Software

Google Chrome: what browses what?

Okay, so nearly a month after it lauched how is Google Chrome changing the way we browse? Well for Linux and OSX users, not very much. However on Windows, Chrome is finding a place into my day to day browsing. Firstly I have started to tend to use it with Google products. There’s nothing rational about this, it seems to be just brand fetishism.

I have also started to use it for any site that uses Gears. Since Gears is built in to the browser it just seems to make sense. I liked Gears a lot before Chrome and although I have it installed in Firefox I figure it is easier to use the features when they are integrated into the browser and have the advantage of the V8 Javascript engine.

I also use Google Chrome on sites where I actually expect a lot of Flash, script and Fail. Being able to kill poorly programmed sites while keeping on trucking with the browser is a pretty killer feature.

Finally I also use it to view links where I want to look at something briefly and then do nothing more with it. I don’t know whether it really makes a difference but I always wonder how much stuff Firefox caches when I am briefly checking a link for something a blog post.

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Java

Oi! Quicktime! Noooo!

Halfway through a 350Mb download from Bleep I decide to upgrade Quicktime due to the serious security fixes that are available in Version 7.1 (or that is what the popup tells me).

During the install Quicktime tells me it has to close its running instances. Fine I think and click okay. Suddenly Firefox is shut down and a popup sensibly points out that if I close Firefox now I’ll lose 100Mb plus of the download that has already been stored on the PC. Do I really want to shutdown Firefox?

Thank god for Firefox I think! No, don’t stop downloading I tell it… Only to have Quicktime slyly close it anyway. And install itself once again into the Systray.

Apple stuff is easy to use, as long as you do what the program wants you to do and you don’t get any uppity ideas of your own. Sometimes though you actually know what you’re doing and its not down to a program to decide what you actually need to do. It is useability but at a stiff price.

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