Google Toolbar for Chrome

If you are looking for solutions to install Google Toolbar in Chrome, bad luck, you are in the wrong blog. The answer is simply no, there is no to such toolbar for Google’s new Chrome browser.

This is what surprised me the most. I have been using Google toolbar for bookmark and translation tools for years. How could Google had no plan to have it default installed in the new browser?

I tried Chrome last night from my home computer and the experience was good. It is very light and fast, much faster than Firefox and IE. But I don’t think people will just switch to a new product if there are lots of features that they use everyday are missing. I posted a question on LinkedIn regarding installing GToolbar in Chrome, and all answers are simply no no no.

Google Toolbar for Chrome

All we need to do is to wait for further development which will then support extensions like Firefox.

Be patient, for the time being, stick with Firefox.

Google bought part of Maxthon

Founded by the very young and brilliant Jeff Chen in 2003 in China (under MyIE name), Maxthon became very quickly popular in Asia and all over the world. The big difference with other browsers is that Maxthon is based on IE code which makes the software very familiar from the beginning but with a few twists. Although I personally don’t like any browsers which are based on IE, it becomes very popular in China and has over 80 million downloads and half of them are in China.

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There are quite a few sources have confirmed that the Maxthon Browser has sold a minority stake to Google. The total investment size is rumored to be around $1 million. Maxthon-originated searches may account for up to 25% of total Baidu traffic, which is one of the largest search engines in China, according to one source.

This appears to be a marketing strategy designed to expand Google’s reach into China where it has not made a large market share into seearch marketplace. This move will have a great impact on China’s largest search engine Baidu.

Google Operating System??

Google has been one of Microsoft’s major competitor for several years. Since September 1998, when Google opened its door in Menlo Park, California, Google has launched lots of software that are direct competitors to Microsoft’s applications running on Windows. Google launched AdWords and Google Toolbar in 2000, Google Image Search in December 2001, Google News in 2002, Gmail in April 2004, Google Maps and Google Earch in 2005, Google Spreadsheet in June 2006 and many many more. So what do you expect the next step of Google?

There’s no official announcment of GoogleOS as far as I know – but despite that, it is one of the most talked about Web products. People can’t stop discussing it – and even imagining screenshots for it! Seems like everyone expects Google to get into direct competition with Microsoft, by releasing an operating system. Do you like to have a look at how GoogleOS will look like?

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According to the report, GoogleOS will be based on GNU/Linux, and there will be three versions of GoogleOS
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[li]A web based desktop (i.e. operating system) [/li]
[li]A full featured Linux distribution [/li]
[li]A lightweight Linux distro and/or BIOS [/li]
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However all those reports might all be fake. According to one of Chinese top Tech website – digi.it.sohu.com, those screenshots of GoogleOS might be done by the Google fans who would expect the next move of Google to compete with Microsoft’s Windows.

I think no matter whether the report is true or not, Microsoft really need to take caution of Google’s next move. We have been always surprised by Google’s new products, such as Gmail, Google Earch, Google Talk, Google Spreadsheet and much much more, who knows what would happen next. Linux already a headache for Windows for the past few years and the years ahead, if GoogleOS is really launched in the near future, what will Microsoft do to continue dominate their Windows?

Ever wanted to know when google crawls your site?

In this short tutorial we will cover how to send yourself an email via a PHP Script when Google’s spider has visited your site.

Step 1.

When googlebot visits your site we can easily tell it’s google and not a normal user by its User Agent. To call up the useragent in php we use a variable called $_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’].

Step 2.

The Googlebot user agent is always “Googlebot”, so all we need to do is check whether or not the useragent is Googlebot. To do this we will use a php function called strpos, this function returns the position of the string, if the string isn’t found it will return false.

Step 3.

Firstly we need to write an IF statement to check if the useragent is set to googlebot.

if ( strpos( $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'Googlebot' ) !== false )
{
    // Useragent is Googlebot
}

The above code checks that useragent doesn’t return a false value.

Step 4.

So we have a piece of code that checks the useragent, we now want it to email us when this happens, for this we will use a php function called mail.

if ( strpos( $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'Googlebot' ) !== false )
{
    /* The email address we want
    to send the email to */
    $email_address = 'example@domain.com';


    // Send the email
    mail($email_address,'Googlebot Visit', 'Googlebot has visited your page: '.$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']);
}