Google Launches Google Dashboard

Goolge  Dashboard

Google have released Google Dashboard in an effort to help users get a overall view of all the notifications/updates from all the different Google products such as Gmail, YouTube, WebHistory plus more.

SEARCH ENGINE Google has announced a new Dashboard service that shows you all the information about yourself on your Google account.

It’s fully customizable and is actually pretty useful.

According to Google official blog:

“In an effort to provide you with greater transparency and control over their own data, we’ve built the Google Dashboard. Designed to be simple and useful, the Dashboard summarizes data for each product that you use (when signed in to your account) and provides you direct links to control your personal settings. Today, the Dashboard covers more than 20 products and services, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Web History, Orkut, YouTube, Picasa, Talk, Reader, Alerts, Latitude and many more.”

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Download Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 with 1 Year Free License Key

Download Kaspersky Internet Security 2010

To celebrate the launch event of Windows 7 many anti-virus developer companies are offering their security applications in free for users, which are compatible with new Microsoft’s operating system. Today Kaspersky also announced Kaspersky Internet Security (KIS) 2010 with one year free license key. KIS 2010 costs $79.95 but that’s offered now in free on the launch of Windows 7.


  • Real-time, up-to-the second protection
  • Fast, optimal PC performance
  • Comprehensive identity theft and phishing protection
  • Powerful anti-spam and two-way firewall
  • Parental and privacy controls
  • Free technical support

Download your FREE 1-year license of Kaspersky Internet Security 2010!


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Twoogle Combines Both Google and Twitter Search Results

Personally, I don’t think search engine are so useful anymore. Nowadays we have Twitter as most of Internet users are concerned with breaking news and everyone is using the micro-blogging service to tell the world what has happened. I’m not saying that Google is not useful anymore, all I’m saying is that the search engine was more useful a couple of years ago. However, we need both of them. How about searching something and seeing the search results of both Google and Twitter? Well, here is Twoogle.

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Google Offers Optimized Search for Mobile Phones

One of our top goals on the mobile search team is to bring you the comprehensiveness of Google’s web search while optimizing the search experience for your mobile device and in your language. Here is an update on our progress.

After launching new optimized search results pages last December for iPhone and Android-powered devices in the US, our team has been working hard to bring universal search results to more devices in more countries. In March, we expanded the availability of the new iPhone and Android format to over 20 countries. Since then, we’ve also launched the new experience for feature phones in the US and in Japan. Today, we’re happy to announce that the new format is available on all device models in over 60 countries and 38 languages.

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200+ Portable Software Download Now

LiberKey is a big package which includes a lot of free portable software, which makes ease for user to find approximately all required applications at the same place. The interface of LibreKey is user friendly where you’ll find a menu to access the applications by categories and sub-categories.
For example if you want to find Anti virus-spyware in LiberKey applications then go to Security Portable Software > Anti virus-spyware, so in this way you can easily get access to your required application under its related category. LiberKey comes in three different packages:

  • LiberKey Ultimate: 202 packages, with a complete range of software
  • LiberKey Standard: 106 packages, for daily use
  • LiberKey Basic: 28 packages, includes very basic applications and if you have less space on computer

You can find list of included applications of a package from the Software List menu on LiberKey web page. So, if you want to install any package of LiberKey then you’ve to install complete package, it doesn’t allow to chose the applications of your choice from a package and install those alone.

But if you don’t want to install a package then you can find a lot of stand alone portable applications on the LiberKey web page under the menu of All Software, where you can select any portable software to install as a standalone application. In front of each portable software of the list, there is an indication with the letters B, S, U which shows that in which package this software in included.

LiberKey packages are compatible for Windows 2000, XP and Vista.

You can use the following Portable Softwares using liberkey

Audio Portable Software

Format Factory 1.90
XRECODE 2.60 Editor
Audacity 1.3.7
mp3DirectCut 2.11
MP3Gain 1.2.5 iPod manager
Floola 5.1.1
SharePod 3.9.2
YamiPod 1.8 Player
AIMP 2.51 build 330 Radio
ICY Radio
RadioSure 2.0.872
Screamer Radio 0.4.3 Ripper
BonkEnc 1.0.12
CDex 1.70b2 rev1 Tagger
Mp3tag 2.43
TagScanner 5.0 build 532 Text to Speech
DSpeech 1.55.3 Tools
Audio Identifier 0.7.1
Tunatic 1.0.1b

CD – DVD Portable Software

Burning tools
Amok CD/DVD Burning 1.03
InfraRecorder 0.46.2 Cover printer
UnderCoverXP 1.21 Image tools
AnyToISO Converter 2.2
Folder2Iso 1.4
LCISOCreator 1.1
Virtual CDRom Control Panel Utilities
Nero DiskSpeed
Nero InfoTool

Education Portable Software

Celestia 1.5.1
Stellarium 0.10.2 Typing
RapidTyping 2.9

File Management Portable Software

Abakt 0.9.5 rev2 Cataloger
CdCat 1.1b Comparison
KDiff3 0.9.95
WinMerge Compression
7-Zip 4.65
IZArc2Go 4.0 beta 1 build 1760
PeaZip 2.6.1
Universal Extractor 1.6 rev2 Copy
TeraCopy 2.0 beta 4a Defragmenter
Defraggler 1.10.143
Disk Defrag
JkDefragGUI (+ JkDefrag) 1.16.1 (+ 3.36) Directory Lister
Directory Lister 0.9.1
DirHTML 4.840 Disk space tool
FilePro 1.0 build 111
Folder Size 1.4
Windirstat 1.1.2 Duplicate finder
DupKiller 0.8.2 rev1 Manager
Free Commander 2009.02
Q-Dir 3.79 Recovery
Recover Files 2.1
Recuva 1.27.419 Renamer
Ant Renamer 2.10
ReNamer 5.50 Search
SearchMyFiles 1.15 Splitter
GSplit 3.0.1
YoyoCut Synchronization
DSynchronize 2.30.1 rev1
Sync Expert 1.92 Universal Viewer
Universal Viewer 4.0.0

Graphics – Photo Portable Software

Anim8or 0.95c
Blender 2.49 Color picker
Color Mania 2.7
ColorPic 4.1 Editor
GIMP 2.6.6
Inkscape 0.46
Paint.NET 3.36 rev1
Photo Filtre 6.3.2 rev1 Effect and filter
FotoSketcher 1.85 Icon editor
Greenfish Icon Editor Pro 1.72
IcoFX 1.6.4 Screen capture
FastStone Capture 5.3
PicPick Tools
PngOptimizer 1.8
RIOT 0.3.3 Vector converter
WinTopo 1.7 Viewer
FastStone Image Viewer 3.9
IrfanView 4.23
XnView 1.96.1

Internet Portable Software

Bookmark manager
Transmute 1.53 Browser
Chromium 3.0.183 build 17071
Firefox 3.0.10
Google Chrome
Opera 9.64 build 10487 Download
eMule 0.49c
Free Download Manager 3.0 build 848 rev1
RapGet 1.41
uTorrent 1.8.2 build 15227 Email
Opera 9.64 build 10487
POP Peeper
PopTray 3.2
Thunderbird FTP
Filezilla Instant messenger
aMSN 0.97.2
MegaIRC 4.05
Miranda IM 0.7.19
Pidgin 2.5.6 RSS reader
GreatNews 1.0 build 384 Website authoring
iWebAlbum 2.02
KompoZer 0.7.10 rev1
MobaPhoto 1.42 Website copier
HTTrack 3.43-5

Networking – Server

Bandwidth monitor
NetMeter 1.1.3 rev1
Network Monitor 3.0
NetWorx 4.9.6 Configuration
B.I.S.S. Hosts Manager
PE Network Configurator 2.32 Network analyzer
SmartSniff 1.50
Yale 1.06 Remote control
UltraVNC Server
UltraVNC Viewer Scanner
Performance Pinging 2.0.1
SoftPerfect Network Scanner 4.1.1 Server
HFS 2.2f build 155 Settings manager
Net Profiles 2.1.7
NetSetMan 2.5.4 Telnet-SSH client
TeraTerm Pro 4.62
WinSCP 4.1.9 build 416 Tools
CurrPorts 1.65
DShutdown 1.72.1
eToolz 3.4.2
IP2 1.04
IPNetInfo 1.19
Network Stuff

Office Portable Software

ESB Calculator 7.0.2
SpeedCrunch 0.10.1 Calendar
EssentialPIM 3.02 rev1
Sunbird 0.9 Chrono
Pc Chrono Desktop tools Application launcher
Executor 0.9.8 build 1
RocketDock 1.3.5 rev1 Automation
Clavier+ 10.6.1 Clock
ClocX 1.5 beta 2
TimeSync 2.10 Customization
Shock Caption 1.5
Visual Tooltip 2.2.1
WinFlip 0.50 Meteo
Meteo Fusion Post-it
PNotes 4.7.102
Stickies 6.7a Save desktop icon
Shock Desktop 1.53 Virtual desktop
VirtuaWin 4.0.1 Zoom
Virtual Magnifying Glass 3.3.2 rev1
ZoomIt 3.03 Diagram editor
Dia 0.97.0
Diagram designer 1.21.1 Finance manager
Money Manager Ex Font manager
AMP Font Viewer 3.86
FontList 1.5
NexusFont rev1 Office suite
AbiWord 2.6.8
OpenOffice (OOo) 3.1.0 PDF
Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1506
PDF-XChange Viewer 2.0 build 41.5
SumatraPDF 0.9.3 Presentation
Pointofix 1.5.2009.03.12 Task manager
Task Coach 0.72.9 Text editor
Notepad++ 5.4.3
PSPad 4.5.3 build 2298 Tutorial creator
vTute Recorder 1.0
Wink 2.0 build 1060 Unit converter
Converber 1.8.0
ESBUnitConv 7.0.0

Security Portable Software

Anti virus-spyware
ClamWin 0.95.1
Runscanner Encryption
DCU 2.3.2
Omziff 3.3
TrueCrypt 6.2 Integrity checker
HashCalc 2.0.2 rev2 Password manager
KeePass 1.16
Password Generator 3.1 Privacy tool
XP-AntiSpy 3.97.3 Secure deletion
UltraShredder 4.9
WipeDisk 1.1.0
WipeFile 2.1 Tools
USB WriteProtector 1.1

System Utilities

Benchmark Hard disk
CrystalDiskMark 2.2.0
HD_Speed Universal
CrystalMark Cleaner – uninstaller
CCleaner 2.20.920
CleanAfterMe 1.35
Driver Sweeper 1.5.5
JavaRa 1.14
MUICacheView 1.00
MyUninstaller 1.42 rev1
Remove Empty Directories 2.1
Revo Uninstaller 1.83
Unlocker 1.8.7 Emulator
MobaLiveCD 2.0 Hex editor
HxD Information File monitoring
OpenedFilesView 1.35 Hardware monitoring
HWMonitor 1.14.0 Inventory
PC Wizard 2008 – 1.871
SIW 2009-05-12
System Explorer 1.5
System Spec 2.65
WinAudit 2.27 Process
Bill2’s Process Manager
DTaskManager 1.51
Process Explorer 11.33 Processor
CPU-Z 1.51
RightMark CPU Clock Utility 2.35.0 rev1
Slow 0.8
ThrottleWatch 2.0.1 rev1 Service
ServiWin 1.35 Startup manager
Autoruns 9.50
Startup Control Panel 2.8 rev1 USB device
USBDeview 1.36 Video card
GPU Caps Viewer 1.7.0
GPU-Z 0.3.4 Registry Backup
Erunt 1.1j Comparison
Regshot Compression
Quicksys RegDefrag 2.3 Monitoring
Process Monitor 2.04
RegFromApp 1.20 Repair
Free Window Registry Repair 2.0
Wise Registry Cleaner 4.51 build 199 Search
RegScanner 1.77 Tests Burning test
HeavyLoad 2.4
OCCT 3.1.0 Hard disk
CrystalDiskInfo 2.7.2d
HD Tune 2.55 rev1 Monitor
CheckeMON 1.1
Eizo Monitortest RAM
MemTest 3.8
RightMark Memory Analyzer 3.80 Tools
Autoplay Repair 2.2.2 rev1
ColorConsole 1.61
Drive Manager 4.04
Fast Explorer 2008 –
Fat32Formatter 1.0
FileTypesMan 1.21
Path Editor
Rapid Environment Editor 3.2 build 518
RegDllView 1.35
ShellExView 1.37
SysExporter 1.51
USB Disk Ejector 1.1.2 Tweaker
Tweak UI 2.10
XdN Tweaker
XP-Config Update checker
Filehippo Update Checker 1.032

Video Portable Software

VDownloader 0.82
WebVideoCap 1.37 Cataloger
Ant Movie Catalog Converter
Format Factory 1.90
Pocket Divx Encoder 0.4.5 Editor
VirtualDub 1.8.8 build 30091 Player
Media Player Classic build 100
MPC HomeCinema 1.2.1156.0
VLC media player 0.9.9
Wimpy FLV Player 3.0.9 Repair
DivFix++ 0.31 Tools
Aspect 2.1.0 rev1
Filmerit 3.0.8 rev1
GSpot 2.70a
K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool 2.5.3
MediaInfo 0.7.16
VideoCalc 1.1

When iPhone 3GS is Coming to your Country, See the List

As you all know iPhone 3GS is going to be launched in USA on Friday, 19 June. AT&T stores will be opened in early morning on that day, whereas users can also place pre-order at AT&T to get a new iPhone exact on the launch date instead of waiting in a long queue in front of the A&T store, this service is just for US customers.

But whats about the other customers all around the world who are also waiting for iPhone 3GS and looking forward for the launch date of new device in their country?
So, here is a complete list of launch dates of iPhone 3GS country wise, which was announced in WWDC keynote by Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing.

June 19

United Kingdom
United States of America

June 26


July 9

Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Hong Kong
New Zealand
South Africa

August 9

Central Africa
Ivory Coast
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

So, just wait a little more to get your iPhone 3GS while it arrives to your country.

Facebook Members to Become Masters of Their Domain Names

facebook-logoAt midnight, Facebook will give users the chance to claim a cleaner URL for their pages. What was once a messy string of numbers and letters could simply be changed to, for example. The move may make it easier to find other people and companies, but did the social networking site give businesses enough time to gear up? Is there potential for IP conflicts?

Just when you thought you had that 12:01 a.m. Saturday deadline figured out for this weekend’s big switch from analog to digital television, along comes another form of midnight madness to worry about — that is, if you want to make it easier for Facebook friends to reach you, or have a brand you want to protect from the dark side of social media.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday morning, Facebook will allow registration for customized URLs (example:, instead of the usual long list of numbers that show up as a Web address for a profile. The world’s largest social media network began sending out notices for the process on Wednesday, including a link for registered trademark brand owners to place their names on a restricted list, in the hope of avoiding the cybersquatting phenomenon that has long plagued the Internet domain name process.

The advantages are obvious: an easier way for users to track down their friends — or their favorite companies — on Facebook. It also gives those companies a shot at ranking higher on a Google .

However, given complaints from its members regarding past terms-of-service changes, is Facebook ready to get into the domain name business? Can it truly protect trademark owners from seeing their intellectual property pilfered by those who would grab a username, only to sell it back to its legitimate owner? Can Facebook’s servers handle what may turn out to be a midnight crush?


Easy-to-Use Registration?

Facebook did not respond to requests for comments by press time, but previously published reports quote company spokespersons as saying they should have enough backup server power available. However, one social media expert is skeptical.

“I think we’re going to see a flurry of squatters trying to rip apart Facebook,” Lon Safko, hardware/software entrepreneur, intellectual property owner and author of The Social Media Bible, told TechNewsWorld. “They’re going to try to reserve a lot of names. It’ll be blue-light specials at midnight, and don’t be surprised if the servers … go down.”

Facebook’s motive for offering up vanity URLs, according to Safko: Even though MySpace and Twitter already offer up customized addresses, Facebook’s enormous population — 200 million active users — gives the network much more appeal with businesses and represents a viable future revenue opportunity.

“It could be that they’re trying to spike memberships. They’ve been growing really fast, trouncing MySpace and getting a lot of press. It’s a really good free perk.” When it comes to companies, “I think Facebook is starting to recognize the value of companies, because companies have been taking advantage of it all along. If they can entice people and companies into trying to brand themselves on it, the advertising opportunities down the road are significant.”

There’s also potential for related advertising on profile pages with customized URLs, according to IDC analyst Caroline Dangson. Facebook will have to rely on that, since the company probably can’t get away with charging down the line for vanity usernames, she said. So the value right now for Facebook with all this: better search within Facebook and a stronger overall connection.

“It gives you the sense that you’ve really got your own page now,” Dangson told TechNewsWorld. “You didn’t think of it in terms of the domain name before, because it was ugly. You had a space on Facebook, but now it’s giving you a sense of greater ownership, potentially.”

The prospect of better search results also cements the network/member relationship, she said, because it helps “people connect with even more people, which creates stickiness.”

TwitterFon Pro: Tweet Harder, Tweet Smarter


TwitterFon is a great free Twitter app for iPhone, but is the Pro version worth $5? It depends on what you need and what annoys you. Pro has integration and a landscape keyboard, among other perks. It also has no advertisements. However, some of the added features proved to be a little hard to find.

was made for the mobile device. If it was confined to a desktop browser, the question “What are you doing right now?” wouldn’t have much of an answer, other than something like “Looking at this Web page — here’s a link.” Access Twitter on your cellphone, though, and you can tweet from almost anywhere and probably say something at least marginally more interesting.

Twitter’s creators have put some effort toward facilitating the use of the site on mobile browsers. Sign onto from an iPhone’s Safari browser, for example, and the server will recognize you’re coming in from a handset. The page it will show you conforms nicely to the screen — no zooming, pinching or panning required.

Still, third-party iPhone developers have recognized an opportunity to create apps that make Twitter on a smartphone more usable and feature-rich. My favorite is TwitterFon, and I’ve been using the free version for a few months. TwitterFon also has a paid version on the App Store, TwitterFon Pro, so I decided to see what extras you get for US$5.

Let’s make this a contest. Since the free version costs five bucks less, we’ll give it a five-point head start.

Score: Free: 5 / Pro: 0


Opening TwitterFon Pro for the first time, you’ll need to log in with your Twitter account, which is stored. You’re also immediately given several customization options — what sort of messages to autoload and which of four color themes you want to use. You also have the option to sign onto your account, which is a service used for shortening links into compact URLs suitable for tweeting. These extra features are not available on the free version.

The initial sign-on screen for the pro version also gives you the option to enable Safari bookmarklets. It takes a little configuring, but bookmarketlets basically let you flip the URL of whatever Web page you’re looking at into TwitterFon’s tweet composition screen. It takes literally two touches, so it’s even easier than the copy-and-paste options coming along with iPhone 3.0.

This bookmarklets feature is only actively advertised in the pro version. However, if you have the free version, go through the iPhone’s main Settings app and select the settings for TwitterFon Free. You’ll get the option to set up bookmarklets for the free version, though that option is labeled “next launch only.” Next launch nothing — it worked fine for me on the free version as well as with Pro.

Still, in both scenarios, you’re sending an entire uncompressed URL to your tweet composition screen, which could take up quite a few characters. is a service that compresses URLs to fewer characters, and TwitterFon Pro can sync with your account, as long as you also do the proper syncing on’s site. If you use the bookmarklet feature on a URL that’s especially long, the pro version will automatically run it through and deliver a shortened link to TwitterFon Pro.

So, Pro gets a point for color selection and two for integration, because that’s really useful. Both Pro and Free get a point for bookmarklets.

Score: Free: 6 / Paid: 3

Ads vs. No Ads

After setting up, my first few minutes playing around with the pro version didn’t reveal any big features that differentiate it from the free app, besides the color option. functionality notwithstanding, composing a tweet appears to be the same experience for both the pro and free versions. You get a character countdown from 140, crosshairs to embed your location, an option for sending a photo tweet, and a friend selector if you want to target your message to an individual.

Reading others’ messages is also very similar with both apps. You can star messages to save into your favorites; zero in on a tweet to reply to it; send a person a direct shout-out; or retweet text. You can also see every other message a person has sent recently. However, the free version places an ad at the top of your feed each time you refresh; Pro does not.

The search function lets you find out what people are saying about a certain keyword, what keywords seem to be most popular right now, and what people are tweeting about in your immediate vicinity. This is all the same as in the free version.

Even though I don’t really get annoyed by ads, the pro version looks better without them, so I’m giving Pro another mark.

Safari 4 Goes to Eleven


Safari 4 is faster than the other browsers, says Apple, but some performance measurement experts take issue with the claim. The speed difference among the major competing browsers is in the neighborhood of 1 second, in any case, so does it really matter? What might be more relevant to users are the features a browser boasts.

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)  reports that in the past three days more than 11 million copies of the newly released Safari 4 have been downloaded — including more than 6 million downloads of Safari for Windows.

It is easy to see why — at least from Apple’s perspective. Safari 4 is the fastest browser on the market, the company claims, besting Microsoft’s (Nasdaq: MSFT)  Internet Explorer 8 by eightfold.

It is also three times faster than Firefox 3. Apple credits its advanced browser technologies, including its new Nitro JavaScript engine.

Speedy and Feature-Rich

Stacked up against Safari 3, version 4 represents a significant improvement in the browsing experience. To point out just one example, 4 includes Top Sites, which makes it easy to find a previously visited Web page. Top Sites, along with such new features as Full History Search and Cover Flow, is based on the latest Web standards, according to Apple, including HTML 5 and advanced CSS Effects.

Is 4 faster than 3, however? Subjectively speaking, based on one morning of Web surfing with the new browser, version 4 does indeed appear to be faster. The Nitro engine runs JavaScript up to 4.5 times faster than Safari 3, says Apple.

“Certainly, Safari 4 is very fast,” Imad Mouline, CTO of Gomez, told MacNewsWorld. “Apple has introduced a number of features — namely, its new Javascript engine — that have enhanced the speed considerably.”

Nitro has the ability to download Javascript files in parallel, instead of sequentially, he said, which means that Safari can run faster on the newer, composite-designed Web sites.

Tough Questions

Is Safari 4 actually faster than IE8 or Firefox 3, as Apple claims? That question is difficult to be subjective about, especially for a Mac devotee whose default browser is Safari. As it turns out, it’s also getting harder for Web performance engineers to objectively answer this question.

“Relying on impressions to judge browser speed is never a good thing, because it is usually colored by your feelings about the browser — or, in this case, maybe about Apple,” said Michael Czeiszperger, a testing engineer with Web Performance.

That’s why objective tests are done, he told MacNewsWorld.

Safari 4 may well be faster when stacked up against certain industry benchmarks; that apparently was the basis for Apple’s claims about its performance, Czeiszperger said.

Monica Sarkar of Apple did not return a call to MacNewsWorld in time for publication.

Web Performance, however, tested Safari 4 against 15 popular Web sites and did not find a huge difference in performance.

Everything’s Fast

The difference in speed among the browsers has narrowed considerably, according to Czeiszperger, with Safari 4 having a one-second advantage over Firefox 3.

It registers the same speed compared with IE 8 and Chrome, he noted.

On some Web sites, IE would be faster, though; ditto for Firefox. In short, the browser wars — or at least the speed competition — is over. How a browser performs depends a great deal on the Web site in question.

“How that page is designed has much to do with whether Safari’s Javascript execution translates into faster speed,” Czeiszperger said.

“It is difficult now to say that this particular browser or that on is the fastest,” Mouline said. “It all depends on how the Web site is structured, and how it uses different aspects of the features that the browsers make available for optimization.”

The subjective measures of evaluation are even suspect because of the new technology.

Safari 4, Mouline said, “has made a special effort in not only improving raw performance, but also its perceived performance.”

Clampdown Week: iPhone vs. Pre, China vs. Web, FTC vs. Worst ISP Ever

This summer’s smartphone smackdown started up in earnest Saturday with the launch of the Palm Pre. The new handset managed to gather lines — just not iPhone-caliber lines. Apple didn’t let Palm have too much fun; it wasted no time showing off the next version of the iPhone, the 3GS. The real loser, though, might be AT&T, which admitted it won’t support some new iPhone features for weeks.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)  doesn’t want you to use Bing to search the Web, and it would much rather see you using Gmail and Google Docs than Hotmail and MS Word. But if you want to use Google’s Chrome browser, you have to run Microsoft’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) More about Microsoft Windows operating system. Does the irony just kill you? Don’t worry — it’s all temporary. Google has released versions of Chrome for the Mac and Linux platforms.

Don’t get too excited, though; from a general-user point of view, both versions suck. They crash, they behave unpredictably, and they don’t even support Google’s own YouTube videos. And that’s not me being a critic — that’s Google’s own people talking. These are more like public alpha releases; anyone can have them, but they’re really meant for developers.

Once they’re more fully baked, though, it looks like Google will open doors to a growing legion of Mac users. Linux users will be able to get into it too, but the Linux side of this development might be most valuable to Google in terms of the netbook possibilities it opens. Netbook manufacturers are starting to warm up to the idea of installing the Android operating system — rather than Windows — onto small notebooks. And a Google-backed browser would probably mesh really well with a Google-backed OS.