Category Archives: Internet Browsers

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Google Chrome Now Includes Down For Everyone Or Me Notifications

Have you ever visited a website on a browser to be shown a message that the website cannot be loaded? Well, I have been through that several times. It could be due to a DDoS attack or due to a website suffering from heavy user traffic. However, the browser message is not always useful to end users.

That said, if you are a user (dev version for now), there is some cloud intelligence being used to determine why a website is down, whilst providing users with an option to still surf the webpage through a Cached copy available on Google.

Google Chrome Down for Everyone or Just M

Here is a recent page not loaded message displayed to me on the Chrome developer version when I visited Dropbox forums to take part in their treasure hunt.

As you can see from the screenshot above, Google Chrome is now including a message saying that "Other users are also experiencing difficulties connecting to this site, so you may have to wait a few minutes". I found this message to be quite useful since I usually rush to http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ to figure out whether a website is just down for me or everyone else too.

Kudos to the Google Chrome team for creating such informative messages for error pages. It always helps because people usually want to know what is wrong, rather than having to deal with a stupid error page.

*This feature is currently only available in dev builds of Google Chrome, you might not see it in the stable build.

Firefox 4 Beta 9 Released, Inching Closer to Release Candidate

Mozilla has released the beta 9 version of , bringing them closer to a release candidate and final version release in February 2011. Mozilla has been working on 4 for quite some time now and the numerous delays have been costing them.

Firefox 4

Mozilla has overhauled the bookmarks and history code in Firefox 4 enabling for faster bookmarking and startup performance. They have also improved performance for complex animations. Firefox 4 also has the JaegerMonkey engine for JavaScript which is supposedly very fast. Firefox 4 Beta 9 also uses hardware acceleration on and using Direct X.

Mozilla has also added support for 7 new languages for Firefox 4 taking the total supported languages to 76. To view the complete list of changes visit this page. You can download Firefox 4 Beta 9 from here or visit this post to learn what has changed in this beta.

Firefox has been losing market share in the past few months because is stealing their thunder. However, the good news for Mozilla is that Firefox just became the most used browser in European countries.  Hopefully the release of Firefox 4 might turn things around for Mozilla.

(h/t arpitnext)

Google Gets Aggressive About WebM, Decides to Drop H.264 Support from Chrome

WebM Google has announced that it will be dropping support for H.264 in future versions of Chrome, and instead focus on high quality open codecs. Although Google’s announcement is surprising, it’s not completely unexpected. Last year, Google spent a fair amount of cash to acquire On2, the startup behind VP8. Later, Google unveiled its own open source codec called WebM, based on On2’s VP8. Now that WebM has begun to witness increasing amounts of hardware support, as well as improvement in performance, Google obviously feels that the time is right to put its foot down.

The core issue with H.264 has been that it is proprietary. Last year, MPEG-LA made H.264 royalty free forever for free web broadcasts, in an attempt to counter WebM. However, even that move was deemed insufficient since it didn’t include applications that encode and decode video, as well as commercial broadcasts. It also didn’t alleviate the threat that some other patent holding body might come calling.

Chrome will now join Opera and Firefox as browsers supporting only open video codecs, i.e. Theora and WebM. Microsoft had earlier announced that it will be supporting both H.264 and WebM in Internet Explorer 9, provided that the codec for the latter is installed on the system. Apple, which has been pushing for HTML5 <video> as an alternative to Flash, has been a steadfast supporter of H.264. It will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future as hardware decoding support (which is crucial for portable devices like the iPod and the iPhone) for WebM is still fairly limited.

Although Google’s decision to drop H.264 support from Chrome represents a major setback for H.264, don’t expect it to disappear immediately. Apple’s dominance over the mobile devices segment, and the lack of WebM support in tablets and phones is something Google will have to contend with.

Opera crosses One million Add-ons downloads in 4 days

Opera has just announced through their blog that there have been freaking one million opera add-ons downloads in just four days. That’s brilliant. Opera added add-ons to its browser since Opera 11 and that’s one of the best things happened to Opera, in my opinion.

The Incredible growth includes:
  • 1 million downloads in just 4 days.
  • 20-30 new or updated extensions uploaded each day.
  • Over 244 extensions now available!
Personally I have been keeping a close eye on the addons family since Opera 11 Beta and though the number of addons available aren’t that huge in numbers like that of Chrome browser but it has almost every add-ons ┬áthat I have been using on Chrome.

I use all the addons in the list above except for the “VKontakte.ru Downloader”. Here are few add-ons I use that aren’t in the list above:

You can download Opera 11 to experiment with their add-ons.

Prevent Google Chrome From Closing When You Close The Last Tab

By default closes the window when the last tab has been closed. However, you can prevent it from happening using a which also does a lot more things.

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The Chrome Toolbox extension for Google Chrome adds a ton of features to the browser. It also provides a feature to stop Chrome from closing down when you close the last tab. To enable that feature install the extension and then click on it’s icon to display then menu and click on the "Options" link.

Disable Window Closing in Chrome

On the options page, select the checkbox next to "Don’t close current browser window when closing last tab, create a new tab instead." This will ensure that Chrome does not close the window when you close the last tab using the Ctrl + W hotkey, you can of course close the window by clicking on "x" symbol on the browser.

In addition to closing tabs Chrome Toolbox also provides you with several other features, including a confirmation before closing multiple tabs. Here are some more features of what Chrome Toolbox does:

  • Magnify any image on a web page, set it as your wallpaper, and view it in its original size
  • Drag any video on a web page (Flash and HTML5 video) out of the page in its own stand-alone window, closing the window puts it back to the original page, both with play state reservation
  • Customize tab behavior to close the tab on double click, to create a new tab on closing the last tab, and to always open a link in its own tab
  • Save and restore un-submitted form data, to avoid data loss caused by session expiration or a no-cache page setting
  • One shortcut to launch all predefined URLs (from your Bookmark Manager folder)
  • Learn, compare and contrast shortcuts in Chrome and other popular browsers.
  • Put your favorite Chrome functionalities in the drop down menu, reorder them in the way you like
  • Define Boss Key
  • Mute all tabs

Definitely worth downloading and using. Download Chrome Toolbox Extension.

Stop Auto-Refresh of Pages In Opera And Refresh Websites After Certain Time

After , is my secondary browser and I use it very frequently. I use Opera to visit websites and check on stats among other things. Now, many of the websites I visit are news sites which have auto-refresh turned on. Sometimes, this provides me with a bad experience since the page auto-refreshes while I am in the middle of reading an article.

On the other hand, I find it unproductive to reload stats pages every time I want to see new data. Thankfully Opera has a nice little which will allow you to stop auto-refresh on certain websites while allow you to refresh certain websites after a time-interval.

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In order to stop a webpage from auto-refreshing, right click on that page and select "Never" from the "Reload Every" submenu. On the other hand, you can use the same menu to also auto-refresh certain webpages after a certain time interval.

This feature is pretty useful since it is built into the browser itself and does not require third-party extensions. Pretty neat and useful.

Further Reading: Auto-refreshing of webpages is done through a meta tag, you can read more about it here.

Customize FireFox’s Default Download Manager With Download Manager Tweak

Firefox’s default download manager is great but it has a few limitations.

There are only a few options provided e.g list of downloaded items, the clear list button and search. If you are a power user and looking for a better and enhanced download manager for Firefox, try Download Manager Tweak.

Using Download Manager Tweak, you can get more options like Download them all, a status bar for file downloads, a customized tool bar with launch, “Remove from list” button, “Delete files”, making queues etc .

You can keep an eye on the download progress, can pause specific items and can open the directory where the file downloads are saved. After installing Download Manager Tweak, the default download manager of Firefox will look like the following:

As you can see, there are more advanced options provided at the top of the download window as well to the right of each download item. You can download the files in a new tab, in Firefox’s side bar, Firefox’s tab bar or in a new browser window.

The biggest advantage of the Download Manager tweak extension is the ability to re download items which were deleted by mistake. Simply select the name of the file or item from the list and click the download button which appears automatically at the time of choosing the file .

The Settings tab provides a couple of more options, which you may tweak. You can choose a custom delay time to start the file downloads, can limit the number of download items by days and so on. Should you want to show only specific buttons on the download window, simply select them from the add-on options, as shown below:

Techie Buzz Verdict

If you download a lot of files but don’t use a dedicated download manager or accelerator, it’s a good idea to use the extension and add more features to Firefox’s default download manager. [via]

Techie Buzz rating: 3 (Good).

Google Chrome 10 Hits Dev Channel

10 had hit the Canary build roughly 10 days earlier and it is now available in the Dev channel too. The Dev channel has been updated to 10.0.612.1 for Mac, Windows and Linux.

Google Chrome 10 for dev now includes the updated V8 engine which has Crankshaft and is almost twice as fast than the Chrome 9. Chrome 10 also includes an updated WebKit engine and a Google Cloud Print sign-in interface which is available for Windows right now.

There are several other features which have been introduced into this build which I had previously reported for the Canary build. Right now the update server on Google is acting up so you should receive the Google Chrome 10 update in next few hours or so.

Comment Save Saves Your Comments History In Chrome

I visit hundreds of sites everyday and comment on quite a few of them. In addition to that I also comment on lot on my friends posts on . Commenting is fun, but there are times when I want to refer to a conversation or follow-up on whether it has got any reply or not. I could of course bookmark the post and go back to it later.

Save Comments Chrome

Now, what if you had a service which keeps track of all the comments you make across the internet (at-least some part of it) and displays it to you whenever you want? Impossible? No. Thanks to a new Chrome called Comment Save, which basically saves all the comments you make on Facebook, WordPress sites, Gawker sites, Forums, Yahoo! Answers and news sites like CNN, New York Times and Guardian amongst others.

I gave the extension a run on and it works as advertised. It also provides you with a full-page view of all the comments you have made and an option to delete all or selected comments from the history.

Download Comment Save extension

Techie Buzz Verdict

Techie Buzz Recommended Download

Overall I found this extension to be pretty neat way to track conversations on the web from a centralized location. However, I would like to see a cloud-implementation for the storage so that I can have access to my comments across multiple computers.

Nevertheless, this extension provides a good and secure way to keep track of your conversations and is a highly recommended download from me. Go ahead and give it a try.

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Surf the Web with Chrome and Google Will Donate To Charities on Your Behalf, No Kidding

We have all received those silly email and SMS forwards promising that some rich guy (often Bill Gates) or big corporation (Google, Facebook, Yahoo etc.) will donate towards a noble cause if you just pass the message along to everyone in your contact list. Most of us knew better. However, Google is now actually doing something as unbelievable.

Google-Chrome-Causes

All you have to do is install Google Chrome, install the “Chrome for a Cause” extension, and surf the web. For every tab that you open, Google will donate to one of the five chosen charities. Here’s what your tabs are worth:

  • 10 tabs = 1 tree planted
  • 10 tabs = 1 book published and donated
  • 25 tabs = 1 vaccination treatment provided
  • 100 tabs = 1 square foot of shelter built
  • 200 tabs = 1 person’s clean water for a year

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This is a win-win situation for Chrome users, and might even get a few people to jump ship. This scheme will be valid only from December 15 to 19. So go ahead and make the world a better place with Chrome.