Google Chrome Alerts

There should be an image here!Just like Chrome extensions for Chrome browser users, now Chrome 5 is said to have notifications to alert users of different things such as email.

Now the real question is what developers will do with this new ability? Alerts, appointments, the options are without limits. I for one, think this kind of functionality would be awesome with the calendar myself.

Are there other areas that Google Chrome’s alerts could be used? Undoubtedly, yes. But that is something yet to be determined as the developers are still trying to determine what value this new real estate has to offer.

Google Chrome Stable For Mac And Linux

It’s always a thrill to see a new, usable browser option making its way into the limelight. And to this end, I see that Google Chrome Stable release is now available for OS X and Linux alike. This stable release also boasts some fairly neat features in with it as well such as full HTML5 support in addition to file drag and drop functionality. I’m still a bit unsure about the whole geolocation thing after the all-nighter with Enemy of the State playing in the background, but it might be fairly significant regardless.

Despite all of the goodness offered though, I still struggle with trying the UI over that of say, Firefox. On the extension front, however, Chrome is catching up very quickly. Already providing much of the functionality that I might want from browser add-ons, I am happy to see Chrome doing well in this area.

My continued hangups continue with the reasoning that they’re unneeded. Hogwash. I want a File, Edit, View, and History pull down right there. Does this kind of thing matter to you? Are you finding Chrome to be a straight across replacement for Firefox in your Web toolbox? Hit the comments; let’s hear your thoughts on this.

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Firefox 4: Faster And Better?

Firefox has been a bit disappointing lately. It runs fine on some platforms, is slow as snot on others, and it lacks the consistent experience it once had. This has brought myself and others over to the side of other browsers for a smoother experience as, clearly, Firefox was not addressing stability and speed issues on select platforms.

But now it appears there might be hope — Firefox 4. Empowered by a new HTML parser, improved HTML 5 support, and other improved technology under the hood, we may finally see Firefox catching up with Chrome and Opera.

Despite any shortcomings I have experienced, the fact is that most Windows users are happy as clams with Firefox. It’s those on OS X and Linux that are tired of the poor experience due to simple settings and lousy setup schemes. I believe that the eventual release of Firefox 4 is in a position to fix many of these things, but I fear that the backwards caching issue, among others, may still go unanswered.  Firefox still has issues with hanging and I can only assume that, eventually, we’ll see this problem come to an end. But don’t take my word for it, just Google it for further examples.

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Who Else Wants A Faster, More Powerful Firefox Browser? How About Super-Duper?

The folks over at Mozilla are promising that the new Firefox 4 browser will be faster and offer better performance. But I had to laugh when I read what the new browser will offer:

The primary goals for Firefox 4 will be making a browser:

  • Fast: making Firefox super-duper fast
  • Powerful: enabling new open, standard Web technologies (HTML5 and beyond!),
  • Empowering: putting users in full control of their browser, data, and Web experience.

Super-duper? Wow, that sounds really fast! I don’t believe any other browser will be able to match a super-duper speed, since I believe that super-super is as fast as one can go! LOL

There was also this:

That said: please understand that these plans are fluid and are likely to change.

This tells me we are not going to be seeing Firefox 4 for a long, long time. Don’t get me wrong. I love my Firefox browser because, well… it is super-duper!

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I.E. Usage Drops Below 60%, Firefox & Chrome Continue To Gain Marketshare

In what appears to be a continuing slide, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continues to lose market share falling below 60% for the first time. Firefox gained a small share with an increase from 24.52% in March to 24.59% in April. But the browser that stole most of the gain from I.E. was Chrome that increased from 6.13% in March to 6.73% in April. Using these figures it seems that 3 of 5 web connections are from users of I.E.

Here are the results from April of browser usage:

There is one thing for sure. Microsoft will need to have Internet Explorer 9 be a knock your socks off experience to keep their market-share from sliding further. From the chart above it appears that Firefox is holding steady, but that Google’s Chrome browser is starting to pick up more users.

But is I.E. losing market-share because the other browsers are better or because of the fact that consumers now have more of a choice?

Comments welcome.


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ChromePlus v1.3.9.0

ChromePlus has all the functionality of Google Chrome, is free with no function limitation, and adds useful features such as: double click tab to close page; mouse gestures; super drag; IE tab; and download tools supported in context menu.

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ChromePlus v1.3.9.0

ChromePlus has all the functionality of Google Chrome, is free with no function limitation, and adds useful features such as: double click tab to close page; mouse gestures; super drag; IE tab; and download tools supported in context menu.

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Is Opera Really As Bad As One Article Says It Is? I Think Not

Techcrunch has a rather scathing article that tries to convince the reader why they should not use Opera as a browser of choice. In the article it states that Opera is unpopular when compared to other browsers that are available to us. It also says that the reason for this unpopularity, in the writer’s opinion, is because the browser ‘screams’ instead of just ‘sings.’ Yet the writer provides no substance to the article in why, except for the writer’s preferences, why Opera is such a bad choice.

The article goes on to state that:

This latest version of Opera looks as if it’s the spawn of Safari and Firefox mating. On paper, that may sound like a good idea, but the result is awkward. It just feels alien.

Feels alien? I believe that this description can be given to anything that works differently that what a user may be used to. I use Firefox as my primary browser since it works well for me. So using even Google’s Chrome is different than what I am using, but yet Chrome works well when I have tried it. Different? Yes. Alien? No.

I guess what it boils down to is that when browsing the Web, I basically just want a giant window that renders an HTML page correctly and fast — that’s it. All these features sound nice, but most are just clutter. That’s especially true on the desktop, where most of us are on fast connections (or fast-enough), and things such as Opera’s “turbo-charging” don’t seem to make much of a difference (obviously, that’s different on the mobile web — but usually only with Edge connections, in my experience).

Chrome nails this experience that I’m looking for, and that’s one of the reasons why Chrome OS excites me so much. Anything not rendering HTML on my screen is just noise. Opera has a lot of noise.

A lot of noise? What the heck is that?  I decided to take the new Opera out for a look-see for myself. I downloaded and installed Opera 10.52 for Windows and installed the browser on my Windows 7 Ultimate OS. I set up Opera tabs to function as they do in Firefox, and after some minor customizing to my preference, starting using the browser to surf, search, and compile some blog articles.

I found using the browser intuitive and easy to use. Yes, some things are different compared to Firefox, but not to the point that it interfered with the way I normally use a browser. Opera also touts itself as being fast, very fast, and I found this to be mostly true. I am fortunate to have a fairly fast cable connection so my browsing experience is fast with any browser I chose. But I must admit, Opera did feel faster than Firefox. IMHO.

The only downside I found is that Opera does not offer add-ons [widgets] that I use in Firefox such as WOT [Web of Trust], Ad-Block, Colorful Tabs, and other add-ons that I personally enjoy using with Firefox. With this in mind, I will continue to use Firefox as my primary browser, but Opera works very well and should be considered as an alternative to other browsers.

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Firefox Users – Has Anyone Tried Pale Moon? What’s Your Opinion?

A few days ago I decided to download and give Pale Moon a try. The Pale Moon browser is based on Mozilla’s popular Firefox browser but with a few differences. According to the folks at the Pale Moon Project, they believe that their version uses less memory and is optimized for use with Windows. Their words, not mine.

In fact, the folks at Pale Moon Project also state:

Why settle for a basic build of your Firefox browser on Windows Operating Systems when you can have one that performs 25% faster?

If you are a Mozilla Firefox user, once you install Pale Moon, you will notice that all of your bookmarks, tabs, add-on and extensions appear to work just fine. In fact you cannot tell any difference using Pale Moon compared to Firefox.

At least I haven’t noticed that much of a difference. But what about you who have used Pale Moon? Opinions please.

Comments welcome.

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Opera Hits 100 Million

So the Opera browser has just hit 100 million users. A significant goal, considering how many people are still using other browsers worldwide. Don’t misunderstand — this is awesome news, to be sure. But the question I have is how is it doing after Chrome made its big debut on all of the popular platforms?

See, for me, that’s the real rub. I have Firefox, Opera, and Chrome installed. When I am not using Firefox, I find myself seeking out Chrome. No specific reason — just finding it to be more natural to use and at least as fast as the latest release of Opera.

What’s your take of Opera? Are you finding yourself moved by Opera’s solid numbers or perhaps, instead, you are so entrenched with Chrome or Firefox that you don’t really care? For me, I am stuck using Firefox. Been addicted to it ever since it was a project known simply as Mozilla and then split off to become Firebird. Yes, I have been using the Mozilla product for years. Don’t see Opera changing this any time soon.

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Chrome Is A Privacy Concern?

I honestly found this article to be rather funny, as using any search engine is a privacy breach. All using Chrome does is make logging things easier for Google. That’s it. The idea that somehow Internet Explorer is “safer” from a privacy perspective is complete hogwash and Microsoft needs to be called out on this.

Let me paint you a picture of reality. You are on the Internet; unless you are visiting something using a proxy, you have no privacy. There, I said it. Hopefully this will shut Microsoft’s insane claims down for a few months or so. I am willing to bet just about anything that Microsoft’s browser is doing the same thing as Chrome. Claiming otherwise is suspect at best. Come on, both Google and Microsoft work very closely with the Justice Dept. and DHS. Of course they are spying on you — don’t be naive. Did you really think the Patriot Act would be repealed? Wake up and smell the Folgers, kids, you’ve been duped. There is no such thing as online privacy.

So should you stop using Chrome? Well, I’d use the browser that offers up its source code for careful inspection. And folks, let’s be honest. This is NOT Internet Explorer. My advice is to just follow the laws put forth, keep your nose clean, and use the browser that provides the experience you like the best. Simple.

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Firefox Sees 30%

Mozilla has managed to take hold of nearly a third of the word-wide browser market. That is a huge accomplishment. Best of all, it’s one that is cross platform. Always nice to include everyone in your browser offerings. The thing that really caught my attention had to be the fact that Russia saw the biggest growth in downloads for the Firefox browser.

The really interesting contrast that gave me some real perspective is how Firefox seemed to have such a huge market share outside of the States. For instance, here in the US we see Firefox with a 26% market share. Yet countries like Indonesia are rocking along with a solid 60%. That is insane, not to mention an indication that open source options tend to do better outside of the US.

With the growth of Chrome, in addition to other platform specific browsers, it’ll be interesting to see if Mozilla can keep on with this significant growth. One can only hope that we’ll see Firefox maintaining its rank or perhaps even expanding it. But one thing is for sure, it will NOT be any release of Internet Explorer taking back the market. Let’s face it, there would need to be something a bit more compelling and the only thing reflecting this is Chrome.

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Should We In The U.S. Have A Browser Selection Option?

The European Union demanded and received from Microsoft a browser selection option, in which users can install a number of different browsers. The selection window is included with Windows 7 and the user has an option to install many of the popular and some of the not so popular browsers currently available. There is also a feature that allows the user to click on the ‘tell me more’ button to learn more about a particular browser they may be interested in.

Included browser choices are Internet Explorer 8, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome, Green Browser, K-melon, Sleipnir, Avant Browser, Maxthon, Flock and Flash Peak Slim Browser. Microsoft was requested to add more choices to the browser selection window when some  companies complained that their browser was not included in the list.

If you haven’t seen the selection window, you can take a look at it  here.

I personally believe that computer users are more tech savvy than they were a decade ago. Most users today are familiar with the alternative browsers such as Firefox, Opera, Safari, I.E. and Google Chrome. The other browsers being offered may be unknown to some users and could result in users trying something different.

But do we in the U.S. need an option such as this when a user first starts a new Windows 7 computer? I personally don’t believe we do. It is not because we in the U.S. are more tech savvy than our European brothers and sister. It is because our government is not going to force Microsoft into providing this for the U.S. versions. The DOJ attempts to get I.E. removed from Windows was futile and didn’t result in any change. So it would appear that we will not be seeing this option in Windows 7 for the U.S. consumer version.

What do you think?

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There Is A Funeral Scheduled For IE6 On March 6th At 7:00PM – Funeral Attire Recommended

There Is A Funeral Scheduled For IE6 On March 6th At 7:00PM and everyone is invited. However, it is recommended that you dress in funeral attire to celebrate the demise of the browser.Here is the official announcement:

Internet Explorer Six, resident of the interwebs for over 8 years, died the morning of March 1, 2010 in Mountain View, California, as a result of a workplace injury sustained at the headquarters of Google, Inc. Internet Explorer Six, known to friends and family as “IE6,” is survived by son Internet Explorer Seven, and grand-daughter Internet Explorer Eight.

Funeral services for Internet Explorer Six will be held at 7pm on March 4 at Aten Design Group, 1629 Downing Street, Denver, CO 80218. Those unable to attend the funeral are asked to send flowers.

On their web site those who plan on attending can RSVP as well. You can also post a remembrance as well. It is amazing that people are still using IE6.

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Microsoft’s Browser(s) Of Choice

Choosing the browser you want right out of the gate — it’s unfortunate that something so simple for the geekier among us is still a bit out of reach for those who are not as computer savvy. The sad reality is that many people simply use the browser that comes with their computer, regardless of potential benefits to be found elsewhere. Here in the States, when you purchase a Windows PC, it will come with Internet Explorer pre-installed.

The obvious disadvantage to this is the lack of perceived choice for those who might be unaware of alternatives. At the same time, the advantage would be that users are not presented with browser options that they may not understand. Believe me, there are large groups of people who fall into this category.

It seems, in the EU, the decision has been made for users already. Whether or not they are ready for it, end users will find themselves having to make a choice as to which browser they prefer from the menu seen here. While this is great from a non-monopoly perspective, in addition to ease of installation… I am still concerned. Looking at the descriptions for each browser, I believe the non-savvy will simply choose one fairly randomly. After all, who outside of geek circles seriously has a browser preference?

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