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Google Chrome is a Dog

I love Google Chrome. It’s my default (or go-to) browser on just about any platform. It’s feature-packed and always-up-to-date.

However, that said, it’s a performance dog on damn near every OS. Honestly, how Google could let performance remain on the bottom of the stack for so long is beyond me. Sure, it executes JavaScript quick as lightning, but… let me just tell you where I’m getting ready to drop-kick Google Chrome to the curb.

On OS X, despite both browsers relying on WebKit as the foundation, Safari’s desktop performance blows Chrome out of the water. In Safari, I don’t really have to worry about dropped frames or stuttery / laggy scrolling. Google+ seems to buckle Chrome’s ability to cope – ironic, eh?

Then there’s Android. Why not use Google Chrome there? I mean, it’s Google’s + Google’s – right? I couldn’t stand opening up the browser on my Nexus 7 because it has just been a god-awful experience compared to other tablet platforms which have no issue when it comes to scrolling. There’s nothing smooth about Google Chrome on Android. It’s just as much of a slug on ChromeOS, too.

So, here we have bad performance with Google on Google.

It wasn’t until my community recommended that I try the free Dolphin browser on Android that I really saw just how bad Chrome has been – or, more to the point, just how inconsistent an Android experience can be for a user (and between various apps on the same platform).

In 5 seconds, Dolphin changed my experience with browsing the web on Android – and it puts Chrome’s performance, once again, to shame. If you don’t believe me, download Dolphin for Android and head over to The Verge’s web site. Then, visit the same site from Google Chrome for Android. The difference, I can pretty much assure you, is astounding.

So, uh… what’s up, Google? When you gonna start making this less stuttery on all platforms? I’m begging you. 🙂

How Do You Manage Your Time?

It seems as though we have more to do every day. There is never enough time to get it all done, and we find ourselves becoming overwhelmed quite often. There has to be a better way of doing things than to keep adding to the next day’s to-do list. We shouldn’t go to bed and lie there unable to sleep because we’re making a mental checklist of everything we have to squeeze in when the sun rises again.

For some people, learning to manage their time effectively is a daunting task. It takes time to get organized… and time is something we have precious little of. I know that I personally keep myself in check by using iCal. If I have something important to attend to, I note it down on my calendar. I spend so much of my day on the Internet due to the type of work I do, though, that it’s nearly impossible not to get distracted. The next thing I know, I’ve read six stories and all of the resulting comments. It’s not that I don’t want to know what else is going on in the world. I simply need to keep myself on task and set aside specific times to catch up on what others are doing.

How do you manage your time? Have you found the magical answer we all need in order to help us become more focused? If so, I’d sure like to hear about it.

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Which Camera is Better?

Over on Geeks, someone was wondering which camera is the best. The first thought that came to my mind was what the bot in our chat room will tell you if you ask “what is better.”

“Chris recommends you use what you want to use, download what you want to download, try what you want to try, buy what you want to buy. These choices are all personal in nature, so it’s always difficult to answer the question of “which is better” (so don’t be surprised if Chris doesn’t answer your impossible question).”

No one can answer this question for you. It’s one thing to ask which cameras (or whatever it is you’re looking for) someone uses, why they prefer it, and whether they’ve had any issues with it. That is called information gathering, and is an important part of the research you should be doing before buying anything new. Always ask questions of others. Find out what their experiences have been with their devices. Read reviews online. Ask for recommendations.

Don’t ask ME what the best is, or you’ll likely get a reply much like the one above from the Pixie bot. What’s best for me may not be what works the best for you.

I DO know that what’s best for your computer is to keep it updated with the latest and greatest software we can find!

How to Run the Chrome OS in a Virtual Machine

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We’ve seen some excellent screencasts come in from all over the community. It’s not too late for you to submit your screencast for possible use on our channels! Today, we’re featuring one from Matt Fisher. He may only be a Junior in high school, but he sure does know his stuff! Matt is going to show us all how to use the Chrome operating system from within a virtual machine.

The first thing you’ll need to do, of course, is to download a Chrome image. Once it’s downloaded, open your virtual machine program and create a new VM disk. Choose the Chrome file you just downloaded, and continue on your way.

Customize your settings for things like CPU and RAM usage, depending on your needs. You can just use the default settings, as well. Name your VM whatever you choose. In this case, Matt named his Chrome.

Once Chrome is set up in your virtual machine, you’ll need to log in using your own Google account. You will then be taken to the Google home page, and you are officially using Chrome OS in your virtual machine! It really is that easy to do!

Thanks, Matt, for an awesome tutorial and screencast. Great work!

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

I had to chuckle a little while ago when someone in our live chat room stated that Google’s new operating system will be 100% invulnerable to malware attacks. That’s an awful hefty claim for Google to make, if they in fact did. The truth is that nothing is impossible in this day and age of malware. Criminals, hackers and malware writers will indeed figure out a way to get inside of whatever Google comes up with. Sadly, it’s par for the course. It’s rumors like these that make people who don’t know any better think that they don’t need any type of security software.

I hate rumors and speculation. I’m a hard facts type of guy. Show me proof, or don’t tell me at all. I know, not everyone is like that. And that’s ok, I suppose. However, it’s imperative that you do your research, and find out the truth of the matter in anything you want to believe. It’s ok to have “faith”, yes. It’s not ok to blindly ASSume something is right and correct and real. Sometimes, that can get you in to trouble.

One of the reasons I love our community so much is that as Geeks, we take the time to back up what we say with facts and resources. Have you taken the time to read what it is they are trying to say?

Over in our Downloads Center, you’ll find new software and apps every day that may be vital to your existence! For instance, today we are featuring a piece of freeware that allows you, the parent, to control what sites are allowed on your family’s computers. Safety and security – for free!

What are Your Google Chrome Web Browser Tips and Tricks?

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Now that you can download Google Chrome, are you going to switch? Granted, this is an early version of the browser, based on very solid pieces of technology. Is it enough, in your limited time playing with it? I’ve been trying to dive deeper and discover features that may not seem to be available on the surface for other power users like myself. I think Google has found a perfect balance between “power” users, and “casual” users. There are certain things about Chrome that are intuitive, but there’s also some things that aren’t as smooth as they could be… yet.

I’ve been running Chrome on both Windows XP and Windows Vista for a few hours now. I’m sincerely impressed under both circumstances. The feedback I’m seeing all over the place is very positive. It is fast. The features are excellent. It just works… and works well. So if you’re a power user like me, you’ll like the following tips I’ve come up with for you.

  • If you go to the Omni bar (the address bar) and type in about:memory, you’ll get a browser tab that shows a summary of all the processes running in the browser… along with running a comparison with any other browsers you may be running at the same time. This will tell you how well it’s working on your system. There are several different shortcut easter eggs hidden in Chrome.
    • about:version
    • about:plugins
    • about:cache
    • about:memory
    • about:stats
    • about:histograms
    • about:dns
    • about:network
    • about:crash
    • about:hang
    • about:internets
    • about:whenwillthisbeavailableformacosx?!
  • If you want to get to the task manager, right click somewhere in the title bar of the window, and go to task manager. (or click Shift+ESC while the browser is open) You’ll see the open tabs you have at the time, as well as if you have any plugins that are running (such as Flash app or ShockWave app). If you have a runaway app, you can select it and end its process. They’ve separated that, to keep you from having to shut down your entire browser.
  • You know I like to click on just about everything I see inside a Web browser. Let’s say I’m on FriendFeed, and see that someone has made a FF Room. Maybe I want to surf that room, but I don’t want anything I see or do to be tracked. I can open an “Incognito” window. Then, everything I do in that browser instance is going to be private.
  • If you do a search for something (like Chris), you can see recent pages in “History”, containing your word(s). It not only saves text of your history, it also saves thumbnails of each page you’ve visited.
  • There are many awesome keyboard shortcuts for Chrome. This includes shortcuts for everything from opening a new tab, to opening a file on your computer from within Chrome.

Needless to say, Chrome is certainly worth downloading. I think that it will be most difficult to convince FireFox users to switch, because they are used to the Plugins and Extensions. Just download Chrome and try it. Go to websites you normally do, and see how much faster they load for you. That will make the decision for you.

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Do You Think Google Chrome is Just Another Web Browser?

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In a few short hours from the time this was recorded, we all had our hands on Google Chrome. I feel this is a game changer in the way the World Wide Web works. I made up a list of five reasons that Chrome will soon become your default browser. You know Google, from Docs to AdSense to Earth. Google is here, and it’s a strong presence on the Web. Let’s look at the reasons I came up with:

  • Google is focused on user experience. The experience is having a browser that does what you want it to do… browse the Web. Many developers don’t even think about that. I’m sure you have Google in your browser already, whether it’s a toolbar or your home page. Google has already shown us how they are focused on the users… YOU. Read the comic book documentation. It outlines for you why it’s pinpointing user experience, and what that means for you.
  • It’s open source. You can take the code if you wanted to, and build your own browser. Take it and make it your own. The fact that it is open source is very telling. Google knows it is not in their best interest to lock the code away in proprietary measures. Chrome is open source because they are trying to make the Web better for everyone.
  • Speed. Google has based Chrome on WebKit, which is optimized for speed. Google’s also developed a JavaScript engine to further enhance your browsing speed experience. You know how sometimes your entire browser will freeze occasionally, because of one site? With Chrome, that doesn’t happen, due to the way the JavaScript runs. Each tab is run as a separate process, instead of the browser as a whole.
  • It will be cross platform soon. It is being released for Windows first, but will be available for OS X and Linux soon.
  • Security. This is a big one. Google thought about the security model, all the way down to stop any kind of Phishing attacks within the browser. It’s constantly going to be updated with the latest Phishing information. Google Chrome also helps you to only log onto secure SSL connections whenever possible, and will warn you if the site you’re connected to is not secure.

Those are the five reasons I feel you need to pay attention to Google Chrome. Even if you think you aren’t ready to switch your browser, why not give it a try? You never know what you’re missing until you check it out.


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Will Google Chrome Change the Web World?

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Yes, I remember Netscape, and I never liked it. I also remember when Safari was made. Fast forward to today… and we now have Google Chrome. This is going to be Google’s Web browser offering to the World.

In Google Chrome, you can get anywhere on the Web with one box. The address bar that sits at the top of the normal Google Chrome window simplifies your Internet experience by doubling as a search box. You can also use it to bookmark websites and stay aware about the security of a website.

As of the time of this recording on September 2nd, 2008, it hasn’t been officially released. Google had released documentation earlier in the day today, and people were taken aback, wondering if it was real. Google posted a comic book type of explanation about Chrome. If every “read me” file would be done in this fashion, people would actually read them. I read the entire thing! The main drawback so far is that it’s only available for Windows at this point, and not OS X or Linux.

Google Chrome is based on WebKit. Why is that important? Not only do pages look good, but they load fast. Google has gone in and optimized the way pages run, and load, and are managed. You know how you may have a few browser windows open, and one of them freezes… causing your whole browser to ‘crash’ or freeze? Google has taken care of that problem with Chrome.

You’re going to appreciate what Google has done, and why this will be a much better Web browser for you. If what they claim in the promotional information is remotely true, this is a complete reinvention of the Web browser as we know it. You’ll find out what forethought went into how the security model worked, how the page management and rendering worked, and how all a Web browser can handle all the new technologies there are. Google has potentially moved the entire industry forward by releasing Google Chrome.

My only hope and wish is that the User Interface is not a Google UI. As far as the Web is concerned, they’ve done a great job. However, they have fallen short with the UI in their applications. I have yet to try it myself, as I use OS X. However, I will be having Ponzi run this on her Windows machine, and get her feedback on it. Ponzi is very picky about things like her browser, so she’ll be brutally honest… good or bad.

What are your thoughts? Are you using Google Chrome yet? If so, what do you think so far? If you’re not… what are you waiting for?!


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