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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

COMMODITY FETISH FAIL

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Trib gearhead Eric Benderoff, reviewing the new Google browser Chrome*:

Browsers and search engines are not as exciting as new consumer goodies like a digital camera or the iPhone, devices you can hold in your hand while marveling at all the cool things they do. A browser is simply a gateway to information.

Not just as a Web editor, not just as a writer, but also as an Internet user since Lynx and NCSA Mosaic were the only browser options, I am dying inside.

Update: There's some heat on the Web about Chrome's EULA; some people are leaning towards the idea that it gives Google the right to reuse anything you create with or transmit through Chrome at the company's whim, but I'm leaning towards the idea that it's necessary language for most Google services like Reader and Picasa in order for you to be able to use them as designed ("store-and-forward network"), which has been perhaps lazily copied verbatim into Chrome's EULA, but I don't claim to know much about the application of EULAs. The discussion at ReadWriteWeb seems pretty reasoned.

*It's simple and clean; if you just need a browser to browse the Web it seems great, and running separate tabs as separate processes seems like a great idea. I can't tell you how it holds up under heavy use--it doesn't have the plug-ins I rely on, like TwitterFox, del.icio.us, and ForecastFox, and increasingly the very promising Ubiquity, which I suspect will be a deal-breaker for a lot of Firefox users for quite awhile. Also, as Lifehacker points out, it's virtually uncustomizable right now. PC World's roundup is good.

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