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Google Chrome Bricks and Bouquets

I’ve been working with Chrome off and on for a week or so now, and I’m preparing to replace Firefox with Chrome as my standard browser on at least one PC.  Why?

Speed.  It is noticeably faster on many of the sites I use.  I don’t think this is a placebo effect.  I think the updated V8 javascript is having an impact on GMail, WordPress and others.

Convenience.  There are a lot of small things that Chrome does that others don’t.  All of the major plug-ins are already installed.  It keeps track of the sites I frequently visit and places them on my home page when I load the browser.  

Design.  I’m sick of the fact that every tool I install into Firefox or IE wants to consume a toolbar.  Chrome’s default UI, with a few simple tabs at the top of the page, is clever and maximizes the real estate I have to work with on the screen.  They’ve broken the Windows GUI paradigm, but they’ve made it better. 

There are some gotchas, however.

Installation.  Chrome breaks the Windows install paradigm.  It doesn’t put the application code in the program files directory, opting to install in the hidden directory AppDataLocal.  What does that mean?  Every “user” on a computer has to install Chrome themselves, including users without Administrator privilege.  Not only is it a waste of disk space, it’s a security flaw. 

Compatibility.  I’ve encountered several sites now which don’t work properly in Chrome.  

Overall, Chrome gets an enthusiastic two thumbs up from me.  If this is what browsers will be in the future, bring it on.  I’m ready. 

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  • Mike White September 15, 2008, 9:02 am

    I’ve made the switch as well… I have noticed a few other issues. Most notably, it seems to like to double post when leaving replies on any phpbb forum.

    Also 2 thumbs up

  • film fan September 16, 2008, 3:06 am

    i keep learning about more and more little advantages and quirks with Chrome, with privacy, for example; now if only they would take care of it's cookie management glitches…

  • Kaspar September 17, 2008, 1:28 am

    Yes it looks great and I'd love to shift to it as well but for now it’s to early I think. And perhaps its not save to completely shift to it.

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