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SEGMAT
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September 29, 2008 - 3:53 pm
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One more thing... Zig, it's coming out for Mac and Linux soon. They're working on it and they know they have to get it out to that market in order to accomplish anything big. And as for Beta, you're right, that's something that they need to work on. Gmail is not a Beta and yet they call it that still. I have used it for a long time and it's a great thing, it's the best out there, but yet they still call it Beta. They are going to have to change that for lots of their products because the name "Beta" scares people.

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At first I was relatively pleased with Chrome as I was looking for a reasonably sophisticated browser but one that didn't consume as much memory as Firefox. However, if you keep an eye on the resources used, then you find that, in effect, each tab that you open starts a new copy of Chrome. So, if you like to have lots of tabs open at the same time, then you can find that you're using a lot of resources compared to Firefox. Looking up I've currently got 6 tabs open.

Having said this the Chrome approach, as publicised, does mean that one tab freezing doesn't affect the other tabs.

I do like the Incognito tab although I'm not sure how hacker-proof it will be.

Anyway I've now returned to Firefox but keeping an eye of developments in Chrome.

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You are right about each tab being a new instance of Chrome. I never worried about it because my machine is pretty new and so it has a nice Quad Core processor and 4GB of RAM and a nice video card so I'm not too worried about lots of programs open! However, if you are worried about resource usage, maybe this isn't the best thing, I wouldn't know because I only have one machine and so I haven't had a chance to test Chrome on slower machines and have lots of tabs open at once. I do know that the general view on Chrome is that it's significantly faster in terms of page loading and stuff like that than any other browser, on modern machines.

Incognito tabs aren't meant to be hacker proof, they're just meant to not leave cookies behind on your computer. It's a highly publicized feature but I find it to be much less interesting than some people say it is. Hackers and malware can get in just as easy though an incognito tab as opposed to a regular tab. It's only useful for getting rid of normal browser traces that are left behind, like cookies. It's rightly called "Porn Mode" because if you're on a computer with multiple users and don't want someone finding out where you've been, then incognito is a good idea, other than that, it's not all that useful... in my opinion!

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I started using Chrome last week just on a lark, and I've found that it is, in fact, faster than Firefox for running my web-apps.

For day to day browsing though, I'm going to stick with Firefox.

Guess it's up to each user for their preference. Different browsers for different tasks. (Although I haven't found a use for IE yet).

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i had it installed nothing else running. but after instalation i checked to see what was running.
seems it was useing near 48-50% of cpu. could not pin down what it was doing. but it seemed to be searching hard drive.
i killed its processes . uninstalled it completely.
after removing it cpu use dropped to near zero.

Don,t put up with things doing what they want with out my knowing why what where etc.

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Hi All - Well, I installed Chrome and ran it for just over one week during which time I found it to be very fast, markedly faster than either IE or FF [b:8alohhcx]BUT[/b:8alohhcx] I also discovered that invoking Chrome's 'delete history' options does not delete all the history data, only some of it. In Vista, the path to that data is 'C:UsersUsernameApp DataLocalGoogle'....some serious privacy issues there.
I want complete control over what history is 'saved' and what isn't so I decided to uninstall....there-in lies another story. Using Chrome's inbuilt uninstaller did not delete/uninstall any of the saved history data nor 'updater' files, I had to do that manually. What a nightmare trying to overcome the Vista permissions...."You need special permission to to that, this, blah blah"...thank heavens for 'Unlocker'. With the help of that little gem I finally managed to get rid of everything and then just to be sure I restored the system to before the Chrome install (yes, I had the foresight to create a restore point prior to installation...most unusual for me ).
I know I could use Chrome's 'Incognito' feature but that should not be necessary in order to maintain a computer clean of browsing history...needless to say Chrome will not be re-installed on my machine,[i:8alohhcx] ever[/i:8alohhcx]!

cheers....JIM

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