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Friday, July 22, 2011

D-Link and OpenDNS Team Up

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/20/d-...to-your-router/

"Today's kids have grown up in a world where the internet has always been around, Google has always been there to help, and having a smartphone is the norm. It only follows that they'd be super comfortable with the web, using it just as proficiently, if not more so, than their parents. That's all well and good, but there's this one pretty huge problem: the internet is dangerous. That's why D-Link and OpenDNS have partnered to put OpenDNS on all new models of consumer model D-Link routers."

I use OpenDNS myself, and in addition to the added benefit of super-snappy DNS performance, the parental controls are a nice touch. Having it integrated at the router level is a great idea, as long as D-Link has improved their usually obscure router user interface. If they haven't, your average parent isn't going to be able to control the OpenDNS settings any easier than they could in the browser. Any other OpenDNS users out there?


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Google Takes Printing to the Cloud

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:00 AM

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/...og+(Gmail+Blog)

"Let’s say you need to print an important email attachment on your way to work so that it’s waiting for you when you walk in the door. With Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print — a service that allows printing from any app on any device, OS or browser without the need to install drivers — you can."

Google Cloud Print lets you print from Gmail in any current web browser, desktop or mobile. You need a Windows PC connected to the printer your want to print to right now but they're going to add support for Mac and Linux machines as well. Just go into Gmail from a browser and you will see a "Print" option in it's drop down menu near the top right. Besides just printing your messages it supports the printing of some attachments like .doc and .pdf files. Give it a try! Does this solve a specific printing need for you?


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Adobe Readies Flash 10.2 Beta

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 PM

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/

"Welcome to the Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 beta. Flash Player 10.2 introduces new features and enhancements, including a new video hardware acceleration model that enables dramatically enhanced video playback performance."

2009 is a year Adobe would probably like to try and forget; it was the year they became the whipping boys for seemingly all that ails Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, and, oh, a few others. I'm not nearly as opposed to Flash as some people are. Yeah, I've had my fair share of complaints about Flash causing browser instability, but I haven't had problems with Flash in quite a while. Version 10.2 brings some nice improvements to the otherwise under-utilized GPU in most computer systems, and it looks like Adobe is on the right track when it comes to improving performance. Once the software developers at Adobe finish fixing Flash, they should all be assigned to Adobe Premiere Elements - because there's an app that needs some serious help.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Best Browser Promo Video I've Ever Seen

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 11:30 AM

This is off topic for sites other than Digital Home Thoughts, but this video is just so darn cool, I wanted to share it with everyone. Worth noting is that it's loading the pages out of the cache, so this is a rendering test, not a "download speed test", but it's perfectly valid because download speeds will vary from location to location. Personally, I still use Firefox more than Chrome - at some point, browsers are "fast enough" at page rendering and further improvements can't be perceived. I value stability and usefulness more than sheer speed at rendering. What about you?


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sketchpad Threatens MS Paint Dominance

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5467493/sketc...l5-painting-app

"Run by a team that dubs themselves Colorjack, this "Sketchpad" demo shows off the capabilities of modern JavaScript and HTML5 support. You can paint any color in any shade or opacity, take on patterns and "Spirographs," and use all the tools you're likely familiar with from Microsoft's older versions of that old Paint standby."

For those of you who think that HTML5 is so fantastic that everyone should immediately drop everything else to adopt it, Sketchpad may be a great link you can show people what HTML5 is capable of, outside of video delivery. Sketchpad is definitely not on par with Photoshop, or GIMP, but as a proof of concept, it is quite compelling, and it actually seems to offer very similar features (short of loading an image) to online photo editors. Of course, there is the inevitable comparison to Flash. I still maintain that Flash is the here and now. HTML5 is great and likely will be the future, but it is like saying that fusion power is the way of the future, and gasoline sucks. Until there is an HTML5 version of Desktop Tower Defense, you cannot change my mind!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Adobe Flash May Be Flawed, But It's Still Critical to the Web

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 PM

http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2010/0..._the_devil.html

"In the last couple of years, it has become trendy to bash the Adobe Flash Player. I need to say a few things on that subject. First, let's be very clear: I'm not on the Flash team. I don't speak for them. (I don't speak for anyone but myself.) This post is just my personal take on things. Caveat lector. I came to Adobe ten years ago to build an open standards (SVG)-based Web animation tool. I like standards, and I have some experience here. Both authoring for & competing with the Flash Player gave me some good perspective."

Flash is a flawed product - what software isn't though - yet is has managed to advance the Web in a variety of ways, not the least of which is making online streaming video an easy to use reality. This is a really interesting article written by an Adobe employee that takes a critical look at the state of Flash and the technologies that are vying to replace it. Flash might be sometimes obnoxious - especially when it's used to create advertising banners that crash every browser out there - but it's also tremendously powerful, giving rise to world-changing sites like YouTube.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Why Are Browser Crashes/Hangs More Frequent Now?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 03:00 PM

You'd think that with all the browser development out there, browser stability problems would be a thing of the past - but perhaps any advances in stability are being offset by the increasingly broad range of technologies that browsers are required to support. The above is a screen shot from Google Chrome - about 90% of the time, when I go to a Facebook status update page, typically to respond to a comment someone else made about my status update, Google Chrome will hang. My CPU usage spikes and that browser tab becomes non-responsive. Thankfully, I can keep using other tabs and eventually Chrome will either process my request to kill that tab, or finally acknowledge that there's a problem with the content in that tab and show me the above messag. I wrote about my problems with certain Flash banners crashing my browser over on my personal blog, so me having with browsers isn't a new issue. Is anyone else out there using Google Chrome and seeing the same sort of problem with Facebook status pages? The good news here is that Google is apparently aware of the problem...but who knows how long it will take to get fixed.


Friday, June 19, 2009

Google Asks People "What's a Browser?"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 10:05 AM

http://pleaseenjoy.com/project.php?...=131&navpoint=0

"What is a browser? was the question we (Google) asked over 50 passersby of different ages and backgrounds in the Times Square in New York. Watch the many responses people came up with."

That video is HILARIOUS. It just goes to show you how completely clueless most people are about the technology they use - though I have to admit I was surprised to see some of the younger people being just as clueless. It shows that technical knowledge is much less about age than it is about interest/desire to understand. And, frankly, most people aren't geeks and they don't care about how the technology works or even what it is that they're using. They'll typically only use something different or better if they're forced to - a new computer, a new operating system, etc.

The guy who said he uses the "big blue E" is pretty typical in my experience - though what surprised me was the confusion between a search engine and a browser. You'd think the fact that Internet Explorer says Internet Explorer everywhere would be a hint that the browser is called Internet Explorer. But people clearly pay more attention to what's going on INSIDE the browser - that's the experience they care about.


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