Google Chrome

Like every other nerd out there, I tried out Google Chrome last night.

The first issue I got bludgeoned with is how many ads are on the internet. Not having Adblock Plus in Chrome (or some comparable ad blocking plug-in) means browsing the web SUCKS.

The second issue is how Chrome sucks at password management. It imported my saved password list from FF3 easily enough and I can see them in Chrome’s password list now, but it does not auto-populate most of the websites I visit (like blogger, for example), so I have to go lookup the username and password for each site each time I visit. Since I make up random passwords for every website and then promptly forget them after registering, this is an epic fail of Chrome for me.

Beyond that, performance was noticeably fast compared to FF3. Refreshing the pages side-by-side in both browsers, FF3 is still zippy but Chrome is definitely faster for the pages I visit at least. It seems pretty light on memory, but I never noticed any issues with FF3 in that department. The “new tab” page with thumbnails, recent bookmarks, etc. is nice.

I LOVE that Chrome actually listens to me when I choose “always open files of this type” after downloading something, where as Firefox just presents me with the “Opening file” dialog with the “Do this automatically” check box already checked for me, but will still not open it until I click “OK”.

Were it not for the punch-the-monkey banners and the password manager failures, I’d probably give Chrome a shot as my default browser for a few weeks.

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