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A Chrome Extension that makes New Tabs Pretty Software & Sites 08 APR 2015

Google Chrome has kind of wormed itself into being my de facto web browser, and as such I spend a lot of time with it. In other words, I see that blank, expressionless white new tab screen a lot. A hell of a lot.

Which is exactly why I am so particularly enamored with Google’s recently released Chrome Extension entitled Google Art Project.

Developed by the Google Cultural Institute, the Google Art Project extension essentially puts fine art on every new tab that you open. This artwork is sourced from the collections of museums and galleries around the world, and apart just being given something pretty to look at, you might even be culturally uplifted in the process! ;)

google art project chrome extension

Needless to say, I find myself unable to stop clicking the new tab button at the moment!

(Not that this is the first such extension which Google has released before mind you. They also did something pretty similar – also worth checking out – using satellite images grabbed from the Google Maps service, called Earth View.)

Related Link: Google Art Project (Chrome Web Store)

Google Chrome: Keyboard Shortcut to Re-open last closed Tab Software & Sites 21 MAR 2013

google chrome internet browserI literally only discovered this awesome keyboard shortcut the other day, and seeing that this is the place I come to in order to write things down so that I don’t forget it, here I am.

Now we all know the wonderful Ctrl + T keyboard shortcut that opens up a new tab, and probably the slightly lesser know but just as useful shortcut of Ctrl + L which jumps the cursor to the address bar.

However, the one that I didn’t know about was Ctrl + Shift + T which automatically re-opens the last closed tab.

And do you know how many times I accidentally close a tab!!

Seriously useful shortcut and from what I understand, it works on both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Can’t comment on Internet Explorer because I haven’t owned a machine with that on for quite a while now…

CSS: How to Fill a Div with Gradient Background Color across most Browsers with CSS Programming 07 MAY 2012

Gradient colors are pretty awesome, pretty to look at and a nifty visual effect.

Unfortunately for us though, CSS standards when it comes to handling gradients was pretty lacklustre over the years, resulting in all the major browsers pretty much defining their own browser specific CSS rules to achieve gradient background colors.

The following is a CSS example indicating how to achieve a gradient color which will appear in just about all major browsers. Of course, the only way this works is by defining the browser specific CSS rules for pretty much every available browser rendering kit…

.gradientdiv {
background-color: #57ceaf;
background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(#5ec4e5), to(#50d97a));
background-image: -webkit-linear-gradient(top, #5ec4e5, #50d97a);
background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #5ec4e5, #50d97a);
background-image: -o-linear-gradient(top, #5ec4e5, #50d97a);
background-image: -ms-linear-gradient(top, #5ec4e5, #50d97a);
background-image: linear-gradient(top, #5ec4e5, #50d97a);
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(GradientType=0,StartColorStr='#5ec4e5', EndColorStr='#50d97a');
}

Nifty.

Keyboard Shortcut: How to Zoom in and out on a Web Page CodeUnit 15 JUL 2011

The ability to zoom in and out on web pages has actually been around for a while now, and is particularly useful on small screen devices like phones and tablets. Of course, it is of limited use on a big desktop monitor, but nevertheless, the ability is actually there – particularly useful if you have poor eyesight or really want to see that girl’s thighs up close.

A quick way to zoom in and out of a web page is to make use of the pretty standard keyboard shortcut adopted by most browsers, namely Control + or Control -.

Hitting the first combination of the control and plus keys zooms in on a page, while a control and a minus zooms out.

And now you know.

Firefox 4: How to Duplicate a Tab using a Keyboard Shortcut CodeUnit 06 JUN 2011

Here is a quick and easy keyboard shortcut to duplicate or clone the current open tab in Firefox 4.

Simply click on the address bar for focus (you’ll note that the address highlights) and then press Alt+Enter to open that same address in a new tab. Nifty.

Note that you can achieve a similar affect by holding down Ctrl and clicking on the browser Reload button (yes, yes, I know that this isn’t a keyboard shortcut). This is of course because the default action when holding down Ctrl and left-clicking on any URL embedded in a page is to open that URL in a new tab.

Direct Download for Lunascape 5’s Gecko Engine Software & Sites 05 DEC 2008

20081204_GeckoTypical. Just after I release a blog post exclaiming how cool this newly released triple engine browser could be, down goes part of their installer package, more importantly, the installer download scripts for the Gecko and WebKit rendering engines respectively. Of course, this leaves Lunascape 5 little more than a generic wraparound bit of code for Internet Explorer, thus stripping it of what made it cool and possibly a little desirable in the first place!

Anyhow, I’ve dug around a little and have discovered that at least I can fool the system in thinking that the Gecko rendering engine gets pulled down and installed correctly.

First step, go and grab the 12mb GeckoSetup312 installer from Lunascape’s download server at d2irui5ihhbzbs.cloudfront.net/dl/engines/gecko/en-us/GeckoSetup312.exe.

Then, copy this installer into the C:Program FilesLunascapeLunascape5extents folder after running the Lunascape 5 installer for the first time. Run it and it will do a silent install of the Gecko 3.12 engine.

And there you go. Now at least you have a dual engine browser for the time being! :)

Update. Ah, I see that since the time of writing this post and pushing it through proofreading, Lunascape’s download servers are finally working properly again, meaning that the installer should again install everything like it was intended to do in the first place.

Oh well, at least now you know where to look if you are seeking the Lunascape version of the Gecko rendering engine. Just don’t ask me about WebKit though – Couldn’t find that one just yet! :P

Related link: http://www.lunascape.tv/