Make Google Chrome’s OmniBar behave more like FireFox 3’s AwesomeBar

Sunday, 12 October 2008

FireFox’s AwesomeBar gets most of its awesome from doing a Google I’m Feeling Lucky search when you type something and hit ENTER.  That got me used to typing what I want into it rather than where I want to go, so the shift to Chrome knocked me off-kilter a little.  Since I like Chrome so much otherwise, I figured this trick out:

1. In Chrome, click the wrench > Options
2. Under Basics > Default Search, click Manage
3. Click Add
4. Enter a name and keyword (I used “Google I’m Feeling Lucky” and “Google”)
5. Enter this for the URL (take out linebreaks–darn you, WordPress!): 


(Note that this is the same as the default URL for “Google,” but with “&btnI=745” appended.  This forces an “I’m Feeling Lucky” search!)

6. Click OK
7. Click Make Default
8. Click Close
9. Click Close
I’m still looking for ways to improve this.  For instance, I’d still like Chrome to have an option for a Google search in the dropdown before I hit ENTER.


    some simple things that make me happy

    Friday, 27 June 2008
    1. Putting together a homemade spaghetti sauce with lots of veggies and spices.
    2. Throwing my Outback in low gear and powering up a hill (particularly if said hill leads to Williamstown).
    3. The sound of a squash ball hitting the wall.
    4. Watching a lathe on automatic feed turn down material.
    5. Turning on a radio and instantly hearing a song I’ve been thinking about but haven’t listened to in a long time.
    6. Writing useful functions that work properly and integrating them into my codes.
    7. Watching a charcoal drawing take shape.


    Thursday, 6 December 2007
    1. Apple
    2. Windows XP Pro SP2
    3. Seinfeld
    4. Toboggan
    5. 0.5mm mechanical pencil
    6. Cycloid
    7. White envelope
    8. Balloon

    all of a sudden, there are more good things on TV

    Wednesday, 3 October 2007
    1. Battlestar Galactica
    2. Bionic Woman
    3. Journeyman
    4. The Office

    list of stuff to get excited about this week

    Monday, 1 October 2007
    1. Tesla Roadster range results (250 miles-per-charge)
    2. Neil deGrasse Tyson lecture
    3. Back home!
    4. Down East!

    things that we need if we are actually serious about getting to the Moon and Mars and then *doing* something when we get there

    Friday, 18 May 2007
    1. A mostly-reusable Earth-surface-to-LEO lifter with a trivial launch cost (compared to the Saturn, STS, or Ares) and a high cargo capacity; i.e. an orbital version of SpaceShipOne with a bigger payload bay.
    2. A system of modules for easily and robustly assembling space structures and vehicles (i.e. space stations and high-capacity, long-duration LEO-to-LMO transit vehicles).  This is where my research could come in.
    3. An Earth-orbit assembly platform/rendezvous station, made out of the modular system specified in (2).  Similar platform modules to be dropped off in LMO.
    4. High-cargo-capacity LMO-to-surface descent vehicles.  Mars surface-to-LMO vehicles with comparable efficiency to the Earth surface-to-LEO vehicles specified in (1).

    Take-away message: cut this CEV crap, and don’t fall back to “faster, better, cheaper.”  Sink a good amount of resources into next-gen space technology R&D, and after the initial investment we’ll be able to do most anything for little additional cost.  Note that if we have (1)-(4) above, we could just as easily perform manned exploration of the outer solar system as the inner.  We need real vision to do this.  And we must do it, because we will develop the most complete understanding of the Universe through direct experience of it and we must expand out into the Solar System, at least, to ensure our survival in the event of the worst contingencies.

    the way things used to be

    Monday, 14 May 2007
    1. Rock
    2. Jetpack
    3. Swiss Army Knife
    4. Garthim
    5. Sun
    6. Swadesh list
    7. Q