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Posted September 03, 2008 at 06:36:57 AM by Bean
I downloaded the new hotness, Google Chrome, yesterday afternoon. It's the latest entry into the crowding browser market. Where there used to be only Netscape, now there is Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Netscape, Chrome, and a few others, all with their loyal fans, pros, and cons. Chrome looks like any other browser, except for a few cosmetic changes that seem only to serve purposes of differentiation. I've been with Firefox for 5 years or so, but I'll give Chrome a try, and here's why:
  • New JavaScript engine (V8) runs all this newfangled AJAX crap noticeably faster.
  • Popups get stuck in their own tabs. This is a nice byproduct of the isolated browser tab concept (sandboxing) that Chrome touts.
  • Integration with existing Google tools. For instance, if a site 404s on you, Chrome provides an alternate link to view the page from Google's cache. I suspect we'll see a lot more of these features make their way into Chrome as time passes.
  • Okay, so it's a short list. Read this Googlebook for more details if you are so inclined.
While it's a bit sad that Chrome will most likely dig into the Firefox base at first, I'm hoping that some of those stubborn IE users will see this as an opportunity to try something new. After all, everybody used Google, even 100% Microsoft shops, so Google has enough opportunity to slip in reminders that there exists an alternative.

Anyone else tried it?
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Jewfish (September 03, 2008 at 09:29:24 AM):
I have not tried it yet, but I plan to soon.

I actually read a review of the IE8 beta earlier today, and it was surprisingly positive. They said that it has many of the features that Chrome and Firefox include, but it also has better handling of Flash and uses less resources. If I'm not too lazy I'll try them both.

Of course, IE8 won't be integrated with Google apps like Chrome, though I'm sure there will be a plugin.
m1 (September 03, 2008 at 01:20:31 PM):
Opera rulz
m3 (September 04, 2008 at 07:20:34 PM):
i downloaded it a couple days ago too. seems pretty cool. i like that each tab is a separate process, so if one screws up it doesn't ruin your entire session.

i don't think i'll stop using ff3, but i might occasionally use chrome for web apps.
Stutz (September 04, 2008 at 08:34:10 PM):
I'm all about using anything from one of the companies I hold stock in, but since I don't know how to load new apps on my linux box, I won't be trying it right away. Linux folks, lil' help here
As everything else from Google I'm certain it rocks
Now everybody go out and buy a pair of Crocs for your ole pal Stutzy
Jewfish (September 05, 2008 at 07:43:28 AM):
Only if you go and buy about eleventy billion soda cans.
balls (September 08, 2008 at 06:41:55 PM):
@Stutz: google chrome ain't out for linux yet.

Also I tried chrome, pretty pointless really.

Sends a bunch of shit to google, even if you tell it not to.

Also no adblock,and no mouse gestures makes me sad in the pants.
balls (September 08, 2008 at 06:43:15 PM):
The IE team should release a version of IE with 100% adblocking, just to prank google in the face.
Stutz (September 12, 2008 at 06:04:05 PM):
F IE and Microsoft in the F'n hole
I'm certain I've already bought eleventy billion soda cans
also tried google chrome today, very diappointed in the interface, couldn't even figure out how to make changes to the bookmarks, no button to return to your home page, idk, i got too much invested in google for them to do this crappy a job
Jewfish (September 15, 2008 at 08:26:45 AM):
Well, it is a beta. Though I agree, the interface could definitely use some improvement.

But on the bright side, it includes the incredibly handy pr0n mode.
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