Posts Tagged ‘Chrome’

Browsers: Best of

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

For posterity, I’ve decided to make a list of all the features browsers have that should be mimicked in all those other browsers. Keep in mind that some have duplicates, just so I didn’t have to add additional ‘combination’ entries. Anything missing would be welcome.

  • IE8: Hideable menu bar, Web Slices, Accelerators, Tab Isolation, Compatibility View, Offline Mode
  • Firefox: Extensions, Offline Mode
  • Chrome: ‘Application’ interface, Full-Themed (no native title bar), Start Page, Tab Isolation,
  • Safari: Document Inspector
  • Opera: Mouse Gestures
  • Others:

Installed Web-Apps

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

These past few days, there has been a topic in the WHATWG about somehow making web apps run in the background, so we can always have them on — the way you have your email always on.

While searching around for an answer, I realized I’ve basically been doing that very thing for a number of days: I have a web-page saved as an application using Google Chrome.

When you use Chrome’s “Create application shortcut…” option, you’re left with a shortcut that tries to look like it’s for an application. When you open it, you get a very minimal UI: A favicon (that can be pressed for options), the title, and the caption buttons. The rest of the window is there for the application.

This is basically just a redesigned tab. You can select an option to turn it back into a tab, and you can drag it back into the browser. But it remembers its size and position when you close it, and you can use Google Gears with some applications to store data on your system.

I’ve been using the Chrome applications with Google Reader. I know there are some feed readers that actually are applications, but I think Chrome is my favourite application. The width limit isn’t stupid like it is in TweetDeck, and the UI isn’t cludgy like it is in the Windows Live collection.
Google Reader opens up in a thin, tall window on the right side of my screen. In the title bar is the text, “Google Reader,” as well as the number of new feeds.
It checks for new feeds every couple of minutes, and I just need to look at the Taskbar button to see how many.

There are only two things wrong with this setup:
1) I have to look for it, which is fine enough for my reader, but wouldn’t be good for something like an IM client or email. It needs notification.
2) I have this big button sitting in the Taskbar when I’m trying to search through for folders I have open. I’d love if I could minimize it to the notification area, and it could notify me when it found new things.

As it stands, I would love for Google Reader to play a sound when it found something new. It could do that.

I might try to make some sort of web app, soon, that works well with the Chrome application shortcuts.

System Requirements

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

I recently wondered what the system requirements for Chrome were, (can it be used on those older machines, in place of things like IE6/IE7 or FF2?) so I searched it up on Google. According to Google itself:

Google Chrome is currently available for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or later and Windows Vista. Download Google Chrome and try it today.

Okay, and…? CPU? RAM? Hard-drive?

Firefox, meanwhile, puts it like this:

Operating Systems
Windows 2000
Windows Vista
Minimum Hardware
Pentium 233 MHz (Recommended: Pentium 500MHz or greater)
64 MB RAM (Recommended: 128 MB RAM or greater)
52 MB hard drive space
Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.4 and later
Minimum Hardware
Macintosh computer with an Intel x86 or PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor
128 MB RAM (Recommended: 256 MB RAM or greater)
200 MB hard drive space

While looking around, I found this unanswered question on or similar: “How do you center a div in Google Chrome?”

Chrome 2.0(.x.x)

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Chrome 2 is out!
To this day (but no longer!) I’ve been hesitant to point people to Chrome.
“Chrome is great,” I’d say, “but…”
Not only did it have no support for extensions, but it also rendered some things badly. Certain selectors didn’t do quite what they were supposed to, and the big header image at Unstoppable Robot Ninja would turn opaque and grey and really ugly when you hovered over it. Overall, the browser really WAS a 1.0 — it worked, but it had bugs and was lacking all sorts of features.

All fixed! At least, all the ones I was keeping an eye out for are fixed. They also implemented full-screen, which was something I had missed. I had resorted to using IE8 for full-screen, because firefox doesn’t fill the entire screen.
I remember when Chrome didn’t work with Hotmail. I’m not sure if the older version still doesn’t, but 2.0 does (I just tried it).
And on top of that all, they’re starting to get extension support.

So, as of today, Chrome is my official browser-of-choice. If someone needs extentions, I’ll refer them to Firefox, but otherwise I’ll talk about Chrome and how it’s faster and slimmer and simpler.

At the moment, I’m basking in the glory of surfing full-screen on an HD monitor with the zoom set way up to double-size.

Old Selectors and New computers

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Is it wrong that I see the following

*:first-child+html p {font-size: 5em; }

And burst into laughter? I swear, I laugh every time I see it.


Early prototypes
At least three prototypes were unveiled for Android at the Mobile World Congress on 12 February 2008. One prototype at the ARM booth displayed several basic Google applications. A ‘d-pad’ controls zooming of items in the dock with a relatively quick response.[citation needed]
A prototype at the Google IO conference on May 28, 2008 had a 528 MHz Qualcomm processor and a Synaptics capacitive touchscreen and used the UMTS cellular standard. It had a 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB of flash.[citation needed]

I’m sure you know where I got the quote from. But take a look at those numbers: 528MHz? 128MB RAM? That’s as good as or better than computers ten years ago. I think the screens are getting to be VGA, now, too.
So there you go. I’d love to take one of those things back in time and casually pull it out as geeks are gushing about their latest-and-greatest 400MHz processors.

Oh, and another thing? Chrome has beaten out Opera in market share, and it’s only a few months old.