I really debated a few years back when I gave up my Linux desktop and moved back to Windows. Â I was a bit reluctant to do it, but I had just too many instances of clients needing me to run a Windows-only app, and then there was the blackberry/email integration, which truly only works well with a complete Outlook/Exchange/BES configuration. Â Keeping a VMware windows build running got in the way just enough to slow me down.
So I finally made the switch back in 2006.And I’ve regretted the move at times. Â Â Occasionally I’ll get an app freeze. Â Occasionally Windows will take 5 minutes to boot (I think it’s either my AV scan or else desktop search indexing). Â Â But by and large it’s been OK.
So, situations like Google releasing Chrome on Windows first, are the payoff for me. Â I get to play with some new technology, as opposed to being an envious onlooker. Â I really like Chrome so far. Â Â It’s fast, much faster than Â firefox or IE on a complicated site like say my bloglines feeds. Â Tabs appear quickly. Â The other feature I really like is the unified address/search bar. Â Just start typing man. Â Keep going until it pre-fills enough to cue you that you have the right entry, and hit return. Â If you wanted a search, it searches, if you wanted a URL, it goes to the site. Â Â It works very well, and reduces a lot of clutter from the multiple toolbars that I’ve collected on firefox.
So, today I switched Chrome to my default browser, and celebrated with my first post from Chrome.
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