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google chrome

today i stumbled upon google new internet browser, chrome, again. once, when it first went out, i tried it, and left it, because i felt firefox it pretty good for me. but today i found an interesting comic page that describe the main idea behind it. well, the comic presentation is great, and the ideas are great, so i decided to give it a try once again. first thing i felt, is the lack of my firefox add-ons, my foxmarks to sync bookmarks across computers, at work and at home, the adblock which saves me from epileptic sites, ‘copy and go’, greasemonkey, etc.

sure, i can live without few of them, but adblock and bookmark sync are must. luckily i was glad to see there is a nice solution for the adblock, see http://stevenpratt.com/2008/09/06/google-chrome-adblock-plugin

by the way, if google don’t want to loose their adsense business with their own browser, they should supply or support an adblock plugin. because the solution above remove all ads from the page, while the firefox plugin is more delicate and customizable, which allows the user to disable only irritating ads.

overall, the browser is very fast, and quite nice actually. it is nice to see companies and groups bold enough to enter into a very saturated area, and change the rules. that what microsoft did with internet explorer 3 and above to netscape (who remember them today?), that what firefox did to ie, and now it is interesting to see a true change to this whole field of browsers.

a great page presenting some of the tweaks availble for google chrome can be found here.

on less functional level, one can ask himself, where does it go. well, staying on the technological level, rahter on the theological, i read a lot on the web about the cloud computing. an article by Steve Balmer, another opinion about google chrome and android, just search for ‘cloud google chrome‘ and there are plentty of them.

each and his own imagination, i just hope we will not wake up from a dream of open source, free applications, into an admition fee based server-barred-services reality.

copy and go

i found this hilarious item, and immediately wanted to post it:
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=squishycow

isn’t it frustrating when the link is posted in plain text? well, there is a firefox add-on which solves it, and gives the option to open it immediately on a new tab. the add-on is called ‘copy and go’ and can be found here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6876.

by the way, for all the ie users or those without this add-on, here is the link i pasted above as text, more properly presented: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=squishycow. did i say that i am the plugin author? ;)

firefox tip

firefox is a very good browser. after all the bantchmarks and preformance tests, one of his unrivalled strength points, is the add-on ability. sometime we forget it has also a great build-in cutomization ability availble for the end user. recently i found this firefox 3 feature that i use a lot.

i use firefox url address bar for custom search, e.g. i have already defined:

g	google search
b	babylon translation
gs	google search on specific site
gc	google code search
gd	google define

i know you can use the little search box on the upper right corner, but it is so small… but why can’t i use the big address bar ?? well, the answer – yes is i can :) and i’ll show you how.

for example if i want to simply do a google search. i go to the address bar (quick access: ctrl+l), and i type: g something in my mind

well, ok, so? so i am surfing this blog, and i want to search the term ‘erlang’, and there is no build in search on this site, or i just prefer to use google search, again i go to the address bar, i add ‘gs’ and space before the url, and i add the term on the end of it, again separated by space: gs https://virtual-clouds.com/ erlang

woot!

how do i do that? on firefox 3 you can add keyword to bookmarks, all you need to do is to open the bookmarks menu, and then click organize bookmarks. there, for each bookmark, there is additional data at the bottom, press the ‘more’ button, and few additional options will appear. the one that interests us right now is the ‘keyword’, here you put your desired shortcut (e.g. g for google). moreover, on the ‘location’ you can add the rest of the address bar contents as %s.

so, here is the above shortcuts keywords and locations:

keyworddescriptionlocation
ggooglehttp://www.google.com/search?q=%s
gsgoogle ’site:’http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3A%s
gcgoogle code searchhttp://www.google.com/codesearch?q=%s
gdgoogle ‘define:’http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3A%s
bbabylon translationhttp://search.babylon.com/web/%s?babsrc=client

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