David Kirkpatrick

September 7, 2010

Happy second birthday, Chrome!

Filed under: Business, et.al., Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:41 pm

Well, belated birthday since last Thursday marked the second anniversary of Chrome’s release. Count me among the very satisfied users of Google’s browser war entry.

From the link:

The first beta of Google Chrome made its debut on September 2, 2008, and most reviewers instantly lauded its streamlined, minimalistic design. PCWorld blogger J.R. Raphael noted, “Calling the design of Chrome’s interface streamlined is an understatement. The program barely looks like a program, and the vast majority of your screen space is devoted to the site you’re visiting — with no buttons or logos hogging space.”

Google’s hallmark is a clean, uncluttered interface — remember what search engines looked like before Google came along? — that many of its search rivals have tried to emulate. Since the launch of Chrome, Google’s browser rivals have tried to copy its minimalistic look, with varying degrees of success. Whether they succeed or not, I applaud the effort — and I thank Chrome for reminding others that we’re browsing the Web in order to look at a Web site, not to look at a browser.

April 2, 2010

Google’s Chrome will auto-update Flash

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:57 pm

I’ve never really been a fan of auto-updates of any sort, but the majority of computer users really need the convenience and out-of-sight/out-of-mind safety of auto-updates. Chrome is the first browser to automatically push updates for Adobe Flash to users. Probably a good thing in the long run, and doesn’t change my thought that Chrome is the best browser by a long shot. If you haven’t tried it, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot — even if you’re a dedicated Firefox user.

From the link:

Adobe’s (ADBE) new partnership with Google will keep Internet users safer because Chrome will automatically update Flash Player without asking users, an Adobe director of engineering said.

On Tuesday, the two companies announced that Google would include Adobe’s Flash Player in downloads of Chrome starting with the rough-around-the-edges builds of the browser’s “dev” channel. Google will also employ Chrome’s auto-updater to push Flash fixes to users without notifying them or asking them to approve the download.

The integration, particularly the automatic updating of Adobe’s plug-in, is a first for a browser maker.

“If you want to have a safe experience, updates should just happen in the background,” said Peter Betlem, senior director of Flash Player engineering.

Unlike other browsers, Chrome updates itself automatically in the background without asking for permission or prompting users that security fixes or new features are available. The practice, which Google (GOOG) debuted alongside Chrome in September 2008 , riled some users initially, but the criticism soon faded.

March 8, 2010

Try Catch It!

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:51 am

A simple and addictive game from Robert Eisele courtesy of Chrome Experiments. After a handful of tries my high score is 208.

March 2, 2010

Google Chrome browser gaining market share

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:09 pm

The upward trend has reached 16 straight months. I am a huge Chrome fan and highly recommend this nimble and very fast browser for netizens at all levels of tech savvy.

From the link:

As Firefox slid, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome again boosted its share, although the increase was smaller than in the two months before. Chrome ended February with a 5.6% share, up 0.4 of a percentage point. Chrome has doubled its share in the last six months.

Here’s the browser breakdown according to the web measurement vendor NetApplications.com:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer   61.2%
  • Firefox                                              24.2%
  • Google Chrome                                5.6%
  • Apple Safari                                      4.4%

January 19, 2010

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer flaw behind Google’s security breach

I haven’t been tracking this story closely enough to realize an IE security issue caused the security breach of Google’s corporate network. One pretty simple solution is to change browsers. I was never enamored with Firefox, but finally tried out Google’s Chrome browser in August and have never looked back.

The lesson, as always with online security, is to make sure you have all your patches up to date and do seriously consider capable products to replace known security sieves like IE.

From the first link:

Microsoft (MSFT) is scrambling to patch an Internet Explorer flaw that was used to hack into Google’s (GOOG) corporate networks last month. The attack was used to hack into networks at 34 companies, including Adobe (ADBE), security experts say. Typically such hacks involve several such attacks, but the IE bug is the only one definitively linked to the hacking incident, which security experts say originated in China.

In a security advisory released Thursday, Microsoft said IE 6 users on Windows XP are most at risk from the flaw, but that other users could be affected by modified versions of the attack. Microsoft said it is developing a fix, but it did not say when it expects to patch the issue. The company is slated to release its next set of security updates on Feb. 9. A Google spokesman confirmed Thursday that the Internet Explorer attack was used against Google and that the company then reported the issue to Microsoft.

Google learned of the issue in December and, after discovering the server used to control the hacked computers, notified other companies affected by the hack. Apparently convinced that the infiltration was sanctioned by the Chinese government, Google has threatened to effectively pull its business out of China.

Hit these links for more background on the actual security breach.

September 3, 2009

Sony Vaio’s pre-loaded with Google Chrome

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:37 am

Not just pre-loaded, but set as the default web browser. I’m deep into a week-long Chrome test run and I have to say I’ve been very, very impressed. So impressed unless something really wonky happens Google Chrome is going to be my default browser going forward.

From the Technology Review link:

Sony Corp. is giving Google Inc.’s fledging Chrome browser a boost by installing it as the primary browser on Vaio-brand computers sold in the United States and Europe.

The Sony devices continue to provide Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer — the world’s most widely used Web browser — allowing users to have a choice between the two. But many users stick with the browser that is preset as the default, meaning they are likely to experience Chrome as their primary — perhaps only — gateway to the Web.

Sony is the first PC maker to sell computers with Chrome pre-installed. Sony said Wednesday it has been doing so on Vaio computers in the U.S. and Europe since May.

August 28, 2009

Google Chrome mini-review

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:30 pm

Finally broke down and actually tried out Chrome.

The quick reaction? I like it.

It’s pretty spare and not totally user friendly for this particular user, but it feels agile, websites look good, no Flash problems (hint go the Chrome features page and get the auto-download for the plug-in there) and feels a little quicker than my current IE install.

Update 8/29/09 — It’s definitely more quick and might end up my default browser. All in all I’m very impressed with Mountain View’s entry into the browser wars.

September 1, 2008

Google restarts browser war

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:24 pm

Interesting move from Mountain View:

Google Inc. plans to launch its own Web browser, people familiar with the matter said, in the latest twist in a battle with Microsoft Corp. over key Internet technologies.

The browser, called Google Chrome, is likely to be announced soon, according to these people. They say software is designed to make it easier and faster to browse the Web, by offering enhanced address-bar features and other elements that are very different from those on other browsers. The product will be open-sourced, meaning others can modify the code.

News of the project spread after an unconventional leak. Google Blogoscoped, a blog that follows the company, reported Monday that Google had sent it a comic book outlining the specifications of the browser – which include a new format for “tabs” and the ability to view Web pages as thumbnails.

The launch is a risky move for Google, which competes against Microsoft’s search service but has has so far refrained from taking on the near-monopoly of its Internet Explorer browser. While there has been speculation for years that Google has been working on a browser, the Internet company has preferred to focus on Web applications and supported other browsers trying to compete indirectly.

For the record, this move should not affect Google’s involvement with Mozilla/Firefox. The two groups recently extended their agreement to 2011.