September 6, 2008

Google Chrome

Thanks to Jay for leading me to Google Chrome! I downloaded it yesterday and have been using it, but since I was oh-so-serious yesterday, I couldn't very well blog about Chrome then. Of course, I haven't uncovered all of Chrome's secrets yet.

So far, I loved the fact that it imported my favorites without much fanfare. I haven't made it my default browser. It's still in beta. Plus I already feel like I cheated on Firefox for trying out Chrome!

Anyway, Chrome has the MOST VISITED page on startup. No need to explain what it is. There's a link in the page "Show full history" and it gives you the option to delete the history for the day. On the right side of the MOST VISITED page, there's a SEARCHES field (default to Google, of course, but also includes Yahoo, LiveSearch, AOL and Ask) and the RECENT BOOKMARKS. Nothing earth-shattering, but possibly useful.

You can move the tabs from left to right, probably if you're anal on the order of websites you view, like if you want it alphabetical, a jumbled mess or goodness knows what. I tried to drag one of the tabs to the middle of the screen and voilĂ ! A new window! Niiiice! I dragged it again back to where the other tabs were waiting and it was back in place. Double niiiiice!

However, I've noticed that unlike Firefox, there's no OPEN ALL IN TABS for my bookmarked sites. Arrrgh! I use that feature when checking other people's blogs, etc. Maybe there's such a similar feature that I haven't discovered yet. I surely hope so!

I did find the "incognito window" interesting. When I clicked on it, this message appeared:

"You've gone incognito. Pages you view in this window won't appear in your browser history or search history, and they won't leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be preserved, however.

Going incognito doesn't affect the behavior of other people, servers, or software. Be wary of:

- Websites that collect or share information about you
- Internet service providers or employers that track the pages you visit
- Malicious software that tracks your keystrokes in exchange for free smileys
- Surveillance by secret agents
- People standing behind you"

Funny eh? But so far, useless to me. Maybe in the future. I admit, I DID love the little graphic on the upper left-hand side of the incognito window. So cute!

So that's my "review" of Google Chrome based on my experience with it yesterday and today. Cheers!

UPDATE: My husband just showed me how to open all bookmarks by right-clicking on the bookmarks folder! Woo hoo!

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