Google Chrome

Google Chrome
Google Chrome

Whenever Google comes up with something new, it grabs the headlines, but surprisingly, when a product of this magnitude and importance, a “Google” web browser is being launched, I didn’t even know about it before a day of its launch. Now I’m a regular net user and Chrome’s launch couldn’t have escaped my eyes, but maybe Google didnt publicise it much or I didn’t really pay attention. Whatever the case, the Google browser is here and its a typical Google product.

Google Chrome is “very” minimalistic and simple, its free and an open source software. Has the regular browser features like Tabbed Browsing, bookmarks, but all you see on the browser is the address bar and a tab, it doesn’t even have a status bar or a menu bar, although you do see the URL of a link when you hover your mouse over it in the area where the status bar usually is. The browser options are very limited and you can’t play around with so many settings which the other browsers provide you. The address bar also lets you do a web search and access web history right from the address bar. While opening a new tab it lets you choose among the most visited websites displayed in a thumbnail grid similar to that of IE 7, Opera. If you close any tab and open a new tab, it displays the list of recently closed tabs right next to the most visited thumbnail grid. Then there is a Incognito mode, which is more like a browser without leaving a trace, whatever you browse isn’t added in the web history, and wont even leave the cookies behind. Useful if its on a public computer or office networks where you don’t wanna leave a trace behind. The download manager is pretty much like Firefox with Download Statusbar installed, although it doesn’t show the download speed, or the progress in percentage. It sites neatly in the bottom of the browser window.

Download in Chrome
Download in Chrome

My browsing experience was pretty good with Chrome, with web pages loading very quickly and efficiently. The memory consumption is pretty much like what IE 7 consumes. So in short it looks promising but a great deal of work needs to be done on the browser. I for now will still use Mozilla Firefox as I’m so used to it that without some of the addons which I use in Firefox, I can’t enjoy my browsing experience. I’m sure Google will be adding the addons functionality, although I read at Wikipedia that it doesn’t support the *.xpi extension architecture which Firefox uses, so I’m not quite sure if Google can manage that level of addon functionality, so till then I guess I’ll be using Mozilla Firefox.

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Winamp 5.5: 10th Anniversary Edition

Winamp Main Window

I casually went to www.winamp.com to look for a lyrics plugin but to my surprise there was this new version of Winamp, which surprisingly the inbuilt update feature didn’t notify me about. Anyways the screen shot of the player grabbed my attention in an instant. It looks great, really. Its a “10th Anniversary Edition” with the version Winamp 5.5.

Winamp Media Library

It was released on October 10, 2007, I got it last night. A 8.21 MB download for the basic free version, which is what you need actually. There are two more bundles, one with an additional video and other the paid “Pro” version which I don’t need thank you very much. Anyways I downloaded it last night and installed it. The installer has also been changed a bit, its now a 3 point installation. It also comes with a new skin now, dubbed “Bento”, which looks great in the default black. A “Completely Redesigned Interface”, it has now a better font and stuff for the media library and has bigger height by default, good thing, although the playlist is now a bit too small a window, you can ofcourse change that. Moving back to the media library, it now has a album art view, those who don’t know what it is, album art means the cover of the album. So if your music file has an album cover in it, it will show on the player, and also on the song notification if u turn it on. It even lets u update album art and media information for the file, didn’t try it out much, as I tried it on only one file which didn’t get updated.

Anyways, its a great rework and my favorite audio player just got better.

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