Category: Technology

Gmail Style Alphabet Icons

208; 500px X 500px, ‘Google styled’ alphabet icons in 8 ‘Google’ colors, plus 4 special icons for Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and Home, for your gmail or android contact lists.

Alphabet Icon Contact Sheet

Alphabet Icon Contact Sheet

  Alphabet Contact Icons (1.7 MiB, 68 hits)

24; 500px X 500px, Google colored, Universal Shooting Sports icons for your gmail or android contact lists.

USS Icon Contact Sheet

USS Icon Contact Sheet

  U.S.S. Gmail Icons (2.6 MiB, 27 hits)

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The Implosion of flickr

Flickr has gone from the preeminent photo sharing site to being optimized for the cell phone snapshot, mobile crowd. Disgusting.

The whole site redesign is engineered to favor mobile devices and mobile users at the expense of desktop users, power users and professionals. The “free” 1TB of storage is cool, but if anyone thinks that comes without a heavy advertising price tag, they are deluding themselves.

The mobile crowd has shown themselves to be easily distracted and always searching for the next big, shiny thing. flickr has delivered to them.

What’s ironic about that is in a few weeks or months at best, the crowd they’ve worked so hard to attract, will be bored and move on to the next thing. Leaving flickr in the hands of the people who’ve been there all along.

Except now, those people, aren’t happy, and have mostly ceased to care.

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Taming of the Chrome

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Google Chrome has taken over for Firefox. It is simple, fast and overall a great browser with great features. On occasion it has the tendency to frustrate though.

If you’re like me, you want to have a certain set of tabs permanently pinned. So that certain sites are always open and ready for you to keep up to date with your RSS feeds, Google Plus, Facebook and others.

Chrome has no built in facility to permanently pin tabs. There is a work around though.

  1. Close Chrome and shift+ right click on the icon pinned to the task bar.
  2. Click on properties
  3. In target box you will see; ”C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”
  4. At the end of the line, outside the quotes, add –pinned-tab-count=X (Where X is the number of permnently pinned tabs you’d like to have.
  5. Save and restart Chrome, pinning whatever tabs you like to have showing.

Next time you start Chrome, you’re pinned tabs will automatically open, pinned just like you left them.

Next up, the new padded menu system in Chrome. If you’re not using Chrome on a Tablet this spaced out menu designed for touch makes no sense. Here’s how to wrangle it back to normality.

  1. Close Chrome and shift+ right click on the icon pinned to the task bar.
  2. Click on properties
  3. In target box you will see; ”C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”
  4. At the end of the line, outside the quotes, add  –disable-new-menu-style
  5. Save and restart Chrome, you should now have a normally spaced menu system back in Chrome.

That’s it for now, more tips and tricks to tame Google Chrome as I find/discover them.

* It should be noted that this is a temporary fix and Google may or may not break this fix with any given update, requiring it to be re-implemented.

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