Superpower Chrome’s address bar

Lifehacker has a list of secret powers that Chrome’s address bar possesses. If you spend time within the Chrome browser, it’s worth it to familiarize yourself with these.

The most effective for me has always been using custom search engines via keywords. I use them to search for everything from items to purchase on Amazon to baseball player stats on Baseball-Reference.

I cannot begin to fathom the amount of time that simple hack has saved me over the years.

Write! – a dynamic Windows text editor

I’ve been a Mac user for a while now, and it a big perk of that is the amazing software that is always available thanks to many great developers.

I keep a Windows desktop to run as a media and backup server at home, and I try to keep up with anything new that comes Microsoft’s way on it while it serves those initial purposes. I’m not the first to notice how far behind Windows has gotten when it comes to innovative software — even among simple things like text editors.

Enter Write! — a truly dynamic Windows text editor.

Thanks to Lifehacker, I became familiar with Write! today and have had fun playing around with it. Its interface offers a new take, especially for Windows, on the text editor, featuring a custom rendering engine, markdown support and much more.

If you have a Windows machine lying around, give Write! a shot. It’s distraction-free writing at its best on the platform with tons of features to enjoy.

On creation without consumption

Brett Terpstra describes his way of learning:

“My entire life I’ve been “bad” at school. I can’t sit through lectures, and I can’t concentrate on reading assignments. I can read, and I can comprehend, but it takes great effort to focus on what is being said and to block out my own thought patterns. I learn by doing, and I only learn things that are of interest or immediately applicable to me.”

…loved this specific thought from Brett. My mind has worked the same in these settings.

Windows 10 — I’m just not sure anymore

Microsoft took some time this week to show off an early version of its next flagship operating system — Windows 10. Right, 10. You know — the number that comes after 8.

All jokes aside, Redditors are calling out an even better reason as to why ‘9’ may have been skipped:

Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form:

if(version.StartsWith(“Windows 9″))
{ /* 95 and 98 */ }
else {

and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.

Too good. Anyways, back to what Windows 10 actually is. Some linkage:

If you read the links, you’ll see that it appears Windows is taking a step back. It’s taking the good things of Windows 8 (or 8.1) and trying to stuff them into Windows 7 — a more strictly standard desktop OS that most of the world already used and knew.

It’s probably best for Microsoft’s current customers, but does little to convince anyone moving forward that its product is where you should invest your time. I wonder how sudden the desktop OS crash of Microsoft will hit, and who will deliver that ultimate blow (maybe a combined punch of Apple and Google’s Chrome OS?).

For me, I already have limited use of Windows. That use consists of a sole desktop that serves as a server/backup machine. I haven’t installed Office on a computer in years, as all my work is done in Google Docs. And I tend to keep Microsoft off my OSX installs.

I like the thought of Microsoft doing unique things, but that just doesn’t seem like it will really happen anymore. What a shame.