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Chrome gets Tab Preview in Win7 Taskbar

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The current Dev version of Google Chrome has implemented a new feature to partially mimic IE8's taskbar tab preview. That is, whenever you hover your mouse over the Chrome icon in the taskbar, the popup preview pane will show a thumbnail of every single open tab, across all Chrome windows:


Some people love this feature. I personally hate it. If you have two or three windows open, each with 5 or more tabs that are logically grouped, getting to the right window becomes a frustrating chore. Especially so when you have too many tabs and the image previews turn into a long scrollable list. The old system would simply show a preview of the active tab in each window, which I think is much more usable.
Thankfully I'm not the only one who takes issue with this, and Google is working on an option to disable this new behavior (more information available here).

Microsoft Driver Catalog

I was installing Windows 7 RTM Pro on a 3 year old desktop machine last night. Everything ran smoothly except that Windows did not detect the wireless network adapter. I had no clue what the adapter model was either, so I went to Device Manager, right-clicked the Unknown Device, then clicked on Properties/Details/Property/Hardware Ids and this showed the value PCI\VEN_1814&DEV_0301&SUBSYS_E9341458.

This is a unique identifier that you can use to locate the exact model of any device in your PC. The simplest way to do this is usually to just try your luck with Google, most of the time you'll get the exact model name of the device, or something close.

In this case though, I found out my adapter was a Ralink variant, but I got no hits on the SUBSYS identifier. I tried downloading some of the drivers from the Ralink website but none of them worked.

I then stumbled upon the Microsoft Update Catalog. Thought I'd try my luck and search for VEN_1814&DEV_0301&SUBSYS_E93414…

Securing your Top Secret Private Data

We live in a digital world of usernames, passwords, account numbers, pins and secret questions. Most people would have account numbers and passwords used for online banking, online credit card statements, superannuation account, PayPal, investment portfolios and other services linked directly to their money.
The problem with this is you either need to remember all of the account numbers and login details for each service, or store them somewhere in case your memory fails. Relying on memory is probably not a very good idea. The more services you have, the more chances you'll get something mixed up. And it's probably a good idea to change some passwords every now and then in case you get compromised (maybe someone looking over your shoulder when you logged in from a public place, maybe you used an untrusted computer which could've had a keylogger installed, etc).
So what do you do? Write them on a piece of paper and store them in a safe in your home? Possibly, although it nee…

The Future of Mobile Phones: Android vs. iPhone vs. WinMo (and the rest)

----- UPDATE: Recent turn of events revealed the new Windows Phone Series 7 won't have: Copy-pasteMulti-taskingFlash (initially)Open applications Microsoft seems to be basically copying iPhone 1.0 and going down the same path of a tightly controlled App Store... I guess it was too good to be true... looks like it's back to hoping for Android to take off... -----
Let's face it. The iPhone was a huge success. It sold relatively well throughout all regions it was released in and it helped to redefine the purpose and usefulness of mobile devices as a whole. The iPhone is more about fun, entertainment, convenience and utility then it is about making phone calls or sending messages. It's partially all about making web browsing on a mobile phone tolerable, but really, it's all about the AppStore. Having easy access to thousands of free or cheap games and apps is what made it a runaway success.
Sure, Symbian and WinMo had third-party apps support for many years prior, but thes…