Font Rendering On Laptop Is Best In IE

How to fix the font rendering of Chrome and Firefox browsers on laptops using ClearType text.

It’s been bothering me for awhile, font rendering in the latest version of Google Chrome and FireFox have been awful.  On popular sites like Google Plus or almost any other website that uses a Google font, ends up rendering poorly.  Oddly enough, Internet Explorer was doing a great job of rendering the fonts and looked best out of the big 3 browsers.

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Incredible Phone Storage Space Is Getting Low – Fix

[ad#toppostleft]The HTC Incredible has been an amazing phone for me and works 99% of the time.  However, I’ve been running into an error, where it reports that my phone storage space is getting low.  Now, I have verified that my space is in fact not getting low, so we have a bug in the software.  Problem is, HTC does not recognize the bug, so no official fix exists, other than to simply do a hard reset.

Doing a hard reset means that you lose all of your applications, settings, and themes.  Basically you are forcing your phone back to the way it was when you first turned it on.  No thanks.  Thankfully, I’ve found another solution, which although may need to be repeated, is simple and effective.

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Use Chrome For Keyword Density

I’ve stumbled across a great function of Google Chrome to easily find out what kind of keyword density I’m putting into my posts. Actually, the function within the Google Chrome browser will provide feedback on exactly how many times a word is used on the open page and highlight where that word can be found.

To search the keyword, simply press Ctrl+F, which will bring a drop down in the top right of the browser to enter a search term. After entering the search term the keyword will be highlighted on the page. Within the drop down search menu will be a 1 of XX, displaying how many times the keyword was used on the page.

This neat little Chrome trick will help in increasing or decreasing the density of keywords being used on an article. Although it’s also a great tool to use when searching for specific information on a HUGE page full of irrelevant text.

Google Sites and Google Friend Connect

So Google has just released one of their better social networking applications and we can’t even use it on their official Sites pages?  As of this posting there is no way to integrate Google Friend Connect gadgets on Google Sites pages.

I’m working on a few pages that would greatly benefit from having their ‘Share This’ gadget, along with member signups, and newsletter confirmations.  However, the current state of Google Sites prohibits the use of any code that requires javascript, other than their Adsense which can be added into the sidebar.

The Google Friend Connect code can be added via the html function of Google Sites, but the user is greeted with a warning that the potentially dangerous code will be removed upon viewing.  A la, no more working Google Friend Connect on Google Sites.

I’m not the only one upset that Friend Connect won’t work with Sites.  A thread on the official Sites Forum has over 43 posts from people looking to add Friend Connect to their personal Google Site pages.  The reason it hasn’t been integrated yet, my best guess is that they were too busy copying Twitter to come up with Buzz!.

Chrome Extensions Are Lacking

Google Chrome ExtensionsGoogle Chrome has offered me a roller coaster of emotions since it’s release in September 2008.  I embraced Google’s latest endeavor and hint at an OS with open arms, but quickly fell back on tried and true FireFox.  Since then they have released updates that have complicated Chrome’s functionality and as of late fixed most of what frustrated me about it in the first place.  Now, I set here before you, happy and proud that Google Chrome is my primary browser for both work and play.

Since Google has updated Chrome to allow popups for domains, it’s found a permanent fixture on my work PC.  No longer must I fight with FireFox’s memory leaks and slow to open windows.  As of late I’ve also found myself feasting on Chrome’s ability to use Extensions, which the lack of was a shortfall at launch in 2008.  But, early on in the development stage, quality extensions are few and far between.

Currently I’m only using 3 different Chrome Extensions, which include FasterChrome, Google Mail Checker, and Webpage Screenshot.  It’s better than nothing, but they still struggle to meet the sophistication and tweekability found in FireFox addons.  According to developers, it’s Google’s fault for the way they allow access to their code.  To be honest, it’s all lost over my head, I just know what I can use and what I hate.

Taking a quick look through the top Chrome Extensions proves that there isn’t enough competition in the marketplace.  Extensions like ibrii are attempting to farm user information in exchange for their Extension services and an Extension called Nothing is ranked #7 as most installed.  Nothing does just as advertised by the way, man I love dry humor on the internet.

After browsing off of the 1st page of Top Chrome Extensions the pickings start getting real thin.  I’ve tested a few, but none seem to offer exactly as advertised, or are buggy, or are just not as useful as you’d hope, or all the above.  But I’m not discouraged yet, I’ve got the extensions I need for adequate use as a primary browser both at work and at home.

It wouldn’t be fare to expect as much out of Chrome as what FireFox has to offer, which as been around much longer.  However, I see a changing of the guard in the next 2 years, where FireFox may be ousted as the 2nd most used web browser.  I for one welcome competition in the market place, while keeping my lips wet thinking of a full blown Google OS.

Gmail Sticking On Load Screen In Chrome

Google Chrome has refused to open gMail for the past few weeks, however loading in basic html has solved the problem.  This is not my ideal fix and frankly frustrating since Chrome was built by the same folks over at Google who created gMail.  Why can’t your products just work together?  Well, they should, so I immediately started blaming my new Chrome extensions, like Google Mail Checker.

After disabling, uninstalling, and generally tweaking I decided that the gMail Checker extension for Chrome was not the culprit.  The problem can best be described as some sort of loop issue when gMail loads, causing the load screen to stick.  This problem can be solved by clearing Chrome’s cache.

To clear Chrome’s cache:

  1. Left click the Tools drop down menu. (The Tools drop down menu is indicated by a wrench icon in the top right corner of your browser.)
  2. Select Options.
  3. Select the Personal tab.
  4. Under Browsing Data, select Clear browsing data…
  5. Select the Cache check box.
  6. Select Everything, from the drop down menu.
  7. Finally click the Clear Browsing Data button.

After following these steps I’ve been able to successfully open gMail in my Chrome browser.  I’ve also been able to use the gMail Checker extension, without causing any issues.  Hope this helps your problem as well.

Chrome Now Allows Pop Ups For Websites

One of my largest pet peeves with using Google Chrome in the work place was that there was not an option to allow popups from a webpage.  Each time there was a popup you would have to manually allow it, instead of setting a rule that allowed all popups from a single website.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one and now the latest stable version of Chrome allows for this rule to be set.

How to allow popups in Google chrome.

Allow pop-ups

Sometimes you don’t want pop-ups to ever be blocked for a certain site. If that’s the case, follow these steps to allow pop-ups:

  1. Visit the site where you want pop-ups to always appear.
  2. Click the Pop-ups Blocked alert at the bottom right-hand corner of the browser tab.
  3. Select Always show pop-ups from (site).

If you want to change this setting for the site at a later point, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the site again.
  2. Click the Manage pop-ups alert at the bottom right-hand corner of the browser tab.
  3. Deselect Always show pop-ups from (site).

Now Chrome becomes  a viable alternative in my work place, where popups are required to view pdf’s.  Thanks to the development team Chrome is becoming better and better every day, even now allowing for plugins and addons.  I forsee a day when Chrome gives FireFox a run for it’s money, I just hope it doesn’t cause hard feelings.

Chrome gMail Errors

I’m guilty of giving the latest beta release of Google Chrome a go and I’m glad I did.  However, there is one glaring problem when using the Chrome browser with my daily needs, I get an error message when opening gMail.  Ok, maybe that’s not the only problem, but one of the bigger ones.  I guess it’s also annoying that I get a warning https message when trying to open up Adsense as well, but we’ll save that for another post.

Google Chrome Version 4.0.249.30 gives me an error message when opening Google gMail, stating that some functions will not be enabled.  It’s also suggested that I use the basic html version of gMail.  I don’t think so.

Although this poster is not me, here is a link to the Chrome gMail error message on the Mozillazine support forums.  This leads me to believe that it’s an issue with my new gMail notifier extension for Chrome.  I’m using Google Mail Checker v1.2.

If the Google Mail Checker V1.2 extension is the problem, then I’m willing to live with it until a patch comes out.  Not having plugins or extensions is what has kept me from using Google Chrome in the past, so they are finally coming around.  What are your experiences with the new Google Chrome or what extensions do you recommend?

Chrome Conspiracy Theory

Maybe it’s the fact that AdBlock Plus has started cutting into my profits, maybe it’s the fact that I’m starting to like Chrome and faith that it will reach it’s full potential, or maybe it’s because I watched a 90 movie on the JFK assassination last night.  Either way, I’m starting to wonder if the Google Chrome Browser wasn’t created to preemptively stop add-ons like AdBlock Plus.  Why wouldn’t Google want to protect it’s paying AdWords users from a potentially dehabilitating browser add on that is growing in popularity?

As you know, as of now, there are no add ons for Chrome.  Sure, there are tweaks, and lots of options to configure, but no real meat and potatoes for add ons, which are available for FireFox.  Now, I strongly believe in a future version of Chrome there will be some opening up to 3rd party addons and stronger in house addons developed.  However, I think they will be tightly monitored and those that couldn’t potentially hurt Google’s interests will not be allowed.  The best way to nip this in the butt, to start gaining market share now, to control the flow of change progress interruption.

I hope I’m wrong, because the slippery slope means bad things for the open source community.  But I just get the nagging feeling that Google is attempting to control the browser market so that they can eliminate potential 3rd party threats to their business models.

Thoughts On Twitter Business Solutions

I’ve been running a local blog for about a year solid and in the past 3 months I’ve integrated Twitter in hopes of driving targeted traffic.  Much to my surprise, Twitter has been great at delivering a few hundered extra views a week, but obviously not enough to start quitting other campaigns.  However, I have a few thoughts on what Twitter could do to better help businesses manage their profiles.

Referral Tracking

TwitterThis is the biggest problem I see facing Twitter as a measurable source of traffic.  In server logs the only indication you have that people are coming from twitter, is from either the Twitter.com/home domain or from your own Twitter.com/mybusiness domain.  I would love to see Twitter integrate some sort of referral indicator that showed who was actually following a link or reading my feed.

Currently an arbitrary number of followers does not really indicate how many people are actually reading your tweets.  Comments and stuff are great, but are only a small percentage of people that are actually reading tweets and interested in what your business is about.  Let’s get some actual analytics involved Twitter, show me who is actually reading and following my links.

Light Weight In House Tools

Please come out with some in house tools to make Twitter mor useful.  Tweet Deck is ok and other business solutions fill a void, but are not up to par with what can be produced in house.  I dont want bloated software, I want something light weight that I can update from my desktop on, get notifications of mentions, and accurately track those who are following me.  And while we are at it, make sure you support multiple twitter accounts, I will not use my business Twitter account for personal use and vise versa.

Allow Advertising Already

Lastly, come on Twitter, let us start advertising and target all your users.  Look to Google to see how to create unobtrusive advertising models that actually appeal and target your users.  It’s obvious that the traffic produced from Twitter is valuable, let us pay for that gold mine of outbound clicks.  While valuable, I’m not sure the time cost of me tweeting equals revenue earned just yet.