The folks at Google and in-fact lots of other major companies have a knack for hiding Easter eggs within their products. We have covered several such Easter Eggs in the past.
However, we can across another Easter Egg in Google Chrome where users can teleport goats from the Task Manager. This is basically available on version 4.0.266.0 of the Linux version of Chrome.
I was unable to confirm this on a Windows 7 machine, however here are some screenshots from a Linux version of Google Chrome.
To experience the Easter egg, follow the steps given below.
Open Google Chrome and a few tabs
Press Shift+Esc to open the task manager
Right click on any process and click on “Goats Teleported”
Restart the browser and open the task manager again to see the number of Goats teleported for each tab.
This currently only works on Google Chrome for Linux, we are waiting to see if this Easter egg makes its way to Windows and Mac versions. Looks like Google was in a hurry to teleport the goats to the penguins first :-)
About a month or so ago, Google had released Chrome Beta versions for Mac and Linux. However, Chrome for Mac did not have support for Google Chrome extensions, well at-least officially. Mac Beta users could use extensions on Google Chrome through a small hack.
However, TechCrunch is reporting that the dev channel of Chrome for Mac (v4.0.288.1) has now officially got support for both extensions and Bookmark Sync.
To start using the Bookmark sync and extensions on Mac, you will have to switch to the dev channel, more information about that can be found here.
To download Chrome extensions you will have to visit this page.
Firefox users are blessed with some really awesome add-ons, while extensions for Google Chrome browser are still in the developing phase. Chrome extension developers are working hard and some great extensions are on the way.
Performing search using only the default search engine does not give satisfactory results every time, and to get more refined results we have to use many search engines for different kinds of content and websites. In Firefox, there are several utilities for this purpose! In Google Chrome browser, a new extension named QuickSearch brings the ability to perform searches on different sites quickly.
Features of QuickSearch are:
It’s button sits on the toolbar which loads a search box on clicking.
You can select any search engine / site by clicking its icon.
Many popular search engines and sites are provided by default.
Users can modify any available search engine to customize results according to their need.
You can also add new search engines and services easily.
Result pages are loaded into a new tab.
Though Chrome supports keyword based multi-search engine capabilities (Options > Basics > Default search> Manage) which enable users to search on different sites right from the omnibar, still, I would prefer this simple extension.
It isn’t always easy to find the best deals while shopping online. In fact most of us simply check the prices at two or three stores and make the final purchase, without even realising that shop X may be offering a special 20% Christmas discount on the same product.
Last year, we had featured a Firefox extension called FoxyPrices which automatically hunted down the prices for you. Unfortunately, FoxyPrices isn’t yet available for Google Chrome. InvisibleHand is a similar extension which works for Firefox as well as Chrome and supports US, UK and German stores.
InvisibleHand is an install and forget it kind of an extension. Whenever you start browsing a supported online store it will automatically jump into action and begin searching for better deals in the background. You will be notified when a better deal has been found. It also monitors Google searches and steps in if you are searching for a product.
I know little about economics and I certainly know anything about Adam Smith’s principle of the Invisible Hand. But, I love anything which can help me save money. And InvisibleHand does just that. Price comparison services are nice and useful. However, what makes InvisibleHand awesome is that it’s completely automated. Its also fairly well executed. It works mostly in the background and is intuitive and unobtrusive. Yes, it does get things wrong sometimes. For example, it isn’t able to differentiate between an iPhone and an iPhone case. But, most of the time it gets things right. InvisibleHand’s biggest strength is that it supports a large number of stores – 50+ US stores, 45+ UK stores and 15 German stores. InvisibleHand has already helped American users save more than 10 million dollars. Give it a try if you want a hassle free way to save money while shopping online.
One of the most popular features of Opera is the Speed Dial. It has been emulated by several other browser manufacturers including Chrome. Chrome displays thumbnails of the most frequently visited websites as well as a list of recently closed tabs in the new tab page.
There is no doubt that Chrome’s new tab page is extremely handy. However, it is also very rigid. There is very little about the new tab page, which you can change. Speed Dial extension for Chrome tries to make the new tab page more personal by giving you more control.
Speed Dial extension allows you to dress up the new tab page by using a custom background color or even a background image. You can also change the number of Speed Dial entries that are displayed. However, the biggest change is the way the Speed Dial entries are chosen. By default, Chrome fills in your Speed Dial slots using most frequently visited pages. However, once you install the Speed Dial extension you will be able to manually chose each entry.
Techie Buzz Verdict
The Speed Dial extension for Chrome basically takes Chrome’s new tab page and makes it behave like Opera’s. This is an early release, hence some features like ability to use local background image is missing. Using a remotely hosted image has its own disadvantages. I often ended up with partially loaded or missing background image. The other drawback is that, creating a Speed Dial shortcut takes a bit more effort than I would have liked. In order to add a page, you will have to browse to that page and then click on the Speed Dial icon (which is oddly similar to AVG’s logo) in the Omnibar.
Give Speed Dial extension for Google Chrome a try if you want more control over your new tab page.
The Better Gmail extension created by Gina Trapani is now available for Google Chrome. However, this extension is not created by Gina Trapani. In the past we had written about the Better Gmail userscripts for Chrome which was released by Lifehacker.
Better Gmail for Chrome is similar to the Better Gmail add-on for Firefox and adds attachment icons, rollover highlights for email, hides chat box and invite box, hides ads and sponsored links and the footer and fixes the width for Gmail.
The extension currently does not support options which is a much asked for feature in the comments for the extension. Hopefully the developer will add it soon.
If you’re using Google Chrome, then you need to learn this simple trick of adding keywords to make your search faster and simpler. By default, when you type a keyword in Chrome’s omnibar (address bar), it redirects you to Google Search with it’s respective results. Now, if you want to search for a pic on Flickr or want to search something on Twitter, you can use the same address bar to perform your search. It’s pretty neat and very useful. Saves most of your time :)
Here’s how you do it:
Right-click on the address bar and select Edit search settingsâ€¦
Click on Add and fill in the details and click OK.
Name: Name of the website.
Keyword: A unique keyword.
URL: The search URL (Don’t forget to add %s at the end of the URL)
It’s all setup now. Let’s put it to test. Let’s search for Techie-Buzz on Twitter. On the address bar, type the shortcut keyword (tw) followed by a space (else press Tab) and then enter your search term and press Enter. You’ll be redirected to Twitter.com with the the search results. Pretty simple! Isn’t it?
Here’s a huge collection of shortcut keywords along with their search URL prepared by Andrea Olivato. Check them out!
One thing I like about Linux and consoles in general is the ability to automatically copy selected text, this feature is missing out in Windows and all Internet browsers in general.
Auto Copy is a Google Chrome Extension which will automatically copy selected text in the browser to the clipboard. Once you install the Auto Copy extension in Google Chrome, the text you select will automatically be copied to the clipboard. This will save you some time as you don’t have to right click to copy text or use the Ctrl + C shortcut key.
Techie Buzz Verdict
Auto Copy is a excellent extension which will definitely save you a lot of time if you frequently copy content from webpages.
Google Chrome is now finally available for both Mac and Linux platforms. It has been a long time waiting, however the wait was well worth it. Both the Mac and Linux versions perform as well as expected.
Google Chrome Extensions are only available for Windows and Linux users right now, Mac users will have to wait a while before they can see extensions support in their version. Watch a video of the Mac version of Google Chrome below: