Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Google Chrome Impressions

Today we saw the launch of Google Chrome, Google's attempt to get into the browser competition. With IE in the lead, with Firefox gaining all the time, Google's got some work ahead of them. They really have to introduce something really new and unique if they want to get noticed. Do they do that? Well, I've tried it out and here's what I think.

First thing I liked was that it imported everything from Firefox. Bookmarks, passwords, even history was instantly available when I first launched the browser. The only thing that was noticeably missing were my extensions. My many beautiful extensions! Where was Greasemonkey? Where's AdBlock Plus? InFormEnter? All gone, and my browsing experience suffered for it.

Next, and this is getting nitpicky, but the scrolling was not smooth. In Firefox, scrolling down the page was smooth like butter. IE, however, not so much. And Chrome seems to be following IE's footsteps. Jerky scrolling, couldn't really read the text as the page went down, it really annoyed me. Also, the tabs at the top of the screen wasn't a favorite feature of mine, seeing it where it is in Firefox is what I'm used to. The File/Edit/Etc. bar goes on top.

The task manager is kinda cool, but all it really is is a glorified tab manager with a few extras thrown in. In the end, if a Java or Flash applet running in one of my tabs freezing my browser, I doubt it's possible for me to open up the task manager and close that process. Didn't get to try that though.

The one feature I liked, and wish Firefox would adopt was a mode called Incognito. Basically, it's a new window that saves nothing. No history, no cookies, no nothing. You could browse anything and leave no trace. Not that I need to hide anything... but I can see it being useful. So come on Mozilla, put this feature in the next FF update!

Anyways, basically I was not impressed with Google's Chrome, and I won't be switching anytime soon. There's probably some new features that I missed, but I'm not motivated enough to want to go back and check them out. A lack of new features really dissappoints, and Google's got some work to do if they want to catch up to the browser giants.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Still Not Dead

Ok, confession time. I've kinda gotten bored with this blog. I just can't find the motivation or the desire to post anything here. I don't get much readership, and the design is getting old. So, I'm going to be working on a revitalization!

That's right, instead of posting the boring stuff I do every day, I'm going to post more interesting stuff. Like game reviews, cool internet finds, or opinions and stuff. Might even try a redesign, but that won't be soon. Gonna basically try get stuff on Digg and try to get this blog up and running again.

So, starting next post, new style of posting and we'll see where this leads me. Too bad no one reads this now, but hopefully that changes soon.