Google Chrome for OS X

Over a week ago I downloaded the pre-release alpha of the OS X version of Google Chrome. I accepted the possibility that it might crash, have problems or generally behave like software that isn’t finished and/or fully tested. Wow. I used it for about two hours before I switched it to my default browser. Every so often, I’ll need to start Firefox up to get a stored password that I never put in my vault. When I do, Firefox reminds me why I don’t use it. Everything about it, even clicking on the menus, seems so slow compared to Chrome that it bums me out.

If this is what it is like in the alpha version, I cannot wait for OS X chrome to come out in full release. I expect to be delirious with joy for I am easy to please. Just don’t crash and don’t use up all the memory on my machine after running for a day.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

3 thoughts on “Google Chrome for OS X”

  1. Ken Kennedy says:

    Agree 100% on this one, Dave. I’m using Chrome on both Windows and Linux now as my primary browser. Since the 3.x series started, Firefox has simply gone awry. Hangs, terrible performance, insane (90+ second) startups, etc.

    Chrome is indeed a joy!!

  2. Neil Forker says:

    I’ve been using Chrome sparingly. I still prefer Safari on both Windows and Mac OS X. Firefox just isn’t as lean as it used to be.

  3. Chris C. says:

    Hmmm. Interesting. My computing habits change extremely slowly,so it’ll be a very long time before I even consider leaving Firefox, but this is interesting to hear.

    I am quite wedded to FF though. Keyboard nav, a handful of crucial addons, matching installations on 4 different daily-use computers, procedure on to replicate said installations, etc.

    Plus I’ve been a die hard Mozilla/Firefoxfan since the M13 milestone — waaaaaay before Moz release even version 0.6 🙂

    I’m taking Android very seriously though. Will make the jump to it from my trusty old Palm phone in the next few weeks.

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