Ever wonder Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM? Lifehacker has the answer. (May 21)
“So you know why Chrome uses lots of RAM, and you know that sometimes that’s okay. But if it’s causing slowdowns, you have two solutions: lower Chrome’s RAM usage or buy more RAM for your computer.”
Shift+Esc while Chrome is open will show you what Chrome is doing.
Sometimes searchers outside of the United States want google.com and not their country version. Here is a workaround in Chrome to provide the option to search Google.com. Could use a similar approach in Firefox.
How to Force Google Chrome to Use Google.com Instead of Country Specific Version, Jennifer Slegg, TheSEMPost (May 19)
Here’s a quick check to do before clicking on “I agree” to those long, dense user agreements. This tool converts the legalize to understandable English.
PrivacyCheck Offers Free Tool to Analyze Privacy Policies, University of Texas (May 5)
The Center for Identity, a research organization at The University of Texas at Austin, today released PrivacyCheck, a free browser extension that scans privacy policies online and illustrates the risk of sharing personal data with any given company. Currently available for Chrome users, PrivacyCheck gives users a simple, fast way to make informed decisions about privacy.
The right extensions to a browser tailored to your needs will make all the difference. There will surely be a couple from this list for privacy, for access, for clipping content (Evernote), managing passwords, and even photo editing.
Google Gold: 15 Essential Chrome Extensions, Dave Parrack, Make Use Of (April 1)
The designers of the Chrome browser are experimenting with a reader-mode button that will make a web page more readable on both mobile and desktop. Hallelujah – an antidote to cluttered pages with crazy fonts, boxes, and ads.
Google is working on a Chrome reading mode, try it out, Jessica Condiit, EnGadget (Feb 25)
Posting has instructions on how to activate this using the DOM Distiller in Chrome.
There is also the Readability app.
The Chrome address bar does much more than urls, search, and math. It will even serve to browse folders on your computer, and to drag and drop search.
The Secret Powers of Chrome’s Address Bar, Thorin Klowski, Lifehacker (Oct 29)
Which browser is best – Chrome, Firefox, or Opera; and if you choose Firefox, what are some add-ons that no other browser offers?
Browser Wars: Firefox vs. Chrome vs. Opera, The Definitive Benchmark, by Matt Smith (July 2)
– examines scalability of text, images, performance.
7 Extensions Firefox Users Love That No Other Browser Has, by Joel Lee (July 1)
– Tree Style Tab sounds interesting
– Firebug is an excellent tool for web page developers
This review for the upcoming new version of Firefox will make Chrome users take another look. Myself – I have my feet firmly planted in both camps.
Now is the time to switch back to Firefox, Jack Shofield, ZDNet (Apr 22)
Mark the passage about “Chrome’s heavy consumption of memory and other resources”. It leaves those tabs open forever.
Also – absolutely true — “Firefox is also better at using multiple search engines. You can still search from the address bar (Awesome Bar), as with Chrome, but Firefox also has a separate search box. This makes it easier to use different search providers, by picking them from the dropdown list. You can also add website-specific search engines. Amazon, eBay, Twitter and Wikipedia are defaults, but you can add many more: there are thousands. However, the default Google makes the search box a handy calculator.”
Use the Chrome address bar for running specialized searches by setting up own custom search engines. This goes beyond adding a favourite site to search such as IMdb. This article shows how to set up very specific tools such as Google Translate, Yahoo Finance, Facebook search, whois, and many more.
How To Create Custom Search Engines In Google Chrome To Boost Productivity by Mahesh Mohan, Minterest (Nov 7, 2013)
There are some features in the Chrome browser you’ll want to know about.
Google Chrome’s top 10 hidden features by Daniel Johnson, The Telegraph
“From the iPad interface to quick calculations, Daniel Johnson brings you 10 of Google Chrome’s best hidden features.”
Especially note incognito mode:
if you are concerned about privacy and the amount of information collected by Google when you are browsing, incognito mode stops Chrome from storing information about the websites you have visited. It still has your bookmarks but the sites you visit will not be stored in your browser history.
Use CTRL-Shift-N to open an incognito window.