Life on the Web, in the browser by Jack Hudson

Life in the modern browser

Google celebrated Chrome’s 2nd birthday with some lovely illustrations from Mike Lemanski and Jack Hudson. High-res versions linked to in this post.

Chrome the modern browser by Mike Lemanski

Chrome the modern browser by Mike Lemanski

Life on the Web, in the browser by Jack Hudson

Life on the Web, in the browser by Jack Hudson

Features I love:

  • Speed
  • Responsiveness
  • Clean interface (there are only 5 default buttons in the toolbar now: back, forward, refresh/stop, home [optional], options)
  • Installing extensions doesn’t require restarts
  • Crashing plugins don’t take down the whole browser
  • Tab to search
  • Selecting URLs lets you load them in new tabs instantly
  • “http://” and “www” are stripped from the address bar (but are there if you copy the URL)
  • Automatic and silent updates
  • Automatic language translation
  • Incognito mode
  • Chrome Experiments

Features I don’t really care for:

Features I wish it had:

  • Better @font-face rendering
  • A really good download manager
  • A keyboard shortcut for Paste and Go & Paste and Search

It really is the modern browser, and despite my hesitation at the start, it quickly became my default browser. I’ve gotten comfortable enough using Web Inspector, and not running every time to Firebug on Firefox to debug web pages.

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