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Testing Chromium for real: day 3

Day 3:

I’m at the point where I don’t want to go back. It works and it works well. I have not found major flaws that would make me switch back to Firefox. The primitive bookmark management is under development and I’m not finished looking for plugins to support it better (especially tags). I like the concept of the unibar, the merge of address and search field. Okay, it’s not that great, but it’s very comfortable to use and as far as I know it will be in Firefox 4.0 too.

Plugins / Extensions:

A plugin I do not need with Chromium is Tabs open relative. Chromium automatically opens links from a tab right to it and not at the end of the line.

  • ixquick for the unibar search engine (check out the extensive post about ixquick at thinking-aloud.eu)
  • RSS-Feeder is a little Extension that shows a little RSS-icon in the address bar if feeds are available. As I use LiFeRea (Linux Feed Reader) as a desktop feed reader, that’s just the simplicity I need.
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Testing Chromium for real: day 2

Day 2:

I really started missing advanced features for managing my bookmarks, so I started looking for some plugins, helping me with this. Turns out I need more RAM. Chromium is incredibly fast, but with many tabs a freaking resource killer, at least more RAM consuming than Firefox.

Plugins / Extensions:

A great thing I have not mentioned yet, is that the extensions work on the fly. You don’t have to restart your browser to make them work if you just installed them.

  • Chrome SEO Sear Engine Optimisation tool that give you a quick overview over a sites indexed pages, pagerank and backlinks
  • Novell Moonlight a Silverlight implementation that just kept crashing on me. I’ve found some forums where similar problems on ubuntu appear, but I’ve been to lazy so far.

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Testing Chromium for real: day 1

Chromium Logo Testing Chromium for real: day 1

Day 1:

I’ve only played around a bit with Chrome and Chromium so far, so I wanted a closer look at the browser. I always did miss things that I had in Firefox, but as I like to give new things a chance (and can’t stand no changes :D) I managed to dig up some plugins so Chromium would fit my needs. So let’s see how it compares to Firefox.

First impressions:

  • It’s pretty fast
  • changed the window decoration so it is rendered by Gnome instead of Chromium
  • pumped it with extensions
  • Some userscripts not working correctly, would like greasemetal for Linux right now

Plugins / Extensions:

Luckily the Chrome plugins work in Chromium like a charm:

  • Chromed Bird twitter client
  • Greasy Thug modify pages with java script
  • Popchrom paste predefined snippets from shortcuts (like: ilu CTRL+ENTER becomes: I love you my dearest sweet heart and I am so much looking forward to see you again)
  • Too Many Tabs so you don’t get lost in too many tabs icon wink Testing Chromium for real: day 1
  • Webpage Screenshot screenshot whole websites locally
  • Web Developer very valuable plugin for webdesign and development

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Browser Update, for a better web

upgrade Browser Update, for a better web

Let’s face it, most people don’t know what a browser is. They just click some icon and call this the internet. The problem about these people is, they are potential users of old browsers, which puts web developers in a difficult situation. They have to do twice the work or choose old technologies over new ones, even if the new technology or way of doing things would be based on standards, more time and bandwidth, CPU-workload efficient or just give the user better ways of interaction.

So it seems like a good idea to notice visitors, if they are using old software that might interfere with correct use of your website. A nice script, which automatically detects browser and language for that can be found at http://browser-update.org/. It’s java-script based and shows a little notification bar on top of your website, that will notify visitors that use outdated software.

With upgrading your browser to the current version you:

  • help standards to move on faster (like HTML5 for native playing of videos, without flash)
  • have probably higher functionality (Tabs, faster browsing)
  • lower risk of phishing or malware intrusions through your browser
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