Google restores backspace functionality to Chrome, but there is a catch

It may seem logical that, when browsing, the backspace key would work to take you back to a previous web page. However, that isn’t the case with Google Chrome. Although this was an option in the browser previously, Google chose to remove it. The company has seen the light now however, and is bringing the feature back, no pun intended, although it isn’t changing the browser’s default behavior. If you don’t want to go to the effort of moving your mouse pointer to the back arrow at the left of the address bar to go back to the previous site,… [Continue Reading]


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How I wrote and published my novel using only open source tools

How I wrote and published my novel using only open source toolsFrom Markdown to paperback and Kindle without proprietary software.I’ve recently published my first novel The Golden Legacy on Kindle and paperback through Amazon, achieving very professional results. Along the way I created a process and a couple of tools based exclusively on open source software. Here’s my process.The manuscriptThe most important piece of content for publication is the manuscript (i.e. the text of the novel). I originally started writing this in a Google Doc, but it soon became apparent that Offline Mode wasn’t as robust as I expected (this was critical for me, since I wrote the whole novel during my daily commute), and Docs had latency problems handling a really big document. So I wrote a quick script to export the text to Markdown and abandoned the Google Doc.There are many editors for Markdown. For a brief period


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Google updates its open source Santa Tracker in time for Christmas

Yeah, OK… it’s only August, but we’re going to start talking about Christmas. Well… Google is, anyway. As it has done for a few years now, the company is planning to run its Santa Tracker tool in December and it has a few updates to share. The web and mobile based versions of the tool are open source, meaning that developers are free to work their Christmassy magic and come up with new and innovative ideas for kids. Based on Firebase and Polymer, Santa Tracker has been tweaked to be as battery-friendly as possible for mobile devices, and optimized to… [Continue Reading]


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