Archive for July 2010

Useful Tool: ImgBurn

Published on July 20, 2010

I needed a quick and easy way to burn an ISO image here at work, so I took a look around and found ImgBurn. A Windows-only app, it’s small, easy to set up, and took no time at all to get working. The only annoyance was that the installer included an option to install an “Ask” toolbar in IE (along with a few other advertising options). Thankfully, you can disable them all at setup time.

Recommended LCDs?

Published on July 12, 2010

Exactly five years ago today, I bought a used NEC 22″ monitor for my personal computer at home. It has served me well for that time, but I’ve seen it act up a time or two recently. Seeing as LCD technology has progressed much over the past few 5 years, I feel like it’s finally time to bite the bullet and join the mainstream. As such, I’m starting the hunt for a new display. Here’s what I want:

  • Real Estate: I run 1600 x 1200 at home, and I’d like to stay in that neighborhood
  • Fast Response Times: The display would primarily be used for gaming, so fast response times are a requirement.
  • Vibrant Colors: Some LCD displays have pretty weak white-balance; I want something with nice color reproduction, since I’ll also be doing occasional photo editing.

Does anyone here have any recommendations on brands or where to start looking? Is there a model or manufacturer you’ve been happy with? Any ideas would be appreciated!

Encrypted Google Search

Published on July 8, 2010

I’m currently working on adding secure search support to the next release of Googlebar Lite. This new feature complicates things slightly when using a non-default, top-level domain (google.co.uk, for example). Google’s encrypted search feature is not available for all search types, and is currently only available via one domain: encrypted.google.com. As such, here is how the new option in Googlebar Lite will work when enabled:

  • For search types that support encrypted search, all queries will be sent to the encrypted domain. Your custom top-level domain (if you have one selected) will be ignored.
  • For search types that do not support encrypted search, all queries will be sent to the top-level domain of your choice.

I want to make this option’s behavior as clear as possible before I release the extension, which I hope to get around to doing in the next week or two.

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