Tag Archives: Google Chrome

Hackers Anthem

If you’re hacker you will understand these (without clicking on links!). I call it the Hackers Anthem, and I wrote it today just thinking about what it means to be a ‘hacker’ nower-days. I want to start a project and GPL this and allow others to add to it.

  • I can make money by using tubes that get hit on all day.
  • I blog that Haiti and mail is not hexed and mail, and that si` es yes is not in Spanish, but in English.
  • Many will benefit once they reddit.
  • I build stand hard tables, and it’s helped me to spread my handle throughout the Twitterverse.
  • I live out of backpacks and drink java and my office is always open.
  • I only get charged low payments, under two dollars, to work at Pikes Peak!
  • I press word with.each(key).chain.
  • I know the only function(‘of a function(is to be a function(){for (i<3; to style selectors on a dark canvas && a bespin theme; plus plus) I know Code is Poetry;})’){that returns nothing sometimes.}
  • I’ll Google php.net all day determined to make my F5 fade away, because that’s the life (of a) hacker.
  • Let me take command and I’ll have a shell of a good time!
  • I’ll samba and share the good vi -b before I | exit.
  • I make cookies that taste like wowsers, that I virtually tested until I’m, finally refreshed.
  • I’ll do 6-8 which are not that great. But, I’ll do 9, but not 10, and never have to do it again.
  • I’ll get a little foxy and shine my chrome while I’m on Safari.
  • You are in hell when you try and navigate for seven points though.
  • I’ll get people who hate this.style love this.style.
  • I have faced the books have a pro for a while.
  • In word, hackers unyte when I hit enter there, but I’m never ūüôā when I copy from there.

Coding Wars

So I haven’t really been doing any coding the last few months. The majority of my work has been working on computer systems and such. But, recently, I’ve been doing more coding. Also, during my time of absence, I decided to use Google Chrome and Vim sometime along the way. I wanted to check out Chrome and give it a fair try and learn more Vim/Vi. But, today I was coding a website using Google Chrome/Web Tools and Vim and ended up frustrated and not getting any work done until I decided to go back to my old ways…

Vim

Vim is very frustrating. All I had to do was hit a few wrong keys and I could really get frustrated with Vim. Although I found a few features useful (not really features that couldn’t be found in other editors), it was just to cumbersome to use for development. On a server environment it totally makes sense, but in a desktop environment it is clunky. I know it is powerful, I was able to customize tons of stuff- but unless you know where or how to customize it, it really is hard to customize.

Chrome

Chrome is fast! No doubt about it. But, once I really started trying to edit a page, Chrome just kept getting glitchier and glitchier. Chrome is a great browser for regular Internet browsing use. I just inserted an image into my WordPress post and realized I haven’t re-sized an image in the editor in months!

Going Back

But the moment came when, in my frustration, I brought up my typical Notepad++/Firefox/Firebug setup. I spent all day getting tons of coding work done than I have the last two weeks using Chrome and Vim. I had almost forgot how comfortable I was using this as my primary setup.

Bandwagon

I really feel like I just totally got on the bandwagon when it came to Chrome and Vim. I know Vim is useful, I know Chrome is powerful. But, when it comes down to getting real work done, being on the bandwagon was actually a bumpy ride.

Back to the Fox; Firefox vs Google Chrome

This morning I hit ‘Yes’ when Firefox asked me if I wanted to make it my default web browser. To tell the truth, I missed it, and Google Chrome just isn’t there yet. It’s fast, for sure.¬† But, it’s buggy. I wonder if anyone else has noticed it, but often my plugins crash, Chrome suddenly quits, and I swear I click close on accident and all my tabs are gone, just like that (annoying!).

Initially, I went to Chrome to try it out.¬† Just to really give it a shot, check it out. Being a web-developer of sorts, I think it’s important to really know your browsers. But, I have to admit, I had a bit of a bandwagon moment too. Seems everyone is using Chrome (including Dave Shea, which really got me thinking about the quality of the browser), and I thought it at least deserved a fair chance on my computer. Its speed was what really put me over to give it a try and I’ve been using it for about four months or so. Oh, and the syncing features were also handy- but I will be trying Mozilla Sync until Firefox 4 comes out (just installed).

I just (just now) re-sized the image in this post, something Chrome would not let me do. I think Chrome has a lot of big things going for it, but a lot of small things it doesn’t (such as resizing that image). Firefox just seems to have the history required to have all those fine-details polished over. Using developer tools in Google Chrome is both a powerful thing and a nightmare. It takes forever to load, the user interface is clunky and slow. One of the main reasons I even installed Firefox this morning was because, constantly, Google Chrome’s developer tools (webkit) crash and I’m left with a blank area where it used to be. I have to shut down the whole window and start all over. Firebug is just way more comfortable, fast, and high-end if you ask me.

So, I will be using Firefox again- and, of course, I will share my experience (and, maybe, what I miss about Chrome). I think giving all these browsers (not sure if I will ever give IE or Opera their deserved time, but who knows) really helps give you a real impression of what you want.

Webkit, Chrome, Gecko, Oh My!

Screenshot of Google Chrome and Google Gears

Screenshot of Google Chrome and Google Gears

Right now I am in Google Chrome (for Linux, on Ubuntu 9.10) and it runs so much faster. It is incredible the kind of heavy¬†“aura” Firefox creates vs. practically any browser that runs Webkit (even Epiphany). I like fast, light, simple browsers that are concerned with making the web “just work.” Chrome does this in a¬†variety¬†of ways, and for those who use it, they know what I am talking about.

Lately, I have been griping about offline access to information and offline apps and pages. I’ve been looking more into HTML5, and it looks like that is where they are headed (those people are so dang smart). But, as of now, on Linux, in a Webkit browser (Chrome), I can’t use [say] Google Calendar offline. I can use when online, and it runs like a dream. But, I can’t really run it offline. Firefox is so slow and clunky, not to mention a resource hog, that just watching a movie or loading up Gmail or Google Calendar takes a while. (Don’t worry, I’m still happy the 56k days are behind us.)

But, for now I have made Chrome my default browser and will use Firefox to load up Google Calendar and the like (using Gears) when I am offline. But, I thought I would just talk a little bit about how¬†immensely¬†comforting it is to be in a Webkit browser! I’m not sure if there is really anything wrong with this – I mean, thanks Firefox for still being there for me when it comes to features and plugins.

Sometimes I wish Firefox would just move to Webkit. (Although, I do realize what a pain that would be.)