Google’s Chrome Web Browser

September 5, 2008

Wow. Web Browsers are popular this week! Anyway this review is about Google’s new beta Web Browser

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 Chrome. My review stared 10 out of 10, it was an amazing experience! I think that the simplicity for basic users will come in handy ALOT and although in its beta stages, it is exteremly stable. Below is a pic of the web browser. If you want to try it for yourself go here: http://www.google.com/chrome

 

 

Google Chrome Web browser

Google Chrome Web browser

 

 

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AT&T’s Pogo Browser

September 5, 2008

 

 

Pogo Browser

Pogo Browser

 

 

 

AT&T opened up invite only beta of its Pogo browser, the code is based on Firefox 2 and Vizible. Pogo actually looks good and has some nice features but it is slow.

It demands lot of memory and has high hardware requirements, for installing you need atleast 766MB RAM, 1024×768 screen resolution, 128MB VRAM. If you don’t meet these requirements just don’t install it, it won’t run properly.

While the UI is impressive, the speed is terrible and keeps on eating system memory.

Some cool features of Pogo are visual history, visual bookmark manager, springboard, and pogodock. Visual history makes it easy to get look at your browsing history, pogo grabs images for all the websites you visited and displays as 3D visualization. Bookmarkmanager shows thumbnails of all your pages in a visually appealing 3D style. Adding, categorizing and editing of bookmarks is easy and appears in 3D style. You can tag your bookmarks for easy access later. Pogodock is like a tabbed navigation of Firefox but in style, you can add web pages to pogodock and then quickly switch between them same like tabs. This is quite interesting it shows thumbnails of all the pages you opened so you know where to go in those tabs like dock. With Springboard you can set webpages as home pages, see your favorite websites or most frequently accessed sites.

Overall it looks like a promising browser, unless they improve memory usage i am not going to touch it any time soon. Currently it only supports windows Xp SP2 or Vista. Thanks webware for the invite.

Thanks for this information by Technology Bites Blog

Top Docks for Windows

July 27, 2008

Ever since that fateful day that Apple came out with the Dock for Mac OS X 10.0 we tech junkies got psyched. Many people have had time to come up with docks for Windows and I want to take the time to tell you my top 5 Docks for Windows.

 

1. ObjectDock

 

Website: www.objectdock.com

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ObjectDock is Stardock’s approach to bringing the Mac OS X dock to Windows, and they did an excellent job. ObjectDock can be loaded with plugins, themes, and more. An easy to use control panel and settings help the average user navigate with ease. ObjectDock comes in free and plus versions.

 

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2. RocketDock

Website: www.rocketdock.com

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interfaceto drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock. Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.

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3. RK Launcher

Website: http://home.cogeco.ca/~rklauncher/

RK Launcher is a free application that will allow the user to have a visually pleasing bar at the side of the screen that is used to quickly launch shortcuts. With support for themes, PNG’s and ICO’s and with smooth amazing animations, RK Launcher is a versatile and great taskbar replacement. 

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4. Y’z Dock

Website: www.oxyx.oxygen-inc.com

Y’z Dock is a program launcher like the dock in Mac OS X. This application is currently in beta, so please send all reports to the author. In order to add icons, drag and drop a file (.exe, shortcut, etc.) straight from Explorer to the dock area. In order to delete an icon, drag and drop the icon out of dock. Place the PNG images for your icons in the icons folder.

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Those are my top docks! Thanks for Reading and please comment!

 

Edit: There is one more that I am sure you other people have already found.

Orbit

Website: http://www.ecocardio.com.br/orbit/

This dock is designed completely different. Instead of the straight bar that you are used to, it is a circular dock. When activated it will appear around your cursor. It can minimize, maximize, and anyother option that you could do with a normal dock.

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Windows Designs

July 24, 2008

Since this is a tech blog well… I thought that I would so some Windows Themes. This is my first one so its open to critisism. It kinda looks like Windows Vista. However this OS is XP. Here it is.

Mozilla’s Prism

July 24, 2008

In the later post about Safari 4 being able to save pages as web apps (for those of you who don’t know what webapps are go here.), I did a little research to see if this feature was available on Windows or a plugin of some sort. Eventually I found Prism. My first go wasn’t so good. However one I got ri of it and then reinstalled it, it worked like a charm. However this program is heavily under construction so if you use it, use it at your own risk.

Apple did it again, only this time with mobileme. While I was looking at my preferences in the Control Panel I spotted this. Microsoft doesn’t need this after the Vista disaster, I guess it turns out, you put a Apple product on a PC and your PC is now an advertisement. 😉

Apple Inc. is fed up with a small Florida-based firm that has been selling its own brand of computers running hacked versions of the Mac OS X operating system and has finally slapped the company with a lawsuit.
The Mac maker filed a formal complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on July 3rd, just one day after Psystar began distributing a modified version of the Mac OS X 10.5.4 Leopard update to customers who had previously purchased one of its unauthorized Mac systems. 

While details of the suit are unclear at this time, AppleInsider has learned that Apple and its counsel at Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP filed the suit on grounds of copyright infringement.

In April, Psystar made headlines when it announced a $400 desktop dubbed OpenMac (later renamed Open Computer) which was described as “a low-cost high-performance computing platform” based on the ongoing OSX86Project — a hacker-based initiative aimed at maintaining a version of the Mac OS X operating system for everyday PCs.
A representative for the company, identified only as Robert, would later go on record and challenge Apple to bring formal charges against his firm, arguing that the Mac OS X end-user license agreement, which prohibits third-party installations of Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware, stands in violation of antitrust laws. 

“What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?,” he said. “What if Honda said that, after you buy their car, you could only drive it on the roads they said you could?”

With Apple remaining largely silent on the matter, Psystar last month continued to taunt the Mac maker by aggressively staking its claim as the lone company outside of Apple selling Mac OS X systems, unveiling a pair of Xserve-like rackmount computers unofficially based on Mac OS X Leopard Server. 
As part of its unauthorized Mac clone business, Psystar has promised to provide customers with altered versions of Mac OS X system updates for its Open Computing products shortly after Apple releases official versions for its own systems.

 

Sources for Post: AppleInsider