KDE File Dialog Now in Chromium Dev Build

posted in: KDE, Science | 4

Earlier, I reported that Google Chrome / Chromium would soon have KDE file dialogs for saving and opening files. This morning I installed a development build of Chromium 16, and there it is, native KDE file dialog support by default.

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KDE file dialog open in ChromiumAnd no, I did not really save the weather page.


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Google Chrome to Get KDE File Dialog Support

posted in: KDE | 6

This news should make KDE users happy. One of the issues with using any non-KDE apps with KDE is that you often get stuck with a GTK file dialog. In my opinion, the GTK file picker just does not measure up to the KDE one. A while back, someone added support for Mozilla Firefox, but Google Chrome / Chromium users still had to endure the GTK dialog.

Well, soon, the agony will be over, at least, it would seem so. According to a bug report on the Chromium website, the developers just added KDialog support a week ago. It will, of course, take time to make its way into a stable release, but the news is promising, nonetheless.

Ideally, we would have full KDE integration (i.e. Qt-based Chromium), but that will probably never happen. Some time ago, Nokia was working on a Qt Firefox, but that obviously never fully materialized. A better solution would probably be for someone to develop a new browser that uses Chrome’s version of Webkit and its V8 Javascript engine. Adding support for Chrome extensions would be nice too. OK, now I am just getting greedy. To the developers who added the KDialog support: thanks!

Will Charging Readers for Access Save Newspapers?

posted in: The Web | 0

If TavisOnline.com started charging readers to view content on this site, would any of you loyal readers still visit?  Many readers would likely just move on to another free news source.  That reality raises another question.  If a major newspaper such as the New York times decided to charge readers for online content, would their readers pay?

The lesson I learned even in high school Journalism class was that advertisements keep newspapers running, not paper sales.  Nevertheless, most print publications still charge a small fee, and the NY Times is apparently not raking in enough money in online advertising to cover their decline in print ad revenue.

Google Chrome History Mystery

posted in: Free Software, Linux | 2

Google Chrome History

Lately, I have encountered a strange problem with Google Chrome that rendered the history inoperable.  The problem began when I cleared the browsing history one day and expected it to return to normal use.

Instead, Chrome stopped recording the history altogether, and the “most visited” screenshots on the new tab layout would not refresh, displaying gray empty thumbnails instead.


Beautiful HTML5 Video Demo

posted in: Free Software, Technology | 0

HTML5 video will hopefully soon replace Flash Player as the video streaming method of choice for websites.  YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, and others are currently providing beta examples of their future HTML5 video players.  While these demos are OK, they do not really showcase how beautifully seamless the experience can be.

SublimeVideo does just that.  It feels like you are watching an HD video from a Blu Ray drive on your computer.  If you have an HDMI out on your laptop, you could display it on your TV, and it would be picture-perfect.  Flash never functions exactly like native video, and it hogs CPU and RAM.  Anyone with dual monitors like me knows that playing Flash in fullscreen is a pain as well.

HTML5 video requires no additional browser plugin, and the webmaster has the freedom to customize the interface and fullscreen support (which is built in to browsers anyway).

To view the video, you will need the latest release of Safari (v4.0.4+), Google Chrome (v4.0+), or Firefox (v3.6+).  It also works with Internet Explorer with Chrome Frame installed.