Aspire to Chrome OS Netbook

Is this the new Chrome OS Netbook by Acer?

Is this the new Chrome O/S making an arrival via Acer Aspire?

According to DailyTech, the first Chrome OS Netbooks are on their way, and to be expected as soon as next month, presumably December 2010. Does that mean that the Google Chrome operating system (O/S) will come bundled with only certain brands of PC’s, such as Acer, and the Acer Aspire One, depicted above? I don’t have an alternative solution, not initially. It certainly would be nice to switch between operating systems with the same ease that one can choose between browsers, while continuing to use the same physical hardware.

At the moment, I can combine Windows 7 with any of IE8, Firefox or Chrome with the greatest of ease. It remains for the imagination to see a future where I can just as easily change the O/S, e.g. start with Windows 7 and Google Chrome browser, then select Google Chrome O/S while retaining Google Chrome Browser. Finally, imagine running the Chrome O/S using either IE 8.0 or Opera browsers!

And please put aside any questions along the lines of, “But WHY would anyone want to do such a thing?” I confess, I have no answer for that at the moment.

Photo Credit: Acer Aspire One with Chrome O/S via DailyTech

Published in: on November 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm  Comments (1)  
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Disciplined Browsing with Chrome Extension

Too many tabs

Have you ever tried having 100 or more tabs open at once in Google Chrome browser? You can’t even see the favicon of the tabs, not to mention the tab titles! It can really be a drain on your productivity, hunting around for those tabs. Consider this Chrome browser extension, TooManyTabs for better tab management and reduced tab overflow. TooManyTabs (TMT) stores up to 20 recently closed tabs.

Here’s a video demonstrating use of TMT.

No more tabs

For truly advanced tabaholics, there is a stricter alternative to TMT. No More Tabs only allows a maximum of six tabs to be open at any one time.

Update

Sadly, the developers of TMT decided to stop supporting it in July 2016. Although the following commentary is specific to the Firefox version of TMT, there have been no updates regarding support of Google Chrome browser tab management on the Visibo blog either.  After eight years, the end arrives for TMT and other browser add-on’s:

Here are some of my final thoughts as a developer…

TMT is small, but developing it has never been easy. So why persist? For a tabaholic like me I have always too many tabs open. TMT offers a niche function that could only be appreciated by few people who really needs it like I do. They would email me about how TMT had improved their productivity and how devastated they would be without it. I am proud that I have served the many minority of us whose need were not met by the “standard”.

It seems all traditional add ons have also become too niche to be worth supporting. In my opinion, the Internet and the Open Source movement has kind of lost its original ways. If my memory serves, the Internet promised a long tail. Everyone, supposedly, can find their niche on the Internet when there is none in the real world. The Internet now, however, is too becoming more and more tailored to the sole interest of the majority, where popularity… is the sole criteria of survival… If you are a niche, like TMT, or like Google Reader, you will no longer get support. Maybe it’s because it’s not profitable. Or compared to the billions of other users on the Internet, that 0.1% of you aren’t important.

I do not like the direction that we are heading.

Loyal users of TMT: Thank you for your long time support and farewell! It has been a great time.

Undisciplined browsing in the wild

Via Google Product Forums, this user is having trouble with slow Chrome tab switching on Android:

First of all I must admit I’m not a normal user here, I have like 400 tabs open…

Published in: on August 13, 2010 at 12:58 am  Leave a Comment  
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