Google’s Chrome Frame Comes Under Fire From All Sides

I recall that when I first read about Google’s Chrome Frame, my first thought was “why?” Why does Google care if Internet Explorer users can render a Web page correctly or not? Shouldn’t this be a concern of Microsoft and not Google? What impact will adding Chrome Frame pose if it were added to Internet Explorer? It didn’t take long before others were asking the same question, especially the folks over at Mozilla who have developed the Firefox browser.

A recent article states:

Mitchell Baker, former Mozilla CEO and current chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation, and Mike Shaver, Mozilla’s vice president of engineering, both lamented Google’s release of Chrome Frame in blog posts. The browser experts, who helped Mozilla’s Firefox browser reach 23.8 percent market share largely at the expense of IE, are concerned Chrome Frame will further muddy the already cloudy waters of a fragmented browser market.

Baker worried that once a Web browser has fragmented into multiple rendering engines, it’s very hard to manage information across Websites. Chrome Frame, she said, will make the Web even more unknowable and confusing. Baker noted:

“Imagine you download Chrome Frame. You go to a website. What rendering engine do you end up using? That depends on the website now, not on you. And if you end up at a website that makes use of the Chrome Frame, the treatment of your passwords, security settings, personalization, all the other things one sets in a browser is suddenly unknown. Will sites you tag or bookmark while browsing with one rendering engine show up in the other? Because the various parts of the browser are no longer connected, actions that have one result in the browser you think you’re using won’t have the same result in the Chrome browser-within-a-browser.

“At first glance this looks like it might be a useful option, offering immediate convenience to website developers in alleviating a very real pain. But a deeper look reveals significant negative repercussions.”

Shaver echoed Microsoft when he noted running Chrome Frame within IE bogs down private browsing mode or Microsoft’s other security controls.

It would appear that this is Google’s way to gain more market share and not actually help Internet Explorer users. What do you think?

Source: eWeek

An Annoying Frame Of Mind

Looks like Digg has opened up a Pandora’s Box when they launched the DiggBar. Other websites are beginning to follow the trend of annoyance and inconvenience it seems, most notable of the lot is VideoEgg.

Yes, Frames are back and back in a big, annoying, invasive way! But that is nothing, is going to make you want to scream like taking a site hit with the ever-inconvenient DiggBar and then have the Twig bar appear along side of it. Navigating the website suddenly becomes a total nightmare if you are trying to surf the web like most people.

As far as I am concerned, aggravating your site’s visitors is not a smart way to build up loyalty. Sorry, but it just does not work as far as I am concerned. Am I wrong, is there another perspective I need to consider? Hit the comments, share your thoughts.

Framr

I think I’ve only taken one good photo in my entire life, and no mater how hard I try, I’m just not a shutterbug. Since the quality and quantity of the pictures that I take is very low, you can see why I’m not very inclined to show them off at any given time. Instead, I usually just keep them tucked away in some folder deep in the recesses of my hard drive. Because of this, I’m doing the public a service whether they realize it or not. Although it may not be the case with me, there are plenty of people out there who would like to not only display their pictures online, but also print them out and frame them. Framr will get the job done.

This service opens up online custom picture framing to the masses, and since they do the work for you, all you need to do is select the photo that you want to use, choose the size, pick the frame and the mat from a variety of choices, place your order, and wait for it to be delivered. Their prices are pretty attractive, and they make bringing something digital into the real world in a nice way a piece of cake in terms of time, effort, and money.

flauntR

I’m not a graphic designer by any means, so whenever I need something beyond a simple resize or crop done to an image, I usually seek out the help of my wife. She’s been trained in graphic design and Adobe products, so you can count on the fact that she’s able to do something with an image ten times faster than I can because she knows the software inside and out. For me, making changes and applying effects to an image has to be as simple as clicking a single button, and flauntR has made this possible.

It doesn’t matter whether you use one of the demo images or upload one of your own through Flickr or your computer because once that image is on flauntR, you’ll be able to work with it quickly and easily. Most of the services that offer frames or effects only support a handful of these options, but as you’ll see, this service sports editing tools and plenty of effects to keep you busy. Your creations can be stored and shared in all of the ways that you’d expect, and casual image editors will most likely find this service to provide just what they want without going overboard.

[tags]FlauntR, Graphic Design, Image, Adobe, Image Effects, Editing, Frames[/tags]