Mink Machine

Google Chrome and you

There’s a new guy in town. Apart from being a good song by VNV Nation, Chrome is a new browser developed by Google. As you might expect, it’s fast, memory efficient and slick. The user interface is simplistic and the viewport is very large. By default, Chrome imports the settings from your default browser. It is completely open-source and since it uses WebKit, sites that work in Safari should work fine in Chrome as well.

Each tab has its own process, meaning that a crashing web page in one tab won’t (hopefully) bring down your entire browser. The JavaScript engine is also a new deal. One of the funniest things is the release note. That’s right, one of the few I’ve read in a long time and actually enjoyed. It’s done in the unusual comic format. I also like that the advanced settings can be found under a tab called “under the hood”.

However, I miss all my Firefox extensions and I cannot live without Firebug. The conspiracy-theorists will likely miss sleep over what kind of information is sent to Google, and the initial EULA was a bit odd (but later corrected). It is also a shame that Chrome is initially only available for Windows users.

It will be interesting to see how many market shares it will steal in the next few months.

Try it now! There is also a portable version which can be installed on your USB drive.

Chrome screenshot Mink Machine rendered in Chrome browser.

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