I Want To Keep Using Firefox But Chrome Is So Good?!

When Google Chrome came out a few years ago my curiosity was piqued and I gave it a try. I’m a fan of most of the Google line of products (Gmail, Google Reader, etc) and thought this should be a half decent browser. It was built out of WebKit after all (the same open-source layout engine that is the foundation of the Safari browser). Well I was sadly disappointed and didn’t give it another look until about a year later. By then it was definitely better and was giving Safari a run for it’s money. But it still couldn’t quite match up to Firefox at the time. How times have changed.

One of the biggest issues for me with Google Chrome was that, though it was fast, it didn’t always behave correctly with every website I went to. Like Safari, it would have some issues with some site formats. One such site was WordPress.com. Firefox was able to render every website with no such problems. Its only problem, as has always been the case, was that it was sometimes sluggish. Especially if you used a lot of extensions. Because of this sluggish issue I would keep my extensions to a minimum and only used what I considered were essential.

While I kept plowing and waiting through the load times of web pages when navigating with Firefox, Chrome was quietly, and constantly, updating itself. Currently Firefox is now up to version 9.0.1; whereas Google Chrome is up to 16.0.912.63 in, at most, 3 years time. Chrome no longer seems to have those compatibility issues with websites and it’s still super fast when compared to Firefox (I’ve done the last few blog posts with Google Chrome with absolutely no problems). Chrome has also gotten extensions. Though Google’s library isn’t as extensive as Mozilla’s they have the same ones that I use on  Firefox and they haven’t affected the speed or efficiency of Chrome. I now find myself using Google Chrome more than ever before and Firefox has become a bit of an afterthought.

I usually don’t feel any loyalty ties with technology. I switch from PC and Apple without a thought except for what’s most convenient for me at the time. But with Mozilla, I feel like I’m letting them down. Firefox is built by a nonprofit organization that cares about a free and open Internet. They run a lot of programs to help steer the new generation to using the Internet in a lot of exciting new ways. They even have red pandas on webcam!

Do I abandon the cause of the everyman to use a browser that’s made by big corporation? Is the speed of Chrome enough for me to forgo my ideals because of the convenience of shaving seconds of load time? Maybe I’m making too big a deal of this. I don’t know. I haven’t removed Firefox from my dock but I’m using Chrome to write up this post. Make of that what you will.

Cute Overload Got Me Again

One of the many blogs that I rarely get a chance to catch up on in my Google Reader is Cute Overload. Last night, while I was killing some time in between dance breaks at a party (I don’t dance much so the breaks were many), I did some catching up. I’m a sucker for cats (I have two of my own) so obviously there is a bias but this video of a mother cat calming down her kitten from its nightmare was just too adorable for me to resist. Play it down below for yourself and see if you won’t melt. Answer: if you don’t find it the least bit adorable something may be wrong with you. Then again, I may just be biased.

Technology Is Making People Less Productive

I recently read an article from USA Today discussing how social media, emails and the like are costing companies millions a year because workers are less productive now than ever before. This isn’t a new argument. It’s been going on for years since social networks like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace first appeared. But it is a vital one.

I definitely find myself wondering where all the time has gone every passing day and week when I feel like I haven’t gotten much done. I also feel a undescribable need to make sure I get to all my emails, status updates, blogs in Google Reader, etc. It’s almost impossible for me to sleep if I see a number greater than 5 glaring at me in my inbox. With advancement in technology, specifically smartphones, I feel more compelled than ever before to check all my social media and internet stuff. Prior to having a smartphone I would only check at night when I got back home from work and occasionally during work on my lunch break. The creation of the smartphone has made me connected to all these distractions 24/7.

There are some days when I’m able to disconnect myself from my phone and not think about it at all. It was especially easier when I had deleted my Facebook account two times before. But social media isn’t going away anytime soon. We must learn to adapt to this new distraction as we have with others in the past (radio, tv, video games, etc). The novelty of constantly tweeting has definitely worn off a bit for me. Though newer check-in apps like Foursquare and GetGlue have recently made me get in the habit of tweeting my every whims, I have gotten a better grasp of them and only use them more seldom now. Moderation is the key as it always is for all things fun and distracting.