Opening twhirl Links in Google Chrome

Twhil links to Chrome

In spite of its bugs, I’ve been using Google Chrome as my main browser for a while now; mainly because it is generally fast and because it allows me to kill Flash whenever it bugs (often) without having to kill the whole browser.

I also use Windows Vista because I like it and it doesn’t feel slower than XP even on my computer.

Finally, I use twhirl to follow my Twitter friends. It’s far from perfect, because I’d like to have a single client that allows me to follow not only Twitter but all the social networks in which I might have an account, but twhirl does a good job in the meanwhile.

One thing that’s bothered me from the beginning though—and I don’t know if this is a Windows (Vista?), twhirl or Chrome bug—is that whenever I click on a link on twhirl, it will open in Internet Explorer instead of Chrome, which is set up as my default browser. I tried different settings, but I didn’t find a solution until today, so I’m sharing it here because I’m sure others might be having the same problem.

(Warning: this solution involves modifying the Windows registry, which if done incorrectly might prevent your machine from working properly. Following my instructions carefully should be safe, but use at your own risk.)

  1. Open the Registry Editor by typing regedit in the Windows Start Menu.
    regedit
    You may see a confirmation window if UAC is enabled on your computer.
  2. Verify that the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTChromeHTML exists.
    ChromeHTML
    If this key doesn’t exist, you can stop reading here.
  3. Look for the key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.htm and change the (default) value to ChromeHTML. Repeat for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.html.
    ChromeHTML

That should do it!

Alternatively, you can also import this file into your registry: correct_chrome.reg

Nothing on TV? Switch to Channel 8!

I don’t know when this went online because I’ve been mostly disconnected lately, with the moving and all, so I haven’t been able to keep up with the blogosphere, but still I would like to present you a new Microsoft site.

First, do you know about Channel 9 and Channel 10? Lire la suite

Rien à la télé ? Zappez sur Channel 8 !

Je ne sais pas vraiment quand ça a été lancé parce que j’ai été assez déconnecté ces derniers temps, avec le déménagement et tout, du coup je n’ai pas trop suivi la blogosphère, mais je voudrais quand même vous présenter un nouveau site Microsoft.

Tout d’abord, connaissez-vous Channel 9 et Channel 10 ? Lire la suite

Your help is needed to find Jim Gray!

I know I have a tendency to abuse exclamation marks, but this time it is really important.

On Sunday, January 28th, 2007, Jim Gray, a renowned computer scientist was reported missing at sea. As of Thursday, Feb. 1st, the US Coast Guard has called off the search, having found no trace of the boat or any of its emergency equipment.

Follow the story here.

Through the generous efforts of his friends, family, various communities and agencies, detailed satellite imagery has been made available for his last known whereabouts.

The satellite images have been put on the Amazon Mechanical Turk and you can help with the search efforts by dedicating some of your time to looking for Jim’s boat.

So put whatever you intended to do on the Web today aside for a couple of minutes. I am sure Jim’s family will appreciate it very much.

Click here to go to the Mechanical Turk.

Recherchez à la manière Firefox sous Internet Explorer

Que vous utilisiez Internet Explorer en tant que navigateur principal ou simplement comme un dernier recours, si vous avez déjà utilisé Firefox, sa fonctionnalité de recherche vous manque probablement lorsque vous “travaillez” sous IE.

Plus maintenant ! La IE team a publié sur leur blog une liste de Must Have Add-Ons for IE7 (add-ons indispensables pour IE7, mais ils marchent aussi avec les versions précédentes ;) ) et parmi eux se trouve Inline Search, un add-on qui remplace Ctrl+F (mais pas Edit > Find on this Page) avec une barre à outils avec la même fonctionnalité de Firefox. Lire la suite