Buzzing about Chrome?

Slowly but surely, my tech life gets more “Googley”.

I spend my days coding using GWT (Google Web Toolkit) using the Google Eclipse Plugin. I will be going to the Google I/O 2010 conference, including Google’s Boot Camp. Gmail is my main source of contact for email and instant messaging (my gmail email address is my username on every IM network that I use)…

And now, with Google Buzz, the big G woos me away from Facebook by integrating social networking with the nerve center of my online communication.

But wait, there’s more!

I am writing this post using Chrome – Google’s web browser. During its development, I have installed (and subsequently uninstalled) Chrome many times. This is the first time I have found Chrome to be more than a curiosity. Even before the rise of Apple’s Safari, I have been a fan of the WebKit rendering engine (back then, it was called KHTML). So, when Apple built Safari off the Konqueror core, it quickly became my default browser — until yesterday.

Google’s build of WebKit seems more responsive than Apple’s and Google let’s me add extensions (like ad-blocking) to my browser without hacks or other unsupported coding. In short, I am finding Chrome to be the best of Safari (smooth, standards-compliant rendering) plus the best of Firefox (supported plugin architecture).

Could I get any more “Googley”? Only if my next phone runs Android OS.

2 thoughts on “Buzzing about Chrome?

  1. Steven, The google friend connect to my gmail account worked for this. (I didn’t realize you were asking folks to logon here yesterday.)

    I have been using Chrome as my primary, or nearly primary browser on Windows (XP), Linux (Ubuntu) for a number of months and recently on OS X (.6). I have been using Firefox and Safari (not IE), I still like them and use them moderately often, but am doing more on Chrome.
    eric at 02/11/2010 05:09:47 pm

  2. Thanks for logging in Eric!

    I am testing integration between Google Services and Drupal (which runs this site). I was trying to set it up so a local account is made on new log in (which was surprisingly harder than it should have been).

    Still using Chrome here, and I’ve only had 1 problem so far. I think I have a work around for it, and I will post about it once I test it more.
    Steven at 02/12/2010 06:06:17 am

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