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December 24, 2010

Internet Explorer 6 Crash Simulator

Ever find yourself missing the good old days of Internet Explorer 6? No? Well, me neither; however, if you want a mild chuckle, I suggest visiting this Internet Explorer 6 crash simulator: Glad we don't have to deal with that anymore. If, by some chance, you are still using Internet Explorer 6, I highly suggest installing an updated version, or selecting any other major browser listed on this Wikipedia page.
December 23, 2010

Working with Tab Stacks in Opera 11

Long ago, Opera used to be my browser of choice. I eventually migrated to Firefox, and now Google Chrome. It was always obvious to me that some of Chrome's features were highly influenced by Opera. Since Opera 11 was recently released with an intriguing new feature called "tab stacking", I thought I'd go over how it works. Consider this scenario: I have five tabs open. Let's assume I was working on a research project that somehow involved Beluga whales, sharks, and trout.  At the same time, the two remaining tabs have both my webpage, and my blog loaded. The underwater project has nothing to do with my personal website or blog, so I will use tab stacking to merge those three related tabs into one.…
Tips & Tricks
December 13, 2010

Tab Management Shortcuts in Google Chrome

When I use a browser, I typically focus on using keyboard shortcuts, rather than the user interface. Since I've been using Google Chrome so often, I thought I would reveal the shortcuts that I've been using. Most of these shortcuts should work in other browsers as well, whether natively, or through the use of extensions. CTRL + T Opens a new tab in the current window. CTRL + SHIFT + T Opens the most recently closed tab. Chrome will actually remember the last ten tabs you closed, and work its way back in time with repeated keypresses. CTRL + W or CTRL + F4 Closes a tab in the current window. If you close the last remaining tab, the window will close as well. CTRL…
Tips & Tricks
November 26, 2010

Pinning Tabs in Google Chrome

Today, I discovered a feature in Google Chrome that had somehow eluded me to this date. If you right-click any tab, several contextual options will be listed. Most of these are fairly standard; however, one stands out from the rest. The "pin tab" option, once selected, will transform the current tab so that only the favicon is visible, not the text. This reduces the size of the tab, but also results in it being moved to the left-most side of the bar, as seen below: When you close Chrome, and re-open it, tabs who have been pinned will load automatically. While you could achieve a similar result by adding numerous websites to your home page list, the tab pinning approach seems better, to me.  I…
Tips & Tricks
May 9, 2010

Opera’s Quick Download Feature

There's a particular feature I've always liked in Opera. I've seen it implemented in slightly different ways within other browsers. Let's say I wanted to download my blog's sitemap.xml file, and I wanted to do this strictly from within the browser. When I visit the link: My browser doesn't download the file, it merely displays it. This happens because browsers know how to display XML, and they figure it makes more sense to show you the content - rather than initiate a download. The behavior is different with ".zip" files, for example. Browsers usually initiate a download when they are pointed to a URL that ends in ".zip". Downloading the physical XML is therefore slightly trickier. In Opera, I can just paste that exact…
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