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My Google Chrome Extensions

ChromeA loyal Firefox user since before the thing was called Firefox, I switched to Google Chrome in February. You might have read about it. A month later, I was back to Firefox.

About a month ago, I quietly switched back to Chrome. Now that the Chrome extensions are as good, if not better than Firefox's, it's tough to ignore Chrome's speed advantage. It's just faster.

Here are the Chrome extensions I currently have enabled, listed in alphabetical order. I don't know if you care, but I'm always curious what extensions others are enjoying.

  1. AdBlock
  2. Are You Watching This?! Sports
  3. bit.ly | a simple URL shortener
  4. Copy Without Formatting
  5. Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google)
  6. Flickr Upload
  7. Forecastfox Weather
  8. Google Calendar Checker (by Google)
  9. Google Mail Checker Plus
  10. Google News
  11. Google Reader Checker
  12. Google reader RSS Subscriber
  13. Handy Google Shortcuts
  14. IE Tab Classic
  15. Meebo Cleaner
  16. Meebo Notifier
  17. Pendule
  18. Power Twitter for Chrome
  19. Screen Capture (by Google)
  20. Twitter Search Results on Google

If you recommend any Chrome extensions I'm not using, please let me know in the comments.

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Want a Taste of HTML5?

mouseIf you've got Google Chrome, you can get a pretty cool taste of HTML5 right now thanks to a cool partnership between Arcade Fire and Google.

Google took Arcade Fire's "We Used To Wait" and let director Chris Milk do this thing, and by harnessing the power of HTML5 they've created a wicked little experience they call The Wilderness Downtown.

Make sure you enter the address of the home you grew up in when prompted. It really makes this video.

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Wave's Bloody Seductive Premise Crushed by Complexity

google waveGoogle has stopped developing Google Wave. Quite simply, not enough people were using Google Wave.

I began beta testing Google Wave last October, and sincerely wanted to like it. One month later, I foresaw this day.

I want to love Google Wave, because it's a bloody seductive premise, but it's just not intuitive enough for mass appeal. I'm one of those bleeding edge guys when it comes to web apps and I have a very hard time wrapping my feeble brain around Google Wave's advantage. I can't tell you how many folks I've been waving with who just throw up their arms and exclaim "I don't get it!". It's so hard to figure out, and life is so short...

As recently as this past weekend I logged back into Google Wave to see if maybe a light would go on and I'd see how I could actually use it to make my life better. Again, I left puzzled, wondering who was using Wave.

Google Wave was too smart for its own good. Bloody seductive, but crushed by complexity.

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A True Crackberry

phoneI left my Blackberry in its case on our team's bench the other night during softball. An opposing player hit a foul ball that landed right on my poor Curve.

The result is a true crackberry. The Blackberry is still fully functional, but you'll see the glass screen has been totalled.

crackberry 002

crackberry 007

I understand the warranty, which has long expired, doesn't cover such things. Before I drop by a Rogers store to hear what they have to say, does anyone know if they have to replace this phone or can I just get a new screen?

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Unplugging the VCR

tvThis past weekend, I did something that most of you likely did a long time ago. I unplugged our VCR.

This VCR has been hooked up for 14 years. Today, in an age of PVRs and DVDs, it simply collects dust. We haven't used the VCR in over a year, so it's been relegated to storage.

Do you still have your VCR hooked up?

VCR

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No Error Occurred Error Message

Question MarkMy text editor of choice is Dreamweaver. I write all my CSS, HTML, JavaScript, PHP and XML in Dreamweaver, but only the "Code" tab. I refuse to use the "Design" tab.

Dreamweaver just served me up a rather interesting error message. This error message, it seems, is to alert me there is no error.

error

Thanks, Dreamweaver!

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Why I Love Gmail

googleI was just sending an email from my Gmail account when Gmail prompted me to ask me if I meant to attach a file. Gmail did this because I wrote "I am including" in the body of the email and failed to attach anything.

gmail

Just another reason why I love Gmail.

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3.5 Inch Floppy Disks, Rest in Peace

3.5 inchSony has decided to stop making 3.5-inch floppy disks. That's it, put a fork in this format, it's done.

Of course, the 3.5 inch floppy has been dead for quite some time. When was the last time you used one?

Last year, while cleaning my basement, I came across some old 3.5 inch floppies. There was a time floppy disks held my entire digital photo collection and was the primary way to get Word and Excel docs from A to Z.

The floppy disk may be dead, but it's still the de facto save icon.

Floppy Disks

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Epic Onestop Found at C:\Windows\Media\onestop.mid

mouseThere's a MIDI sequence sound file on your Windows pc that you probably don't know exists. It's called onestop.mid and you'll find it at C:\Windows\Media\.

Onestop was composed by David Yackley and it's been found in Windows since XP, possibly earlier.

dontquestion

If you're on a Mac or running Linux, you can listen to Onestop here:


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Size Matters

googleGmail gives you a lot of space for free, but I just hit the wall for the second time. The first time I hit 99% capacity, I managed to free up a GB of space with a selective deletion campaign.

A couple of days ago, here's what I was seeing in Gmail.

gmail

After forking over a whopping $5 to Google, here's what I'm seeing today.

gmail

I think it's worth it.

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