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Google advertises Chrome

How committed is Google to driving Chrome adoption? They’re running TV ads to get people to try it out. Farhad Manjoo speculates on why people aren’t adopting Chrome, but not so much on why Google really wants them to adopt it. I don’t think anyone has really explained what Google hopes to gain by driving adoption of its own browser — and clearly, given the TV ads, they are very committed to this project.

For what it’s worth, I think it’s far too early to write off Chrome. Google needs to worry about winning over the alpha geeks. If they can do that, larger adoption is almost certain a few years down the road.

Links from March 30th

Links from March 23rd

There are a whole ton of links in the backlog today.

John Gruber reviews Safari 4

John Gruber today posted a lengthy review of Safari 4. If you’re keeping score at home, I:

  • Agree with his request to bring back the Safari 3 progress indicator.
  • I like the way the new tabbed interface looks, but I agree with nearly all of his complaints about the difficulties they present for users.
  • His complaints about the tab colors are something I’d never have noticed, but I agree should be rectified.
  • I love the new Top Sites feature, and I didn’t even know you could edit the list or that it checks for updates to those sites automatically.

All things considered, I’m pretty sure Apple should hire Gruber as QA lead for Safari. If nothing else, I hope the QA folks at Apple are reading his blog and filing bug reports.

Links from February 25th

Links from January 26th

Read the Chrome EULA

Looks like there’s a huge rights grab in the Google Chrome end user license. These overly broad agreements are common and do not seem to be abused very often, but I think they’re still worth noting.

The Google Browser

A beta version Google’s Web browser, Chrome, will be released tomorrow. It’s based on WebKit (the same engine used by Safari) and will feature a new JavaScript engine.

I’m kind of curious about the name. Is it a joke on the fact that the biggest difference between the major browsers these days is the chrome?

Is the new browser war between WebKit and Gecko (the Firefox engine)? I’m pretty excited by the renewed competition on the browser front, with Microsoft taking Internet Explorer seriously again, and Apple, Google, and Mozilla all competing hard in the browser market. (The fact that Opera continues to innovate and lead is notable as well.)

I’d also add that the heavy lifting on the standards advocacy front that has taken place over the years is what set the table for us to now be entering something of a golden age of Web browsers.

Update: John Resig on how Google Chrome will manage processes, and the implications thereof:

The blame of bad performance or memory consumption no longer lies with the browser but with the site.

Update: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Scott McCloud’s comic book announcing the browser. It must be nice to have the resources to do this sort of thing.

The headless browser

Adrian Holovaty is looking for information on how to run a state of the art browser engine in a headless fashion. Basically he wants programmatic access to all of the DOM information that you can get at through Firebug (or any decent DOM inspector).

I don’t know what he’s using it for, but you could use such a system to write an awesome testing tool. I suspect the overhead would not be worth it for most projects.

There are already a bunch of good ideas in the comments. Definitely worth reading.

Links for April 19

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