Google Chrome: Extentions At Last

Ok I know its been a while since I last wrote a blog.  But what with Christmas and stuff I have been really busy 12 hour  shifts are horrible. Anyway enough about me and on to what this post is actually about.

Google have finally realised a version of their browser Google chrome which allows the use of extensions. Now im fully aware that extensions have been available for a while for the browser but that the feature had been set to off as default. This is the first time that it has been enabled for all and the extension system seems to be working great.

In my opinion the lack of extension support was one thing that was holding chrome back, I can now see myself using it more often as I have already dropped internet explorer completely. I had only been using it for sites that didn’t like Firefox which is becoming a very rare problem nowadays.

I’m currently running the latest beta version which is 4.0.249.30 and having updated from a few builds ago and so far all seems to working as you would expect still running quick and no crashes so far. You can download it from filehippo here

Peacekeeper. Safari leads the way.

Peacekeeper came out of beta recently and is now live.

What is Peacekeeper?

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Peacekeeper is futuremarks next foray into the world of benchmarking software Peacekeeper basically is a bunch of tests that are run in a web browser of your choice that tests performance of said browser and give a tangible score for comparison. And the good news is it works on pretty much any platform although the system scanner which is optional will only work on windows.

Currently Apple with there safari 4 beta are leading in the speed stakes with googles chrome 2.0 beta and mozillas firefox 3.5 beta close behind and as I’m sure most people would expect Microsoft’s Internet explorer 7 and 8 taking up last place 8 being the slightest bit faster of the two.

Although at the time of typing google’s chrome has the highest one off score with a score of 5910

I have tried the test myself which everyone can if they go HERE And scored a 2033 in chrome 1.0.154.65 and a slower 724 in firefox 3.010

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You are given a fairly good feedback as to what the browser performed well in and what it didn’t, also the faq has a lot of information and explains that the reason for the seemingly strange name of peacekeeper is all down to the so called browser wars. Its well worth a quick read over Here

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Do the test and post the results in the comments I would be intresteed to see them.

Into the Vista

Recently I bought myself a new laptop.

Acer Aspire 5930G

2.0ghz processor

3 gigs ddr2 ram

250gb HDD

Nvidia 9600m GT 512 MB

Acer Aspire 5930g

Acer Aspire 5930G

Now this is the first time that I have really used vista properly, I did try out the release candidates just before the official release but they didn’t really work. My PC ran it fine I just could not have any sound due to an incompatibility with the on board sound card so I really didn’t use it much at all.

After the official release there were all these horror story about the installation and how it ran and basically bad storys about every aspect of the new vista operating system.

I knew already that vista had improved a lot since then due to my short stint in a TV and Audio department during the busy Christmas period last year, But it was still with great trepidation that I booted up my new laptop. I was as ready for the impending doom of installing an operating system as I have gone thought the not so pleasant reinstalling of XP far too many time’s in the past and that really is a pain [In fact I’m doing reinstalling XP on my old laptop as I type] .

Vista however in comparison however was a piece of cake and so quick, just a few clicks later and a little waiting and my new laptop was up and running and connected to the net ready for me to grab all the software that is now essential for a happy computing experience so first stop Microsoft updates. Thankfully the copy of vista that came with the laptop already had all the service pack one updates installed so I only had to grab the most recent updates. While that was going on I strolled over to http://www.getfirefox.com and got myself a proper web browser.

I have now had my new laptop for about two weeks and I really like it and you know what I actually really like vista too. It was easy to set up everything that I want to and do so far it has done so without complaint. I haven’t even had it crash or bluescreen on me once and hopeful by saying that I wont have cursed myself. Everything is running how I like it and running fast. The user interface perhaps one of the biggest differences at least on the face of things is great its smooth and it just seems to flow. It does take sometime to get used to and Im still finding my feet but all the things that you need most of the time are easy to find. And things that most people don’t need or want to know about are hidden away [that does cause me problems mind :P].

Anyway time to stop this seemingly endless waffle if you as I was concerned about windows vista don’t be certinly on a new machine it looks like most of the problems that haunted vista’s launch have been sorted and it is just so much nicer to install and look at than xp.  Roll on Windows 7

Piclens

Every now and then when I am bored I visit a little addon website for my browser of choice Firefox. It is a great site full of many useful and useless things https://addons.mozilla.org

I go there when I’m bored to see what new stuff people have been making see if there is any new ideas or new takes on old ideas. Sometimes i find things that are superb and install them immediately.

One such extension I came across the other day is Piclens.

It works with various websites like flickr and basically creates a full screen slideshow of the pictures the video explains better than I can.

Good news for non firefox users to chances are that there is a version available for you as versions are also available for Internet Explorer and Macs.