Google ChromeSeptember 4, 2008
I’m not a hardcore web surfer. I check certain websites once or twice a day and I’m good. I kill time with games and program work(lol), not surfing; however, when I do surf, I like things to be snappy. Efficiency is key, and anything that helps me get things done quicker is a thumbs up from moi. Firefox 3.0 did this for me. Nice non cumbersome password save feature. Nice addons for, well, anything you would probably need. Overall, it was just sexy.
So, Google Chrome is out. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s an open source browser made by Google. Beta was released on September 02, 2008.
I’ve got to say that I’m a little edgy when it comes to switching browsers. Specifically from my beloved Firefox. Firefox is fast, effective, and it has all of my addons. That, and the familiarity factor weighs in quite a bit.
That being said, I actually like chrome. It’s not better than Firefox for me, yet; however it’s still in beta so a lot more options will be coming, I’m sure. As for addons, I have no doubt there will be major ports from Firefox. Speed seems about the same. It’s starting up a lot faster, but my Firefox has to load quite a bit of necessary addons. There are apparently bench marks of web page loading but I haven’t checked them out yet.
The design of the browser is as simple as it can get. The tabs are on the top bar instead of under the address bar. The status bar kind of appears shortly to show progress but doesn’t stick around, leaving more screen real estate. It’s very elegant.
What’s really interesting about the browser is the built in Task Manager. Yep, you know the oh so beloved Ctrl+Alt+Del that we so frequently use in windows? Chrome has a mini version in its browser. Whether one of your tabs hang, or you just want to check out how much resources each tab is using, just right click on the top bar and click “Task Manager.” Chrome will pull up a task manager, and the contents are exactly what you would expect from any old task manager. No more having to close the whole browser and restart everything because of one tab hanging!
Anyway, enough with my babbling. Here’s a short video showing off some Chrome features.
Ok, so that video pretty much just reiterated what I said, and touched on some other nifty things. “Ninja Surfing” via incognito anyone? Porn surfers unite!