Category Archives: Google

Firefox Address Bar – Change it back to the default!

Firefox the geeks favourite browser.

Firefox has a very clever address bar, that can predict URL’s better than any other browser in the market.

You can also search directly from the address bar. By Default, Firefox uses Google to search for user queries. Sometimes, these address bar settings are hi-jacked by toolbars and other softwares (As I unfortunately found out!).

They change the default Google search into other. In my case, after installing iLivid download manager, my default search changed from Google.com to searchqu.

In this post I’ll show you how to restore the default address bar search settings.

In order to restore the address bar search settings to default, open your Firefox and follow the below steps.

  1. Type about:config in address bar and hit Enter. A warning will be shown to you, don’t panic just press “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
  2. In Filter box, type keyword.URL.
  3. Right-click on keyword.URL and select Reset.
  4. If the string is not replaced with a Google url, you need to enter “http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q=

Google Operating System

I had a crazy thought last night, while reading this article by Alex. Chitu on Google Operating System, about the much theorised Google Operating System.

What I thought up, was not only possible, but seemed to fit with the Google Products and services that are currently in development.

Have you ever logged into your work PC using a VPN over a browser, a service such as Logmein, would give you a good idea of where I am coming from.

Well, how about if Google created a web based desktop maybe from your personalised homepage, you log into your account, and you are presented with a desktop like system, allowing you to use the browser like a desktop.

Google could integrate gMail, Blogger, Picasa, Google Maps, Google Search, Google docs and make them all accessible from this one page, and if they do ever offer GDrive, even your files could be included here.

With the advent of Google desktop searching through your machines, Google could transmit the files on your PC, send them to Google, and sync files from other PCs so that everything is backed up on your own PC whilst at the same time available from any PC that supports a browser, you’re your information being synced all the time through Googles servers, you would have all your information in place on your PC should you not have a viable internet connection at any time to connect to Google.

Google could easily create a Linux based operating system, but the distribution of such a system would put them at immediate loggerheads with Microsoft, and as such they would have to offer something pretty special to win anyone over here. Or they could offer a operating system, and let you log into it remotely, removing the need for distributing the software, they could push all their services through this service, just like Microsoft pushes their own services such as media player etc

You would be able to edit your files, edit your spreadsheets, and text files.

Picassa is there to assist with the editing of photos, and publishing them.

There would be no need for any other software, apart from Google Desktop which deal with the synchronisation of PCs to Google’s servers.

When I have more time, I will post more on this idea of mine, and may even create some screen shots.

Paul

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