“On March 31st, we’re shutting down Carousel as a standalone app and returning to a single Dropbox photo experience. Carousel has always been a way to view and interact with photos stored in Dropbox. All the photos in your Carousel timeline will remain safe in your Dropbox where they’ve always been”
Free and Legal Method for Acquiring a Reliable USA IP Address For Testing and Surfing While Outside the USA.
Q. You’re located outside the USA and need to test what your website looks like to your USA visitors. What’s the easiest way to accomplish this for free an without pesky and unstable ip cloaks and expensive ip proxy address forwarders.
A. If you have a server already located in the USA, all you need to do is to connect via SSH to your server with a port tunnel and then configure your browser to access all non local internet connections through that port.
As we reported last week, Monta Vista has devised a way to boot Linux in 1 second. Dell and others are working on a joint-project “Instant-On” which will boot their laptops in one second using Linux OS. Dell Latitude ON is already available with Instant-On to bypass Windows and give users instant access to Email and other important apps.
Google has stated on its blog that it aims to give users easy and quick access to the tools they need – e.g. internet browsing and email, from its new Chrome OS. Could Instant-On developers, such as DeviceXM and Phoenix Technologies be working with Google now to include their technologies in the new OS?
Clearly Google has a great opportunity here to catapult the Linux OS into the forefront as a real contender for favorite OS. Microsoft’s advantage as the default OS shipped with laptops and netbooks can be challenged if Dell, HP, and others continue to give more attention to Instant-On technology coupled with the Linux OS. If the Google marketing muscle can wrestle away a portion of the laptop segment to their new Chrome OS, 2010 could be a watershed year for PC users.
Google recently announced their intentions for launching Google Chrome OS (Operating System). According to their blog release, the Google Chrome Operating System will first be targetted at Netbook users. Google plans to release their code to Open Source later this year, and make it available commericially in 2010.
On their official blog, Google asks for help from the open source community to accomplish their vision for a lightweight and easy to use Operating System that does not ‘get in the way’ of users.
Pundits will debate the significance of this ambitious release and its timing to coincide with Microsoft’s new Windows 7 OS. As the established Search Engine leader, Google in recent years has competed for the desktop user on many other fronts.
Google Talk was released in 2005 as an instant messenger client and was tightly integrated with their email service GMail. According to Comscore reports, Google Talk is still in distant 4th place behind MSN Messenger, Yahoo, and AOL-AIM.
Their Gmail service, although widely regarded as a superior online email tool, is in 3rd place in usage behind Microsoft’s Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail.
Google’s internet browser, Google Chrome, sits in 4th place with a meager 1.8% market share behind the venerable Microsoft Internet Explorer (65%), Firefox (22%), and Apple’s Safari (8%). Browser Statistics Source
Google Chrome OS – Starting on the right foot?
What we do know about the Chrome OS is that it will be based on the Linux Kernel, and that the user interface will be minimal, coinciding with the Google Chrome Browser. Google will be working with many OEM’s to integrate their netbooks with the new OS.
Google vs. Microsoft or vs. the Linux Community?
Most of the media have concentrated on the impact Google Chrome OS may have on the ever-present Microsoft Windows. Depending on deals made between Google and major PC manufacturers, we may see new laptops in 2010 being offered with Chrome OS pre-installed instead of Windows.
In a down economy, users may be looking for ways to save money and the Google OS, to be offered free, will ostensibly save on the licensing costs for Windows. However, as the numbers above indicate, Google does not have a great track record in wooing mass-market PC users to their non-search engine products.
I think that in the months after the first release of Chrome OS, the first users most likely to give it a try will come from the Linux community. Microsoft is still very entrenched as the default OS. As far as the Linux community is concerned, even with the plethora of new versions and flavors of Linux being released on a monthly-basis, the competition has served to fortify the community as a whole.
Google’s Chrome OS may finally bring Linux to the forefront as a mainstream viable alternative to Microsoft. It may not cut away at Microsoft’s stranglehold, but the Linux community will thrive. If that happens, the biggest winners in this effort will be Linux users.
The Browser With More
Firefox is a good internet browser. It’s the first real example of open source taking on the establishment, and winning. The real power in Firefox is the plethora of add-ons and tools that have been written by the open source community.
There are literally hundreds (by now, thousands) of add-ons, plugins, extensions, and other third-party tools available for you to install to your Firefox browser. Some of them do really nifty things, and others are duds. To sift through all of them would take many weeks.
We present here the best and most-useful of the Firefox add-ons available today. If you install them, we guarantee you will get more from your Internet experience than ever before.
1. Down Them All – This is an incredibly useful tool. http://www.downthemall.net/ The developer’s website claims they’ve had 9 million downloads. There would be ten times more users if they knew how handy this tool is. DownThemAll lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage. You can even use regular expression and simple filters to fine-tune and get only the files you want. It also features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400%. Get it!
2. Web Developer – http://chrispederick.com/work/web-developer/
The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools. It works on Windows, Linux, and Mac too. This is an indispensable tool for a web developer. If you are programming on the web, you must have this add-on.
3. Stumble Upon – http://www.stumbleupon.com/ finds you new websites and articles that match your browsing history and interests. The other exciting feature of this toolbar is that you can link other Stumble Upon users to your own website or blog content and attract visitors to your website for free. This is a great SEO tool (see my article on this topic).
4. Media Converter – http://www.mediaconverter.org/ This utility allows you to seamlessly download video content from video websites like Youtube, Veoh, Metacafe, DailyMotion, and others, and then automatically converts to your mobile player’s required format.
5. Foxy Tunes – http://www.foxytunes.com/ This totally cool add-on lets you control your media player from inside the Firefox browser. You also have lyrics, videos, and band bios within your fingertips.
6. Ad-Block Plus – http://adblockplus.org/ The major anti-virus software already have ad blocking modules, but in case you don’t have Norton or Kaspersky installed, this extension does a good job of keeping the advertisers away from your surfing-weary eyes.
7. CoolIris http://www.cooliris.com/ Not very practical, but oh so cool. Essentially a 3D presentation of the web, including photo websites, video sites, etc… You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to the future. Also gives a 3D view of shopping, such as Amazon and iTunes. It’s the heaviest of the add-ons, with the download weighing in at nearly 5 MB. This is one tool you will want to try.
8. Tab Mix Plus – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1122 Makes your tab experience like nothing before. You can add, duplicate, reload, protect, and lock tabs. It also keeps tabs (no pun intended) on your closed tabslist.
Alexa (Sparky) – Alexa is the premier website ranking tool. If you want or need to know where each website you visit stacks up with regards to traffic and visitors by country, this is the toolbar to get.
Digg – Another great SEO building tool – If you are looking for a quick way to publish your content to the world in a SEO-friendly way, this is a great tool to use. Other than that, it’s good for saving bookmarks. There are a bunch of other tools out there that do the same.
Webmail Notifier – Checks your online email accounts, such as Hotmail, Yahoo, and Google, and let’s you know when new emails arrive.
FoxyProxy – This tool is geared to advanced users who want to hide, secure, or change their web identity. It is an advanced proxy management tool that completely replaces Firefox’s limited proxying capabilities.
Here’s the Firefox Add-ons Homepage in case you have a couple weeks to sift through the thousands of other extensions.