Google Chrome Frame Works Around Stubborn Microsoft

On Tuesday Google introduced Google Chrome Frame that is an open source plug-in that bring HTML5, and other open web technologies to Internet Explorer.

With Google Chrome Frame, developers can now take advantage of the latest open web technologies, even in Internet Explorer. From a faster Javascript engine, to support for current web technologies like HTML5’s offline capabilities and <canvas>, to modern CSS/Layout handling, Google Chrome Frame enables these features within IE with no additional coding or testing for different browser versions.

To start using Google Chrome Frame, all developers need to do is to add a single tag:

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="chrome=1">

When Google Chrome Frame detects this tag it switches automatically to using Google Chrome’s speedy WebKit-based rendering engine. It’s that easy. For users, installing Google Chrome Frame will allow them to seamlessly enjoy modern web apps at blazing speeds, through the familiar interface of the version of IE that they are currently using.

For WordPress users there is a plug-in that helps with Google Chrome Frame integration, which really isn’t necessary since it’s easy to simply add the tag above.

Herein lies the problem. Web site visitors are redirected from the web site homepage to a plug-in download page. Most people won’t have a clue what Google Chrome Frame is, so they’ll be unlikely to download and install something they know nothing about.

Even though the Google Chrome web browser is faster than Internet Explorer, most people continue to use the slower Internet Explorer because they are familiar with it. For most people easier is better.

If Google really wants to get people to adopt new technologies to improve the Internet, they’ll need to convince companies like Microsoft to move ahead at the speed of technology. Since Microsoft is so reluctant to do anything "open source" Google is having a tough time, so they are appealing to developers (documentation here), and Internet surfers to pressure Microsoft, or work around Microsoft by trying to get a grass roots ground swell of support from developers and Internet surfers.

Microsoft is also introducing their own header tags for developers to add to their websites to be able to continue to have Internet Explorer 8 render their web sites in Internet Explorer 7 mode.

We want to see push technology that makes web site development easier for developers, so their web sites will render properly in any web browser using web hooks in their web site.

It seems unlikely that a web site owner will risk alienating their readers by redirecting them to a plug-in install page that they must install to view the web site. While we think Google Chrome Frame is a great idea, how it is integrated into an Internet surfer’s life will decide if this project succeeds or fails.

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    I\'ve been pondering how obtrusive the pop-up really is; the redirect, as well. I\'m thinking of extending the plugin so that ...

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I-Cool Chair Makes You Lose Weight

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The Hobart I-Cool concept chair seeks to remedy the world’s obesity problem. The concept seeks to make you lose weight without you moving.

The chair provides your body with a "harsh temperature" environment that forces your body to work overtime to maintain homeostasis, thus shedding the pounds away.

Either way, I really doubt the effectiveness of this product. If you want to lose weight, why not quit the junk, eat healthfully and get your butt in the gym?

Short Link - Posted on October 30, 2008 at 7:31 am (PST)
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Prepare for the Battle Between Man Vs Robot

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A company in the UK has set up an online shop to deliver us from a war with robots. The company is called the WAR Defence Company ("Weapons Against Robots") and their initiative is "protecting us from the threats of a Robotic future."

Ben Way, the company’s founder, is a real-life version of Terminator’s John Conner, only he’s trying to cash in on the deal. WAR Defence claims to be developing not just weapons against robots but also detection and monitoring of robotic entities and ’robo-viruses’. Can we say hoax alert?

Short Link - Posted on October 21, 2008 at 9:01 am (PST)
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DARPA Project to Develop Advanced Video Spy Tech

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In a $6.7 million deal with software company Kitware, a DARPA project will develop a method of "indexing and rapidly finding video from archived surveillance tapes."

According to a DARPA document:

"The U.S. military and intelligence communities have an ever increasing need to monitor live video feeds and search large volumes of archived video data for activities of interest due to the rapid growth in development and fielding of motion video systems."

This is like "Enemy of the State" meets "You Tube" in an effort to combat terrorism.

Short Link - Posted on October 21, 2008 at 7:25 am (PST)
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New Mac Notebooks

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The above photo may be the work of a PS junkie or it may just be the real thing. In any case, the rumor mill is abuzz surrounding Macworld. This time around it’s all coming back to the purported multi-touch trackpad that was reported on some random websites in the summer. I guess that the iPhone technology is going to change the Mac laptop forever – that’s the rumor anyway. There’s also some talk going around about an external optical drive that will accompany the new sub-notebook.

personally, i can’t wait.

Short Link - Posted on January 2, 2008 at 8:23 am (PST)
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Samsung’s New Pair

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Pretty in blue – or black, silver & pink, Samsung’s new pair of affordable digital cameras come equipped with a 3x optical zoom, 2.4” LCD display, 11 scene modes, digital image stabilization technology, and Face Recognition Technology.

Available in January, the 7.2 megapixel S760 model will run you a mere $169 and the 8.1 megapixel S860 will be $179. Save your holiday money and get one!

Short Link - Posted on December 4, 2007 at 6:31 am (PST)
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Put Your Eyes on the Road

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This is what happens when we rely too much on our technology.

People in the Welsh village of Llangadog have been frustrated time and time again as wide vehicles keep hitting buildings on their narrow roads because the drivers are following GPSs instead of actually watching where they are going.

Short Link - Posted on November 12, 2007 at 9:34 am (PST)
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320GB Laptop HD

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The first 320GB 2.5 inch HD out of the gate is Western Digital’s 320GB Scorpio. It is purported to be "one of the quietest 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch drives available," with WD’s trademark WhisperDrive and IntelliSeek technology promising to keep the noise down and the power consumption to a minimum. It will take $200 to put this baby into your laptop, but expect to see them as a pre-installed option soon.

Short Link - Posted on October 31, 2007 at 2:55 pm (PST)
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Terabyte Flash Drives?

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Researchers at Arizona State University have discovered a new technique for manipulating charged copper particles at the molecular scale. What that means for us, is low-cost, low-power computer memory – like a terabyte-sized flash drive!

"A thumb drive using our memory could store a terabyte of information," says Michael Kozicki, director of ASU’s Center for Applied Nanoionics, which developed the technology. "All the current limitations in portable electronic storage could go away. You could record video of every event in your life and store it."

This new technology has a catchy name too – nano-ionics, a field that focuses on moving and transforming positively charged atoms.

Short Link - Posted on October 28, 2007 at 4:14 pm (PST)
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Faucet Protection?

k6538c Faucet Protection?

I remember when I was still a young lad, one particularly cold winter something peculiar happened; There was no running water. I thought it ran out.

I know, i know, I was kind of a dunce as a young child (just dim witted now). But it seems that technology and design can save youngsters from such embarrassing realizations. Pipe Watchman is the name and what it does is pretty cool. It prevents faucets from freezing in cold temps. A small sensor in an internal microvalve recognizes a preset low temperature and allows a small amount of water to flow through the valve, preventing freezing.When the water reaches a preset warmer temperature, the valve closes.Made of high-impact polypropylene and enhanced resins with UV inhibitors and protects pipes 24/7 without wasting water.


Short Link - Posted on October 24, 2007 at 3:00 pm (PST)
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