Sunday, October 19, 2008

My new computer

Figured this would be a good place for me to talk about my new computer. For those that know me, know that I always like buying parts and building a computer from that. It's much cheaper and you only get the things that you want. Well I decided that this time I was going to spoil myself and purchase a Dell XPS, and just have someone else put it together for me. So here are just a few of the specs that I had put into the computer.

3GB of RAM
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
24" HD Widescreen LCD (monitor 1)
20" LCD (monitor 2)

just a quick run down

Plans as of right now is ordering the Adobe Design Suite CS3, and adding more HDD that I have laying around. Should ring in a little over 1TB when finished :)

Google Chrome

Ok so I've tested Google Chrome out, and I have to say I love it. Google gets yet another thumbs up from me. First look at Google Chrome I wasn't so sure. My first thoughts were, I have no menu.

Then I see some buttons on the upper right hand side. These two buttons can handle everything all other browsers handle in seven buttons, thus giving you more screen space for viewing your sites. One thing that I have found interesting was the New Incognito Window for all you sneaky and or paranoid folks out there that want to keep your web surfing as private as you can, and saves you from deleting history files. I haven't really found a use for it myself, but I'm sure lots of you will. It does however give a nice little disclaimer.

Going incognito doesn't affect the behavior of other people, servers, or software. Be wary of:
  • Websites that collect or share information about you
  • Internet service providers or employers that track the pages you visit
  • Malicious software that tracks your keystrokes in exchange for free smileys
  • Surveillance by secret agents
  • People standing behind you
I just love the "People standing behind you" google always likes to throw in a little sense of humor. 

One of the new features that I do enjoy how ever is the Create Application Shortcuts. This will allow you to create a short cut to a website on your desktop, start menu, and Quick Launch Bar. Just click on the button that looks like a sheet of paper and you'll find it.

I'm also a huge fan of how it display blank windows, instead of just having blank space they make use of that space and place screen shots of the nine most visited pages in your history. Allowing you to just click and go. Also gives you a nice little list of your bookmarks. Being some one that hates wasted space, this was an awesome idea. 

You will also notice that the address bar is a lot longer then most browsers, that's because most browsers have to allow for built in searches, such as yahoo, and google. Well with Google Chrome you no longer need it. You just type in the address bar and google already searches for it while your typing, it only displays a couple of suggestions, but if you finish typing you just hit enter and it will take you to the search results through google.

Now lets talk about the bad, this is a new browser so there's going to be some bad. It's still in Beta so please don't judge to hard. But Chrome seems to be lacking lots of plug-ins, but knowing google, they will come soon enough. But as for now I'm not able to log in to check my 401K or play NES games through the vNES site. But it would appear that google had plan for some sites to not work, so they put a tool in the menu for you. So you can report bugs or broken web sites. So I do keep firefox around for such occasions but I use google chrome for everything else.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Welcome to yet another blog of mine

This blog is to hopefully post updates on the tech world, the main goal for this blog is to test out new software, hardware, and gadgets. Then review them without getting to techie so the average girl or guy would be able to decide if they want to put the money or time into getting the gadget or software, or whatever the review will be covering.