chromeI’ve been using the Google Chrome browser for about a week now. The look and feel of Chrome is quite similar to their search engine website (, which has been minimized on most people’s internet browsers by now at this point in time as a toolbar. Thusly, with the rolling out of Chrome, Google has put in your face (yet again) a full-sized graphical user interface, this time providing the additional functionality of a clean and generally well organized open source browser.

I like Chrome and would recommend it to most people; the remaining people, let’s be honest, I just don’t like. When you first install the Chrome program (a free download), it gives you the option to import bookmarks and cookies from your default browser and asks whether you wish to designate Chrome as your new default browser. One of the cooler features is a “Bookmarks bar” (for your favorites, presumably), which can be separately managed from the bookmarks saved in the folder denoted “Other bookmarks”.

If you want to have multiple “instances” of a particular webpage open at the same time, simply right-click on the tab and Chrome presents a menu option that allows you to Duplicate the webpage.

You can also open up “incognito windows”. According to Goggle:

Webpages that you open and files downloaded while you are incognito won’t be logged in your browsing and download histories; all new cookies are deleted after you close the incognito window. You can browse normally and in incognito mode at the same time by using separate windows. Browsing in incognito mode only keeps Google Chrome from storing information about the websites you’ve visited. The websites you visit may still have records of your visit. Any files saved to your computer will still remain on your computer.

Probably the most important feature of Chrome is that each tab represents a separate process. A benefit of Chrome’s approach to running multiple processes is that if one tab — I should say process — hangs up (I’ve never seen this happen yet) the browser doesn’t need to be restarted. You simply close the tab that crashed and continue working and/or goofing off.

Another benefit of Chrome’s approach to running multiple processes is that it results in greater browser speed under certain circumstances. (For my purposes, I find Internet Explorer to be sufficiently fast, that is if you make the effort to disable extra garbage add-on’s that tend to accummulate. All things being equal, Chrome feels slightly faster overall.)

If you are curious about the technical details of Chrome memory usage, the preceding link will point you toward a decent discussion. If your geekiness transcends closing the bedroom door to read Wired, you have probably already (just for sport) set up Chrome to run in a single process mode, e.g., for the purpose of drag racing with other browsers configured to process in a similar fashion. Maybe humans, as a species, do indeed need a good swift kick in the nuts.

That said, you should know that the Google Chrome team even arranged to have a comic book style tutorial put together — perhaps to make the information delivery vehicle seem more fun and accessible. A sign of our post-literate times, I suppose. Come to think of it, all books without pictures should be made illegal. By Executive Order, I decree that all such disseminators of sorcery and technological chicanery shall be collected and burned forthwith!

You should also know that the Clear Browsing Data feature conveniently facilitates key-word searching within your Search history. If only, with similarly blazing speed and perfect accuracy, I could key-word search for and retrieve thoughts from my own Thought history.

23 Replies to “Chromium”

  1. With my unique patterns of misspelled words I can search my thoughts most easily. Google be damned!

    Google has in the past archived searches and saved peoples’ searches for the Government. Thus I use the Google on a need to know type bases. I will stick with scroogle.

  2. The comic book stylings are in direct contrast to the taking candy from strangers lessons we teach our kids.

    Such is the way of the world these days. Books bad! Internet good.

  3. I’m been using it for the last two hours. Pretty sweet in my opinion. Blows Firefox or Internet Explorer away as far as simplicity and it seems pretty fast.

  4. no way! I’m the first one here to try Chrome? you’re fooling with me, right?

    roachman has probably been using it for months, but is already merged with his technology so can’t tell he’s using it. WooHooo… it’s Friday.

    Thank goodness gravity still works at least.

    Peter Schiff laying it out again in today’s WSJ.

    Currently, U.S. citizens comprise less than 5% of world population, but account for more than 25% of global GDP. Given our debts and weakening economy, this disproportionate advantage should narrow. Yet the U.S. is asking much poorer foreign nations to maintain the status quo, and incredibly, they are complying. At least for now.

  5. i kinda read this as a first propoganda salvo; the aim being to demonize, if need be, our former friends, for not buying our debt. obama’s job is to get the american consumers spending. only this will geneate foreign exchange for our friends, so they can buy our debt. american consumers are the world’s fiat money pump, i guess.

    the only other option at this point, not the the above is much of an option, but most people don’t understand resource constraints, so it’s about the only option on the table, as evidenced by the article, is to start seriously blowing shit up. iow if i can’t have it, niether can you.

    maybe america will fade into background after and amid some serious famine and shit. but i kinda doubt it.

  6. Dave, I think you are right.

    All, Yeah I think Chrome as next generation of personal habit/interest/purchasing info data mining. Why monitor just google searches if they can monitor all your web activity? Rich veins of information. Thats why it can be provided for free. But then, you know it all gets tracked, synthesized, packaged and sold by various others already anyway. So whats the diff if there’s one more nosey entity profiling you? How devilish is it? Hard to say, but probably should assume the worst, and hope for for something less than that. At least with Chrome it sounds like they are giving users something of value in return.

  7. “i think we need a dieoff comic book.”

    The Dieoff movie should be coming out any day now.

    The Weinsteins had originally set Thanksgiving of last year for the release of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” but pushed a bunch of their movies into 2009 for unexplained reasons at the last minute. No date set yet, but I don’t know how they can sit on that one.

    We got our conficker worm/digital plague, what more could you pray for?

  8. Yo, SuperGeek, lemme axe you sumptin, alright? Does this shiz work on Apples? Or are all of my Mactard homies out in the cold?

    This browser straight-up pimpin’. Makes me proud to be American.

  9. I read “the Road”. My only complaint is that the situation, as described, was impossible.
    Spoilers ahead.

    Ok, no life except humans. No snails, fungus or grass. No nutthin. A giant solar flare, or a super-nova close by to our solar system could burn off all the life forms, but then, how to explain the survivors? Were they all just coincidentially checking their safety deposit boxes beneath 6 feet of steel and concrete, thereby being shielded from radiation? not likely, as there were too many survivors. Did a virus escape from FT Mead, killing all life except humans? Was it the Wrath of God? (and I’m not talking ’bout Aguirre, either). Why no pillars of salt? isn’t that traditional?

    It is clear that humanity had some advance warning; because they found that survivalist doomstead root cellar place.

    Maybe aliens disinfected the planet in prep for non-terra-forming the Earth, but were not into directly killing sentient beings.

  10. Heavy stuff. Weird, too. I was just explaining Aguirre to my sister last night. I was surprised she didn’t recognize Herzog’s voice in “Encounters” after seeing “Grizzley Man.”

    “Encounters” is every bit the Doomer documentary of the year. I notice it is also nominated for at least one Oscar.

    My take on “The Road” – and I read it very early, the second I saw a review of it on the cover of the NYT Book Review, way before Oprah – was that it was the best fiction I had read in 10 years. Just an opinion. I was the one that introduced the book to “The Oil Drum.”

    I also brought it up on CFN about WMBH before WMBH was published – saying “this has already been done, Jim, and better, duh.”

    I seem to have a habit of getting banned for my thoughts.

    Like Jim, McCarthy doesn’t really elaborate on what exactly the disaster was… to be continued.

    But it seems a lot like a nuclear war, evidenced by the flashes at the beginning and what should be a fairly typical scenario after the last 30 years of nuclear armageddon movies (Strangelove, Mad Max, Boy and His Dog, that TV one in the eighties, etc. – which reminds me, there is a British one I still haven’t seen)

    The reality is nobody knows what nuclear armageddon will look like or to what extent it will happen. Yes, we have enough dynamite to blow the earth up a gazillion times over, but that doesn’t mean they will all launch or ignite after years in the tube. Look at all the Russian rockets that didn’t spark in the war in Georgia.

    Besides that, let’s say 100 nukes hit the US, or 50 or whatever. Where will the ones that go of hit?

    One of the first things I spent about a day on when Google Earth came out was the nuclear test sites in Nevada by Area 51. Check it out. The craters are everywhere. They are all marked with megatonnage. It’s awesome. Find Yucca Mountain. Check out the “secret” UFO landing strip where they developed the Stealth Bomber. (Same area “The Hills Have Eyes” takes place). It’s like 50 miles from Vegas. Those people are fine… well, kinda, you know what I mean.

    So when they went Fusion and “Hydrogen” they moved the tests out to the Pacific. Still. We’re okay. And we and the Rooskies in Kazakhstan tested A LOT of shit.

    So I think nukes might be overrated as far as killing every last one of us. Our “enemies” obviously think so. That’s why they consider dropping the big one on Tel Aviv and think the Palestinians will then get their “land” back. Maybe they’re right. Who the fuck knows.

    You are absolutely right, AU, there are problems with the details of the story. But this is the curse of fiction. At a certain point you have to accept that it is a story or a “movie” and look for the bigger point (hoping there is one).

    I think they refer to these in movies as “continuity” problems. But you have to give McCarthy credit for the scene where the old man spends all day gathering drops of oil in the gas station. That seems pretty realistic to me.

    Beats the shit out of Will Smith in the latest rendition of “Last Man on Earth.” Jesus did that suck. Ruining a Matheson/Vampire/Zombie gem in the process.

  11. “The War Game” is a 1965 post-nuke psuedo-documentary that was banned in Britain, cuz it was a bummer. It is available on google video.

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God is a great film. When Aguirre/Kinski is asking the indian about the gold, the frightened indian wasn’t acting. Kinski was nuts. Wiki sez:On one occasion, irritated by the noise from a hut where cast and crew were playing cards, the explosive Kinski fired three gunshots at it, blowing the top joint off one extra’s finger.[3] Subsequently, Kinski started leaving the jungle location (over Herzog’s refusal to fire a sound assistant), only changing his mind after Herzog threatened to shoot first Kinski and then himself. The latter incident has given rise to the legend that Herzog made Kinski act for him at gunpoint. However, Herzog has repeatedly debunked the claim during interviews, explaining he only verbally threatened Kinski in the heat of the moment, in a desperate attempt to keep him from leaving the set.”

    Herzog’s moving camera shots rule. Orbiting the raft, as the monkeys flee…great! Compare with the police stop in ‘Children of Men’.

    A nuclear winter would not kill all life. Even if plants no longer grew, termites would still be around, and birds that ate termites, etc.

    “At a certain point you have to accept that it is a story or a “movie” and look for the bigger point (hoping there is one)”

    The point I got from “The Road” is that some people are geneticaly programmed to keep on going, even though life is a horror. Even if you find yourself being a cannibal, you may not be ‘one of the bad guys’.

    In the diversity of human constitutions, we find some people are incapable of suicide, and capable of great iniquities, in order to survive, even though survival is perhaps meaningless-or at best- futile. The selfish gene, and all that.

    Like a penguin’s suicidal walk towards the interior of the Antartic, genes have programmed us to act irrationally, at a least upon surface examination. I suspect the penguin’s trek is a mechanism to spread penguins throughout the land. Unfortunately, instead of wandering off to another hospitable bay, that penguin headed due south.

    Likewise, the genetic determism for not giving up in ‘the Road’ was a adventious trait throughout human evolution, even if it is futile in the world that McCarthy made.

  12. dave, let’s you and me write a comic die-off book. we’ll use the proceeds to buy hookers and just have a good time. laughing all the way to the bank–NOT.

  13. there seemed to be a group in fl that was somehow surviving. that’s were they were going. the boy hooked up with them at the end, if i remember right.

  14. yes, delivery systems and triggers are key to a large scale nucular attack, and they are all in the process of deteriorating. use ’em or lose ’em, i guess.

  15. i’ve often kind of wondered, just what the rest of the world would do if the usa nuked, say tehran, just as an example. my guess is that nobody would do shit about it.

    the usa still has the best delivery systems, probably not for too much longer though.

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