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7 Days with Chrome...

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by LarryFlowers, May 28, 2009.

  1. barryb

    barryb New Member

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    I am surprised you never gave Chrome this test in the past Larry. I left those other browsers long ago.
     
  2. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

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    I have used Chrome... very very early in its development but I was also early in the IE8 beta program and didn't have time for both.

    Windows 7 RC has a beta IE8 in it and it won't change for a couple of months yet so it seemed like a good time to play with Chrome.


    Larry

     
  3. LarryFlowers

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    Day 2 of the Chrome Experience..

    1. Speed is till amazing but I wonder if some of the "speed" is due to the lack of video support... I have found some video that wont play and there doesn't seem to be a built in ability to remedy the problem.. or in other words an offer to install so and so player.

    2. Some adjustment required getting used to bookmarks on the right hand side of screen.

    3. I miss one of IE8's new features "Suggested Sites"

    4. The "typeface" is, I don't know, for lack of a better word "soft" as opposed to a crisper typeface in IE8

    Overall... Chrome is thus far riding an "8" on my 10 scale and were I to make a decision today would at the very least rate a quick link on my taskbar.

    Larry
     
  4. sideswipe

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    Larry thanks for bringing this topic back to light, on day 1 of RC i downloaded & couldnt get to work, just re-installed last night & working fine missed the speed of Chrome vs. FF & IE
     
  5. LarryFlowers

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    Day 3... Chrome still impresses me with it's speed.

    Still have some video issues.

    Last night I ran DBSTalk chat and SMOKES chat room simultaneously with no issues.

    Overall I am still at 8 on the 10 scale... very good.

    Larry
     
  6. LarryFlowers

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    Day 4...

    I need some stuff from Microsoft's TechNet site and am having trouble getting it using Chrome.

    I tried to open an online manual in pdf format and it wouldn't open. It was a DirecTV manual. This will require further research because I believe that pdf is supposed to function in Chrome

    Everything else seems to be working ok and I still Like Chrome.

    Larry
     
  7. bleggett29

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    PDFs should open in Chrome. You may need to reinstall acrobat reader. Regarding video..I can watch videos from most places I visit. The exceptions are ones which check which browser you're using like NBC, ABC, FOX. If Chrome had the ability to change it's User Agent to show it as IE, I bet those videos would work.
     
  8. wilbur_the_goose

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    IE8 is crap, and Chrome is my new browser.

    I'm amazed at how many sites fail to load on IE8 and work perfectly in Chrome.
     
  9. barryb

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    I have all my bookmarks set up across the top of my browser, just under where the tabs would be.

    Have you tried dragging a tab out of the browser yet?
     
  10. Steve

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    If you have 10 minutes to kill, interesting read on the Chrome design goals. You can click on a page to turn it. /steve
     
  11. Groundhog45

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    Ok, a question for the Chrome users. How do I turn off the Google Updater? Zonealarm is telling me every few hours that the updater wants access to the trusted zone. I don't want to grant it unconditionally. It shouldn't ask me more than once a week. I have tried killing the process in the task manager but it comes back within an hour or so. I commented it out in regedit in the "run" folder and it still comes back every few hours. It's about ready to go in the can. I'm trying it on an XP Pro sp3 system.
     
  12. LarryFlowers

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    Instructions:

    In the registry editor create the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update

    and add two DWORD values:

    AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes - auto-update check interval (for example: 1440 to check for updates once a day)
    DisableAutoUpdateChecksCheckboxValue - 1, if you want to disable the auto-updater; 0, if you want to enable it.

    Larry


     
  13. Groundhog45

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    Thanks Larry. I'll give that a try.
     
  14. LarryFlowers

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    I thought I would go ahead and wrap my impressions of Google Chrome after my first week with it on Windows 7 RC.

    It is an excellent browser. It's very fast, faster than Firefox and IE8 (at least the current version, which in Windows 7 RC is still Beta).

    There is no question in my mind that I will install Chrome on my Windows 7 PC's when the final version arrives.

    I will still have IE8 on by Windows 7 PC's, though.

    For general activity and surfing the internet, Chrome is now my first choice. It lacks however a couple of things that I miss from IE 8.

    I use Roboform extensively and it currently does not have a Chrome version. They have stated they will have one by the end of 2009. As I use Roboform primarily when I am shopping on line, I will for now, be using IE8 when shopping.

    There are some websites that have video embedded that don't work in Chrome although the normal AVI and WMV files seem fine.

    One thing I found that was amusing was that all of Microsoft's sites worked fine in Chrome, something you can not say about FireFox.

    I also like the new Accelerators in IE8 and I miss being able to build my own "right click" offerings in Chrome.

    Depending on what the final version of IE8 looks like for Windows 7, and Chrome picking up support for things like RoboForm, Chrome could well become my browser of choice.

    Larry
     
  15. BubblePuppy

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    I've been testing Chrome, along with IE8, on my Vista laptop and on my W7rc64bit laptop.
    With me, the jury is still out.
    I do like the auto spell check, like MS Office.
    I miss the various tool bars that I have on IE8.
    Chrome is alot faster than IE8.
    IE8 seems to hang up, especially with several tabs open, while Chrome just cooks along.
    More later.

    Addendum edit: For me, Chrome's functions don't seem as intuitive, or self explaining, as IE8.
     
  16. turey22

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    I got a good friend of mine to use chrome one day and ever since she started using it shes liked it. She likes how fast it is and how it doesn't freeze on her.

    I still like FF.
     
  17. pfp

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    Newest version supports Chromium!
     
  18. Movieman

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    I love Chrome. I havent used IE8 in many months. Im hoping to get my work PC approved to change over.
     
  19. Steve

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    For the past three weeks, I've been using Chrome Plus. Like SRWare's Iron, it's another browser based on Google's "open source" Chromium code.

    It has all the features of Chrome, but without Google's "big brother" data collection. It also features an "IE" compatibility mode. You can preconfigure certain URL's to open up with the IE engine, but inside a Chrome Plus browser window. I no longer need to fire up IE for the two sites I visit that only work with with IE!

    It also sports some options not available in Chrome (see attached).

    The browser is updated frequently... 3 times so far since I've been using it. The latest version is 1.2.6.0, currently based on Chrome build 4.0.222.3.
     

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  20. The Merg

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    Just loaded and I like the speed. Does that AdSweeper extension work for ChromePlus? If so, how do you get it loaded?

    BTW, I found that I needed to use the IE compatibility option to load up my Web Outlook e-mail for work. It wouldn't display the page properly in ChromePlus otherwise.

    Thanks,
    Merg
     

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