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 1.0.154.53 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.

Ode to My Browser – or – Why I Love My Opera

Vincent: You know what the funniest thing about Europe is?
Jules: What?
Vincent: It’s the little differences. I mean they got the same shit over there that they got here, but it’s just – it’s just there it’s a little different.

— Vincent Vega (John Travolta), Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) – Pulp Fiction (1994)

Speed-Dial, mouse gestures and integrated search, three of the many features that made me love the Opera browserI was going to write a song about my web browser.
I was going to incorporate all its great features.
I was going to mention Speed-Dial.
I was going to mention mouse gestures.
I was going to mention integrated search.

But all these would not do it justice.
That’s when I was reminded of this Pulp Fiction quote. You see, it’s the little differences that make Opera an amazing browser. Example: When you click on a download link and the dialog box opens and asks you where to save the file – in Opera, the file transfer has already started, as its developers knows it would take you a few seconds to find the designated folder, and they thought it would be neat if they could save you the wasted time.

I have tried Firefox and it’s fine, and as long as you do not use the security hazard named Internet Explorer, in my book you are one of the good guys – but after using Opera for a couple of years now, I can honestly testify it is a web browser developed by people who love to surf the net.