Friday, December 10, 2010

Cloud = Cr-48

The Cr-48 is the test notebook from Google, where you can test self the new Google Chrome OS. To get this device you must enter the Pilot program. And you must live in the United States, are at least 18 years old.

Few features of the Cr-48:

  • Fast boot, in about 10 seconds and resuming from sleep instantly
  • Got inside a WiFi and 3G
  • 12-inch LCD display
  • Full-size keyboard and oversized touchpad
  • 8 hours battery of active usage and a week of standby time

If you are a foreigner, example life in Europe. Then you can not get this Cr-48 notebook.

So foreigner (Chrome users outside USA). Vote YES on this page:
Google Chrome Help Forum: Yes for cr48 also available for international users

Chrome users, click here to YES. to send the cr48 also international (all country)!

Hope that Google will ears this and bring the cloud to you. :-)

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

December is Magic for FireFox

Since last october i created a vote page, for what browser you want also my "Turn Off the Lights" extension. And two weeks later, the result were clear. So today i announce you finally the "Turn Off the Lights" extension is available for FireFox.

With one click on the lamp button, the page will be fading to dark. And automatic focus to the video. Click again, the page will return back as normal.

Few great features in this FireFox extension:
✓ Turn the lights back on, by clicking on it
✓ Fade in and out effect just like the Chrome and Safari extension
✓ Support multiple video sites: YouTube, HTML5 video,... and more
✓ Support multiple image sites: Google Images Search,... and more

Note: More features coming soon, so follow my Blog or Google Buzz to be up to date.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lamp say Hello to Opera

On end this October Opera announced An Important piece of the puzzle. And now i announce you that the most famous extension Turn Off the Lights is avaibele for Opera.

Few great features in this Opera extension: 
✓ Turn the lights back on, by clicking on it 
✓ Fade in and out effect just like the Chrome and Safari extension 
✓ Support multiple video sites: YouTube, HTML5 video,... and more 
✓ Support multiple image sites: Google Images Search,... and more

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Time to Vote

The Turn Off the Lights extension is the most used and populair extension ever. But now it's time to give this fun stuff also for the other browsers.

What do you want to see first?
But now you can choose what browser must got first this extension. Will it be the most used browser or the fastest browser or that fox.

Make the populair "Turn Off the Lights" extension first available for:
  • Windows Internet Explorer
  • FireFox
  • Opera
Choose now and today the next release of my extension to you favorite browser!
Vote now!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fix my Safari Lamp

Today a update for the "Turn Off the Lights" Safari Extension. And it got lots of bug fixes. I also add a option for showing the context menu. (just like the Chrome Extension version)

Short list of the change log
  • Add option context menus
    • < video > Focus this video
    • < page > Darker this page
  • Fix the bug shortcut key
  • Fix flashing light on the HTML5 video
  • Fix dark only the top window
More details about additional changes are available in the Safari log.  If you find new issues, please let me know by filing a bug.

How receive the update?
If you have install my "Turn Off the Lights" extension, then it will automatic update to the latest version (if you turn the auto update on).
If you are a new user. Click here to install the latest "Turn Off the Lights" extension version.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Context Menu for TOTL Chrome

How many time you click with you mouse on my grey bulb icon? How many distance have you mouse travel to go to my extension icon? Many many many timeeee :-)

To save you some distance to travel, i release a option for my "Turn Off the Lights" Chrome Extension. A context menu for turn the light on or off.

context menu =  right click menu in the Google Chrome

Focus this video
It detect HTML5 video.

Dark this page
And page where you want it darker. Example to read this news item.

Faster focus to video: Now is it easy to get fast focus to a video on that webpage. By just right click on the video element and select focus this video.

Protect you eyes: On all web page you can dark also the whole page. So that make reading a news item better than the straight white light.

How turn this option on?
1. Go to the extension page chrome://extensions/
2. Then click on the option link in the "Turn Off the Lights" extension.
3. Below on the option page you see a title "Context Menu". Check the box right of it.
4. Restart the browser

This latest version got also few bug fix, for few video sites and social network sites (example like FaceBook).

I just recently watched Edward Maya ft. Vika Jigulina - This Is My Life and Axwell feat. Errol Reid - Nothing But Love

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Safari fly together with Chrome

Today i release the update for the Safari extension "Turn Off the Lights". The Safari extension got all features like the Chrome version. And the Safari extension use the same engine (95% te same code) as the Chrome extension.

Example videos to try: [Alex Gaudino - I'm In Love (I Wanna Do It)], [Justin Michael and Kemal - Her World Goes On] and [Lady Antebellum - Need You Now]

Some key features from this release include:
  • Support HTML5 video
  • Option to a show a Dimness Level Bar when the lights are off
  • Autoplay on: Fade in effect when click on the play button
  • Autoplay on: Fade out effect when click on the pause button (or when the video ended)
  • Option to show the infobar below the YouTube page
  • Option to show the YouTube like & dislike buttons
  • Option to show the YouTube share buttons
  • Add keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Shift + L) for turn the lights on or off

How receive the update?
If you have install my "Turn Off the Lights" extension, then it will automatic update to the latest version (if you turn the auto update on). When the update is complete, you will see a welcome page. On the that page you see a welcome word and few music video to try it out.
If you are a new user. Click here to install the latest "Turn Off the Lights" extension version.

Found a bug, you can report it here.

Here i thanks also all my users who want a Safari extension and also thanks for the Apple Developer Team.

Note: But the story is not ended here for Turn Off the Lights extension.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Got FaceBook? Join TOtL Fan Page!

If you using the Turn Off the Lights extension (Chrome or Safari). The extension that dims everything in the background, so you can enjoy the video you’re watching without any distractions.

You can now find a Fan Page on Facebook, keep in touch and follow latest new about this extension. Click on the LIKE button and you’ll be instantly added to the Fan Page!

Join the Turn Off the Lights on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer is here, and so is Turn Off the Lights extension

School is out for the summer, and that means more time to see videos online or rent a YouTube movie.
But now you can focus the video with this Chrome Extension: Turn Off the Lights. It mean that the video part will show only on the current webpage. And the rest of the page will be dark.

Also it is possible to change the color of the darkness around the video, the opacity and even add a fade in or and fade out effect.

Example videos to try: [Lasgo - Tonight], [Basshunter - Saturday] and [Cadence - I Surrender]

Some key features from this release include:
  • Support HTML5 video
  • Option to a show a Dimness Level Bar when the lights are off
  • Autoplay on: Fade in effect when click on the play button
  • Autoplay on: Fade out effect when click on the pause button (or when the video ended)
  • Option to show the infobar below the YouTube page
  • Option to show the YouTube like & dislike buttons
  • Option to show the YouTube share buttons
  • Add keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + L) for turn the lights on or off
Website Developer
If you want to focus on you website also a div or other HTML elements.You can give for each element you want to focus this id name.

To read more how to make you website compatible with my extension, see the API for Webmaster.

If you already install this extension, then you use the latest version of my extension. If you are a beginner user of Google Chrome, you can install the extension from here.

Here i thanks also all my beta tester and current translators for his feedback and the help for this extension!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Back To Basic

We seen all the new great iPhone 4, and the video calling from Steve Jobs to Jony Ive. Also the iPhone 4 introduces a whole new way of multitasking and the organize of apps by using folders.

But Apple release also something else, Safari 5.
Few new features are the Safari Reader, a greater HTML5 Support, better performance, Bing Search and Extension.

Safari Extensions
It is a new way for developers to enhance and customize the browsing experience. Create buttons for the toolbar or make your own extension bar. Change the way web content appears. Add controls to web pages. Safari Extensions are built with web standards, so you can do it all using the power of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

So i give it a try, and create one great extension for Safari. Turn Off the Lights extension.

It is a basic version of the Chrome extension ‘Turn Off the Lights’. Focus the video on YouTube, HTML5 video and other video sites. Later the Safari extension receive the same great features as the Chrome extension.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today Stefan vd Website is 4 year old. The website is created on 31 May 2006. And got less than 10 web pages. Here a small year overview about my projects.

The First line
GTI Mortsel in 3D was the first page on the website. Here i tell about our first 3D project and the making of the Belgium school GTI Mortsel in 3D. Later i create 3D buildings for the Google Earth program (Building from Brussels to Tokio).

Google Gadget
In the year 2007
The start of making great Google Gadget for Google Desktop. Example like the popular Fast Shutdown, Windows Dock gadget and more.

In the year 2009
I joined the Google Desktop (and Developer) group. And i am one the experienced developers that watch this group, answering questions and providing valuable feedback. Known as Google API Guru.

Google Chrome
Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine and application framework. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on 2 September 2008, and the public stable release was on 11 December 2008. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or "chrome", of web browsers.

And today is Chrome the third most widely used browser, with 6.73% of worldwide usage share of web browsers, according to Net Applications.

Since November 2009
Google release the API for how making a Chrome extension. So i make my first Chrome extension. And it already now the most popular Google Chrome Extension ever: Turn Off the Lights, Print, Font Size and Date Today.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chromie of the Week: Niwashi!

Niwashi really typifies what this forum is about. Niwashi's speedy replies, knowledge of Google Chrome, courtesy towards other users, and attention to detail have helped Google Chrome users the world over since Niwashi joined the forum last year. For example, in this recent thread, Niwashi speedily offered a helpful fix that precisely solved the asker's problem. What's more, Niwashi was kind enough to check back a couple of days later to further clarify the solution and resolve any confusion. If you have a small screen and are looking for a way to do away with the bookmarks bar, I recommend checking out Niwashi's post.

Thank you, Niwashi, for being a great asset to the forum! :)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

M4192: Master of Brevity

Maybe it's just his forum alias, but M4192 reminds me of a secret agent.

He's always got a calm, cool, relevant response to the question at hand, and he gets right to the point--you get the sense he doesn't use a single extra letter in his posts. He's been a member of the forum since November 2009 and we hope he'll stick around for a lot longer.
Congrats M4192, and thank you!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Update Date Today

The 'Date Today' extension got few bugs fixed and got one new feature inside. A option to change the color of the current time and day.

Download Date Today for Google Chrome. And try the new colors...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Alex: The Command Line King

While reading alex's posts, I thought to myself, "Wow, this guy is non-stop helpful." Every post he writes offers a smart, succinct solution, and he seems to genuinely enjoy helping people get the most out of Google Chrome. He's especially nifty when it comes to using command lines to solve problems: check out this post for a particularly creative work-around.

On top of the help he provides in the forum, alex writes an awesome blog about all things Google, and his Buzz is informative and entertaining. In short, check this guy out. He's awesome. And if you've got a Google Chrome question, you should hope he's in the neighborhood.

Below is one of the Google Chrome videos alex hosted on his blog.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Google Chrome Ads Video

This week Google Chrome Team of UK release 2 new video about Google Chrome. The first one about extensions and the other about translation.

Google Chrome Extensions

But if you watch (on 0.54) it say something ... Turn Off the Lights. (Focus on what you're watching. Darken the rest) Thanks Google Chrome!

Translate for Google Chrome

Dejan1024: Our Google Chrome Veteran

Here's a problem. People download Google Chrome abroad, and it automatically installs in the language of the country where they're traveling, which they can't read. There's an option to change their default language once Google Chrome is downloaded, but since they can't read the language, they can't navigate through the menu options. How can they make Google Chrome work for them?

Enter Dejan1024, our Google Chrome Veteran. After following this thread for a while, Dejan came up with the answer: a picture is worth a thousan words. He took time to lay out the whole process with screen shots and helpful numbered steps to walk people through the process, no matter what language their browser was in. Awesome.

Thanks Dejan, for all your awesome contributions.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MetaEd = MegaAwesome

Check out this recent thread answered by MetaEd. What a patient, considerate conversation and a great solution. MetaEd is exactly the kind of guy that makes the forum a better place, and that's why he's our Chromie of the Week. No wonder he says his superpower is the "Human Help Key."

Thanks MetaED! Here's a Google Chrome video for your viewing pleasure.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Rising Chromie Star: timmmy_42

This week's Chromie of the week is timmmy_42. Dragontatt, one of our Top Contributors, nominated timmmy_42 because his answers are "very helpful, and courteous, and I have learned from them also." Timmy_42's posts are short and sweet--they quickly get right to the heart of the issue and offer a constructive solution. Congrats timmmy_42, and thanks for helping out the chrommunity!

Google Desktop Stop?

Google Desktop for Windows forum have been closed. I feedback and help other users with their problem in the year 2009 and begin 2010.

Due to low activity on the forum and redundant information already
available in our Google Desktop Help Center, we've made the hard
decision to archive this group and point all users with any Google
Desktop questions or feedback to our Help Center. Please feel free to
If you'd like to report a problem or send feedback, please click the
"Contacting Support" link inside of the "Help Resources" sub topic.
Thanks a lot for your prior participation in the Help Forum!

-Ben on behalf of the Google Desktop Team

Friday, April 02, 2010

Turn Off the Lights API for your website

We just released Turn Off the Lights, so be sure to grab also the latest API and try it out (only for developer). This API will help website developer to focus an object that you want to show (when the lights are off). It can be an image, Flash video, HTML5 video and any other HTML elements. Also there are few sample how to create this on your website or blog.

I also searching for translator persons to translate this extension (you name or nickname will be added on the option page if you help me)

If you have bug reports or feedback, drop us a note at the Turn Off the Lights issues page.

Mori: whoosh!

Mori is new to the forum, but we love his spirit. Check out this thread he started about funny new slogans for Google Chrome, and add your own. Congrats, Mori: you're "more spiffy than a spoon."

Monday, March 29, 2010

Turn Off the Lights extension

The latest new version of the Turn Off the Lights extension is now online.
It is a extension for you Google Chrome browser. When you click on the bulb icon. The entire page will be fading to dark, so you can watch (focus) video as if you are in the cinema. For example, you can see videos from YouTube or other video sites. And click again, it return back as normal.

But what is new:
- New fade effect engine. New redesign option page with sample view
- Option for fade in and fade out effect
- Option to show playlist, channel name
- Option to show all flash
- Add new languages (38 languages supported)
- Fix language text tawain
- Support, blip,, flickr video and gallery photo, Gizmodo
- Fix bug autoplay in HTML5

If you already install this extension, then you use the latest version. If you are a beginner user of Google Chrome, you can install the extension from here.

Also thank you again for the feedback and translate this extension!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Google Friend Connect

Today i add the Google Friend Connect here to my blog. So you readers, can easy follow my blog. About my latest products, updates...

How do I become a Follower of this blog?
There are several ways to become a follower of this blog. One of the easiest ways is to visit my blog and click on the "Follow" button under the "Followers" widget.
You'll then see a popup window with the options to either follow publicly or privately.
Select how you'd like to follow the blog, then click the "Follow this blog" button. It is that simple, you are now a follower of the blog! If you elected to follow the blog publicly, your profile picture will be displayed on the blog with a link to your Blogger profile by adding the blog to your Reading List on the dashboard.

More information about the Follow a blog, read this.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Congrats to Dragontatt, our newest Top Contributor!

Dragontatt joined the Google Help forum on February 21, 2009, and he’s been an awesome community member ever since. He’s thoughtful, patient, and polite, and he always follows up with you once he joins the conversation. He knows Google Chrome inside and out and shares his knowledge with the rest of us. In short, he makes the forum a better place to be, and we’re lucky to have him. Thanks Dragontatt, and congratulations on becoming a Top Contributor.

Thanks StevePaul!

This week's Chromie of the Week is StevePaul, an extremely knowledgeable, long-time member of the Google Chrome Help forum. As Stefan vd says,

"The next person that must be come 'Chromie of the Week' is StevePaul. Because he is one of the oldest forum member i know, from since 1/30/09. He is a helpful Uber Chromie that help other user with his Chrome problems, it give you the right solution and with a solution reference link. Example here a particular threads about the help i like."

StevePaul is also a Senior Member at the third-party forum Chrome Plugins (you can view his discussions here). People love his help over there, too. They told him, "It's good to see someone mature and intelligent on the forums!" and "You should really, become a blog writer. Your posts are always helpful, and long with good grammar. So you'll be perfect!"

Congratulations, StevePaul. Thanks for contributing to the Google Chrome community!

P.S. We don't have a good picture of you, so we'll just share this cool stop-motion video in your honor:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Developer from Antwerp: Stefan vd

Stefan vd is our first ever Chromie of the Week. Not only is he really helpful in the forums, but he also develops his own extensions.

In the words of Dragontatt:
"I noticed Stefan vd first from his extensions. Then I noticed he joined the forum to let users know his extension had been corrected to fix some problems with Chrome. Since then, he has posted full time here, and has offered some very useful solutions to our users, and he always follows up with his posts to answer more questions and offer solutions. I am glad he has joined us."

Congrats, Stefan vd!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Review: Turn Off the Lights

Here a review about the Google Chrome Extension Turn Off the Lights.

Download this extension click here.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fast Shutdown Beat It (again)

My first Google Gadget have beat up the list of most downloaded Gadget. So today is the "Fast Shutdown" Google Gadget the most downloaded gadget.

Previous gadget was the "Power Off", but go now second on the list. And the 3rd place is still the "Windows Dock" gadget.

Friday, February 19, 2010

What is Google Buzz?

Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting. It's built right into Gmail, so you don't have to peck out an entirely new set of friends from scratch — it just works. If you think about it, there's always been a big social network underlying Gmail. Buzz brings this network to the surface by automatically setting you up to follow the people you email and chat with the most. We focused on building an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links, and makes it easy to share publicly or privately (so you don't have to use different tools to share with different audiences). Plus, Buzz integrates tightly with your existing Gmail inbox, so you're sure to see the stuff that matters most as it happens in real time.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

French, German, Italian and more

Turn Off the Lights is the most popular Google Chrome Extension. But the extension display not 100% all languages.

If you want to help me with translating this to you language. Just send a email to Stefan from the

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Turn Off the Lights

Chrome Extension
A new extensions is online, and it called Turn Off the Lights.
The entire page will be fading to dark, so you can watch video as if you are in the cinema. Example to see video from YouTube or others video services.

With one click on the lamp button, the page will be fading to dark. And click again, it return back as normal.

The feature in this chrome extension:
✓ Icon to appear in the URL bar
✓ Turn the lights back on, by clicking on it
✓ Support multiple video sites; YouTube, HTML5 video and Vimeo
✓ Easter eggs:
     Shortcut key: T  -> Do you like a real movie theater?
✓ Custom colors
✓ Google Docs Support -> document writing
✓ Google Images Search, Picasa, Analytics, iGoogle... show like a gallery
✓ Option to make the screen dark if the user click on the play button.
✓ 14 Languages Support


To download th Turn Off the Lights chrome extension, go to this website:

Friday, January 29, 2010

From Brussels to Tokio in 3D

Google Earth get more and more 3D buildings inside it. Also today i share my 3D building to the world. One of my big collection is the Tokio city.

Tokyo (literally "eastern capital"), also known as Tokyo spelled according to the Hepburn system, is one of the 47 Japanese prefectures. The 23 special wards of Tokyo, each governed as a separate city, cover the area of the historic city of Tokyo.

A example of my 3D building in Tokio

Google Model Town Competition
What makes your town an incredible place to live?
Show your civic pride (and maybe win a prize) by creating a 3D portrait of your community and sharing it with the world. You have the power to get your town on the map – and there's no bigger map than Google Earth.

The Google Model Your Town Competition is open to people from all over the world.
All you have to do is build 3D models of the buildings in your community. Model whichever structures you think are necessary to show the planet what's special about your town.

Getting started is easy.
You can enter on your own or recruit up to five of your fellow citizens to help you form a team, and the software tools you need are free.

Overview off my 3D buildings inside Google Warenhouse, go to this website:
Brussels Collections:
Tokio Collections:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bioweather Gadget

Weather and health
Weather and health alert you to weather forecasts that may lead to migraine, symptoms of arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, winter blues and seasonal depression.

Bioweer projections, as they are known, based on the science of biometeorologie.

Weather sensitivity can affect your mood and can cause lethargy, fatigue, or lack of sleep. High temperatures are often the cause of symptoms such as low blood pressure, while a cold period hypertenise or hypothermia is possible.

If you suffer from headaches or chronic back pain, you will find that such a fohnwind wind or dry land or positive ions in the atmosphere may be the trigger.

And today is it possible to show the current bioweather map from Benelux in to you sidebar (or desktop). You just only need the download this gadget below and you are done.

Also thanks to for his great bioweather project.

More information about Bioweather gadget, go to this website:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Need a Google Wave Invitation?

More and more people would like to test the Google Wave product. But not all users can get such invitation.

I got 40 invitation left now! If you like to use Google Wave, just fill the online form on this website:
Google Wave is more fun when you have others to wave with. Keep in mind that this is a preview so it could be a bit rocky at times. Invitations will not be sent immediately. We have a lot of stamps to lick.
More information about Google Wave, go to this website:

Friday, January 22, 2010

About the right Time

Date Today gadget
Now you can easy swith to 24 hour clock or the militaire clock (12 hour) with on the right name for AM / PM.
Also you got a option to hide the 'Time Up', the time how long the computer is on.

Google Desktop Gadget
Date Today v1.1

List items added to this Google Gadget:
+ Option to hide the 'Time Up' from the computer
+ Option for 24H or 12 clock (AM / PM)
+ Gadget available for 6 languages

So get the lasted version and you know first the time.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chrome Extensions

The new Google Chrome browser is already 1 year and 3 month old. But there still make this browser more than just a browser. This time it got something new inside it. Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome extensions are a great way to add more features and functionality to the browser. Sometimes, a feature is really useful for some people, but not for everyone. Extensions let you customize Google Chrome with features you like, while keeping your browser free of clutter that you don't use.

My own developed extensions
Font Size Increase
Sometimes websites have text that is so hard to read and I want to increase it easily and quickly without increasing everything else on the page. Then use the A+ browser button!

Font Size Decrease
And for decrese the font use then A- browser button!

Below a YouTube video, that show what this both extensions can do.

Google Chrome Extensions are only supported on the Beta Channel or Dev of Google Chrome:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Join to my Friend Connect

Hey, sign up on my Friend Connect community. Easy to use and with now more personalized.

Break the ice
Visitors now you can on my site get to know each other better by sharing details about themselves that are relevant to the site. The details people share are added to their Friend Connect public profiles on my site, which are seen by other site visitors. This way, your visitors can learn more about each other in the context of the interests that bring them to your website.

Also you can ability to send private messages to each other. That way, when a user discovers someone who shares their interests, they can send a message to that person via their Friend Connect profile to start a dialogue.


Note: If you sign up, you can sign up as follow publicly or privately

More information about Google Friend Connect self, go to this website:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Battle of the Most Featured Gadget!

Here the list of the 10 top most famous featured gadgets from me:
  1. Power Off - Jun 2009 - download count 203169
  2. Fast Shutdown - Jun 2009 - download count 194152
  3. Windows Dock - Sep 2009 - download count 162558
  4. Office - Dec 2009 -  download count 127168
  5. System Tools - Nov 2009 - download count 87135
  6. Task Manager - Sep 2009 - download count 82500
  7. System Manager - Sep 2009 - download count 79748
  8. Office Tools - Sep 2009 - download count 75742
  9. Date Today - Dec 2009 - download count 73854
  10. GTAIV Clock - Jun 2009 - download count 55648
Note: The date you see next the gadget name, show you when this gadget is last updated.

And the most Featured gadget is Power Off gadget,
It's a small gadget that allow you to shutdown fast you computer or lock you computer.

Hey, but what is your favorite Google Gadget for 2010?

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