Was Google Chrome released a little too early?

So this week saw Google release its own browser, Chrome.  But did they rush it and is it worthing downloading?

Google Chrome logoNow Chrome is built upon Webkit and Firefox 3 as well as the new JavaScript V8 virtual machines from Denmark.  The V8 enables each of its tabs to run independently, so if something causes a crash in one tab the whole browser will keep going. The Webkit/Firefox combo keeps the whole thing web standards friendly.

Tech aside, in my opinion I think it was a little rushed.   As soon as the comic was made public extolling the virtues of Chrome, people were clamoring for it, which is great.  But as soon as the downloads started so did the questions.

As of Sept. 4th Chrome had already taken 6% of the market.  So is this the IE killer we’ve been waiting for?  Well Paul Boag has a good post on  that which I agree with a lot of.  I personally don’t think this version is, but a later version? Maybe.

The problem (as Paul points out) is a lot of people still think of the internet as that little “blue e” and would never think of using anything else – why should they?  This is still the battle Firefox faces.  The thing on Google’s side is its apps (being touted on TV commercials for C2) which Chrome will probably join soon, and offering it on their own homepage.

So should you download it?  Yes, I think so.  Anything that can improve your web experience is a good thing and so far it’s run pretty well on our old laptop and my shiny new one but it hasn’t replaced Flock as my default.

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The newest arrival in the Mead household…

cardboard boxI came home Thursday and there it was.  A nice dull-brown cardboard box sitting on the table. Within lay my first-ever self-bought laptop.

I have always used the ones from my work, but when I started at my new job I felt this was the chance to have my own.  I consulted Tom (oracle of laptops) and wanted something as similar as I could get to the Dell Latitude D820 I had at Optiem.  He fired me across some recommendations and I settled on the Acer Extensa 5620Z.

This laptop comes with 4 USB ports, S-Video and one for our digital video camera. The 3GB of RAM and 160GB HD is nice, though I’m not a fan of the pre-partitioning 70/70.

It’s pretty light weight, has a built in web cam and Vista installed (which I’m giving a week to see if I need to go back to XP).

new laptopIt has been a little tedious installing everything (couldn’t deactivate my Fireworks CS4 beforehand) but so far everything is going well.  The screen is good, camera is working, and my fingers are getting used to the new keyboard.

So I’m now loading it up with Flock, Evernote, Open Office, VLC media player, Miro and a lot other fave apps.  Only problem so far has been iTunes not seeing the music on the external drive without importing it all again.  Glenn pointed  me to an article that  might help so I’ll check that.

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I remember what the future was like…

It was the 90’s and I was just hearing about this whole Internet thingy. I worked on an industrial estate at the end of the Fenchurch Street (train) line in Essex.  We still had a computer that took 5¼” floppy disks and the new Windows machine was solely for the Director.

My knowledge of “the net” came from William Gibson, .NET Magazine and a book called Virtual Reality by Howard Rheingold.  Mr. Rheingold’s book become something I read, and shared with friends.  This was what was going to happen!  It was filled with descriptions of old arcade games that emulated motorcycle rides through to teledildonics.

After getting a PC and connecting to “the net” (which really was more frustration than excitement at the start) things didn’t quite pan out the way I foresaw them.

I looked for that book recently, just to re-visit some of the ideas, but found it was one I left behind when we moved to the US.  But as chance would have it I ended up connecting with Mr. Rheingold (virtually) the very next day.  As I fired up Miro, there he was.  A featured channel – vlogging about the social media classroom.

I recommend subscribing through Miro or the RSS feed to see why he’s starting this classroom and the tools he’s included in it.

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Ma.gnolia goes open source…

Great news from Larry and the gang over at Ma.gnolia.

Today at Gnomedex they announced M2, a project to completely re-write ma.gnolia from the ground up and making it an open source project which means it “can be downloaded to remix and run as your own”.

Ma.gnolia has been the keeper of my social bookmarks for sometime now, and I had the opportunity meet Larry and Todd at SXSW last year.

I’m excited about this because they have always had an eye to what’s happening on the web (OpenID etc.) and being one of the first responders.

It's all about sharing your content…

With the rumor mill humming with “all-you-can-hear iTunes for $130” I think NPR’s announcement slipped under my radar.

NPR has implemented an API which will give you access to audio, text and images from their archive, dating back to 1995. Now a fair bit is still off-limits (Fresh Air, Radio Labs) probably due to it being owned by sources other than NPR, this is still a great for the web-troika crowd, where aggregation is the big thing.

  • Companies could search and re-publish stories that mention them
  • Organizations and causes have access to a wealth of relevant content that can be served up through widgets
  • Individuals could create their own RSS feeds

They seem to have some documentation covering their own NPRML, but they can also return RSS, JSON, etc.  I’m looking forward to some of this great content resurfacing in the most unlikely of places.

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Lost tapes of the Dr Who composer

Delia Derbyshire was the person that actually played the original Dr Who theme and now they’ve found recordings of other music she made whilst at the BBC. This includes a dance track 20 years ahead of it’s time! What better person to interview about this than Paul Hartnoll of Orbital.Can’t wait until more of her recordings are made public.Shared with Flock – The Social Web Browserhttp://flock.com

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