Why Google Chrome is Full of Rust – and Why I Use it Anyway

First things first, let me get this off my chest: if you use Internet Explorer you’re a moron. No two ways about it. I am sorry if I offend you, but using IE is the cyber equivalent of driving a Hummer, as the amount of pollution you leave behind you (viruses, trojans etc.) makes you a menace to society. If you are one of the 45% of people for whom IE is the main or only browser of choice – then:
a. Yes, you are a moron.
b. Instead of reading this post, do yourself a favor and read my very short post titled ‘Basic Computer Hygiene‘. I wrote it with you in mind.

Okay, next:
If you do not use IE, then you are my friend. I have been using Opera for years, but if you are a Firefox person, a Safari person, whatever it is – as long as you are not a ‘default’ person, we’re cool.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming:
When Google released their browser back in September 2008, I dismissed it at first as I just love my Opera browser. Then I had a chance to test it on a friend’s computer and it seemed nice enough for me to try it for a week. After a week I missed my old browser so much that I had to switch back. But the relationship had changed. No matter how much I tried, I could not ignore this painful truth: due to its better rendering engine, browsing with Google Chrome is much much faster. That, and that alone, is the reason why I switched again and now use Chrome as my main browser.

Opera, the only browser developed by people who really like to surf the web, has a killer interface, so while I do enjoy the browsing speed offered by Chrome, here is a list of options I miss everyday (in a descending order of importance):

  Google Chrome Browser Opera Browser
Browser Google Chrome Opera
Version 9.63
Mouse gestures No Yes
Ad blocking No Yes
Paste and go mouse only Yes
Cycle tabs by a single keystroke No Yes
Save session No Yes
Fixed speed dial No Yes
Ask before closing browser No Yes
Search results in a new tab No Yes
Zooming text only Yes
Image properties No Yes
Temporarily turn off Java or Flash No Yes

Update: Google Chrome v2 features full zooming (text and objects).
October, 2009: After giving Chrome a decent shot, I can wholeheartedly say that Opera is the only browser for me.

2 thoughts on “Why Google Chrome is Full of Rust – and Why I Use it Anyway”

  1. I love chrome. I had been using firefox and over time it got slower…and slower…….and sloooooower. Part of that was surely my fault, given add-ons. And I’m not jockeying a super-fast quad core this or that, but something had to change. That’s when chrome came into my life. And I suspect (but don’t know) that the reason it’s so fast and snappy is the fact that it DOESN’T do all the things you note to be missing. I love the fact that it’s a very stripped down piece of software. Just what my 8 year-old PC needs. Bells and whistles be damned! Give me fast and snappy any day.

  2. I use Chrome for a couple months now, and I’m already addicted. I converted from IE because of a) spell check, b) incognito (for moonlighting purposes), c) bookmarks bar, and d) enhanced tabbed browsing (or whatever it’s called. It’s the feature that allows you to separate tabs and expand into a new window and to merge back.) IE will catch up, but Microsoft will have to work hard to win me back. The shortcoming is that many sites still don’t offer full support for Chrome. You cannot instant-watch Netflix movies on Chrome, for example.

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