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The Chrome Conundrum - Blind, not dumb.

Oct. 21st, 2013 01:16 pm The Chrome Conundrum

Originally published at Blind, Not Dumb. You can comment here or there.

I Love/Hate Chrome!

Having used the Chrome browser regularly for a couple of years now, I really love quite a number of things about it.

  • It’s fast
  • The developer tools are superb
  • It has a vibrant user community, including a number of very smart people whose opinions I respect who are also huge fans

However, its implementation under Mac OS X, my operating system of choice, is rather flawed in a number of respects that drive me crazy:

  • Its external monitor support is awful.  If I have Chrome open on my Macbook Pro, then disconnect my external monitor and go to a meeting, all my windows have vanished into la-la land, and no amount of killing and restarting Chrome will bring them back.  Also, creating new windows fails silently as well, I presume Chrome thinks the windows are going to the external monitor which is no longer connected.
  • No easy, native Java support! I know, I know, I can just about hear the hipster geeks rolling their eyes at this, but face it kiddos, Java was running mission critical systems while you were in diapers.  It’s not dead, it’s not going away, and it’s an incredibly useful tool – for Chrome on OS X to not natively support Java in the browser is unforgivable.
  • Unresponsive developers – Check out the Chromium bug list and you’ll see droves of OS X users screaming for Java support – and dead silence from the developers.

I haven’t yet made the decision to switch back to Firefox full-time, but they’re certainly driving me in that direction.  I loved Firefox for years until I fell in love with Chrome’s speed, sleek design and awesome devtools.


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Date:October 21st, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Don't forget: “This is an invalid certificate and we're going to tell you about it EVERY FUCKING TIME you hit a site, and there's no way to say 'Yes, I know. I'm ok with it' and we know better than you and will just say 'You should install valid certs on your black-box consumer gear, or your high end black-box gear, or whatever, because fuck you, that's why.'”

Yes, Chrome annoys me. Enough so that I only use it when I need something FX or Safari doesn't handle well.

Date:October 21st, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
Google's Chrome developers don't care (or have been instructed not to care) about anything but Chrome on Android and ChromeOS. Any request for a change that would make Chrome deviate from those two platforms is either ignored or marked "WontFix".
Date:October 22nd, 2013 09:57 am (UTC)