Google Chrome Sync is here !

Google Chrome

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Google had retired its “Google Browser Sync for Firefox” long back. It was quite expected with the Chrome coming into the playing field. Google has been constantly updating its browser(at least the developer channel) which is gong to be the basis for its future operating system dreams.

The recent dev build (4.0.201.1) released, has bookmark synchronisation which syncs your browsers bookmarks to Google Docs (read Google Drive) and not Google Bookmarks as one would expect.

So do you want to try the new feature ? First join Google Chrome’s dev channel, which includes a buggier, feature loaded and less polished version of Google Chrome.

Start Chrome with the “–enable-sync” flag. You will find a option in the Tools menu called “Sync my bookmarks…”. Login into your Google Account and the process should start immediately.

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The synced bookmarks are placed in Google Docs in “My Folders”.  This interface could be a precursor to GDrive which could act as online storage device.

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” Google Opt – Out Village “

The following is from the satire site, “The Onion“.

Are you tired of Google knowing your every move, every thought, want, purchase, opinion? Then Google’s new opt-out village is for you…as long as you know how to farm and bury a dead body…


Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village

20 Incredible Space Sunrise Wallpapers

Time to change that boring wallpaper.. check out the space sunrise collection complied at Six Revisions. Spice up your dull desktop with this incredible collection of 20 stunning digital illustrations of sunrises caught in space.

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Editing the hosts file in Windows Vista

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For the few, who need to bypass the standard DNS settings or who develop and manage websites and need to edit hosts file are quite stuck up with the UAC in Micro$oft’s Windows Vista.

Here are the few ways to edit the hosts file in Windows Vista, which I came across while googling for the solution.

For non-frequent edits :

  1. Open Notepad with Administrative privileges by clicking StartAll Programs,Accessories, and then right-click Notepad and select to open as Administrator.
  2. Now that Notepad is open with Administrative privileges browse to (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc) in Notepad and open the hosts file.
  3. Now you can edit and save the hosts file.

For frequent editing

Here’s how to create a shortcut on your desktop and easily open your hosts file with Notepad and edit it.

  1. Send a shortcut to Notepad to your desktop by right-clicking Notepad in the start menu and selecting send to desktop.
  2. Right-click the shortcut to Notepad on your desktop and select properties.
  3. Click the advanced button near the bottom of the shortcut tab and check off run as administrator. Click OK in the advanced properties window.
  4. Replace “ %SystemRoot%\system32\notepad.exe with ” %SystemRoot%\system32\notepad.exe C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts in the target box. Click OK in the properties window to save the changes.
  5. Now all you have to do is open that shortcut to open your hosts file with Notepad with administrative privileges.