Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Browser Of The Future

Wow. I haven't posted in forever. I've been meaning to post about my new electric guitar and the homemade talkbox I made as well, but I never got around to it. I was kind of waiting for a good opportunity, like once I had finished writing a cool song with guitar/talkbox, but I only just barely did that. I'll supply some wonderful pictures of that sometime later. What I really wanted to write about right now was Google Chrome, though. Maybe the real reason I haven't posted in forever is because I was running FireFox and it was holding me back. Even upgrading to FireFox 3.0.1 wasn't nearly as amazing as switching to Google Chrome has been.

Google Chrome is a new open-source web browser released, obviously, by Google. Its main points of argument are: Why must the entire web browsing experience suffer because of one window, and why do we continue to rely on outdated scripts to run all of the high-end programs of today? So, they've made it so every tab work and process independently. This initially causes more resource drain than a normal browser would, but in the long run it's incredibly helpful in increasing loading speeds and if one tab crashes, the others continue to function fine (currently, YouTube is having troubles in one of my other tabs, but this tab works perfectly fine in the meantime). They've also re-written lots of code for JavaScript and other plugins so that they quit running like they were designed to run ten years ago and start running and functioning as we need them to now, in the 21st century, where our JavaScript does much more than play a MIDI file and show a tap-dancing banana.

The result is astounding: Google Chrome is an amazingly simplistic and intuitive browser (you thought FireFox was stripped-down, wait till you see Google Chrome). When you open a new tab, it shows a list of your recently-visited sites and a grid of your most-visited sites. Come on, those are the sites you were going to open in that tab anyway, right? It's great. Sites load really fast once they're established, web-based plugins (like Flash player and JavaScript) work really fast, the security is amazing, with a huge database of Google's sites that are not to be trusted to pull from, and I haven't been bothered by a single pop-up. Google Chrome has caught every single one. It tells you that a pop-up was blocked, and a window pops up in the bottom-right corner. You can drag it into the main window if it's like a music streaming pop-up, or you can just hit the X on the window and kill the pop-up without having to see it at all if it's advertisements or something.

This is a beta version of Google Chrome, though. The full release isn't expected until 2009, so there are a few bugs. YouTube is not quite up to scratch, and Gmail is a little sketchy occasionally, which is ironic seeing as how it's another Gmail service and they're supposed to be optimized by Chrome. For the most part, though, Google Chrome is a geek's dream come true and you can't call yourself an Internet connoiseur until you run the Internet in Google Chrome.

So, read about Google Chrome, and then download it and give it a try. Guaranteed satisfaction or your money back!

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