Google’s new Chrome web browser is still quite new. A week or so, I think? Not too many hacks have come to light as of yet, but here are some fun ones to try for yourself.
Just for clarification, too, when I talk about hacks, I don’t mean things that you do to break into systems, cause trouble, steal information, etc. I’m talking about hacking in the old sense, of fiddling around, of experimenting, of seeing what works and what’s broken, what windows might have been accidentally left open, and so on.
Now, back to the nitty gritty of interesting things you can do and find in Chrome!
The main info I have at this point is to offer up things you can type into the address bar rather than the usual URL or search pattern:
|about:cache||files currently in the Chrome cache|
|about:crash||the page Chrome displays when a tab is not happy|
|about:dns||info about dns prefetching performance|
|about:histograms||I have no idea what this page is telling me…|
|about:internets||nice little easter egg!|
|about:objects||I couldn’t get this page to work…|
|about:memory||also accessible from the task manager “stats for nerds” link|
|about:network||useful network traffic info and some profiling tools|
|about:plugins||info about installed plugins|
|about:shorthang||hangs the current tab… the only way I’ve seen Chrome crash|
|about:stats||some browser performance metrics|
|about:version||just what it says|
Caveat: those comments are from a developer friend who anonymously sent me the above.
Now, let’s have a look at the stats page, just to see what kind of information you can expect to see:
Do you know how to launch the Google Chrome task manager and see how much memory each of the Web sites you have open take up? Here’s how:
Choose “Task Manager” and you’re ready to watch how Google Chrome manages memory and resources. Here’s an example where I’ve opened a new tab but haven’t yet gone anywhere:
Then once I load in another site, Real Life Debt.com:
Now, as you find or stumble into new tricks and hacks, post ’em here so we can all experiment and learn more about this browser!