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Google Chrome: Good for the Media at Least



September 03, 2008 – Comments (4)

Trying out Google chrome. Pretty funny. Won't, for instance, run Google's own "lively" virtual space. Remember that? Lively? The thing that was supposed to take down Second Life? Yeah, that's what all the short-attention-span knuckleheads in the press were saying at the time. Problem was, of course, that like just about every other Google "killer" app, it went nowhere fast.

Chrome will probably do better than that, but it's not half the browser that IE 8 is, and IE8 runs all the important biz sites I need to hit for work, stuff that simply won't run on Chrome (or Firefox, for that matter).

In the mean time, the press corps -- never getting tired of declaring Microsoft dead and trumpeting Google's serial software failuers -- will proclaim Chrome the new king of the hill.

A bit ominous, in my opinion, is that Google Chrome automatically "imported" saved passwords from IE. I didn't give it permission to do this. I wouldn't think you'd want to have passwords accessible to any application, so I'm going to call that sleazy on Google, inept on Microsoft.

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#1) On September 03, 2008 at 10:06 AM, TMFBent (99.25) wrote:

Let's see if the media -- who are always screaming about security when it comes to Microsoft -- will have the brains to even wonder if the security on
Chrome is decent.

The security setting for Chrome are laugably inadequate. There are no privacy settings whatsoever, exactly what you'd expect from Google, whose only working business model is to vaccuum up as much personal browsing information as it can get and try to monetize it.

With zero security settings, Chrome is a no-go on my machine from the get-go.

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#2) On September 03, 2008 at 10:14 AM, maverickpl (36.44) wrote:

Any choice examples of sites that don't work in Chrome and/or Firefox?

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#3) On September 03, 2008 at 11:13 AM, TMFBent (99.25) wrote:

Plenty. CapitalIQ for one. Any sharepoint server site of course. I find them just about every time I use Firefox, which is becoming less and less, especially since IE8 is such an improvement for IE.

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#4) On September 09, 2008 at 4:15 PM, TonyMas (57.59) wrote:

You can run IE from within Firefox using the IE browser tab plugin.  I have to run all sorts of IE-only web applications, and they run just fine from within Firefox using the browser plugin.

IE 8 is a big improvement, but I prefer Firefox because of the smaller memory footprint.   Also, I routinely work on windows, mac OS, and linux, so it helps to use the same browser on all platforms.

Death of MSFT at the hands of Google is indeed premature, but it's going to take a while for MSFT to recover from the Vista debacle.  I will be the first to admit that Vista is actually a lot better most people think, but given the amount of time and money invested in it, it's not all that impressive.  Whether it's true or not, MSFT has developed a reputation as not being able to produce software that people actually like and want to use.  Google and Apple, apparently, don't suffer from the same affliction.


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