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September 7, 2008



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Google Chrome - did you ask for a new web browser?

Posted by ClifNotes • Sep 2008 • permalinkWeb Browser


I am editing this post using Google's new web browser.


I first heard about it in this article:

Google challenges Microsoft with new browser from AFP news

Google on Tuesday launched its own Internet browser, opening up a new challenge in cyberspace to Microsoft and its dominant Internet Explorer.

The California-based Web search leader said the new browser called Google Chrome would "add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web."

"Google Chrome is a new approach to the browser that's based on the simplicity and power that users have come to expect from Google products," the company said in a statement.

"We realized ... we needed to completely rethink the browser," Google's Sundar Pichai said in a blog post.


I didn't ask for a new browser, but after using it awhile, I am beginning to like the no-lag way it works with all the Google services like Gmail, GoogleNotebook, and Google Reader. I use those three services every day and Chrome is saving me some time now.


Not familiar with Google Chrome's new features? See the cartoon Google made about it, or read LifeHacker's in depth review of Chrome.


Things I do like:

  1. can make web application links on your desktop or quick launch
  2. very fast on most web 2.0 sites
  3. address and search are the same box like Firefox3's new "awesome bar"
  4. "most visited sites" page on the new tab page
  5. "recently closed" table on new tab page
  6. "search your history" on new tab page
  7. built in "Google Suggest" when typing in a new URL or search
  8. auto-complete of URLs when typing in addresses you've visited before
  9. built in spell checker in text entry boxes


Things I don't like:

  1. can't search in text boxes
  2. doesn't work with all web 2.0 sites yet
  3. doesn't have addons or extensions yet
  4. it's not going to steal users from IE as much as it will FireFox


As you can see, I have more likes than dislikes. I can't entirely abandon Firefox yet but I'm using Chrome more every day. Just remember, it's still in Beta testing so there's a chance it may screw things up for you. If you'd like to try it briefly, I can recommend the portable version.


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Quote from the Chrome website

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.


One box for everything

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.


Thumbnails of your top sites

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.


Shortcuts for your apps

Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favorite web applications.

Download Google Chrome


See also Ultimate List of Tips and Tricks for Google Chrome



Revo Uninstaller - sure beats Add/Remove

Posted by ClifNotes, Sep 2008, permalink System Maintenance


I enjoy getting emailed tips from all of you. Recently, I got a tip from LMarksAZ, who really appreciates the features of Revo Uninstaller. After a few emails back and forth, we had enough for a review here. Take it away LMarksAZ ...


LMarksAZ: Great uninstaller program, cleans folder, files and registry also...


Clif: Do you use it often? What features do you like the best? What do you think it could do better?


LMarksAZ: Yup, I use it all the time, it totally cleans installed programs including folders, files and registry. I would guess that you see interesting programs, download and install them to see what it can do. If it isn't or don't do what you are looking for, Revo pretty much cleans everything out of your computer. I looked at one that you recommended, ... I like Revo better. I really don't know what it could do better, but it sure beats "Control Panel".


Clif: Does Revo require that you monitor (have Revo running) when you install an application? There are two uninstallers I recommend TotalUninstall and ZsoftUninstaller. They both can completely remove apps but require you to monitor the installation so that they can see what is being added to the PC.


LMarksAZ: No, Revo doesn't require you to run it during the installation, I remember now, that's what turned me off about Total Uninstall.


Thanks for the review, LMarksAZ. I sometimes cheat when I don't plan to keep an application. I will run ERUNT and back up my registry files. Then I install the applicaton. If I don't like it right away, I can uninstall using Add/Remove and then restore my registry to it's previous state using ERUNT's recovery tool.


Quote from the website

With its advanced and fast algorithm, Revo Uninstaller analyzes an application's data before uninstall and scans after you uninstall an application. After the program's regular uninstaller runs, you can remove additional unnecessary files, folders and registry keys that are usually left over on your computer. Even if you have a broken installation, Revo Uninstaller scans for an application's data on your hard disk drives and in the Windows registry and shows all found files, folders and registry keys so you can delete them.




Google Updates Picasa and Picasa Web Albums

Posted by ClifNotes, Sep 2008, permalink Photo Organizers


I first tried Picasa back in March of 2005. Google has made lots of improvements to the software and the free web services since then.


I still have Picasa installed and I still use it occasionally, but I am out of touch with it's newer features. I recently read a blog post by Frederic Lardinois at ReadWriteWeb. It mentions several new features that I was not aware of. He shows a few screen shots and explains some of the details. Check it out.


Google's Picasa team released a number of major updates to both its desktop photo managing application Picasa and its online photo gallery this week. On Tuesday, we already reported about the addition of facial recognition to the Picasa web albums, but Google also added Creative Commons licenses and email uploads, while the desktop application now lets you create collages, retouch photos, add text to your images, and upload your videos to YouTube.


read the rest of the article from Frederic Lardinois


Quote from Google:


Manage your photos in one place, and find photos you forgot you had


Eliminate scratches & blemishes, fix red-eye, crop and more


Turn photos into movies, collages, slideshows and more


Upload seamlessly to Picasa Web Albums to share with friends, family & the world


Get Picasa's photo software



JavaRa - removing old Java versions

Posted by ClifNotes, Sep 2008, permalinkDisk CleanupSystem Maintenance


About three or four months ago, I noticed that I had about three or four older versions of Java installed on my PC in addition to the most current version. Why does Sun, the creator of Java do this to us? Their installer should always uninstall the older version before they update the new one.


I didn't like it and I manually uninstalled them. I had a real mess on my hands for a short while. I found that you had to uninstall them in the correct order and I hadn't done that. I ended up removing all of the versions and starting fresh.


CC wrote me this week and told me that he tried this JavaRa application and it works fine. JavaRa has only one job. It removes the older versions of Java. I wish I'd known about it months ago. It's gotten good reviews everywhere and it's open source freeware.


Quote from the website

JavaRa is a simple tool that does a simple job: it removes old and redundant versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Simply select "Check for Updates" or "Remove Older Version" to begin. JavaRa is free under the GNU GPL version two.


Java software in general and the Java JRE in particular allow you to run applications called 'applets' that are written in the Java programming language. You probably have Java JRE installed on your computer because these applets allow you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, view images in 3D, as well as many others.




SafeSpace - some protection from surfing with sharks

review from ClifNotes, Sep 2008, permalinkVirtualization ToolsPC Activity Monitoring


SafeSpace Personal Edition is another sandboxing tool like SandBoxie and GreenBorder that creates a virtual environment on your PC that is safer to use when surfing the net. I have been seeing more about this security tool recently and I thought I'd ask you about it. Have you tried it?


One reader had written in with this to say:

Tried Safespace for a couple of days. After a number of lockups, I removed it. Interesting concept - running programs in a sandbox - but unfortunately it didn't play well with Roboform and resulted in 3 or 4 hung systems.



I recently saw a review of SafeSpace at RaymondCC's blog and he gave it a thumbs up with a few warnings that it's not perfect. Here's some of what he says.


Quote from Raymond: read the full article

I tried running Outlook Express inside SafeSpace and I can see that it is not meant for email applications. After reboot, all the received and sent emails are discarded ...


Previously I’ve tried infecting my test computer with trojan that has keylogging capability and SafeSpace doesn’t block the keylogging. “IF” the trojan is ran INSIDE SafeSpace, then keylogging will be blocked ...


Running your web browser in SafeSpace will greatly reduce the risk of being infected by computer virus.


Quote from the website

SafeSpace is a revolutionary solution for eliminating the problem of malware. It creates a secure barrier between your computer and the internet, protecting you and your personal information against known and unknown malware threats. Surf where you want, listen to or watch what you want, download what you want. It doesn’t matter.


SafeSpace protects your computer from unwanted changes, and stops internet applications from reading your personal information. Surf in complete safety. Download with absolute confidence. Log off knowing your computer is clean and your personal information remains private.

SafeSpace page: http://www.artificialdynamics.com/content/products/personal-edition.aspx







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What free software do you need?

Notes from ClifNotes, permalink Windows Tips


So what do you need? Write it down below and I'll see if I can find it. If you know the answer to someone else's question, add your answer there.



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Adding Applications to the Lupo PenSuite

Posted by ClifNotes, Sep 2008, permalink Windows Tips


In August, I wrote about the Lupo PenSuite, a great collection of portable applications that you can place on a thumb drive. I do like the built in menu system, but I had commented that I found it difficult to add new entries to Lupo's menus.


Mike at carputers.net was kind enough to put together a great tutorial on adding new portable programs to your Lupo PenSuite menu system. Thanks Mike!


See the tutorial here below, or scroll down to see it in full screen mode.



Full screen version: http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dhg6hcp8_54fhgh3fhp

Tutorial homepage: http://newsandtips.carputers.net/



How to Access Free Windows Live Hotmail in Windows Mail

Posted by ClifNotes, Sep 2008, permalink Windows Tips


I have had this article bookmarked for a long time. I think it's only fair to share it with you now. I've used the FreePops utility featured in the article. It's simply brilliant when you need it.


Quote from the website

Sure, you could use Windows Live Mail to access your Windows Live Hotmail account outside the browser, or maybe Outlook. But Outlook is big, and Windows Live Mail seems a bit confused. No, Windows Mail be your program.


Unfortunately, your program just throws a brief error at you when you try to access Windows Live Hotmail. fortunately, a little tool called FreePOPs can help.

read the rest of the article



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Take the Jung Typology Test - what kind of person are you?

Posted by ClifNotes, Sep 2008, permalink Web Service


I took this test. It's says I'm an INTJ type of person. I like to organize stuff and create lots of methodologies for doing things. I don't like to socialize and I don't often understand people on an emotional level (just ask my wife). I think people should "make sense", but I know it's not something that's ever likely to happen.


One analysis of the test, says I'm likely to be a perfectionist. Nope, that ain't me. The results of the test aren't perfect, but you may enjoy finding out that you aren't alone out there. There are many people who feel the way you do ...


If you take this test, be sure to share your results and tell us if you think it's accurate. (see comments below)


Quote from the website

This test is based on Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typological approach to personality. When answering questions, please choose one of two possible answers you agree the most. If you are not sure how to answer then the decision should be based on your most typical reaction or feeling in the given situation. Respond to all questions to get a reliable result.


Press "Score It" button after you are done answering the questions. Upon completion, you will obtain online:


Your type formula according to Carl Jung and Isabel Myers-Briggs typology along with the strengths of the preferences

The description of your personality type

The list of occupations and educational institutions where you can get relevant degree or training, most suitable for your personality type - Jung Career Indicator™




Play with a live spider?

Posted by ClifNotes, Sep 2008, permalink Cool Website


You've got to see this to believe it. Someone has developed a virtual spider that's so real, some of you may not be able to stay close to the computer.


It's here at this site:



Below, someone decided to keep their cat entertained by this spider.



Quote from the website

Play With Spider

An experimental project to make a natural spider in Flash, combining math and graphics.





CoolSites Newsletter this week


Here are a 6 links (out of dozens) from Mark's CoolSites Newsletter. Be sure to visit his site and see the rest of his links this week.


September 4 2008 COOLSITES Newsletter #181 by Mark Donaldson

• New. DVDStyler 1.7.0 cross-platform DVD authoring application that makes possible for video enthusiasts to create professional-looking DVDs: http://www.dvdstyler.de/index.html

• New. Snow Player is a small, fast and reliable media player: http://randall.spb.ru/update/

• New. VMware Converter for workstation to virtual pc and virtual machine migration - VMware: http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

• Scientists Discover Why Flies Are So Hard To Swat: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080828135901.htm

• Update. Personal Software Inspector https://psi.secunia.com/

• Update. Universal Viewer Free 3.7.1 advanced file viewer: http://atorg.net.ru/universal_viewer/index.htm


Quote from the website

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Frapper - you people live all over the world!

Wow! Over 900 people and still growing! I invite all of you to record your locations on this map. You can include as little or as much information as you wish. I think you'll enjoy seeing yourself there.


Here's a small look at my frapper map.



Get Gmail! and Get Firefox!


You need a free 6 GB Gmail account to access many of the cool features at Google. After more than two years in beta testing Gmail is open to the public. Just go to http://gmail.com and sign up for an account.



I think Gmail works best in the awesome Firefox browser. It's free, easy to use, and it's way more secure than Internet Explorer. My favorite thing to do is to customize Firefox so that it does much more than IE ever could. You can select new button controls for your toolbars, install extensions to add new features, or change the look of your browser with themes - the way Firefox looks and works is under your control.


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