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Google Chrome

2008-09-03 14:24:21.732837+00 by JT 10 comments

I've been playing with Google Chrome since yesterday's release and it seems like a nice little browser. It's still in beta, and only for windows xp/vista at the moment, however it's surprisingly fast, follows css standards very well, and doesn't consume gobs of memory. Reading the comic book about how it works seems like they have some very interesting ideas... although reading a comic book about a product gives me the willies for some reason.

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 14:34:18.518397+00 by: meuon

Did you read the EULA? I haven't yet, but I hear it's interesting.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 15:01:43.249444+00 by: JT

They post it before you can download it here. It doesn't seem as bad to me as the EULA you agree to before installing any version of windows.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 15:38:20.119919+00 by: ebradway

I've been doing some geo-benchmarking in AJAX and ran them on Chrome yesterday. Right now, Chrome is the fastest for my non-synthetic benchmarks but Safari still handles arrays faster. The FireFox 3.1 TraceMonkey JavaScript engine shows signs of being even faster but can't maintain.

As for EULAs, I've already sold a good portion of my soul to Google - or at least - that portion that's not already claimed by Microsoft and ESRI. I don't even bother reading the things any more.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 17:04:26.245596+00 by: JT

I just hope they keep it light. Phoenix (pre-firefox) was amazingly fast.. until they added countless addons, rss readers, fancy bookmarking, etc, etc, etc and it became as slow as IE.

I like a thin and light graphical browser. If I could get pictures on it, I'd use lynx most of the time simply because of speed.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 17:23:16.595319+00 by: John Anderson

JT, you know that versions of links support graphics on framebuffer displays, right?

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 17:40:20.605538+00 by: JT

I just found this version of links however, I've been stuck recently running XP and Vista for the most part, only running ubuntu in a VM when I need it. I'll have to give it a try next time I'm able to get on a native ubuntu install for more than 2 hours.

Thanks John!

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 18:00:57.663951+00 by: Dan Lyke

If I remember right, there's a "links", which actually understood tables, and a "lynx". I've used "lynx" a lot, but knowing that "links" does graphics on a framebuffer I'm going to have to check that out. Thanks!

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-03 19:22:00.566284+00 by: JT

Update about the EULA,it's just google's standard terms of service agreement. It's not specific to chrome, but to gmail, google earth, using their browser, etc. A permanent link for their TOS is here and was last updated in April of 2007 as of today.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-04 01:40:31.29281+00 by: TheSHAD0W

It was okay, I personally prefer Seamonkey, but it installed a resident updater that annoyed me and finally made me uninstall it. (Had to run the uninstaller twice; the first time it sent me to a web page asking why I was uninstalling it.) Then the updater survived the uninstall, and I had to manually hunt it down and kill it. Even Microsoft Update isn't as aggressive. I'd have to rate Google as developing some bad habits.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-09-04 01:53:38.558961+00 by: JT

And in an interesting turn of events... google is changing the eula in regards to chrome now to separate it from it's cookie-cutter eula it uses for all other projects.