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Google Chrome – Design & Top 10 features

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So Google has finally launched its browser. Here is what they have to say about their new browser in terms of designing and features. On their website they have the details in CARTOON BOOK format, which undermines the seriousness of the software they have developed.

The Inside of CHROME

Google thinks, that today, we have more of applications running on the internet than webpages. So the design had to start from the scratch. While designing ‘ CHROME ‘ there were several issues which were taken in consideration like faster loading, better security and other features. There was also this issue of most browsers being single threaded. Single threaded means if javascript was executing something in a browser, if became crippled till the time of execution.

It was only after the process completed that the control was given back to the browser. This made the ‘ TEAM CHROME ‘ to think in terms of multi threaded browser. But, it also led them to think in terms of having multiple processes. Each having its own memory and its own copy of global stuctures. The idea was simply brilliant. It meant a browser based on the principle of an Operating System ( where process isolation is the key to its survival ).

Multi threaded also meant that, if, there is a browser bug in the rendering then only that particular tab goes down. But the browser does not crash. In GOOGLEs’ words you are faced a single SAD TAB. The multi process design needs more intial memory, but in the long run it will be mean less memory bloat. Opening and closing tabs in the current browsers creates memory fragmentation which affects the performance of the browser and internet surfing.

But ‘ Chrome ‘ destroys all the processes once the tab is closed, instantly releasing the memory it occupied. Add to it the power of WEBKIT which is used in ‘ CHROME ‘ ( and in ANDROID ) as an rendering engine. Javascript being an important and integral part of the browser, was reworked in terms of Javascript Virtual Machine ( which basically adds to the safety and also makes it platform independent ).

The Outside of CHROME and top 10 features

1. Tabbed Interface – with the tabs at the top.
2. Dockable tabs – move it and the window state too will move.
3. The omnibox handles more than just URLs. It offers suggestions for searches, top visited pages,pages you have not visited but are popular and the best feature is the full text search over the history.
4. Auto complete to something you have explicitly typed before. ( Inline completion which is very discreet ).
5.A very handy and thoughtful feature which is incorporated in the opening of new tab is that it opens with 9 most frequently visited websites ( thumbnails ) on the left and on the right, sites that you search for the most.
6. Google chrome has a privacy mode. Pages viewed here will never be logged on to your computer, that means no cookies etc.
7. Pop ups will be pushed to its own tab. If you need it then drag out and it will be promoted to its own window.
8. Sandboxing – The weapon against malware.
9. Very simple Interface.
10. Easy download system. A simple push button method.


Internet Explorer 7.0 – features and addons

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Internet Explorer 7.0 has come a long way since its inception ( Windows 95 days ). The new version is definitely better and more secure. It has many facilities added to it like tabbed windows, integrated RSS feed reader and more.

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Internet Explorer 7.0

To compliment this new generation browser from Microsoft, developers and companies have created many addons from paid to free versions. One of the most important and free addon for Internet Explorer 7.0 is the IE7Pro. Here is the complete list of features and tweaks which come with IE7Pro.IE 7.0 PRO features

1. Tabbed Browsing Management
2. Crash Recovery
3. Proxy Switcher
4. AD Blocker
5. Spell Check
6. User Plug-ins
7. Flash Block
8. Super Drag Drop
9. Tab History Browser
10. Webpage Capturer
11. Inline Search

Some other useful and must have addons are

1. FeedsPlus – only IE 7 – If you are using browser to read your feeds then this addon is a must. It also lets you know when a new feed is added


2. ieSpell – Spell check for text input boxes – forum posts, blogs, mail3.


3. LeechVideo – IE addon that lets you download favorite videos from popular video sharing websites (i.e. Youtube, Google Video, DailyMotion, etc.).


4. Amigo is an application which allows you to manage your favorites list in a very fast, flexible, and powerful way. The main application Amigo sits in the system tray and does not block any part of your screen. There is a plugin for IE which can ease bookmarking simply by right clicking the Web page in Internet Explorer. Amigo tries its best to automatically check for dead links, re-directed links therefore keeping your bookmarks current. Allows you to share your links with the rest of the world if you want them to be shared. Alerts you when you have not visited a Web site for a long time. You could then decide to delete the old and least frequently visited links. Version 3.7 includes keywords auto detection for Manage links field and new field detecting Java version. Version 3.8 autodetects keywords for URL and adds options to easily manage URL information simply by right clicking the menu item.


5. Child Web Gardian – Filtering software designed to provide Internet child safety. This program keeps track and checks the content of every web-page the child browses through in the Internet Explorer. If the program finds some obscene content, ChildWebGardian will immediately block viewing such pages. ChildWebGuardian is a whole software package that is integrated in Internet Explorer and consists of some controlling functions.Version 2.6 may include unspecified updates, enhancements or bug fixes.


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