Written by Alan Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:00
Settings in Chrome, like most browsers, open in a tab. That just fine for using it as a browser, but as an OS it isn’t ideal, as it makes it feel less like a real platform.
Google is looking at changing this, as it has added an option to open the settings in a different window. This is not a mainstream release yet, but you can give it a try, both in Chrome OS and even within the browser on a different platform. Here’s how you can do it.
You will need to be running the developer preview version of Chrome, known commonly as Canary. For Windows users, Canary can run side-by-side with a stable version of Chrome, but on a Chromebook things get a lot more complicated. You can follow these instructions to do it, but be warned before doing so.
Once you’re in Canary, type chrome://flags into the URL bar and look for “Show settings in a Window”.
Click “Enable” to turn the feature on. There is no save button, so once you’ve enabled this then your are all done and can exit the flags page.
Written by Alan Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:00
The wilderness can be a scary place — there are dangerous creatures out there. But there is also beauty in nature, from scenic vistas to the those very creatures that sometimes strike fear.
That is where Microsoft is headed with one of its newest themes — “Wild Beauty”. The theme packs 16 images for use on your computer, all at no cost.
“From the ice fields of Antarctica to the volcanic shores of the Galápagos, Charles Bergman has traveled around the globe, photographing spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife in some of the most remote and intriguing locations the world has to offer. Join in his discoveries with this free theme for Windows”, the company describes
Download: Wild Beauty
Written by Alan Monday, 14 April 2014 07:00
Last week a flaw in OpenSSL was discovered, prompting panic on the internet. Many services have been sending emails urging customers to change passwords.
Not everyone was bit — companies such as LastPass and Evernote have issued statements claiming they were clear, but many major services were. The problem has to do with certificates, and those using Chrome as a web browser can enable checks of this to help avoid the problem. which exists on servers, not within the user’s system.
To get started, open Chrome and head to the “Settings” — click the three-bar icon at the top right and then the settings option. Scroll to the bottom and choose “Advanced settings” then continue on to locate the “HTTPS/SSL” heading.
Click the box next to “Check for server certificate revocation” and exit the settings — there is no save option. This won’t save you from the flaw, but it will help.