Days of our Lives!

September 3, 2008

Chrome

Filed under: Tech — Santhosh @ 1:19 AM

It’s out now.

Read this comic book first. Screw whitepapers.

update 1 (through Chrome): looks like nothing but a wonderfully simple, aesthetically appealing facelift on good ol’ Firefox.

update 2: definitely faster (to load and to browse).

update 2.1: Just read that Chrome uses processes instead of threading that existing browsers do (rumour has it IE 8 also plans on using processes). That explains the speed I guess. Usine processes also provides more security. Since it’s one process per tab, once you close it, the entire process gets killed.


update 3
: you suddenly realize, you don’t really need any menus, buttons or options in a browser.

update 4:
pluses:

  • open source (GO baby GO!!!)
  • much larger viewing space (almost the entire screen)
  • simple is beautiful
  • seamless import from anything Firefox (existing settings, bookmarks, passwords)
  • the incognito window should be mighty useful
  • Google Gears is finally here
  • the address bar doubles up as your Google search bar (with integrated Google Suggest to go with your history)
  • like I’ve said above, better speed and security because of individual processes per tab.
  • advanced javascript engine V8. As someone who worked on JS and co for 3 years, this is good news.


minuses:

  • the speed and security comes at a price. Since each tab is a process, you effectively end up with as many Chrome instances running on your computer. Not sure how those who don’t have 2 or 3 GBs of RAM to throw around would take to this.
  • mild irritant in having your browsing history displayed everytime you open a new tab – lifted from Safari as it is.
  • too few is too few – can’t really tweak anything unlike in Firefox where you can have things just the way you want.

update 5:
just found out about the task manager and memory diagnostic functions. Are we taking the first steps toward an online OS?


update 6:
curiously, browser identifiers (both scripts and software) are reading Chrome as Safari 5.25

update 7:
Here’s the full list of about: pages.

  • about:memory
  • about:stats
  • about:network
  • about:internets
  • about:histograms
  • about:dns
  • about:cache
  • about:plugins
  • about:version

Now you’re talking, Google!

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2 Comments »

  1. Apparently every copy of chrome has a unique ID that becomes associated with your GMail account the first time you login using Chrome.) After that… its SPY Time.Thanks but no thanks for me.Since its open source, hopefully we’ll have a Google strings free version out soon.

    Comment by Hemanth — September 24, 2008 @ 8:58 PM | Reply

  2. Fine nuances among browsers… šŸ™‚

    Comment by kavi — May 21, 2009 @ 5:59 PM | Reply


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