ChromeDeck – Tweetdeck for Chrome

TweetdeckFor the past few weeks, I have been using ChromeDeck (the native Tweetdeck application for the Google Chrome browser) fairly exclusively as my desktop Twitter client. I am very pleased with the application, and am extremely impressed at how similar the appearance is to the desktop app. There are a lot of neat features that you won’t find in the full-fledged desktop version; but there are also a few features I used regularly in the AIR applicationĀ that I sorely miss in the Chrome version.

Dell Mini 1012 – My New Toy

It is with great sadness that I share the fact that there are now more Dell computers in our house than HP computers; but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity I had over the weekend. I was able to pick up a brand new Dell Mini 1012 for a good price. I’ve been wanting a netbook to carry around for quite a while; but just hadn’t found the right one for the right price.

IE6 Usage Below 5% in the U.S.

According to a new website Microsoft launched last week; currently only 2.9% of Internet users in the United States are using Internet Explorer 6. Worldwide, IE6 usage is still at 12.0%. However, only 10 of the 43 countries displayed on the chart have higher than 5% IE6 usage. Of those 10 countries, 8 are Asian nations.

Chrome for a Cause

Chrome for a CauseFor those of you that haven’t heard, or maybe weren’t sure if this was real; Google has partnered with some major charities to offer “Chrome for a Cause.” The concept is, when you browse the Web using Chrome, you’ll earn a small amount of credit for each and every new tab you open. At the end of each day, you can donate those credits to one of five different causes.

Google explains the breakdown of what resources are donated for each block of tabs you open in their blog post about this interesting and innovative campaign.

All you have to do to participate in this campaign is install the Chrome for a Cause extension in Chrome (well, first you have to have the Chrome Web browser installed on your computer). Then, simply browse the Web as you normally would, and the extension will keep track of how many new tabs you open throughout the day. At the time of this writing (around 10 p.m. EST), I have opened a total of 141 new tabs since I got on my computer this morning at 8. How many tabs do you think you’ll open in a day?

Locating Bugs in Your Javascript Code

If you’re anything like me, you have traditionally used javascript alert boxes to try to identify and diagnose bugs in your javascript code. There are two major issues with this process, though.

  1. It’s extremely inconvenient for your users if you’re trying to debug a live application.
  2. It can be a real problem if you end up in some sort of long/infinite loop and end up outputting multiple alert boxes.

There is a better way, though, and it basically works in Internet Explorer (version 8), Firefox (with the Firebug extension installed), Chrome, Safari and Opera. This is nothing new, by any strecth of the imagination, but it still seems to be a bit of a well-kept secret for a lot of developers.

The New Twitter Bookmarklet

For those of you that haven’t heard, Twitter has released an official bookmarklet to allow you to tweet about just about anything you find online. While I appreciate the fact that Twitter is moving forward with tools to make it easier for its users to share information through its service (the official Twitter iPhone app, the official Twitter “Tweet” button for websites and blogs, etc.), I wish they’d put a little more work into this new bookmarklet.

Personally, I am so accustomed to using the Friendfeed bookmarklet (it’s really basically the only bookmarklet I use on a regular basis), I am disappointed that the Twitter bookmarklet doesn’t function the same way.