PH and I are Firefox users. We have always been Firefox users. Internet Explorer is for grandmas and capitalists. The idea of switching away from Firefox has never been seriously entertained in our household. When Google Chrome came out, we hissed and shied away, like undead creatures being exposed to a holy symbol.
But Firefox has been acting up lately. Crashing, of all things, which it never used to do, and running reeeeeally slowly. Sometimes the whole computer would seize and we’d open the task manager only to discover that Firefox was eating an extraordinary amount of the available memory – more than any other program running, including the anti-virus, Skype, and iTunes.
It can’t be my processor. Sure, this computer is two years old but we bought this computer with my video editing hobby in mind, and it’s a quad core processor. My RAM is only 4 GB, but that should be enough to run a web browser, you know? Even if PH and I do tend to leave multiple tabs running. When Firefox 4.0 came out, we thought the crashing would get better, but it didn’t.
So PH downloaded Google Chrome, against all of our natural instincts. I have to say, I really don’t like change, and there are things I don’t like about it – like, I had to re-add all my rss feeds to Google Reader, instead of having them handily in the toolbar or in an easy-access drop down menu. And it doesn’t have the little doohicky in the righthand corner so we can search Wikipedia or Rotten Tomatoes quickly.
I voiced all of these complaints and PH explained about Google Reader and figured out how to do those quick searches from the address bar and my reservations were temporarily stifled.
I have to admit, it runs a helluvalot faster, and it hasn’t hung up or crashed yet.
So I am giving it a chance.
I have to say, though, that the real reason that PH was able to talk me into switching browsers – even on a trial basis – was that he promised to install this capability: