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Google Chrome now available for Mac and Linux

Google_Mac_Icon Great news for Mac & Linux users. Google Chrome can now be downloaded to be used on Mac & Linux systems.

This is basically a Developer version and Google recommends NOT TO DOWNLOAD, unless, you are a developer, as the browser can crash.

Google Chrome for Windows has been in use for a while now.
If you are looking to install Chrome on a USB stick, check out Portable Google Chrome.

Download Link for Mac
System Requirements: Requires Intel CPU and Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later

Download Links for 32-bit and 64-bit Linux
System Requirements: Requires 32 or 64 bit Ubuntu 8.04 or later, or 32 bit Debian 5

Screenshot of Google Chrome for Mac OSX

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Screenshot of Google Chrome for Linux

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A Beta version of Google Chrome for Mac & Linux users is coming shortly ..

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June 11, 2009 Posted by | Browser, Google, Internet, Linux, Mac, OpenSource, Portable, Software, Technology, Windows | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Make your Windows look like Mac OSX

Did you ever wish you had a Mac, just because the way it looked? Forget about skinning Vista to look like Windows 7, instead get the Big Daddy of Looks – Mac OSX! No I’m not suggesting junking your Windows box, keep it, but make it look like Mac OSX.

DExposE2

This freeware Windows-only app is a clone of Mac OS X’s Expose for XP and Vista. So what’s so special about this when other Expose clones have done the same? Other than Expose, you get interactive previews, hot corners, multi-monitor support and more. The best part is DExposE2 comes in both portable and installable flavors, so you can check it out with a quick download and installation is not necessary.

Download Page (Both Installable & Portable)
DExposE2 User Reviews
Forum Page

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December 23, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Microsoft, Portable, Software, Technology | , , , | 5 Comments

OpenOffice – A free alternative to Microsoft Office

OpenOffice.org (See what Wikipedia says)is an Open Source, community-developed, multiplatform office-productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites.

Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including Microsoft’s. Localizations of OpenOffice.org are available in 27 languages with more being constantly added by the community.

OpenOffice.org runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Additional ports, such as for FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion.

Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL Open Source licenses, OpenOffice.org allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source.

And, because the file format for OpenOffice.org is in XML, interoperability is easy, making future development and adoption more certain.

OpenOffice Components
Writer – Equivalent to Microsoft Word
Calc – Equivalent to Microsoft Excel
Impress – Equivalent to Microsoft Powerpoint
Base – Equivalent to Microsoft Access
Draw – Equivalent to CoralDraw
Math – Equivalent to Microsoft Equation Editor

System Requirements for OpenOffice.org for Microsoft Windows
* Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista (enhanced Vista integration from version 2.2)
* 128 Mbytes RAM (I would recommend 512 MB)
* At least 800 Mbytes available disk space for a default install (including a JRE) via download. After installation and deletion of temporary installation files, OpenOffice.org will use approximately 440 Mbytes disk space.
* 800 x 600 or higher resolution with at least 256 colours
* Java runtime environment 1.4.0_02 / 1.4.1_01 or newer

Download versions

Stable version available is OpenOffice.org 2.4 –
Download links: Full InstallPortable version
The release candidate 2 of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now ready for testing –
Download Links: Full InstallPortable version

But, will Microsoft Office users be able to open OpenOffice Documents? Answer is YES!
There are OpenOffice plugins available which, after installed will enable Microsoft Office users to open documents created in OpenOffice.
ODF-Convertor : These free add-ins for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint enable those apps to open and save their ODF counterparts (which typically have .ODT, .ODS, and .ODP extensions, respectively). They’re compatible with Office XP, 2003, and 2007.
ODF Plugin from Sun : Read and write ODF files in Microsoft Office.

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September 24, 2008 Posted by | Microsoft, OpenSource, Technology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Surprise! Here Comes Google Browser – Chrome

In an unexpected announcement, Google has launched Chrome – it’s very own browser. A direct take on the likes of the Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera, this new announcement is bound to intensify the already red-hot browser war. While it was rumored that Google was working on a project like this, no one expected a release anytime in the near future. However, it is now clear that Google did spend a substantial amount of time and resources to develop this. And what’s more? Google roped in two engineers working on Firefox as well to help them make the Chrome!

An open source browser, the Chrome is all set to be released later today in over 100 countries! It is interesting to note how the chain of events started off. A cartoon strip was sent by Google to the owners of Google Blogoscoped – which described the features of “an upcoming” browser from Google. Barely hours after the details were posted, Google made the announcement official with a blog post on the Google blog.

Apart from being Open source, the Chrome as expected, would be based on the existing Webkit rendering engine and will support tabbed browsing. For starters, Webkit is used by Safari and will power the upcoming Android platform as well.

Here is a run down of the features that the Chrome is likely to sport. In any case, by the end of the day we should have all the details we need. Here they go.

Tabs
Just when you thought tabbed browsing could not become any better – or could add more features, Google comes up with this. The Chrome, unlike other browsers comes with a task manager of its own to check which sites eat up more memory. All of the sites open at a time can be monitored individually. What this means is that in case one of sites in the tabs decides not to respond, you will find the option to close that tab using the task manager and eventually prevent the whole browser from crashing. This is good news especially for those who hate to see the “Restore Session” button 10 times a day. That said, the placement of the tabs too has changed – with Chrome, the tabs would be seen at the top of the Window and not at the usual place. Though they did not choose to go radical on the lines of the Avant browser which gives you the option to place tabs at the bottom of the page.

JavaScript
Chrome comes with support for JavaScript engine V8, which again is an open source initiative to boost JavaScript heavy applications. Although we will need to wait till we can comment on the actual boost in performance, it does sound promising. On a different note, the new V8 engine (we’re not talking about cars here!) would be available for other browsers as well – thanks to its open source ancestry.

Address Bar
Nothing special in here- apart from Google’s auto-complete feature called the Omnibox. Omnibox reportedly will offer a multitude of unobtrusive suggestions, which may include sites you had visited in the past, popular sites and displays the search engine of your choice as well. Another feature is its ability to detect what site-specific search engines you had used. For example, if you used the Techtree search for finding a specific topic, you can simply type in “T” followed by your keywords.

Speed Dial: The Google way!
A speed dial like start-up is also available where you can see your most visited websites. The 9-screen layout is similar to Opera’s speed dial. On the sides, you will also see options and quick links to recently added bookmarks and recently closed tabs.

Incognito
Incognito is the Google term for the now famous “porn mode” which enables discreet browsing with no traces of your online activity – on that computer that is. Internet explorer calls it the Inprivate. Not much of a difference here – except that this is one feature that the other two biggies, Opera and Firefox chose to ignore.

Security
On the security front, the Chrome is supposedly said to update its database of rouge websites so that it can prevent you from exposing your computer to risks involved by visiting these sites. Additionally, since all tabs are sandboxed (a security mechanism for running programs safely) the risks involved are greatly minimized.

Well, that sums it up. This was just a brief preview into what could turn out to be one of the best alternative browsers out there. If you are the impatient type and want a quick peek, have a look at some screenshots from a video grab here. It remains to be seen if the web community accepts Chrome wholeheartedly -and just because it’s from Google, it need not necessarily be the best!
More Screen shots are available at TechCrunch.

Currently only available for Windows XP & Vista.
Download Google Chrome
Portable version: http://twurl.nl/swk4cl (Updated on Sept 5th,08)
Alternate Link for Portable version: http://twurl.nl/g31qwl (Updated on Sept 10th,08)
More links to Portable version:
Version 2.0.162.0: http://tinyurl.com/bwx7ke
Version 3.0.182.3: http://tinyurl.com/lzqgqn

No release available for Mac. But you can Sign up to get news about development for Mac.
Update on Mac & Linux users: Read here (Updated on June 11th, 2009)

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September 2, 2008 Posted by | Browser, Internet, OpenSource, Technology, Web 2.0 | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1 – Portable

Firefox-Portable

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that’s easy to use. It has lots of great features including popup-blocking, tabbed-browsing, integrated search, improved privacy features, automatic updating and more. Plus, thanks to the PortableApps.com launcher bundled in the Mozilla Firefox – Portable Edition, it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your favorite browser along with all your favorite bookmarks and extensions with you wherever you go.
Know more about Firefox

Download Firefox 3.0.1 for English (Portable) from SourceForge.net

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July 23, 2008 Posted by | Browser, Technology | , , , | Leave a comment