why chrome is my new favorite browser

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Recently I started using Google Chrome. I downloaded it, tested a few things, and before you know it I was using it every time I wanted to go online, leaving my old standby FireFox unused and un-clicked.  I will attempt to organize the reasons for my switch into a bulleted list below:

  • It’s fast. You open the program, it displays.  The quicker I can get to my webpages, the quicker I can get to work.
  • It maximizes screen real estate.  I hate having my usable browser area cluttered by a bunch of toolbars I don’t want that came bundled with other stuff I did want. (Internet Explorer, I’m talking to you).  Chrome even goes so far as to use the top window bar (which is normally not used for anything except the program’s name and window controls) to put my tabs in when maximized.  I love that!  Every little bit of usable screen real estate helps when developing websites on my small laptop screen and I appreciate having those 20 or so vertical pixels back.
  • It comes with great developer tools.  FireFox has an add-on called Web Developer that I truly love for debugging websites, especially CSS.  But the built-in developer tools that come with Chrome blow it out of the water!  You can change CSS properties on any element and watch how the rendering changes, without re-uploading the CSS file.  And you don’t have to download an add-on to do it.  While I was writing this post, I used the real-time CSS modification abilities of Chrome’s developer tools to fix a problem with my WordPress theme that was chopping off the title of my posts if they got too long.
  • Did I mention it’s fast?
  • It’s simple.  It shows me what I need, and hides what I don’t.  It doesn’t bury clearing the cache in some tab in some dialog box, under the heading Temporary Internet Files (again, IE, I’m talking to you).
  • It has all the keyboard shortcuts I loved in FireFox and had gotten used to as a Web Developer.  Things like CTRL+SHIFT+DELETE to clear cache and cookies (essential for web development), CTRL+T for a new tab, CTRL+SHIFT+T to re-open the most recently closed tab (handy when you just closed something and realized you weren’t done with it yet).
  • Did I mention it’s fast?

Anyway, that’s all I can think of for now.  The list is in no particular order, and is not terribly thorough, but there you have it – my unofficial list of why Google Chrome beats the pants off of any other browser out there.  I still keep the other browsers installed on my machine to make sure the CSS I’m crafting works across browsers and doesn’t break my nice site layouts, but as far as day-to-day heavy lifting goes, Chrome is my new best friend.

kodak easy share nightmare

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Attention, Kodak EasyShare Wireless Digital Picture Frame users! Kodak has made it extremely easy to share what’s on your picture frame with everyone on the internet! Each picture frame has a unique RSS feed that includes its MAC address, and the frames have wi-fi capability built-in, so anyone on the Internet that has your feed URL can see ALL the pictures on your picture frame. There is even a chance that someone could modify the RSS URL of your picture frame and load pictures of their choosing on it – even before it gets out of the box. Read the original post here. Kodak, you need to think the security implications of a wifi-enabled digital picture frame before releasing it to the public!

lds criticism

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I just read a very informative article about what members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are to do in response to HBO’s portrayal of our sacred temple ordinances, or really in response to any criticism of the Church: nothing.
From the article:

As Catholics, Jews and Muslims have known for centuries, such attention is inevitable once an institution or faith group reaches a size or prominence sufficient to attract notice. Yet Latter-day Saints – sometimes known as Mormons – still wonder whether and how they should respond when news or entertainment media insensitively trivialize or misrepresent sacred beliefs or practices.

This is the problem – what do you do when your beliefs are criticized, put down, or otherwise blown out of proportion, without your consent and without context? (more…)

song about hope

Monday, April 20th, 2009


This song expresses my faith in and my hope for humanity. It is my hope that my music can bring hope and a little more brightness to a world too often darkened by cynicism, doubt, and fear. If you like it, please comment below!