Jan
24
2010

A week with Chrome

I’m always interested in using alternative browsers.  I used many of the different Netscape Naviagator releases, I have tried Internet Explorer for the Mac, iCab, Opera and Safari.  Each of these browsers had many things I liked, but many things I didn’t like.  I’ve been a fan of the Mozilla browsers, starting with the  Mozilla Suite, then transitioning to Phoenix/FireBird/FireFox. I’ve been pretty much a FireFox devotee for quite a few years now.

I’ve watched Google’s efforts with Chrome for awhile.  I was impressed with how fast it rendered pages, and how fast Javascript programs ran on it.  Once  XMarks and Adblock became available for Chrome, I thought I’d try out Chrome for a week on my laptop at work.

I enjoyed how fast Chrome rendered many pages.  However, it wasn’t nearly as compatible as Firefox was on some random webpages.  (For example, my company uses Jourynx for timekeeping; Firefox rendered it perfectly, while Chrome showed some weird issues).  I was also disappointed in the AdBlock implementation for Chrome,  which loaded the images from the (slow) adservers (I’m looking at you doubleclick), then removed them from the screen, while the Firefox Adblock doesn’t even try to download those links.

So…after a week of Chrome, I’m still a Firefox devotee…however, if Chrome gets an equivalent ablocking solution, and continues to improve webpage compatibility, I might think about switching over…

Written by Dan Smith in: Computers,Personal,Software | Tags: , ,

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