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I really like Google Chrome. It's better than Firefox in that I don't constantly get Not Responding messages, which freeze up my computer for as long as 2 minutes) and it loads webpages much, much faster. I hadn't realized until I played with Chrome yesterday how  much the the NR message and long loading times for Blackboard (online class system) were affecting me I think half of my dislike for my classes (past and present) has been browser frustration since they are online classes for the most part. I feel relieved and happier now. Still not completely happy with them but I am much, much happier. It's possible to use delicious buttons with Chrome. I wish Chrome would open up previous webpages you've visited after you've shut it down like Firefox allows you. I don't know how I missed the option before but I found it. Awesome!  I also wish Chrome was more customizable--I like Firefox's AdBlock, etc. Does anyone actually click on those damn ads? I don't unless I'm trying to help support a website/cause (click here and we'll donate money to feed the hungry, etc.). I've never bought anything off those sites I've clicked through. It still loads the webpages with ads faster than Firefox though. The interface just feels so floaty and lightweight to me. I can see more of my screen, which enables me to see more of the webpages that I visit. It's awesome. 

Typing of the Dead, which is an improve your typing program, is awesome. I may be fast but my accuracy isn't always the greatest so I found this and downloaded it. It's totally awesome. When you type a letter or word, you fire a bullet, which hits a zombie and eventually kills it. It's a zombie killing game that teaches you to type the QWERTY keyboard. It lets you explore and has levels. Too bad it doesn't teach DVORAK, which I understand is easier on the hands/less risk of carpal tunnel and which I want to learn since my hands start to hurt after typing for while. Decisions, decisions. Try to learn DVORAK (which I'll be slow & inaccurate with at first) or improve my QWERTY accuracy and keep my typing speed. 

Come with me to grad school hell........ )
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Harvard Slams Google Settlement; Others React With Caution Well, Google folded and settled the lawsuit instead of fighting it out in court and determining copyright and fair use, which leaves the entire matter unsettled and for others to fight out at a later date. Is this good or is it bad? How does it affect libraries? Interesting article.

Beyond Youtube: New Ways to Find Videos on the Web talks about current developments in video searching. Google is trying to development technology that will index the content of the video itself. Other sites have developed that are trying to index the videos on the web such as Ovguide.com, blinkx, meefedia (incorporates social blogging), videosurf, CastTv, funnyordie (comedy videos), etc.

Thought these were interesting.

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