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Google Chrome

Great jumping Jesus in a sidecar with chocolate jimmies! Google has released their own browser, Google Chrome. They even created a comic book, Google Chrome, drawn by Scott McCloud (author of Zot!).

I’m not sure what I think.

On the one hand I feel that browsers do need an overhaul.  When they crash (and they do) they take everything down. SSBs show us that parts of the web are actually applications and should be treated as such.  The security models in most browsers are built around concepts that no longer make sense.

On the other hand: why create yet another browser? Safari, Firefox, IE and now this one?

But maybe the market needs another shake up.  Safari & Webkit shook things up a little but because it only runs reliably on OS X it ultimately didn’t have much impact; except maybe as an example of how much a web page can look if the browsers supported more features.

Either way, I can’t wait till the Linux and Mac versions come out.



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Chrome is far from perfect for sure; It renders fast thanks to webkit, the JavaScript engine is the fastest I’ve seen, and it takes up much less memory than FF3. It’s not a bad beta, and it could replace my SSB of choice if/when they work out the bugs. For example, it doesn’t quite work right with Bloglines (beta).

I like using it for some things, like Gmail and the other Google apps it was specifically designed to work with, but until it can match the addon goodness of Firefox, it definitely won’t be replacing it any time soon.


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Well, that and I need a Linux and Mac OS versions… ;-)

I noticed that all the various animation things (like ui.jQuery’s demo) caused bouncing around like it doesn’t calculate the offset correctly.

I assumed things like that will be fixed. They did mention they weren’t really ready for an announcement.


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