Google Chrome

Negativecool

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Just downloaded Google's new web browser (beta); "Google Chrome" they're calling it http://www.google.com/chrome. Not sure how I feel about it yet. Not sure why I downloaded it either...
With firefox being really good, safari and opera also being competitors for IE, I don't see why google thinks theres room for more...but hell, they're google. I use their email, and I lurvs their search engine, so what the hell?

The only thing I don't really like right now, like what I don't really like with safari, is that it has no web address drop down feature like firefox and IE(or maybe I'm just blind). It does have "automatic fill in" when you type an address, but that isn't easier than just clicking on it through a drop down..

Anyway, has anyone else heard about this, thoughts?
 

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I feel like a minority as a 'competent internet user' when I say that IE does me just fine. I occasionally use FF when I'm feeling cheeky...Or when I'm using the wife's mac cuz I'm not a big fan of safari.
 

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Firefox has auto spell check....so it makes going online easier for the spelling impaired.
Actually wait a minute... sorry i just woke up and i JUST realized that i think i actually fixed my FF problem that i was talking about in my FF thread...hmm i rule a lot harder than i thought...

Anyhoo, what was the topic again? Ahh yes, Google chrome, i love google so i might check it out. But for now I'll let you be the test dummy before i go and start downloading anything i might regret.
So far do you notice anything neat about it that makes it stand apart from the other serch engins? Or is it just like the rest but it happens to be by google?
 

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Things that I love about it:

1) Each tab is opened as a separate process. That means a few things. First of all, if one tab crashes, it doesn't affect the rest of them. That means that you can close the offending tab and not lose whatever you have open in the other tabs. It also means that you can drag tabs outside the window and they will detach from the window to make a new one.

2) Incognito mode. There's been an addon available for a while that makes this available in firefox, but it's included with Chrome. It's a window that you can open (by pressing ctrl+shift+n) that will not save browsing history or cookies after you close it. A.k.a. porn mode.

3) When you open a new tab, it has a thumbnail view of the most recent pages you've visited. You can just click one to open it. Not much of a feature there, but it looks cooler than the dropdown in standard browsers.

4) Most importantly, this browser is fast. It outstrips firefox at everything I've tried with it so far, other than youtube videos (we'll get to that in the dislikes section). Seriously, though, this thing is blazing. By far the fastest browser I've ever used (even faster than opera, which is often touted as the absolute fastest).

5) It looks good, and once you get used to it, the minimalist interface is great.

6) It uses firefox's idea of the "awesome bar" (the horrible suggestive address bar in firefox 3) and makes it actually work.

Things I dislike:

1) No middle-click and scroll. Not a big deal, but I use it to get to the top/bottom of a page really fast when I'm too lazy to reach up and press the home/end keys.

2) No addon support yet. That means no adblock, no greasemonkey, etc. It's pretty much a given that stuff like that will be added (even if google doesn't do it, the browser is open source, so someone will), but that alone is enough to get me to stick with firefox for the time being.

3) Flash support is not very great right now. When I went to a youtube video, it froze up for about ten seconds before it started playing the video. I've heard reports of it crashing for other people when trying to play flash videos.

4) This is an interesting section from google's universal end user license agreement:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.
11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.
11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and ( make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.
11.4 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license." ---
You may not care about something like that, and it's doubtful that it even applies to their browser, but that could be considered an invasion of privacy.

Anyway, that's my take on it. If you don't at least download it and try it, you're missing out.