Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chrome is killing me

In Air Hockey, that is.  A new extension lets you play Air Hockey in your browser.  And I’m getting creamed on the Easy level, too.  You’re the blue goalie, the game is the red guy. The other guy cheats.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Chrome takes it to a new level

We’re talking level 5. Chrome’s Dev Channel version is now at 5.0.307.1. BTW, you can earn big bucks finding Chrome bugs.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

IE6’s heart will go on and on

Big old corporations have IE6 all over their computers.  Two versions behind. Firefox? Opera? Chrome?  Safari? Forget it.  Overworked and undermanned IT departments buried in outdated requests from suits that don’t know any better will never get IE6 off those boxes. As a result, Ars Technica believes the one in real trouble isn’t Microsoft…it’s Mozilla’s Firefox.

Friday, January 1, 2010

What’s ahead for Firefox?

The little browser that could is at a crossroads.  Chrome is getting a lot of pub.  We have the browser, and soon we’ll get the OS. Meanwhile, Mozilla’s deal with Google is up this year. On one hand, Google’s deal funds a lot of Mozilla. Google has long maintained that the open-standard thing is good for everyone, and that’s true. Closed browser ecosystems lead to stagnation. (Hello, Internet Explorer.) What you now have is Google supporting Firefox at the same time they are competing with it with Chrome. But Google is all about contradictions, so it makes sense.  Like Larry and Sergey once said, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.”

Firefox rewrote the browser rules.  Now it’s time to see what they have up their sleeve. Opera is making some noise, but those crazy Norwegians will never have enough market share to move the dial.  It’s a European thing.  Safari?  It’s default with the Mac of course, but the current Mac market share makes world domination problematic. Nope, the browser battle is IE-Firefox-Chrome.  Microsoft and Google money versus Mozilla’s spunky innovation.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How are those Chrome extensions doin’ for ya?

I use Chrome Beta full-time. This fellow has a big selection of  ’em on his Chrome beta.  Meanwhile, I was trying to figure out what has caused the periodic “Gmail has failed to load” error messages.  I think those might be as a result of Gmail Lab features that were checked, and not Chrome browser extensions. Update: It’s not.  Off to Firefox.  Email to Marissa.  Hope to get a reply.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Chrome ad shows up on Google home page

I don’t see this anywhere, but it seems Google has decided to get really serious about the Chrome download numbers, so they’ve plopped a small ad on the top right-hand corner of the page.  Since the page gets a bazillion hits an hour, this oughta goose the numbers a lot.  More here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

500+ extensions for Chrome

… and they’ll work on the Mac. I think Brinke may have had

a joygasm.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Firefox starts stealing from Chrome

CNET News writer/commenter/something or other, Stephen Shankland, catches Firefox adding Chrome features. Well, I guess that’s why it’s called open source. I share, you share, we all share, we all benefit. You know what I noticed when playing with Chrome OS in VMWare? You can’t download and use Firefox. Or any other app you download to desktop. It’s the Google cloud or nothing. Uh-oh!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Extensions, please

I use Firefox exclusively.  (I do secretly admire Opera, those wacky Norwegians.)  But I love Chrome.  Why don’t I use Chrome instead of Firefox?  Extensions.  (Or lack of same.)  And guess what- we’re getting closer.GoogleChrome

Cringely weighs in on Chrome

Wow! He actually credits Larry for predicting Chrome – back in 1996! He also surmises Chrome is not only a direct threat to Microsoft, but Apple, too, and Oracle/Sun.

Horse shit. Microsoft will go down because it will act too slow to respond to challenge and fuck up and implode. Apple will not lose its fan base, ‘cos people like the experience they buy with Apple – and more and more people are being sucked into it everyday; Apple is satisfying customers who used to be duped by Sony, H-P, Dell, Lenovo and of course Microsoft. Google Apps will have to really do something to leapfrog over Larry and start cutting into Oracle’s revenue stream. I see Google and Oracle becoming very wary partners in some future venture, then we’ll see who stabs who in the back first.

BTW, Cringely, that’s one hot babealicious wife, you lucky son-of-a-gun!

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