Going Google Chrome (1 of 2)

Doing this post reminds me of the time when I had to write about moving from Firefox to Opera. Back then, it was primarily about issues with Firefox 3.0. This time it’s about the “This is embarassing” issue with Firefox 3.5 getting more and more frequent. While the way Firefox handles its mess is commendable and somewhat funny, it becomes more and more irritating as it happens more and more frequently.

Sure it might not be the core developers’ fault there. This time, however, I don’t have any plugins so getting burned browsing isn’t exactly encouraging to me. So instead of sticking it out and maybe trying to find what’s causing some 10 or 20-something tabbed session go caput…

Enter Google Chrome

While it was not exactly the first time I used the browser, the previous weeks found me taking a long and extensive look at what the internet giant has to offer. I have used the browser for testing a proxy project for school recently so it was all a matter of some bits of tweaking before I had things going for me.

An officemate of mine told me that Google Chrome was the fastest around when he did benchmarks of different browsers for school work as well. (It isn’t hard to guess which one came in last.) I wasn’t that much surprised because the guys from Google were just living up to one of their promises in reinventing the browser.

So Far…

…I’m liking the experience. Pretty much to have me set it as my default at least for the time being.

Apart from the often-noted gains on speed, Google Chrome dares to do things differently so I guess one downside to adopting it for one’s internet pleasure would be the need to take time to get used to how it does things. For one so used to seeing the usual window bar then menu then tabs layout when browsing, getting something without the first two parts can slow you down at first.

Google Chrome Layout

Google Chrome Layout

One thing noteworthy here is in how the decision to strike a balance between functionality and simplicity was achieved.

And for Tweaks and Peaks…

…there’s the Developer Tools from Google. I’ve pretty much missed what Google has to offer in this respect when doing my Client-Server term project so finding it out these past few days raised my delights on the browser to say the least.

First there’s the Developer-Elements treat for the web developer wanting to skim across piles of DOM material of the current page.

The Developer-Elements Functionality

The Developer-Elements Functionality

Then there’s the Developer-Javascript tool to those who want to get dirty with Javascript. It is worth noting that the browser chooses to implement Javascript rendition differently from other browsers as anyone who understands their comic would.

Developer-Javascript Console Functionality

Developer-Javascript Console Functionality

And finally, the multi-process nature of sessions in Chrome obviously requires some means of allowing users to manage the processes. This is where the Task Manager familiar to Windows users comes in.

Google Chrome Task Manager

Google Chrome Task Manager

New Tabs

Opening a new tab brings up the most visited pages in thumbnail format by default. The said layout reminds me of Opera’s Speed Dial functionality really:

New Tab - By Thumbnails

New Tab - By Thumbnails

Of course there’s the list-format setting for those who prefer to run down through lists:

New Tab - By List

New Tab - By List



I’ve finally decided to move my blog elsewhere. It’s pretty much something I’ve talked about time and again in this blog but just had time to do so recently.

This is my 72nd post here after 2 years. Looking back, it was a whole lot of content and even greater deal of time spent, (or wasted,) here.

So there’s nothing much in order but a goodbye to Yahoo 360 and hello to WordPress. To those who wish to update their blogrolls and RSS feeds, help yourselves.

Yourminis Test

I’ve received an email from my goowy account notifying me of their latest service: YourMinis.

Since my ever so busy schedule allows me just a few minutes for the internet, my observations and views regarding will be spilled at a later post. For now, this post will give way to a simple script test.

So without futher ado, here’s my first yourminis tab:

var ym_serverlocation=’http://www.yourminis.com/live.aspx?tabid=yourminis/patrickestrella/delivery’yourminis.com Heads Up Display


Busy as usual, (or business as usual?) I need to find time to post this somewhere however, (I was supposed to post it yesterday but then there’s work again.)

In fact, I think it’s pretty imperative to inform other people about the Phishing gimmick victimizing Equitable PCI. So goes the security advisory email I received yesterday morning:

Be wary of unsolicited e-mail from a financial institution or retail business asking to confirm e-mail or physical address, passwords, account numbers, and personal identification numbers. It likely is a “phishing” lure. E-mail spammers frequently use this technique to con people into handing over personal information. The e-mail routes its victims to Web sites that mimic those of legitimate companies. Equitable PCI Bank is one of the latest instances and other Philippines financial institutions likely are just as prone to this type of scam.

A quick google search tells you that even BPI was targetted before. On the international scene there was an instance when even paypal users were aimed.

For those who don’t have a clue, Phishing is a scheme aimed at fooling users into giving away personal and sensitive information such as email addresses and passwords, bank account numbers and PIN’s through devious schemes such as emails and website clones.

So go ahead and copy paste the message and send it to other people if you want to. Much as I’d want to post some some tips against Phishing here, my lack of time just doesn’t allow me to.

I’m Back!

Just when I thought my next blog entry here would spell out some sort of a laptop obituary, the guys at Servimax pulled off something which compels me to write a thank-God sort of entry.

I’m supposed to come up with something very important that’s why one could just imagine how aghast I was when my laptop wouldn’t even let me through BIOS last Wednesday night. I had to have the notebook serviced right then but wasn’t quite sure when I would be back in action without my aide.

It was a good thing my wife called yesterday so we got to know it was already for pick-up.

To cut the long story short, we picked up the notebook yesterday and the next thing I knew, I’m writing this.

Moving On

One thing that’s ironically amusing about times when you have to stuff your head into work is that these are the same times when good reads flush down hard on you just when you barely have the time to pay attention to each one. I used to make it a point to write about sensible stuff I eventually encounter along but now I’d just have to raise my hands and hope for the best.

The most I can do is save the URL/s in a draft email and again hope that I would be able to get back to something should I have some time to actually sit down and write soon. After some time it wasn’t hard to notice that the size of my Drafts folder was already catching up with that of my Inbox.

Nope. It doesn’t have anything to do with an obviously short-lived resolution I made last year: to update this blog regularly. At a time when good things have been proven to be rarer than the presence of raindrops on the desert, I just have to keep those reads and scribbles somewhere so that I can get back to them sometime. You’ll never know when a refreshing read might come in handy. Maybe later, maybe soon… maybe never.

Because I’ve always been a sucker for nostalgic hulabaloo’s, I found this particular article very interesting. That coupled with the fact that it talks about sociological factors involved in migration, (both legal and in this case, mostly illegal,) and a whole lot of other interesting stuff and sensible points.

To summarize, the threadstarter wrote about the Alaska he once knew as he was leaving the place he and his ancestors have called home. Migration of people from the lower 48’s costed him his memories of the growth of his family, the northern lights on a clear night and salmon spawning in the creek as one Alaskan moves out and four more “cheechakos” will move in.

Two things pointed out there is that people move somewhere and along with their settlement comes change.

Interestingly, my father who is of immigrant status moved there around two years ago and he’s now in Anchorage. In contrast, the guy’s been living there for 20 years already while his ancestors moved in around 100 years ago. Furthermore add the thread’s accounts of a lot of hometown changes and the migratory preference of my fellowmen still at homebase and everything’s been pretty much enough to get me to sit down and think despite my busy schedule.

The inherent search for places of settlement for humans has never been recent. While those accounted for there span years or decades, (or around a century in the case of the threadstarter concerned’s ancestors,) it has gone on a lot in the very distant past. Civilizations of thousands of years ago did it, (the Summerians taken as case in point there,) and so did caravans of gypsies and bands of nomads hundreds of years before you even get to read this.

Humans need to respond to change. It has been the same anywhere and anytime on this planet when promising plains get exhausted by the influx of people for different reasons. Be it to escape adversities such as poverty, war, famine or oppression or to hopefully start anew, people tend to move to some place where they see themselves better off.

And along with their arrival comes change.

I’m almost tempted to write how I remember Metro Manila more than twenty years ago. Having lived my life in this part of the country for most of my life, I’ve seen it change through the years. A lot of it has to do with the general perception of those from the provinces: Metro Manila promises hope. Given poverty as an alternative from their places, it isn’t hard to see why they would be willing to try out their luck here.

Despite the fact that opportunities are limited especially after a certain threshold of the urban population is reached, people still come here looking to settle here.

Is it surprising then that we see a rise of crime in Metro Manila in the recent decades? Is it surprising then that traffic has been a staple ingredient in day to day travel here? Is it surprising at all how people seem to have become mean and unfriendly?

I’m not complaining though. In fact I myself am not closing out the possiblity of trying out my luck somewhere else because of entirely practical purposes.

After all wasn’t it Heraclitus who said nothing endures but change?

Iodine for the I in IQ

Since I used to find time to write about something relevant to social issues, health, progress, politics, history and other stuff that actually made people think I’m smart and sensible, I’m taking another shot at it with this recent NY article regarding Iodine and International IQ.

The article begins its discussion of the ingredient’s significance by mentioning Valentina Sivryukova’s success in Kazakhstan in trying to raise public awareness regarding the benefits of using iodized salt. Ms. Sivryukova is the president of the National Confederation of Kazakh Charities.

Proof of this is the fact that only 29 percent of its households used iodized salt in 1999 compared to the current figure of 94 percent. This, even though it’s still considered a developing nation, shows that public health can be achieved with the proper initiative and support.

The rest of the article then talks about the advantages of iodine, global awareness on the issue, current situations in other countries regarding and international drives to eliminate iodine deficiency. I guess the one that pretty much caught my attention was a fact there stating that iodine deficiency lowers intelligence by 10 to 15 I.Q. points!

If I recall it right, FVR initiated a similar campaign during his term as president. I’m pretty curious at how it actually affected the national I.Q. What I keep on seeing in international intellectual ratings and evaluations are hardly encouraging. Examples of this are the continuous plunging of the quality of local universities in Asiaweek’s ratings and another international study on grade school intelligence placing the filipino kid somewhere among the last on the list of asian countries.

And I haven’t even talked about other IQ-related factors such as budget allocation on and policy making affecting education and academic research, and poverty reduction.