digital

5 Simple Steps to Fix Slow Omnibox/Address Bar Search in Google Chrome

I have been using Google Chrome as my default browser since 2009. I liked its lightweight nature, clear bookmark bar, apps–and most of all–speed.

One of the most important parts was the Omnibox which allowed you to search Google (or indeed any other search engine) from the address bar just by typing your query in there. It has probably over the years saved me quite a significant amount of time.

However, recently it has been running very slowly indeed. Chrome in general was still running very smoothly and quickly. However, the Omnibox was sluggish often taking several seconds to registers my key presses. It never crashed; it was just slow. (more…)

Bamboo DiRT: Digital Tools for Digital Humanists

UPDATE: Since I posted this BambooDIRT has been updated with a new website and logo. Same functionality and top notch curating, however.

There are a huge number of digital tools for digital humanists to sink their teeth into (see for example my┬ápost on “Digital Humanities research resources you should know about“). It is unfortunate that–and I am sure I am not alone in this–it is often only through serendipity that you come across them.

Sometimes, sadly, serendipity is rather slow working and slightly slap-dash in her delivery. That is why I am rather excited to have bumped into the Bamboo DiRT site. The site describes itself as a “registry of digital research tools for scholarly use” and it certainly include a large number of excellent digital tools for humanities scholars to take advantage of. (more…)

Finding 50 Years of "Punch; or, the London Charivari" Digital Archives

One of my favourite 19th and 20th century publications is the satirical magazine Punch. However, it is often hard to find the volumes for the magazine despite the fact that most are available somewhere online. As a result, I have tried to compile a list of the volumes I have found over time.

Currently I have only compiled them for the period to which I am chiefly concerned (from 1870 to 1919). However, if I have time or the inclination this may well expand. (more…)