Posted on Sun 06 December 2009

Although Firefox has been my default browser for several years, every so often I try out alternative browsers. A couple of weeks ago I started to use Chromium (developer builds of Google's Chrome browser) for OS X and it has now become my default browser.

Google has an obsession ...

Although Firefox has been my default browser for several years, every so often I try out alternative browsers. A couple of weeks ago I started to use Chromium (developer builds of Google's Chrome browser) for OS X and it has now become my default browser.

Google has an obsession with speed. In fact, they have found that a .4 second delay in delivering search results causes a 30% drop in click throughs. They started working on Chrome to deliver a browser that is fast and secure. It also offers some other advatages such as isolating each tab or window into separate processes. This means if a tab or window crashes, it only affects that tab or window. Bookmarks can now be synched with your Google account, and extensions are starting to become available.

One of my requirements for a browser is the ability to run multiple profiles. I have one browser set for personal use and one set for professional use (I do try to separate the two, although it is difficult at times). Chrome supports multiple profiles, so now I can launch the default profile which contains my personal settings and I can launch a Mr_rcollins profile which contains my professional settings.

I've found that Chromium launches faster than any other browser I've tried. After using it for two weeks, it feels so much quicker than Firefox 3.5.5.
Although Firefox has been my default browser for several years, every so often I try out alternative browsers. A couple of weeks ago I started to use Chromium (developer builds of Google's Chrome browser) for OS X and it has now become my default browser.

Google has an obsession with speed. In fact, they have found that a .4 second delay in delivering search results causes a 30% drop in click throughs. They started working on Chrome to deliver a browser that is fast and secure. It also offers some other advatages such as isolating each tab or window into separate processes. This means if a tab or window crashes, it only affects that tab or window. Bookmarks can now be synched with your Google account, and extensions are starting to become available.

One of my requirements for a browser is the ability to run multiple profiles. I have one browser set for personal use and one set for professional use (I do try to separate the two, although it is difficult at times). Chrome supports multiple profiles, now I can launch the default profile which contains my personal settings and I can launch a Mr_rcollins profile which contains my professional settings. I've had Firefox set up for this for over a year and it works pretty well.

I've found that Chromium launches faster than any other browser I've tried. After using it for two weeks, it feels so much quicker than Firefox 3.5.5. You can learn more about Google Chrome here;. I use the Techcrunch Chromium Updater to grab the latest builds for OS X since Google hasn't released an official beta yet for OS X.


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