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Browse for a good cause – Does It Have to End?

The Google Chrome for a Cause extension was something else… Just one demonstration of ways in which the Web can actually Do Good.

Using this simple extension in Chrome, it kept track of the number of tabs the user opened each day. Between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19, you had the option at the end of the day to contribute your tabs to one of five charities (read more about these in my original article).

I understand this was billed as a Holiday-only type of thing, in which Google donated up to $1 million to these causes (and I never could find out for sure if that was $1 million to each charity, or $1 million in total to be split among all 5 charities (per the user’s requested donations). But is there any reason why this must end?

I’m sure that Google, and many of its employees (and former employees) are involved in many charitable endeavors, but it sure would be sweet to see this Chrome for a Cause program continue. Say pick a charity, one per week, and have it be the beneficiary of up to a $1 million donation from Google, if the number of tabs opened in that week reaches a million total, or some other arbitrary figure.

It would especially be sweet if they programmed an extension for Firefox, Internet Explorer, even Opera and Safari, too – Yes, I know the name of the program is Chrome for a Cause, but who says Google can’t offer Firefox for a Cause, Internet Explorer for a Cause, and so on?

Keep tabs on all tabs opened in these browsers, and let the donations flow! There are plenty of worthy causes, just as there are plenty of folks mindlessly browsing the web, er, make that “using the web for work-related purposes” each and every day!

So, what do you say, Google? I say let the Cause roll on!

Google Chrome Blog: Browse for a good cause.


MiniPost: IE9 Browser Unsupported… On a Bing Site?

Internet Explorer Mobile Logo

Image via Wikipedia

Trying to hit the Bing Local Listings tool this morning, I ran into an issue; well, a couple of issues. Tried first with Google Chrome, no dice – browser unsupported. Tried next with Internet Explorer 9, the Beta, of course. Surprise! Again, no dice… Generates that same Unsupported Browser message, seen below:


I know, I know… it’s just a Beta, but this was a little bit funny. I switched to Firefox and all was well.

Note: This is the first in a series of what I’m going to call MiniPosts(TM) and tag as such. Publicly, it is a short snippet of information, a tip, or opinion, that I will post from time to time. Privately (just between you and me) it is a short post, as I didn’t have time to write a long one.)

How to Pin Websites in Google Chrome

One of the top features I liked about the IE9 Beta, and wrote about here, was the ability to Pin a website to the Windows 7 Taskbar or Start Menu. This feature has been much touted by many reviewers and bloggers as one of the more innovative and interesting of the new IE9.

Not to say that it is not innovative (or interesting) but Google Chrome has offered this capability for some time. I am not sure exactly when it gained this capability (maybe from the outset, I cannot verify it in some rudimentary searches this evening) but you can do exactly the same thing in Chrome, albeit with more steps required.

The process in IE9 is mentioned in my post, and described quite succinctly by the very popular and useful Tweaking with Vishal blog, is very simple. Simply drag and drop an IE9 Tab or the Favicon to the Taskbar or Start Menu, and you’ve done it. Pinning a website in Google Chrome takes a couple more steps.

Pinning a Website in Google Chrome

application shortcut creation google chrome

  1. First, click the Chrome Tools (wrench) menu, then Tools, and Click “Create Application Shortcuts…”
  2. On the dialog box as shown above, check the ones you want or don’t want, and click Create.
  3. You will now have a Pinned website on the locations chosen.

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Beauty of the Web – IE9 Beta Product Guide

Beauty of the Web.

IE9 Beta Product Guide, very helpful. Watch movies and get information covering Fast, Clean, Trusted and a catch-all Top Features. Also available in PDF or XPS document formats for download.

Top 5 Favorite Features of IE9 Beta

Someone asked me what is my favorite feature of the new IE9 Beta? I had to think a bit, and finally decided – there isn’t just one! So, after a half day or so of playing with the new IE9, here are my Top 5 Favorite Features:

1. Color-Coded Tabs

IE9 Tabbed Browsing - Color Coded!

For those web users, especially web or social media professionals who spend the better part of a day at work browsing, multiple tabs are incredibly helpful in reading pages, and opening new tabs onto new links without losing the current tab content. Technically, I don’t believe this is a “new” feature but it works really well with IE9’s lightning fast New Tab command. Read more of this post

IE9 Beta First Impressions

internet explorer IE 9 beta

IE9 Beta - Can it compete with the upstarts?

I almost always try the beta or test version of software. I am not so much into testing for testing sake, just trying out new stuff, before it is widely available. I tried the test Win95 interface for Windows NT 3.5, back before NT 3.51 adopted the new Win95 interface outright. For that matter, I took part in the Windows 95 “Preview Program” – little more than a glorified Beta test, for which I paid – $35.00? – to take part in. What was I thinking?

Ah well, with the IE9 beta, I again am trying the beta version, for the same old “trying something new” reason, plus one other… I’m curious, you see. I’ve NEVER been excited or very impressed with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Pretty much as soon as Netscape Navigator was available, I grabbed it and didn’t look back. Same with Netscape Communicator, Mozilla Firebird (yes, it was called Firebird until they had to change the name). What will the IE9 Beta bring to the browsing table? Can it compete with upstarts Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, not to mention Opera?

I’ve always used IE, through its various iterations. The bare bones IE2, the barely can remember it IE3, IE4, which was not “that” bad… IE5, which I didn’t really like, IE6, which I pretty much hated (along with all other IT/web development folks)… then IE7, which was a big improvement over IE6, and then IE8, which, all things considered, is not a bad browser at all. Which is a good thing, considering that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still holds nearly 65% of the browser market.  Read more of this post

Windows Theme/UI Update « Chromatic Pixel


Excellent run-through of design permutations and direction for Firefox 4, currently in development. I’m loving the Firefox button concept, shown above, that would house the current text menu. This is similar to the new UI design for Windows apps and Office 2007, and Office 2010.  Many other images are provided.

Windows Theme/UI Update « Chromatic Pixel

Firefox Browser | Free ways to customize your Internet

The latest version, 3.5.6, is just out of beta, and I highly recommend it. It boasts improved Javascript performance (and it wasn’t too shabby to begin with), as well as Firefox’s standard security, performance, and customization options. If you’re using Internet Explorer, Chrome, or any other browser, Firefox is worth a shot.
Firefox Browser | Free ways to customize your Internet