Instant Web with Chrome 9

Chrome 9 instant search:

With Chrome Instant (à la Google Instant), web pages that you frequently visit will begin loading as soon as you start typing the URL. (“Look, Mom – no enter key!”). If supported by your default search engine, search results appear instantly as you type queries in the omnibox. To try out Instant, you’ll need to enable it in the Basics tab of Chrome’s options.

Pretty cool, gonna mess with some sites trend / view metrics though.

Chrome 9 also enables WebGL by default, which is a pretty big deal.

Designing For TV – Google TV


There are several noteworthy changes:

  • The sizes of all the fonts and buttons were increased
  • The “selected” item or item with the mouse over it is clearly highlighted
  • The user can navigate intuitively around the page using D-pad up/down/left/right motions
  • Additional padding has been added between all elements on the page
  • Darker or slightly muted colors have been chosen to suit TVs that are generally tuned to be brighter

More on Google’s Designing / tweaking your website for TV guide.

Youtube on Macbook on the Big Screen

Youtube on Macbook on the Big Screen

Apache Benchmarking (ab) on CentOS

I kept forgetting the Apache Benchmark location on CentOS servers, so for my own reference:

# /usr/local/apache/bin/ab

Apache Benchmarking is a great tool for testing Apache performance on web servers, for example running the following bash command:

# /usr/local/apache/bin/ab -n 100 -c 5 

This will test 100 connections (-n), limited to 5 concurrent connections (-c) on the website

You can also run Apache Benchmarking straight from Mac terminal using:

# ab -n 100 -c 5 

Tip: make sure you end the url to test with a trailing slash or filename or the command won’t work

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Released

Nexus S - Google Phone

Nexus S - Google Phone

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Home Screen

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Home Screen

So Android 2.3 is being rolled out the next few days, and will be available on the Nexus One and the new Nexus S initially. It’s got some much needed UI tidying up (till HTC get to it), but here’s what else is cool in it:

Android 2.3 iPhone like Copy & Paste

Android 2.3 iPhone like Copy & Paste

iPhone-esque Select, Copy and Paste

You can now select a group of text easily without using the trackball.

Tapping on a single word also selects it.

Front Facing Camera support on Android 2.3

Front Facing Camera support on Android 2.3

Front Facing Camera

Sure lots of third party apps will support this, but I wonder if we’ll see a Google FaceTime competitor? They’ve got the infrastructure in place, so I’m sure it’s coming..

Near Field Communications on Android 2.3

Near Field Communications on Android 2.3

NFC– Near Field Communications

Think of this as QR codes without the aggravation of having to fire up the camera and waiting for focus. Expect these to be popping up everywhere over the next 12-18 months.

Other notables

  • ‘Overscroll’ – kinda like bounce scroll on iPhone, an effect to hint when you get to the beginning or end of a scrollable area
  • Support for ‘Extra Large’ Screens – hints at tablet support finally coming
  • Download Manager – universal across all apps, something iOS currently lacks
  • SIP Support – make phone calls over the web
  • Extended sensor support- gyroscope, rotation vector, linear acceleration, gravity, and barometer hardware now supported
  • VP8 and WebM- video codecs Google are pushing for HTML5 video

Here’s the official summary video: