A nerdish dilemma

I’ve mentioned it on some previous posts already, I’m a long-time Firefox addict. Everywhere I go, and on all computers I work, I’ve installed a version of Fx3, and on most including my favourite plugins.
Maybe I’m a tad late with this, but since the release of the thing, I’ve been using Google Chrome on my work-laptop.

What can I say about it?
It works differently, it looks differently and it lacks some of the functionality Firefox has or gained which I find necessities for a browser.
To start off with Chrome: the interface is, well, let’s put it this way, radically different. I’m not exactly chuffed with the tabs being on top, although it has an interesting side-effect: I’m constantly clicking on my top-hidden RocketDock. 😉 (Google it!)
The browser itself feels really smooth and, as promised, the Javascript-engine and renderer work really fast. Even though comparisons have been made and show it’s not true, it feels that way. Concerning the memory-consumation of both browsers (Fx3 and Chrome) I can be quite short: when browsing with several tabs open, it does not differ much.
My Fx peaks at about 200 megs, while Chrome does about the same. In fact, it’s a 10% difference, but those 20 megs are only a small part of the 1GB I’m currently working with. An unnoticeable difference. (Well, for me that is.)

As Chrome is open source, the project shares (unstable) builds of the browser under a different name. You know there’s Google Chrome, but the OS-version is Chromium. The dev-builds of Chromium can be found here, and the changelog is here. The difference between Chromium and Chrome is the fact it’s unbranded, and there’s a whole lot of bugs solved in the unstable builds. Furthermore, there’s no need to use the installer, so you can just download the zip-file and unpack&run. Yay for ease of use on that point!

I’m not churning out advice here, but would like to say every internet enthusiast should try Chrome (or Chromium) for a testdrive once. It’s no complete browser (yet), but it’s a nice experience. i’m hoping for some lendig and loaning amongst the Chromium and Mozilla communities which hopefully lead to a merger of the best of both browsers…


Well, I was wrong…

So we went to France, right?

We figured our camping just had to be filled with those French people, talking nothing but french to us. And we figured it would be really old-school and dirty all over.
In short, we’re wrong.

I’m typing this right now from our campsite, sitting on a remarkably well-kept part of the campsite, with the impression of those French to be quite nice people.

To further sum up our stay: it’s not as sunny as we hoped for, not as warm as we hoped for, and not as mountany as we hoped for.
Maybe I’ll post some pics soon!

I'm Online!

You’ve probably heard it from others, migrating from an ISP to another or new subscribers on a blank line tend to go horribly wrong.
Missed deadlines, defective modems, weird connection issues, finger-pointing among the ISP and line-supplier, etc. The horror-stories are well-known and occur too often.

Not for me though, I’ve had the most fluent installation possible.
Scenario: new (blank) analog line, new subscription with third-party supplier. Pretty simple.

I’ve applied for a DSL-subscription a month ago, and got notice from the ISP that the subscription would be ready the 7th of August. Yesterday, the line was supplied and I installed my modem. (5 minutes  and 3 cables of work)
It all worked straight out of the box!

And to top it all: the ISP is only charging me from the 5th day of subscription, so that’s 6 days of free internet for me! 🙂
Maybe I’m lucky, maybe there are nags i’m about to find afterwards, but for now the ISOP charges me €15,- per month for their 20mb-max line. Too bad I’m too far away from the DSLAM to get that speed, and my modem is only showing about 8mbits of speed.

Oh well, we’ll see what happens if I reroute the cables inside our house.  😉

Microsoft vs. Firefox3: finally resolved?

It took them quite a while though, but finally the update to Windows Live Mail has been pushed to the mailserver my account resides on.

No more Mail Classic, but the enhanced version that has been available to Firefox 2.x users for ages, and has been made unavailable for the Firefox3.x users. It seems to have been a browser-detection issue over at Microsoft, but they’ve managed to fix it.
Yay! I’m a happy camper. 😉