chrome

My first thoughts with this are a bit like my first thoughts with Google Mail – it’s forcing me to work in a way I’m not used to, but which might be better in the long run. I’m not sure yet. It’s fast as hell, though, and it renders this here blog just lovely.

  • Memory requirements (use Shift-ESC and then, if you like, ‘stats for nerds’) look bad to start with, but in comparison with Firefox after you’ve been doing stuff for a while it’s a lot better. Chrome lets go of stuff. Firefox … doesn’t.
  • The omnibox is very nice indeed, but takes a while to get used to
  • Not sure about the tabs at the top.
  • Don’t really like the lack of toolbar configurability.
  • Javascript is really responsive – V8 looks like a good engine.
  • porn mode! Sorry, ‘incognito mode’.
  • Strewth it’s quick. Just thought I’d mention it again.
  • ooh, you can resize a textarea box. That’s very handy.

I’ll keep it for a while and see how it goes. Incidentally, Microsoft’s comments are hysterical:

The browser landscape is highly competitive, but people will choose Internet Explorer 8 for the way it puts the services they want right at their fingertips, respects their personal choices about how they want to browse and, more than any other browsing technology, puts them in control of their personal data online.

Surely those are the things precisely the things which IE doesn’t do?

UPDATE: I’m sure I read the license through, but the Reg have noticed this glaring problem:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that 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 licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. This licence 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.

Another Update: They’ve sorted that. Apparently they were just using boilerplate from other projects. Bloody lawyers! Clause 11.1 now reads:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services.

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