iPad website applications using Chrome Application Shortcuts (Windows)

Screenshots to Start us Off

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Should work with V4 and who knows what other versions. The feature has been out for more than a year now.

Some Background Info

If you want to just do this, skip to the next section.

This is kind of pointless in my opinion, but sometimes you might prefer a more touch friendly interface. Then this would be the guide to follow.

This can be done for any webpage in Chrome (or Firefox), simply by spoofing the user-agent string. Note that not all webpages have had the iPad touches made to them yet. Remember to add quotes.

You can also skip directly to the iPad editions if you don’t like the application shortcuts. Skip to to the second last section and just use your browser. For Gmail you need the user-agent spoof.

The user-agent string for iPad is:

Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B334b Safari/531.21.10

You ‘could’ just change all your Chrome user-agent strings to the iPad one to browse all sites in iPad mode, but I wouldn’t recommend it. So let’s just use Application Shortcuts.

How to Make an iPad Application Shortcut to Gmail

Step 1) Go into Gmail and make yourself an application shortcut

As shown below. You will need to modify these shortcuts later!

(my screenshot looks a bit different because my Chrome is already running under the iPad user-agent)



Step 2) Modify the shortcut(s) you just made

You’ll need to do this to every shortcut you made just now.

Right click on the application shortcut you have created with Chrome, and in the “Target” text field, input. We need to trim this because the user agent string is too long and you can just paste the ‘user-agent’ parameter as is without Windows cutting it off. If you replace the Gmail url (http://gmail.com) in the “Target” text field within the ‘app’ string to anything else you will launcher a different webpage as a web application:

"chrome.exe" --app="http://www.gmail.com/" --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B334b Safari/531.21.10"


Now in “Start in” text field, make sure the the target location of Google Chrome is correct. Mine is:



Step 3) Launch!

Now just click that shortcut you modified.

If you did everything correctly, you will have the iPad version of Gmail!

More Links Mobile Edition

Some of these are just iPhone editions. Anyways I’m not here to make an extensive list.



Google Reader



Google Buzz



Google Calendar





Note that you can do this easily with Firefox via Addons, and can create applications in the same way. I’m not writing up another guide for that, but look up ‘user agent switcher’ and ‘firefox prism’. Might be a bit more complicated to get it working the same way.

User Agent Switcher Addon

Firefox Prism Addon (web apps for Firefox)


iPad User Agent String

User Agent Switch Discussion on Google Chrome Groups


List of Android Applications installed on my HTC Dream January 2010

I’ll make a new post when I feel like it. Updated January 27, 2010. Rooted Rogers HTC Dream running Cyanogenmod 4.2.13. 60+ apps installed (over 100MB) thanks to App2SD. I don’t have a lot of games right now. I need my App2SD!


Exported from aTrackDoog

Documents To Go,2.003
ES File Explorer,
GPS Status,3.0.3
Moto English,1.1.16
Moto input method,1.3.00
Moto Smart Handwriting,1.8.6
Moto 拼音,1.1.13
Root Explorer,2.5.1
Startup Auditor,1.1
Wireless Tether for Root Users,1.60
AudioHack v1.1,1.0
Barcode Scanner,3.1
Bonsai Blast,1.2
CrossConnect ESV Bible,1.35
Digital Clock Widget,1.7.6
Droid Wall,1.3.6
Free Dictionary Org,2.0
Google Sky Map,1.3
Hi MSN,6.0.2
Kaomoji List,1.1.0
Kids Paint,2.0.1
Log Collector,1.1.0
Mobentoo Marketplace,3.3
Places Directory,1.0.20
Robo Defense FREE,1.2.0
Soft EZ,1.0.0
The Weather Channel,2.1.9
Tip Calculator,1.2.2
Titanium Backup,2.4.2
Toodle Droid,1.0.3
Touch Recorder,1.0
Wifi Analyzer,2.2.8
WordPlayer v3,11.0.1


Windows 7 Aero Glass Color Tweaksend


This is an extension of the glass streak tweak for Windows 7 I posted earlier. While I don’t understand all the settings, I decided to write this up anyways to show my config.

These are settings found in:


Again, you will need to run the following commands to see the changes apply:


Settings for Maximum Usable Transparency

ColorizationAfterglowBalance: 0

ColorizationBlurBalance: 64

ColorizationColorBalance: 0

ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity: 0

ColorizationOpaqueBlend: 0

Settings for Fully Opaque Black Start Menu and Active Window Frame and Inactive Window Translucent, Glowless

ColorizationAfterglowBalance: 0

ColorizationBlurBalance: 0

ColorizationColor: ff000000

(change “000000” to any RGB color you wish)

ColorizationColorBalance: 64

ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity: 0

ColorizationOpaqueBlend: 0

Known settings

Composition: 0 = disable Aero, 1 = enable Aero

ColorizationOpaqueBlend: 1 = forces all window titles opaque, same as unchecking “Enable Transparency” in settings

ColorizationAfterglow: ARGB glow color for all windows after first two digits. Glow appears when frame overlays any color, where it adds the color defined in ColorizationAfterglow as a bright glow. Has no effect on solid color backgrounds.

ColorizationColor: ARGB base color for all windows after first two digits. Opacity is higher on active window by default.

(ARGB is alpha-rgb color in hexadecimal form, for a total of 8 hex digits)

More unknown settings

Couldn’t quite figure out these settings. Posting them here anyways so someone else can figure it out.

ColorizationAfterglowBalance: 0-64h range: makes all window frames and start menu glow layer more opaque

ColorizationBlurBalance: 0-64h range: makes active window frame and start menu more opaque with lower values. Setting to 0 makes active window and start menu completely opaque. Max value makes active windows look the same as inactive windows, where glow and base colors are mixed together.

ColorizationColorBalance: 0-64h range: makes all window frame and start menu base color layer more opaque, more effect on active window

ColorizationAfterglowBalance + ColorizationBlurBalance + ColorizationColorBalance = 100 (decimal number) with Personalization panel settings

Changing the Alpha value in the ARGB doesn’t seem to have much effect

Final notes

I found the glow to be useless and a little unpredictable, so I disabled it completely.


Tips for Dual Booting Windows 7 with Windows 7

I was unable to locate a good guide on dual-booting Windows 7 with another copy of Windows 7.

Turns out it was really easy, but you can do some things that will result in unexpected behavior.

The proper way to install Windows 7 on another Windows 7 is to INSTALL IT FROM WITHIN YOUR ORIGINAL WINDOWS INSTALL!

You need to choose a ‘Custom’ in the following Window, then choose your partition to install it on. Make sure you choose a different partition than the one you are installing from if you want to retain a dual boot.


After your new Windows 7 install is completed, you may want to run the command “msconfig” or the program “EasyBCD” to change your boot order and waiting times.

The nice thing with EasyBCD is the ability to rename the OS display name in the boot menu. You can also reduce the timeout to less than 3 seconds. I found anything less than 2 impractical.



After your install, you should find that your new Windows 7 is on ‘D:’ drive, and your original Windows 7 is on the ‘C:’ drive


If I install Windows 7 from Boot?

In my install of Windows 7 from boot, it did the following:

  • removed the original Windows 7 from the startup boot menu
  • moves master boot record to the partition of the new Windows 7 install and marks it as the boot partition (verified with UBCD)
  • can break your rescue and recovery partition options from your computer manufacturer (tested on my Lenovo SL410)
  • original Windows 7 partition becomes ‘D:’ drive, but is unbootable until you perform a startup repair from the Windows 7 setup disc

Conclusion: to save yourself some trouble, just do it from within Windows!


Windows Vista or 7 Repair from Setup Disk, Thinkpad Drive Letter Wrong Workaround

I was cloning my hard drive on my Thinkpad laptop to upgrade the factory 250GB 5400 rpm drive to my 320GB 7200 rpm drive.

After I finished cloning my hard drive using Acronis True Image (latest boot CD available to me at the time), I knew from experience that Windows will not boot until you perform the startup repair from a Windows installation CD. This has been the case with Windows Vista and 7. Not doing so results in a bluescreen that says something to the effect of ‘unmountable boot volume’.

The default factory install of Windows 7 comes with 3 NTFS partitions, and for some reason my Windows 7 is on the 2nd partition, with the 1st partition reserved for the Lenovo system recovery software labeled “SYSTEM_DRV”. Upon booting to the setup CD, the CD reported my Windows 7 operating system as being on “D:” drive, which was incorrect.

I did not proceed with the repair install at this point because I wasn’t sure if it was going to work properly with the wrong drive letter. Instead, I booted to UBCD and opened Cute Partition Manager. From there, I modified the partition type of the first partition so Windows would not recognize it. In my case, I chose hNTFS (hidden NTFS).

After saving and rebooting, my Windows 7 startup recover tool correctly reported my boot drive letter as “C:”. I allowed Windows 7 to run its repair, and then upon reboot re-enabled the first partition by changing it back from hNTFS to NTFS using UBCD again.

Booting into Windows 7 after this process was successful, with all drive letters retained as per the cloned hard drive.


Daemon Tools Stops Functioning After Upgrade from Windows Vista to 7

Upon upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7, Daemon tools (4) has stopped working for each of my upgrades. To correct this problem, the SPTD driver needs to be updated. Alternately you must download and install a new Windows 7 compatible version of Daemon Tools (with a Windows 7 compatible SPTD driver).

You can download the newest SPTD driver directly from the DuplexSecure webpage for free:


HP Pavilion TX2500 Series Tablet PC Review




2.00 GHz AMD Turion X2 RM-70 Dual-Core Mobile Processor
1 MB L2 Cache
Memory 4096 MB
Video Graphics ATI Radeon HD 3200
Hard Drive 320 GB (5400 rpm) Fujitsu MHZ2320BH
Multimedia Drive LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support
12.1″ WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Integrated Touch-screen, Convertible Display (1280 x 800)
Fax/Modem High speed 56K modem
Network Card Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n
Sound Altec Lansing speakers
Touch Pad

ExpressCard/34 slot
5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards
3 USB ports

1 VGA (15-pin)
1 RJ-11 (modem)
1 TV-Out (S-video) HD Video compatible
1 RJ -45 (LAN)
1 headphone-out
1 microphone-in
1 notebook expansion port
Consumer IR (Multimedia remote control)
Dimensions 8.82″(L) x 12.05″(W) x 1.23″ (min H)/1.52″ (max H)
Weight 4.56 lbs
6-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
WebCam with stereo Integrated Microphones

Some Notes about HP Consumer Tablets

The previous TX1000 and TX2000 series have been plagued with Nvidia overheating troubles. Many of them fail after a couple of years due to a desoldering problem on the Northbridge. I personally saw one fail myself, and highly recommend avoiding these laptops.
The newer TX2 is multitouch, but has driver issues with Windows 7. As a result, the TX2500 is the most reliable out of all of the HP consumer tablets to date. As a consumer product it is passable, but it still has various issues.

HP has loaded the tablet with entertainment features, but at the cost of heat output and chassis reliability. In particular, there is a potentional loose hinge issue as described here (http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/showthread.php?t=19209). Now the repair is relatively simple, and I have done it myself. This is obviously a design flaw. Maybe it had to do with the way I used my laptop. I didn’t use it for inking in tablet mode much myself, but I constantly used the screen without it being in tablet mode, which is probably the problem.

HP has also opted for AMD mobile processors for their consumer line. Even up to the current TX2 line, these machines run very hot. I always had to throttle my CPU speed at 50% (1000 MHz), which made the machine still very usable. However the computer still averaged 60 degrees Celsius and was warm to use. Running at high power results in temperatures as high as 100 degrees Celsius and is unbearable for skin contact. See the temperature poll here for some more information: http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/showthread.php?t=19081. As long as the computer is kept in 50% mode, it is a fine tablet with up to 3 hours battery life.

Yet one more problem is HP’s decision to include a passive digitizer on the LCD display.This design lowered the viewing angle of the screen significantly. I personally never even used the touch screen at all. It was another small annoyance. There is a hack to remove the passive digitizer altogether.


Windows 7 x64 startup time ~2 minutes

3DMark 06 Score: 1410 3DMarks
SM 2.0 Score: 478
SM 3.0 Score: 564
CPU Score: 1052
Windows 7 x64 Business with Catalyst 9.8

The HD3200 handles light gaming and HD videos, supporting hardware accelerated BluRay video, where CPU usage drops to <10% as videos are offloaded to the GPU. This GPU outclasses the Geforce 6150 found in the previous generation TX2000. It is in the same class as the NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS and is comparable to the ATI Mobility Radeon 9800, but with DX10 support.
When it was released it had the best graphics performance amongst a tablet. I believe that is still true today.

DXVA support for ATI works for all videos under the BlueRay specification, but I had many issues trying to play out-of-spec mkv h264 files with subtitles. This is a common problem amongst ATI video cards and to date has not been fixed (Relevant thread http://forum.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=308911). I also own Intel and Nvidia based graphics, and experience flawless DXVA playback with out-of-spec files. The RM-70 on the TX2524CA can handle up to 720p playback without issues using the built in MPC-HC decoder. I never got 1080p DXVA to work. I expect 1080p videos to play without any issues if CoreAVC was installed, but I never tried because it would still mean setting the CPU to high performance mode, which I wanted to avoid because of the heat issues at high performance mode with this laptop.


Inking in Windows Vista/7 is smooth, with pressure sensitivity support. I am not an artist, but it seems to work decently well.

I personally used it mostly for text input, and it was a pleasure to use for day to day use.

AMD Griffin Architecture: Turion RM and ZM Series CPU Versus QL

The RM-70 CPU is part of the Turion RM and ZM family, and has 3 power states (25%, 50% and 100%). The QL series only has two power states (50% or 100%). A CPU at 50% idle consumes more power than a CPU at 25%, resulting in lower battery life and higher heat output.
The QL and RM lines had 1 MB L2 cache (512 KB per core), while the ZM had 2 MB L2 cache (1 MB per core)
The RM-70 is a 31 watt TDP part. The combination of these features means that the RM-70 has the lowest heat output of it’s generation of AMD mobile processors.
Additionally, the RM and ZM series have 400 MHz dual channel DDR2 controllers, compared to the 333 MHz dual channel controllers of the QL series. As memory bandwidth is crucial in integrated graphics, expect to see an additional 10-15% speed drop with the QL series CPU.

If you had to get a TX series laptop, consider these factors.
AMD Turion CPUs Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of…icroprocessors

Final Notes

While the HP TX line is the cheapest available tablet PC to date, I highly recommend spending more money on a tablet with better build quality. The best deal at the time of this post is the refurbished HP 2730p, or a used 2710p on eBay. While those laptops are old models with much weaker entertainment capabilities, they are much better pure tablet PCs at the moment.

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