Saturday, 24 July 2010
A lot of computers and laptops being made now,no longer have Windows Vista or Windows XP,they now have Windows 7. The most common version is Windows 7 Starter edition. There are also other editions of Windows 7,such as Home Premium,but they are often only pre-installed on more expensive laptops not on net books,which is what I have. If you have Windows 7 Starter you can upgrade to another edition of Windows 7,but it is very expensive and you cannot do this with all laptops. Other editions of Windows 7 allow you to change the wallpaper on your desktop screen to one of your choice and also download themes from the Internet. But this is not an option in Windows 7 Starter and if you try to download themes or wall paper it does not allow you. But there is a way round this and after I searched the web I found out how to do this by using my laptop settings and it worked. I now have my own desktop theme in my own colors and I will now explain how to change the default color screen and how to also change the appearance of both the task and menu bar,by using the settings only.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
There are many new web browsers on the market now and among Flock and Firefox,there are also quite a number of Chrome browsers. For most people it's Google Chrome or Chromium. There are many other chrome browsers but most are just clones of Google Chrome and Chromium.
I recently bought my laptop and naturally I have been experimenting with new soft where and ways to improve my PC and choosing the best browsers. I have Flock,Firefox and other browsers and I had Google Chrome,Comodo Dragon and Chromium. But as all these were the same browsers in all but name, I got rid of all but one chrome browser to free up disk space on my computer.
I kept Chromium browser because it is faster than the others with fewer crashes. Google Chrome works well and they have recently upgraded to Google Chrome Beta,but this only works on Windows 7,which I have, and Windows Vista. so people with other PCs can only use the previous version of Google Chrome. Comodo Dragon was running slow and Iron browser, I did not like at all because it clashed with my Chromium so I uninstalled it right away. All chrome browsers are exactly the same,so you only need one or two of them. So I kept Chromium and the really good thing about this is that it updates at least once a day.
Chromium is made by the same company who make Google Chrome,but it is open source,which means not as many people us it as G.Chrome and it is always updating. Also you can do all of the same things you can with G. Chrome and use Google Talk and video chat with it.
As well as all of the add ons and themes for Google Chrome,will work on Chromium browser. But a lot of people including myself have found that there are many articles about Chromium but very few download links to get the browser!
A lot of sites I visited had no download link or ones that were broken and did not work. I got my Chromium browser from a site called C Net,which lists nearly every browser ever made and many new ones,plus a download of Chromium that was compatible with my computer. The C Net download comes as a zipped file,that you extract and open to install and is the 2009 version, Chromium 4.
But I recently found a more updated version of this years at another site,that publishes daily updates of Chromium browser. Here at this site you have the option of downloading as a zipped file or normal download.
So I now have Chromium 6, but I was unable to install this new version as a zipped file as it is not compatible with my Windows 7,but I was able to download normally. Chromium 4,although it is last years version,it works well,but on Chromium 6, 2010 version,you can now set it as your default browser,where as you can not with Chromium 4.
After you install Chromium you should also install Chromium Nightly Updater.This is a useful tool as it will check for Chromium browser updates and will also download the latest version of Chromium,without you having to search for a site,to download from. Chromium updater can also be used to upgrade from last years version to the new version.
I was able to upgrade my 2009 version to this years version successfully,using the updater. It is not essential to upgrade your web browser every day and I find that all versions of Chromium 6 work the same,I still have last months version. But Chromium Nightly Updater, or CNU. for short, will save you a lot of time from searching the web for new downloads,which are difficult to find. CNU can be downloaded and stored on a PC desktop, or in documents, if you share a PC and do not want others to access it,without your permission.
You can get Chromium web browser from the C Net website. And this years version which can be Chromium can be used alongside Google Chrome and other Chrome browsers or on it's own as well as with your regular browsers,Flock,Firefox,etc. Google Chrome browser is identical to Chromium and as mentioned both are from the same company,but Chromium was made first before Google Chrome.
Google Chrome does not have any updater as Chromium does and Chromium updater will not work on Google Chrome.It will only work on Chromium, and there are various extensions for Chromium to update the browser but cnu is the best one. Some people prefer Chromium because it does not record your browsing history but Google Chrome does. But for me that is not an issue,but I do find Chromium to be more stable and faster than some other Chrome browsers. Also because Chromium is similar to G. chrome, Real Player will also work here on both browsers.
Most blog hosting sites come with the option to have an RSS feed or atom feed or both and this is one way to promote your site. With an rss feed people can subscribe to your blog,but there are also more advanced feeds,that show more updates and features. One such feed service is Feedburner. Feedburner is a free service that can be used to create your own feed and you can also choose your URL feed address. Feedburner is useful,especially if your rss feed URL is long and difficult for people to remember.
I have started using feedburner recently because Windows Live Spaces have changed RSS feed address for all blogs,including mine,and the new feed URL is very long and most people will not remember it. So I turned to Feedburner, and with this I can choose my own web address for my feed and I can create as many feeds as I want for the same blog,with a different web address for each one. For example my RSS feed for one of my Sites on Windows Live Spaces- Hezbollah and Andrea posts, which is as you can see very long and complicated. So I have my own Feedburner URL which is http://feeds.feedburner.com/hezbollahandrea and this is not only easier to remember but also Feedburner gives you the option to add subscriptions by email. Where readers can get email updates on new posts and also there are many different ways to promote your feed or create more feed address for the same site or your other sites. Feedburner is now part of Google so you can sign into Feedburner with your Google account and as mentioned before it is a free service. Blogger provides both an rss feed and an atom feed for blogs hosted there,but it also supports Feedburner. So you can have your blog redirected to your Feedburner feed by changing the settings in the menu. But I have not done this as I am quite happy to use both my atom feed and my Feedburner feed for my sites hosted here on Blogger.
And many other blogging services,such as Wordpress and others support Feedburner. I now have Feedburner for my You Tube channel and I still have the regular feed as well. So having feedburner and using it along side your other feed increases readers subscribing to your feed and site and also search engines pick this up and index your site too. The added bonus is also the fact that you can customise your feed,choose how many posts appear and Feedburner will even show your videos,where as regular rss feeds do not. There are also other feed services such as Feedblitz but this is not free and some others can create a feed for a site that does not have an rss or atom feed. But Feedburner cannot do this yet,it can only create feeds for sites that already have an rss feed at the moment. But Feedburner is a valuable tool which will make it easier both to create a feed and promote your site.
Monday, 5 July 2010
I have written a few posts about web browsers and many people dislike Internet Explorer web browser,including me. The new Internet Explorer 8 which is pre- installed on my laptop is no better than the previous version of Internet Explorer and there is talk of Microsoft bringing out Internet Explorer 9 soon. I have installed other browsers on my computer among them flock and Firefox but I never used Internet explorer. As when I have done it often crashes,is very very slow and often does not get on the web page resulting in a redirect.In fact it is completely useless and I see no need for it,when there are much better web browsers that are very good and fast,such as Google Chrome,Flock and others.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
I have several different web browsers on my computer and I have had messages from Windows to upgrade most of them.
The ones being upgraded now are as follows-Google Chrome to Google Chrome Beta, Firefox to Firefox 3.6.6,Flock to Flock 2.6.0, Seamonkey to the latest version, Lunascape and Opera browser.
Since I got my new laptop over 2 months ago I have been looking at ways to improve my blog posts and store my videos that I make. A few months ago I told you about Real Player,the free version,which you can download. This downloads videos from most sites and stores them in a file on the computer,so you can upload to your site. But the disadvantage is that it only works on Firefox,Google Chrome and Lunascape browsers. So it does not work on flock or other browsers,apart from the 3 mentioned,although it some times works on Chromium web browser.
There are many video sharing sites on the web at the moment,not just You Tube but many other sites that are unknown to most people.
You Tube is the best site as it is well known and most people visit there,and not only that, but they are the most open minded site. In that they will allow pretty much any content no matter how eccentric as long as it is not copyright or porn. But this is not true of some other video sites.