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Chrome

Posted by Andrew Cooper on September 15, 2008

A new browser

A new browser

I installed Google’s new browser, Chrome, yesterday largely because the most recent release pf the usually reliable Firefox keeps crashing and contains some annoying bugs (it won’t allow me to add more than about 5 bookmarks to the bookmarks tooldbar nor will it install Delicious.com buttons). 

 

Chrome is blisteringly fast but appears to lack some basic browser functions.  In fact it will do most of what I want it to do and, importantly for me at least, the bookmarks toolbar is fine.  Dragging Delicious bookmarklets intended for Firefox onto the bookmarks folder provides me with an equivalent of the missing buttons in FF and there are various other workarounds: see this for example.  I wonder if those clever people at Google have hidden things like the bookmarks folder so that we can have the fun of discovering them.

Wouldn’t put it past them: could be some more cunning viral marketing (like the ‘accidental comic’ launch) and if we work out how to use it without being told we feel clever as well and want to tell others.  Remember how that felt when you were little? ‘Hey Dad, look what I can do!’.  

They’ve also launched an open source project called Chromium so lots of add-ons and widgets will, no doubt, be winging our way very soon.

I’ll let you know if/when it crashes, but as of now Firefox is relegated to second place here at Mindworks Global HQ.

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One Response to “Chrome”

  1. Psst: Google. If my ‘discovery’ theory is wrong and you just forgot to make it obvious how to use Chrome, I suggest you claim that it was actually a cunning viral marketing ploy. No one need know: this is just between you and me. Perhaps you could drop me a line and let me know who to invoice for the suggestion…

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