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Hallobean 9
Posted September 24, 2008 at 07:59:23 PM by Bean in the Hallobean category
Update:
Sorry for the late notice - but Hallobean is not going to happen this year. Look for a bigger, badder Hallobean next year.

Original Post:
It's that time of year again! Check out hallobean.org for a few details. I sent out evites, but my email contact list is a little outdated and a lot cluttered. If you didn't get one, don't despair! You are still invited! Just leave a comment or shoot me an email and I'll add your name to the list.
Google Chrome
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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