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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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.

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.

How To Allow Pop Ups In Chrome

FireFox allows you to do it, Internet Explorer allows you to do it, but guess what?  There is no function within Google Chrome to give permission to a website to automatically allow popups.  This means, that every time you try to open an external PDF, login screen, or game on some websites you are forced to click the allow button everytime.

This would seem like a no brainer to fix, almost immediately after launch.  But here we are, months after Chrome’s initial release and there has yet to be a patch for this.  Furthermore, I’m still waiting on Chrom Add-Ons that helped drive FireFox’s p0ularity.  Unfortunately the lack of addons and now the lack of ability to allow popups based on domain have sealed the deal for me.  It will be awhile before I start my Chrome browser up again anytime soon.

Also, if you feel like giving Google an ear full, drop a line over at their complaint department.  There are plenty of other people pissed off that there is no way to allow popups in Google Chrome.

*Update – Google Now Allows Popup Authorization to Websites, How To Allow Popups In Chrome

Does Anyone Still Use Google Chrome?

Oddly enough I’m writing this post using Google Chrome, but only after I put on my french maid outfit and dusted that Chrome icon off. To be honest, since it doesn’t offer any quality Add-Ons as of yet, it’s fell by the wayside. I’m surprised that Google hasn’t done more to encourage developers to create Chrome Add-Ons, at least in any capacity to compete with FireFox.

Searching for a solution to the Chrome add on problem I did come across a site called My Chrome Addons.  This site is the closest thing to a repository of useful tools for Chrome as it gets, but seems to focus more on themes than actual tools that increase user experience.  In it’s raw form Chrome has yet to do anything that FireFox can’t do better.

Furthermore, it’s just not as stable as originally advertised.  Well, just typing this post it’s crashed on me completely, not just a few functions.  I’ve never had any problems using FireFox, in regards to stability, other than it’s wildely free roaming memory consumption.  Hell, this many revisions later I’d hope they would have that fixed by now.

As mentioned previously, I am writing this blog post in the Chrome browser, but it almost feels unnatural.  Generally when researching blog posts I’ll have multiple FireFox windows and tabs open.  Chrome doesn’t offer one-click opening of multiple instances of itself.  So for now, Google Chrome will remain a novelty icon, a program I dust off every so often to see if any progress has been made.

Google Chrome Logo
Google Chrome Logo

Will Chrome Incognito Kill Affiliates

This is my first post using Google Chrome and first impressions are a little lacking and one feature has me just freaking out.  There is an ‘Incognito’ feature that provides a safe and secure browsing experience for the user, but it also destroys any cookie’s after the window is closed, BAD for affiliate marketers.

You’ve gone incognito. Pages you view in this window won’t appear in your browser history or search history, and they won’t leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be preserved, however. 

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

This leaves me asking myself some questions, namely how popular will this browser become?  Furthermore, how popular will the incognito browsing become?  I’m hoping there are some affiliate marketers out there that are much larger than I that will be able to track such things, as far as impact on their daily/weekly/monthly earnings.

The only light is that the cookies will remain effective for as long as the user has the window open.  However as soon as said Google Chrome user abandons that window and moves along, that cookie is lost.  So, if you are not getting immediate buyers with your sites, you can kiss those commissions goodbye.  In terms of programs like eBay where a cookie length will be up to 7 days, count only earning 1/7 of your existing revenue, in regards to visitors using Google Chrome.

Hopefully this won’t have any impact at all, or at least not much of one anyway.  Chances are ‘Incognito’ mode in Google Chrome won’t be used for anything other than surfing porn anyway.  Keep that surfing history away from your spouse. 😉