Stories by Howard Wen

In pictures: 10 ways to enhance Google+

Here are 10 extensions that provide useful, interesting improvements to the search giant’s social-networking site

Written by Howard Wen07 Sept. 11 10:08

How to turn Chrome into gold

Though Google is pitching it as an operating system for netbooks and lightweight notebooks, Chrome OS is essentially the Chrome Web browser bolted on top of a bare minimum version of Linux. The following extensions can improve the user experience of Chrome (OS or browser) to give you some of the functionality found in a traditional operating system.

Written by Howard Wen26 Feb. 11 06:43

In depth: Google's Cr-48 Chrome notebook

My holiday gift giving season started early Thursday morning when the UPS guy pounded on my door and handed me a package. Inside was a notebook -- Google's much-discussed cloud-based Cr-48 Chrome OS laptop, which was announced by the company on Tuesday.

Written by Howard Wen11 Dec. 10 10:08

Acrobat and its alternatives: 4 ways to edit PDFs

There is certainly no lack of tools -- ones that are good and free -- to help you create PDF documents. But what if you have a job where you need to make new PDFs and your sources are already-created PDF documents? Or if you need to update your company's finished PDFs? The choice of applications that actually allow you to change a PDF after it was created is more limited.

Written by Howard Wen03 Nov. 10 01:56

8 cool features of Chrome 8 beta

The version 8 beta release of Google's Web browser has several new and interesting features.

Written by Howard Wen02 Nov. 10 07:28

11 things you need to know about Google Chrome variations

Google recently released a version of its Chrome Web browser code named the Canary Build. It uses an all-yellow variant of the regular Chrome icon, but there may be confusion as to what actually distinguishes it from the other, official releases of Google's browser.

Written by Howard Wen01 Sept. 10 01:32

Web multimedia: 6 reasons why Flash isn't going away

Apple's well-publicized refusal to allow Adobe's Flash technology to be installed on its iOS mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad, has led to speculation that Flash's days may be numbered as the king of online multimedia delivery. "Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of Web content," Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously stated in an open letter titled "Thoughts on Flash."

Written by Howard Wen18 Aug. 10 02:41

Nine real iPad alternatives

Even since Apple released its "magical and revolutionary" iPad, other vendors have been scrambling to deliver products that go Apple one better.

Written by Howard Wen04 Aug. 10 10:05

Open-source hardware takes steps toward gadget mainstream

Open-source software is one of the great success stories of the past few decades. The Apache HTTP Server is the world's most popular Web server, Linux has more than held its own against Unix and other proprietary operating systems, and Mozilla's Firefox browser has given Microsoft's Internet Explorer strong competition over the years.

Written by Howard Wen04 March 10 07:06

Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Although it's based on the popular Linux distro, Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) is not a pruned down version of Ubuntu. Instead, its developers discarded old, legacy code not relevant to netbook systems.

Written by Howard Wen01 Dec. 09 15:20

5 free project management applications you must try

Project management applications are usually centered around Gantt charts, where each step in a project is represented as a bar in the chart. These visuals are linked to lists of the resources tied to each task

Written by Howard Wen08 Sept. 09 14:19

Free tools for teleconferencing with a 'virtual presence'

Using teleconferencing technology has lately become an obvious and financially practical choice to offset rising business travel expenses. Yet sometimes simple chatting doesn't cut it. There has been growing interest in the notion of online conferencing with a "virtual presence" emphasis, which enables people to share information and their very selves with one another with a stronger sense of near-tangible "face time."

Written by Howard Wen20 Nov. 08 08:40