unlike myself, most normal people will focus on learning and using one browser. Once you tried one of the portable browsers out (like Firefox) and you can’t live without it, then I would delete the portable version and install the full version from their website. Personally, my advice to most computer users, is to stick with one browser on their PC for security reasons; however, if you need a change and want to try something different or want to see what all the excitement is about, then take a look at these portable versions.
Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition [ Link ]
Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that’s easy to use. It has lots of great features including popup-blocking, tabbed-browsing, integrated search, improved privacy features, automatic updating and more. Plus, thanks to the PortableApps.com launcher bundled in the Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition, it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your favorite browser along with all your favorite bookmarks and extensions with you wherever you go. – PortableApps.com
Google Chrome Portable [ Link ]
Google Chrome’s features include:
- Quick to start up
- Loads web pages in a snap
- Runs web applications faster than ever
- Designed for efficiency and ease of use
- Search and navigate to web pages from the same box
- Arrange and organize tabs however you wish — quickly and easily
- Get to your favorite websites with just a click, from the thumbnails of your most visited sites in the New Tab page
- Themes to add delight to your browser
- – PortableApps.com
Portable Opera for USB [Link]
You want to use all Opera features also in this version – no problem !
– there are no unwanted effects on IE or other browsers
– existing Opera versions are not affected
– make no entries to the registry
– works with every Windows PC (company,Internetcafe, friends,..)
– leave no data on the host computer
From day one Google Chrome has piqued my interest. As a matter of fact, Google Chrome and Firefox sit side-by-side on my machine as my web browsers of choice. I enjoy the speed and clean appearance that Chrome offers and the dependability, security, and extensions that Firefox offers. I find myself alternating between the two, quite frequently.
If you are someone that has not tried Google Chrome and would like to (without installing it) there is a very good portable option available at portableapps.com. Simply download Google Chrome portable [HERE] and install/run it from a folder on your PC or install/run it from your flashdrive (as it was designed for). Due to Google Chrome Portable being classified as a portable app, it will not write to the registry or leave any files behind. If you find that it is not your cup of tea, simply delete the folder where you initially installed the files.
To learn more about Google Chrome, click [ HERE ]
The everyday computer user primarily uses the computer to browse the internet. As a result, the web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc.) becomes one of the most important pieces of software on the computer. Over a period of time, based on the user’s surfing habits, the browser cumulatively collects bookmarks, cookies, history, toolbar settings, extensions, add ons, etc. that the user ultimately becomes dependent on. The problem occurs is when the computer crashes or the user moves to a new computer AND all of those cumulative browser gatherings by the user are lost. I have actually witnessed users that were more upset that they lost their browser bookmark settings, when their computer crashed, than personal documents they may have had.
To prevent this mishap from occurring there is a backup solution, called FavBackup, that will backup your bookmarks and any other settings that are browser specific (e.g. history, cookies, user preferences, extensions and other elements).
FavBackup is a portable app that requires no installation and has the capability of backing up the browser settings for various versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Flock. One point to make is that you will be see two different type of backup and restore options:
(1) – Backup or Restore – allows you to select what you desire to backup or restore
(2) – Full Backup or Full Restore – will perform a backup or restore of all settings in one fell swoop.
FavBackup is very easy to use, fast and efficient; AND is must-have software for any computer user who is tied to their browser. If anything, make FavBackup part of your normal backup routine and use it to at least backup your bookmarks.
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Other Browsers Advance as Internet Explorer Slides
July 6, 2009 1:16PM
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to lose ground against other browsers in June, according to StatCounter. The market share for Mozilla’s Firefox 3.5 rose rapidly since its launch last week. Opera’s share in Europe has jumped since July 2008 and Apple, Inc.’s Safari has lost global market share, but Safari 4 downloads have been heavy.
We all want faster, safer, and reliable… Checkout the browser speed comparison test at PCGames Hardware. The tests they ran focused on pure speed. You can even run the same tests at Sunspider, Futuremark Peacekeeper, and Acid.
A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!
Internet browser tested
with Peacekeeper, Sunspider and Acid
Big browser comparison test: Internet Explorer vs. Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome
June 19, 2009 – by Link, Riemann
PC Games Hardware tested the speed of the internet browsers Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, Mozilla Firefox 2.0, 3.0.11 and 3.5b99, Opera 9.6 and 10, Safari 3.1.1 and 4.0, Chrome 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 with the benchmarks Peacekeeper and Sunspider and checked them with the Acid tests as well.
[ Source: PCGames Hardware ]
I have been testing the “beta” versions of Google’s web browser, Chrome, since its’ inception, approximately 8 months ago. Chrome is definitely a “watch and see” browser that just may end up being a top contender. The developers really seem to be listening to the requests of users by embedding additional requested features into the browser, with the main emphasis (at this point) being on speed (page loads). I can personally attest that I do notice a difference in Chrome’s startup and browser page loads, compared to the other browsers; AND, often find myself using it as a “go to” browser when I want to do nothing but surf the net. The one feature that users are screaming for (and it is coming) is browser “add-ons” or “extensions” similar to those in Firefox. Chrome is a browser that is specifically being crafted as the launching point for the cloud computing and cloud OS platforms. I currently use Chrome on my PC with Firefox (my current favorite) and Internet Explorer. Chrome is what I use as my default browser on my Acer Aspire One netbook.
You can preview the latest updates to Google Chrome by watching the short (less than 2 minutes video) or by visiting the Google Chrome Blog [ HERE ] .
Features recently included in the most recent “stable channel” release are:
Improved New Tab Page: The most requested feature from users was the ability to remove thumbnails from the New Tab page. Now you can finally hide that embarrassing gossip blog from the Most Visited section.
Full Screen Mode: If you’ve ever given a presentation or watched a large video using Google Chrome, you might have wished you could use every last pixel on your screen for the content. Now you can hide the title bar and the rest of the browser window by hitting F11 or selecting the option in the Tools menu.
Form Autofill: Filling out your information in forms over and over again can be tedious. Form autofill helps by showing information you’ve previously entered into the same form fields automatically. If at any point you want to clear out your information, that’s easy to do from the Tools menu.
Increased Stability: Google Chrome is more stable than ever–we have fixed over 300 bugs that caused crashes since launch.
[Source: Google Chrome Blog ]
I recently posted an article which provided (3)-three options available, geared toward cloud apps, that will allow you to split web applications out of the browser. The article “Turn your cloud apps into desktop apps with SSB” explored the emerging technology of site specific browsers which allows you take an online site (or cloud app) and convert it into a desktop application. The advantage to this is that when the cloud app is launched, it will open into a full screen window minus all of the distractions of a typical browser and will run in its’ own separate process. One of the options that I presented was called “Prism” by Mozilla Labs (the Firefox people).
Work is now starting to progress with Prism, after what I saw was very little activity. First sign of activity was the Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop [click here] (which is Prism based); the second sign of activity is an actual Prism web site [click here] ; and the third sign of activity is the beta release of Prism (V1.0 b1) [click here] .
There are numerous web based apps being developed daily, and what we are seeing is next generation computing. I have been using Prism for approximately 3 months to launch my favorite cloud apps in their own separate processes or applications. Prism can be run either as a Firefox extension or you can download the Prism software. I preferred the actual Prism software download so that I could see how Prism performed at the PC level. If you are someone who is into cloud computing, you definitely need to give Prism a try.
How does Prism Work?
What you are seeing below is the “Prism” software application which is very easy to use. Enter the desired URL of your cloud app (or web site), give it a name, check “off” the location where you want Prism create the shortcut (e.g. Desktop, Start Menu, Quick Launch Bar), click “OK” and you are done… Prism does all of the work for you and even extracts an icon from the cloud app site to identify the cloud app shortcut. If you want to get rid of the cloud app that Prism installed, you simply delete the shortcut.
How To Video
The Google Chrome Blog is intended to highlight points of interest to general users, in a way that is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. It’s where you will read about new features that have been released, find interesting tips on how to get the most out of Google Chrome, and stay plugged into the product in general. Many of the types of posts that previously would have surfaced here, such as announcements of our spell-checking improvements, will now appear on this new blog instead of the Chromium blog.
The “Chromium Blog” will continue to exist and will now focus more on things that are particularly relevant to the developer community.
I have been using Chrome and monitoring the development of the browser, and personally I think Google is proceeding in a good direction. I currently use and test (4)-four different browsers (IE, Firefox, Opera USB, Chrome) and I find myself periodically going back to Chrome. Since Chrome went live back in September 2008, there has been 29 updates that have been focused on speed, stability and usability.
Google Chrome’s current beta release [ GET IT HERE ] features new components that you can try including form autofill, full page zoom and autoscroll, and a cool new way to drag tabs out to get a side-by-side view (see video below).
By getting on Chrome’s beta channel, you will regularly receive updates of new features as they are churned out. To help keep you up-to-date on the development of Google Chrome, I encourage you to visit the Chrome development links on the sidebar of the blog.
Here is a clip from DownloadSquad, reporting that a Development Channel Build of Version 2.0 of Chrome is being worked on. If you are a tester of software, visit DownloadSquad (click logo below) to read more about this build and how you can download the builds via the Chrome Channel Changer. If you do not desire to install the build, the article points out that a “portable version” of the build is available. I have been using and following Chrome very closely and it is of my opinion that this browser is being developed in such a manner to take advantage of the future in “cloud computing”.
clipped from www.downloadsquad.com
Google begins work on Chrome 2.0
by Lee Mathews Jan 9th 2009
Google Chrome may have shed it’s original beta tag last month, but they’re far too fond of the beta label to keep it on ice for long.
Yes, work has begun on Chrome 2.0. Numerous changes have already been made, including the addition of basic form autocompletion like Firefox and IE, full page zooming, and autoscrolling. Browser profiles have been added and can be accessed through the wrench menu.
edit: as mentioned in the first comment, you can also test it by downloading the portable version from this site. It’s German, so search for download portable on the page. Thanks, caschy!
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I have been following and keep finding myself using Google’s Chrome browser, more and more… Speed, simplicity, built in sandbox technology and safe browsing features are the attractive elements I like. Today, I learned that Google has taken “Chrome” out of “beta” (removed the “beta” label). You can follow Google’s development of “Chrome” by clicking on any the Google links located on the sidebar at the right side of the blog.
If you are an Opera web browser follower, then you may be interested in reading about the new features being implemented (and downloading) the new Opera Browser 10 “alpha” version… Keep in mind that “alpha” software is an indication that the software is in the “debugging” stage of the release cycle. For those of you who are wondering what Opera is: Opera is a popular web browser that is a competitor to other browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. This download of Opera 10 alpha is geared more toward those interested in testing the browser prior to its final release. As one of my readers pointed out, you should only try or test the “alpha” of this browser on another computer (i.e. test PC) and not your main computer. This post is primarily announcing that a “new” version of Opera is in the works. This is a clip from the “My Opera Community” web site announcing this release. I will continue to monitor the development of this software.
I’ve been using Google Chrome since the “beta” was introduced earlier in the month. So far, I like it… Keep in mind it is in the “early” development stages and I think it will be a top contender in the browser competition. I have posted on the sidebar, of the blog, some Google Chrome links that you can use to download and/or to follow the development of this browser. I’ve been following the reviews on the browser and right now it is a mixed bag of positive and negative comments; which, is typical of “beta” software. For a “beta” package, it has come out of the chute running.
What a name for a browser; “CHROME” (a polished look???)… I downloaded, installed (without a hitch) and at first glance it definitely appeared to be a different kind of the browser; due, I am accustomed to the usual browser interfaces (such as menus, buttons, search boxes, plug-ins,etc…). A lot of people’s initial reaction is going to be I don’t like this. Here is WHY? One you have to accept CHANGE and secondly if you’re going to try software you have to kick the tires all the way around and most people will not do that. A lot of people have technophobia; the fear or dislike of advanced technology.
Do I like it? This stuff is right down my alley. This application by Google is in the “Beta” stages of development and I love following and testing software. I have added it to my arsenal of browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox portable, Opera). One suggestion if you do an install… Click on the “wrench” at the top right corner, then select options. At this location you can setup various things like your homepage, etc… I also suggest that you click on “Show Home Button On Toolbar” under the options. That is one thing that really threw me off is that I couldn’t locate the “Home Button”. Once I got that in place, I felt somewhat comfortable during my exploration of this browser. It will take some getting used to initially, but the more I use it, the more I like it 🙂
Is “Google Chrome” going to remain on my PC? The answer is Yes, and these are the reasons why:
Open Source – The developers of the other browsers can actually pull down the code behind Chrome to improve their browsers by integrating or emulating the solutions that Google engineers had implemented.
Beta – Already a solid piece of work and will only get better.
Very clean & smooth interface – Maybe that is where the name “Chrome” came from (polished look).
Fast page loader – Fastest I have come across. It has a different feel; almost like the pages are not loading, but opening.
Fast Tab loader – Blows the competition away
Google practically runs the internet – Currently in the business of delivering web services and this development only makes sense.
Competition – I love it when an open source application challenges the money makers.
According to “The Official Google Blog“; Google is scheduled to release a “beta” version of its own open source browser called “Google Chrome” on Tuesday, September 2nd in 100 countries…It doesn’t surprise me that Google is jumping on the browser bandwagon. You can read the announcement details [HERE] .