From The Tips Box: Maximising Chrome, GPS Safety

From The Tips Box: Maximising Chrome, GPS Safety
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Readers offer their best tips for maximising your browser window in OS X, using virtual desktops to view geeklets, and keeping your home address secure on your GPS unit.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons — maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in — the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at

Shift+Click to Maximise Chrome on OS X

The-soup discovers a useful keyboard shortcut for Chrome users:

Windows not maximizing to fit the whole screen in OS X has always irked me. However, I found out that if you use Chrome or Chromium on OS X, you can shift-click the maximize button to bring the window to full size. Works like a charm, and you don’t need to use RightZoom or a bookmarklet to enlarge the whole window.

Previously mentioned RightZoom will do this for every app on your system, but if you were just missing it for your browser, this little trick will work well.

Set Your GPS’ “Go Home” Shorcut to the Police Department in Case of Car Theft

Alex Torpey shares an even better preset for the “Go Home” shortcut on your GPS:

Great top 10 article. One suggestion: Set ‘Home’ in your car’s GPS to the local police department. Most people can find their way home from there, and could also catch car thieves.

We’ve talked about using different presets before, but making it the police department is a specific place that has added benefits.

Use Virtual Desktops to Quickly View Gadgets and Geeklets

Mac Monster cinnamonster shares a clever use for virtual desktops like Spaces on OS X:

2 ways to quickly glance at your desktop geeklets: just use the show desktop shortcut or enable spaces and leave one blank.

If you add virtual desktops to Windows, this works great for desktop gadgets or Rainmeter as well.


  • Setting ‘home’ to the police station makes sense if:
    1) The car thief knowing your home address is of some advantage to them (it’s not)
    2) The car thief driving past a police station is of some advantage to you (it’s not)

    If you stole someone’s car, why on earth would you want to pay them a visit at home? If they’re home and see their car outside, they’ll a) call the police, and b) get a glimpse of you, the thief. There is some very badly thought-through logic present in this paranoia.

      • What if the crook uses your GPS unit to find your house BUT drive there in your car?… maybe they come around in a van with some buddies and clean out your house while you’re away.
        The point is that by not setting your own address as your “Home” you at least don’t have to worry that the [email protected] who stole your car knows where you live… unless you’ve left other traces of your identity in the car; such as your mail.

        • So the logic here is “they must be out, i just stole their car” which might make some level of sense, but you still get a pretty short window to break in to a house.

          The logic behind stealing a car is that it is uick, conveniant, and serves a direct purpose (use it in a crime, to leave the scene of a crime, or to sell to a buyer already lined up) to burgle a house you usually spend more time evaluating how empty the house is during the day (eg stay at home mum or not) and how likely you are to get spotted. These 2 things are unknown when you steal the car.

          Also, as if the driver would go to the police station and not notice it on the GPS map beforehand or before they pull in the driveway. Also, even if he walked in the door, they have no idea why he is there as A) you probably haven’t reported it yet and B) they don’t have a photo of him..

          I agree that this is a useless idea based on false logic. I would have expected LH to debunk these ideas, not endorse them!

          • I admit the ‘send ’em to the cops” idea is pretty lame but I really don’t care what address is set as Home as long as it’s not MY home. Maybe the local pub. I’ll ask the boys to beat the crap out of anyone who drives up in my car that isn’t me 😀

    • Steve –

      1. Car thieves will often, depending on the circumstances, go straight to the person’s house, because odds are if they are stranded without their car they may not be home, which can be determined by simply driving by at little effort or risk.

      2. There are two potential opportunities here. One is if you report your car stolen to your local PD (which you should do *immediately* after discovery) an officer might actually recognize the vehicle as it pulls around a corner or nearby your local PD’s HQ where there is likely dense police presence. The second is that if the area has surveillance cameras you may be able to catch the path that someone takes or grab a photo of the face of the driver when they drive by. And believe it or not, there are cases of criminals driving straight into police driveways without realizing it. It’s a little scary how closely people will follow a GPS sometimes.

      In the town where I am mayor, our PD routinely presents this information to our residents as one easy tip that costs nothing and may end up being of help one day. Plus, most GPS systems have a ‘recent trips’ menu, which would likely have one’s home address in easy reach but still be safe as that information wouldn’t be known to a potential criminal who just sees a listing of random addresses.

      tl;dr This tip has no real drawbacks and could help catch a criminal if the unlikely event of one’s car getting stolen were to happen.

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