Posts Tagged Browser

Yet (another) reason why I don’t like Google…

As someone who uses a computer on a daily basis to do my work (you tend to do that as a computer engineer and consultant), I have various Operating Systems installed and I also have various browsers installed. One of those browsers happens to be Google Chrome. Admittedly I rarely use it as I most frequent IE – and no it’s not because I’m a Microsoft “Fan Boy” or an MVP, I just find it easier to use, not to mention most websites are designed for it (for whatever reason)…Anyways, today I went out to get a new mouse mat as my new desk is reflective and my infrared mouse won’t track anywhere on it…Upon my return home, I was greeted with the following in my system tray:

google update or not

Hmm, “There’s a new version of Google Chrome available…Try it out (already installed)”. Ok, bells and whistles. New version, but it’s already installed you say…Did you install it or did I? If I did, is there really a new version? Is this from Google or is it some sort of Malware/Spyware and maybe my Security Essentials definitions are out of date…Let’s try the link and see what that returns (for those wondering, the link points to http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=150752).  Essentially that page says:

When Google Chrome hasn’t been used for an extended period of time, you may see a little pop-up appear on your screen, asking whether you want to give the latest version of the browser a try or whether you want to uninstall the browser from your computer. Since Google Chrome updates itself automatically, you’ll have a new and improved version of the browser waiting for you to try if you select the first option. If you decide that you’d rather not use Google Chrome, you can uninstall it. We hope you’ll tell us why in the survey you’ll get as part of the uninstall process.

Wow, so essentially that means Google has installed code on my system (even though when I installed it I wasn’t made aware of this nor did I have a choice to disable what is the “Google Update Service (gupdate)”). So similar to a time bomb, just waiting to go off, as it has today they have installed a service…Interesting as these guys are the ones who say Internet Explorer is doing wrong by being part of the Operating System…Last time I checked, I had options with Internet Explorer as to what it did, how often it did things and least of all, when it was running (and moreover, what data it is sending and when)…

So, Google, want to tell us what else your “Google Update Service (gupdate)” might be doing? I know one thing’s for sure…You won’t be getting any more data from my machine, as there is no more Chrome on it…

Oh, by the way, I uninstalled Chrome, yet guess what, you’re “Google Update Service (gupdate)” service is still there, albeit in the definition of it, it clearly states:

Keeps your Google software up to date. If this service is disabled or stopped, your Google software will not be kept up to date, meaning security vulnerabilities that may arise can’t be fixed and features may not work. This service uninstalls itself when there is no Google software using it.

Aah, how marketing companies like to lie, lie and lie again.

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Which Browser Would You Like?

As from March 1, Microsoft has been made to show a browser ballot screen in the European Union in order to give users more “choice” over their Internet browsing experience.  The BBC have covered this and contacted an “external source” Richard Quick, who is a web designer and is criticising the ballot choice for lack of options:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8545237.stm

Interestingly enough, I really see this as a PR stunt for Mr Quick, who’s website is linked from the BBC Article (It’s called Successful Sites) and on it says coming soon.  However, as a graphics designer, I’d like to pose a question to Mr Quick (who if he’s a designer – uses a Mac)…

Mr Quick, can you tell me which browser options you get when you use an Apple?  Answer: Safari only.  Why is that not an anti-trust lawsuit?

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Windows 7 to come with IE now in Europe (no E version after all!)

After feedback and numerous people saying how difficult it was going to be in order to get a browser on a box without one, Microsoft has decided to ship the same version of Windows 7 all around the world and bin the “E” version which was to be shipped in the EU browser-less.  It looks now as if the OS will ship with a portal (in IE) allowing you to select your browser upon running “the Internet” the first time.

"In the wake of last week’s developments, as well as continuing feedback on Windows 7 E that we have received from computer manufacturers and other business partners, I’m pleased to report that we will ship the same version of Windows 7 in Europe in October that we will ship in the rest of the world," deputy general counsel Dave Heiner said in a statement.

The commission had said it "welcomed" Microsoft’s move, also giving the software some confidence that it could ship Windows 7 with the browser included. If the commission accepts Microsoft’s proposal, it will fully implement that proposed ballot screen to Windows 7 buyers in Europe.

"One reason we decided not to ship Windows 7 ‘E’ is concerns raised by computer manufacturers and partners," Heiner said. "Several worried about the complexity of changing the version of Windows that we ship in Europe if our ballot screen proposal is ultimately accepted by the Commission and we stop selling Windows 7 ‘E’. Computer manufacturers and our partners also warned that introducing Windows 7 ‘E’, only to later replace it with a version of Windows 7 that includes IE, could confuse consumers about what version of Windows to buy with their PCs."

Read more over at C|Net

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IE 8 isn’t as bad as it’s being made out to be….really

browsers Firefox has recently released a new browser as has Apple in Safari and Opera are about to as well.  Quite a few people slate IE8 and say that it’s the worst of the lot…Well, LifeHacker have done some more tests to show that IE8 is one of the better all-rounders.  Google Chrome does quite well, but it’s not really that good at rendering, Firefox simply eats memory and well, Safari, you work better on your native hardware, so for the time being we probably won’t be seeing you in the PC arena…

The only question I would ask is why did they conduct the test with Windows XP?  That won’t be around much longer, and very few people who will be using these browsers will be using XP.  C’mon guys.  Make the tests a bit more real next time – why not even go out on a limb and try them on Windows 7 😉

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Coming to an OS Near You…

You might have read about IE 8 going RC 1 recently.  What else is also interesting is the EU’s potential decision to force Microsoft to ship another browser with Windows 7.  If we look at this in the big scheme of things I think it’s a step backwards – and no it’s not because I’m a Microsoft advocate…

What is the first thing most IT people do when they get a new machine?

Format it

Why?

To get rid of any extra bits of software that might be installed – a.k.a. bloatware.

Was it Microsoft’s original intentions to include IE components as part of the OS?

No

When you take programming classes, what’s the first thing you’re taught?

Reuse code when possible.

Hmm, logic clearly states then that is why IE is part of the OS – not because they’re trying to gain an unfair advantage on Firefox.  If people want to use Firefox, they’re going to, but is shipping it as part of the OS going to change things?  No, so why doesn’t the EU focus on more pressing issues, like the economy, language barriers, new member states, etc…

What’s next EU?  If I install Office 2007 are you going to require Microsoft to ship Open Office on the same DVD and install Java components as part of the install too?

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If Google won’t do it, we will

Ah, the joys of the Internet, free speech and the way people are the way they are.  What am I on about?  A week or so ago, I posted about Google’s new Chrome Browser (and the pretty comic book they deployed with it).  One of the main complaints I had about it was there was no Mac version and it was “coming soon”.  Well, don’t give computer geeks what they want and, well, they’ll develop it themselves.  Queue CrossOver Chromium.

CrossOver Chromium is a proof-of-concept release using Wine to show how the Google Chrome browser does work and can easily be ported to the Mac platform.  CrossOver says they did this to prove a point.  It seems Google would like to run Chrome natively in Mac OSX and not via CrossOver and they were after the Windows market first…however, here’s just to show it can be done.

Good on ya CrossOver.

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Browsers and Petrol

So today in the UK we’ve been told that the raw price of petrol has dropped 25% yet we’re paying more.  Recently here at 227 Volts we’ve been talking about beta browsers.  What do those two have to do with the price of fish?  Petrol makes you go and browsing is all about who can go fast, so here we go…who goes fastest?

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The Google Comic Book – a.k.a. Chrome Browser

So over on the official Google blog today, they say they’ve got a “Fresh take on browsing”…introducing Google Chrome.  A browser with comic book appeal….

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