Automatic Enlarge Thumbnail Profile and Album Photos in Facebook

May 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Browser, Firefox, Google

There are times when those small thumbnails shown in Facebook are just too small for you to identify if your friend’s friend is someone you know or not. Instead of clicking on the facebook user link to go to the user’s page and see the bigger profile photo, you can instead install Facebook PhotoZoom, a useful extension available for Firefox and Chrome browser.

After installing Facebook PhotoZoom extension, there is nothing for you to configure or do. Whenever you hover your mouse cursor to a profile picture or album photos, the tooltip will appear with the bigger image in it. If the image that the user uploaded is bigger than the thumbnail, then this plugin will show the full size of the image. Other than that, while viewing the photo album, it would be more productive when you use the Photo Zoom to view the images that you want in bigger size rather than going into the single image view. This allows you to skip the images that you want to see and load saving you time and bandwidth.

Facebook Thumbnail Zoom

The Google Chrome version of Facebook Photo Zoom has a shortcut key to easily toggle the feature on or off by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + Z key.

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Use Google HTTPS SSL for Secure Search

May 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Google, Privacy

Google search engine is the best in the world because of the complex algorithm of the index bot. Recently Google has SSL search which gives a more secure search. When a website is secured with SSL, the traffic that is sent and received from the website is encrypted and decrypting SSL is nearly impossible as it will take many many years to do crack it.

When you are in your company where your internet connection goes through a proxy server, the network administrator is able to tell what sites you have been and even probably what have you searched for. That includes cybercafe and your internet service provider. The packets that are sent without SSL is a clear traffic and can be easily decoded to view what you are trying to search.

Google Secure SSL HTTPS Search

Using Google SSL to search is easy and all you need to do is use HTTPS instead of HTTP at the URL address. For example, the normal google search engine is http://www.google.com and the secured SSL Google search would be https://www.google.com. Many other Google services such as Gmail, and Adsense can be used with HTTPS SSL as well.

Google SSL Search

Recommend Webpage Using Facebook Like Button in Chrome

May 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Browser, Google

When you upload a photo to your Facebook account, your friends that has viewed the photo is able to click on the Like button to tell the uploader that he/she likes the photo. This function is very similar to the Thank You button that you can find on some forums to prevent from unnecessary post with loads of thank yous. Now, you can also share and recommend any page on the web using the Facebook Likes feature.

First of all, you must be a Google Chrome user and then install the Facebook Likes extension. A thumbs up like icon will be added to the end of the address bar. When you are on any interesting webpage and wants to recommend it to your Facebook friends, all you need to do is click on the Facebook Likes icon. You must of course first logged in to Facebook.

Facebook Likes

The link that you’ve liked will be displayed in your Wall recent activity. All your Facebook friends will be able to see it and they can click on the hyperlink which brings them to the webpage that you’ve liked.

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Scroll Smoothly in Google Chrome with Mouse Wheel or Arrow Keys

May 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Browser, Google

Scrolling through pages when browsing any web site is something that a web surfer does all the time. The user can either use the scroll wheel that is on the mouse, or the arrow keys on the keyboard and finally the page up, page down, end and home keys to scroll the page. If you didn’t notice, all of the web browsers that includes Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and etc doesn’t scroll smoothly by jumping through a paragraph of a few lines when you scroll once using the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Although this might not seemed to be a problem, it would be nice to have a smooth scrolling so that the pages scrolls smoother. For Google Chrome users, they can use SmoothScroll extension which automatically smooth the scrolling.

After installing SmoothScroll, there is no icon at the address bar but you can access the Options from the Extension menu. It is possible to set the frames per second, animation time in milliseconds, stride size per scroll in pixel, pulse scale, pulse normalize, and even activate the keyboard support with its own scrolling values.

Scroll Smooth

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Auto Decode Shorten Links and Preview Full URL in Chrome

April 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Browser, Google

There are many URL shortening services that can be used for free to transform really long URL into a very short one. Some of the popular ones are bitly, tinyurl, goo.gl and etc. As useful as it is, sometimes these URL cloaking services can be annoying because you could end up opening the same website that you’ve opened before since you don’t know the original URL until you open it.

If you are a Google Chrome user, the good news is you can install a small extension called View Thru which is able to decode the shortened URL and show a small popup preview of the full URL together with the page title. View Thru currently supports bit.ly, cli.gs, ff.im, goo.gl, is.gd, nyti.ms, ow.ly, post.ly, su.pr and tinyurl.com. After installing the View Thru extension, there is nothing to configure or do. Just browse the web as normal and if you see any shortened links, simply move your mouse cursor over it and a tooltip will appear.

Decode Short URLs

The best place to test whether it is working for you or not is Twitter. Since all links that are posted in twitter will be shortened, you will definitely find some there because there are new tweets every seconds.

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Download Plugin and Start Voice or Video Chat from Gmail

April 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Email, Google

Gmail has a convenient realtime chat which allows you to talk to another person from your web browser without downloading and installing Google Talk. You can turn on the chat by clicking the “Turn on chat” hyperlink at the bottom of the Gmail. One of the latest enhancement Google has done to their free email Gmail is adding a real-time voice or video chat directly from your web browser. All you need to do is have a web browser, and voice/video plugin and a Gmail account.

There is a restriction in using the Google video chat which is both sides must have a Gmail account and logged in to Gmail, iGoogle or orkut chat. Then both users must download the plugin, install it for the web browser, and login to their Gmail account. Finally click on the user’s name, then click on Video & more which will allow you to either Start voice chat or Start video chat.

Google Voice and Chat

The Google voice and video chat plugin is not operating system independent, meaning you would have to install a separate plugin for every web browser that you use. If you installed the Google video chat plugin in Google Chrome, it will only work in Chrome but not other browser such as Firefox. Currently the Google Voice and Video Chat plugin only available for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Google Chrome. Opera is not yet supported.

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Mouseover YouTube Videos for Animated Preview in Chrome

April 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Browser, Google

YouTube is the main place where people upload videos immediately if they have anything special or interesting. One example is the Kevin Garnet that got into a fight in a basketball game and the video is uploaded on the same day that it happened. The problem with YouTube is it is flooded with too many videos and some of them are just fake videos trying to advertise their website. One easy way to preview and get to have an idea what the video is about is by using YouTube Thumbs extension for Google Chrome.

After installing the YouTube Thumbs extension, any time when you move your mouse cursor over to the video thumbnail, you get an animated preview of 3 thumbnails instead of a static image. This saves a lot of bandwidth and also offers speedy preview if compared to a real video preview. Short videos are with a minute or more are too short to have a video preview, hence the animated thumbnail preview is a great option.

YouTube Thumbs has no configuration at all. Just install the extension and it works right out of the box on YouTube website.

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