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:[vimeo vimeo.com/21789864]
I’ve got Chrome installed too, but … well … I use FF. I used to use IE but had FF installed, but never really used it because I didn’t like it. Then IE(6) started acting up so I was forced to use FF, and lo and behold, didn’t take me long to realise it’s a vastly superior browser. The tabs drew me in, and that it didn’t take me back to the previous page when I was in the middle of typing a message and pressed backspace. Even if something went wrong when I had pressed “post”, generally, I could just go back and the message would still be there. And then I started using add-ons.
When Chrome can use Adblock Plus, Web Developer and Firebug, DownloadHelper, Twitterbar (or the likes) – yeah, then maybe. For now, I’m happy with FF. 🙂
I’ve also tweaked FF to load pages faster and to only use 10 Mb worth of memory when minimised, but I’ve forgotten where I got it from.
Chrome has Adblock! Although I may disable it so I will have more to roll up with my katamari!
I really like Chrome…it’s so crash free and it’s got clean lines that I hated at first, but now really like!
It’s growing on me. But how do you add bookmarks on this thing?
safari. get a mac:) they’re pretty
Can I play Katamari on Safari?
I had the same issue with Firefox about 3 years ago and I ended up downloading Chrome. I didn’t like it when I first used it either, but now I wouldn’t use anything else!
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