I usually don’t get too excited by much of anything when it comes to computers anymore. It’s not that I have seen it all, but if I haven’t, it probably isn’t worth seeing. That’s not a ‘Look at me, I’m great!’ moment, but I have been doing this for over 20 years, and I was very interested in it before I started working with computers. Also, I am rabid about computer history, and the hardware and software of computing. My knowledge tends towards the encyclopedic.

That being said, I find the browser wars a bit funny. You may notice I try to proselytize for Opera at the end of the articles, sometimes, but it’s because I truly believe it has lots to offer, not for any monetary benefit (there is absolutely none).

In times of insomnia, I tend to surf the net, and I found something this morning that I thought might be good to pass along. I imagine that many of these idiosyncrasies will be repaired soon, as the Googlers tend to get right on things that have problems, but right now…

from TechBlorge

Chrome has been hailed as the second coming of the browser since it’s fast and relatively stable in terms of crashing. But what about all the Google services that you can’t use from Chrome?

It was a major surprise when Google released Chrome. Not that Google doesn’t produce excellent software, the company just usually sticks to Web applications.

However, the core concepts of speed and protecting against crashes were sound and millions of Google fans downloaded Chrome. What they found, however, are a host of sites and services that don’t work in Google Chrome.

It would be too much to cover them all in one post or in one day really. However, here are Google’s own services that don’t seem to work quite right with the new browser on the block.

Google Toolbar

TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld points out that the Google Toolbar isn’t available for Chrome. The company actually recommends Firefox or Internet Explorer for Google Toolbar.

This isn’t a huge surprise since the plugin architecture isn’t completed for Chrome. However that just adds a host of other functionality that users must give up to switch to Chrome.

Blogger

Google’s blogging tool is still around, but hasn’t seen much in the way of upgrades since Google acquired it. It also doesn’t seem to have been much of a focus when building Chrome.

Users report errors when creating and publishing drafts, and there are reportedly issues with editing the CSS layout from Chrome as well. Take that small time publishers!

Google Analytics

Google’s tool for tracking your Web site or blog’s traffic uses tons of shiny graphs to show trends. However all it shows in Chrome is a huge red box.

The aforementioned huge red box comes a security warning that reads, “this frame has been blocked because it contains some unsecure content.” Oh Google, you reveal too much.

Google Desktop

If you’ve never heard of Google Desktop, it indexes everything on your computer so that you can find it later. It’s much more powerful than the built-in filed search in Windows, unless of course Chrome is your primary browser.

If Chrome is your primary browser, Google Desktop will refuse to load altogether. Now good luck finding that report that has to be on your boss’s desk by close of business today.

Gmail

This one is a real problem since Google has touted its improved Gmail experience in Chrome. The problem comes in if you click for Gmail to, “Stay signed in.”

After selecting that option, Google Chrome will refuse to load your inbox and may throw itself into a nasty redirect loop. How’s that for an improved experience?

Overall Chrome has shown potential in terms of faster browsing and stability. However all of the issues it comes with still make it unreliable as a user’s only browser.

Did I miss any others?

I have been getting used to SR Iron (Chrome work-alike, without the call-home code), as I’m sure that many will be using Chrome, and I need to be ‘in the know’ about it (see what I mean?). This is quite humorous though, as you’d think that Chrome would work best with Google sites and offerings.

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I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

– George Carlin

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