Tech Talk A software developer on all things tech, and then some


Reverting To Chrome’s Old New Tab Functionality

I am not a huge fan of Google's new, new tab page. While it might be easier or quicker to search for people who are new Google's browser, it started becoming a pain for somebody who is used to using many chrome apps and used to searching straight from the address bar. Doing so is quite quick and painless, just involving tweaking a single setting in Chrome. See below for the full steps.


  1. Type, or copy and paste, into the address bar : chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api
  2.  Select Disabled under Enable Instant Extended API
  3. Hit the button that appears at the bottom of the page "Relaunch now"
  4. Hit ctrl + t and enjoy your old new tab functionality back.


*Update 2/28/2014*

**Looks the ability to disable the "Apps" functionality was removed 2/20/2014.   Will let you guys know if I find a new way around!



AutoHotkey – My Top Scripts

AutoHotkey, my new favorite hotkey/snippet tool. It can do things from opening your frequently used folders or applications with a few button presses, to replacing lines and words with snippets, or even interacting with your mouse. If you haven't started using AutoHotkey yet to increase your efficiency, start. You will notice immediately a decrease in time spent doing menial tasks, giving you more time to focus on the important stuff while also ensuring you finish those important projects on time. This tool allows for total customization for the adventurous and can be done with little to none scripting knowledge. Now, if I've caught your interest with AutoHotkey, feel free to put together some of the following code, and get started with my favorite AutoHotkey scripts!

BTW, if you need a quick start, either follow AutoHotkey's tutorial, or read my first post about Googling anywhere with AHK


Use AutoHotKey To Google Inside Any Application

So I started getting back into autohotkey to increase productivity with some office tasks, and I thought of a useful script to keep Google a second away in any application. I had seen a few scripts out there to bring up Google, but I wanted to take a step further and allow you to highlight a word, then Google that without having to then copy and paste it again.

First things first, go to and download autohotkey. Then decide where you want to store your scripts, right click, mouse over new, then select AutoHotkey Script. Then change the name to whatever you would like, then copy and paste the following code after the pre-inserted text.

#g:: ;Google something
clipboard = ; Empty the clipboard
Send ^c ;Copy the current text that is highlighted
ClipWait ;Wait to make sure we have text in the clipboard
Run ;Google clipboard

Now save and double click the script. This will load it up, and allow you to Google a highlighted word using Win + G. Note : If you hit Win + G with nothing highlighted, it will wait until the clipboard has contents, then google.


Google Plus

Many people have heard of Google's recent release of Google Plus, but are unsure of what it is. The quick explanation: It's Google's version of Facebook. Because of this similarity, people are slamming Google for making yet another social networking site, however Facebook was not the first social networking site online. Some people might remember TheGlobe or GeoCities which helped start the 'social networking' craze which brought about more user profile centered sites like 6 Degrees and Friendster. Facebook would not have been created by Mark Zuckerberg for another 7 to 10 years. I say let's give Google Plus a chance and see where it goes. There is nothing wrong with reinventing the wheel if you make it much more efficient and usable while your at it.


Google Music

It's finally here, my invite to Google Music! Google's answer to Amazon's Cloud Player, an online storage solution for all your music. After messing with it a few hours, I have to say, I am very impressed. The flow is smooth and contains very few hiccups. For those of you who haven't recieved your invitations yet, I thought I'd give you a little preview into the magic. First things first though, remember there are still trying everything out, thus Music Beta, so some of the screens or functionality might change.

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