Posts Tagged ‘Google Chrome’

How to set a program to always run as administrator in Windows 7:

Right-click on the target program’s shortcut icon. For programs pinned to the taskbar, you’ll have to right-click on the icon, and then do another right-click on the program’s name, the one just above the “Unpin this program from taskbar” menu item at the bottom.

Choose Properties.

The Properties dialog appears, with the Shortcut tab in focus. Click on the “Advanced…” button.

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Another dialog box will appear. Just tick the box for “Run as administrator,” click OK twice, and you’re ready to go.

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You can also use the Compatibility tab to accomplish this. On the same Properties dialog, switch to the Compatibility tab, and put a tick on “Run this program as an administrator” under the “Privilege Level.” Click OK and you’re all set.

You’ll still be prompted with the UAC if you have it enabled, and you should. Finally, only do this if you trust the program.

 

How to set Google Chrome to always give you search results in English:

Google Chrome is a fast browser. Of all the browsers currently available for the Windows platform, nothing can touch Chrome’s speed. But it gets a little long in the tooth when you put in search words in the omnibox and Google insists they know better than you and serve up results in your very own language.

You can always go to www.google.com/ncr but typing in the search engine’s address to go there sort of defeats the objective for the omnibox in the first place.

Instead, you can go directly to your browser’s search engines settings. Open up the Options page by clicking on the  wrench icon on the upper right, then click Options. Go to Basics, then scroll down to Search section. Click on the button that says “Manage search engines…”

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Add a new entry under “Other search engines.” You can use any description for the first field; use google.com for the second; and finally, and this is important, use http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%s for the third field. Press enter to add the entry. Now hover your mouse to your newly-created entry and you’ll see the words “Make default” at the far right. Click on it to make it official.

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A few years ago, you cannot use Microsoft and quality software in the same sentence. XP had its problem, and vulnerabilities still haunt this legacy OS even to this day. Vista was a train wreck. It was half-baked, and with very limited driver support on its early years, it managed to alienate MS’ customers to the point that enterprises held back on upgrading. Not even the release of a stable version via Service Pack coupled with mature drivers could save the image of Vista.

But starting with its latest OS, Microsoft seemed to have had their heads in the right place for once. Windows 7, leveraging on the technology started with Vista, is a mature operating system. Even at its public beta stage, user feedback had been positive.

But there’s one arena that Microsoft still failed even with the release of Windows 7. The Web. MS released IE8 in time for Windows 7. Although a huge improvement over IE6 and IE7, it still falls short compared to modern browsers.

Mozilla Firefox gained grounds over the browser market share in the XP and Vista era. Back in the day, the only competing browser is Netscape’s Navigator. With IE bundled on Windows, it eventually won over Navigator. Having dominated the world of browsers, Microsoft has gotten lazy and did not innovate – for a very long time. Then along came Firefox. It’s early versions were fast, lean and feature-rich. Slowly, it took away from IE’s market share.

Still Microsoft did not update its browser, not until Vista came out. Then we had IE7.

Meanwhile, even Firefox, the once lean mean machine of a browser, was becoming bloated and slower with each new release. It was still faster by a long way compared to any IE, but the sluggishness is becoming apparent. A new player was overdue.

In comes Google with its Chrome browser. From its initial release two years ago, Chrome has come a long way, earning Google the third spot in global browser usage. Its minimalist approach seems to be working as it’s still gaining, slowly but surely.

With Chrome gaining popularity, Microsoft and Mozilla scramble to catch up with performance. Firefox 4, like IE9, is in beta. Both are following suit with the minimalist approach and offer one thing Chrome doesn’t. The ability to take advantage of the GPU in rendering pages.

IE9 beta was released on September 15 for public testing. Prior to its release, Preview versions have been regularly released to demonstrate the improvement Microsoft has made on the core engine of its browser. The previews saw a steady improvement in performance and adherence to web standards, both areas where MS has drawn flak over the years.

IE9 Preview

As seen on the left, Microsoft has taken on the minimalist approach, doing away with the menu altogether and consolidating other items in three icons to the right. The address bar, as with Google Chrome, now also serves as a search box. Tabs are on the same row as the address bar. This makes it tricky, as there is little screen real-estate for tabs and the address bar to share and could prove to be a problem if you have a lot of tabs open.

IE9 Beta has a lot of UI features that take advantage of the technology in Windows 7 – Aero glass, Aero peek, jump lists, and exclusive to IE9 on Windows 7, the ability to pin individual websites on the taskbar, as if they are individual apps.

The classic Command bar, Favorites, and the Status bar can be displayed if the user so chooses.

Because this version of IE uses a technology not in XP, namely the Direct2D API, it will only be available to Vista and later OSs.

Performance-wise, the beta boasts a significant boost in speed. Launching web pages is at par with what you would expect from a modern browser. The new page-rendering technology seems to be a huge factor. Although it still doesn’t touch the speed the Chrome currently offers, based on early tests, it does prove that Microsoft can do things right. It may even have a lead over Firefox 4!

To learn more about IE9 Beta, visit http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/.