Google Chrome: watch this space

Google is releasing its own browser, called Chrome, tomorrow. They accidentally broke the embargo on it early when the really quite clever and well-done comic book explaining their rationale behind releasing a browser was delivered early to a German blogger. On the basis of this comic book and a bunch of screenshots, a billion pundits are weighing in on the decision and the browser and its future. I have to say it looks really, really exciting, but in the absence of any further insight, I am going to wait to try it out before blogging about it and what I think it means for the future of the web.
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Just one of those things

When heterosexual people buy beer, they don't need to consider whether the beer company is sponsoring efforts to take your rights away.
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US Presidential Debate schedules, 2008

It took me a while to find a list of the Presidential debates for this election, so I'm re-posting them here, mainly for my own reference. #debates { margin-bottom: 1em; } #debates thead td { font-size: 80%; border-bottom: 1px solid #bbb; } #debates td { font-size: 110%; padding: 0.4em; padding-top: 0.1em; padding-bottom: 0.2em; } Date Subject Moderator Friday, 2008-09-26 Foreign policy and national security Jim Lehrer Tuesday, 2008-10-07 Town-hall meeting Tom Brokaw Wednesday, 2008-10-15 Domestic and economic policy Bob Schieffer There is also a single vice-presidential debate schedule for 2008-10-02, moderated by Gwen Ifill.
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Google Chrome: that full review already

So after using Google chrome for a few weeks, it's finally time for me to give a proper review of it, both as a browser and as a strategic move by Google. Let's start with the technical stuff: The good Chrome is fast. Like crazy fast. I'm not sure exactly how it manages this trick -- I suspect preloading of the browser -- but there's no denying the results. Firefox takes 10 seconds or so to launch, and chrome is up within a few seconds. My primary use of Chrome has been for Gmail: I hit the "create application shortcuts" link for Gmail on the first day and it's rapidly become the primary way I use Gmail (at least on Windows). It's just so much faster and more reliable. I assume that speed boost is partially from the use of Gears, but I'm not clued-in on what they're using gears to do, so I could be wrong about that. The home page multi-pane view is a nice touch (stolen from Opera). The lack of a separate search box -- just an address bar which takes either URLs or search terms -- I initially thought I...
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Android will not unseat iPhone

I'm a big fan of my iPhone. Being by nature somebody who wants to know everything immediately all the time, a device that lets me Google every 20th question that occurs to me* would be very dear to me no matter how it worked, but the iPhone is extraordinarily good as a web tablet, and it works fine when I need a phone**. As is the case whenever you're a big fan of something, human nature is such that people will good-naturedly try to poke fun at it or otherwise deflate you. So I hear a lot of people -- especially Googlers -- telling me that my precious iPhone is soon going to be dead, because Google is going to turn up and dominate the mobile market with the awesome, open, Android operating system. I'm going to make a bold prediction: Android will not gain greater than market share than iPhone. Possibly never, but definitely not within the next 5 years. This is not a conservative bet. Keep in mind that iPhone beat Windows mobile, a comparable system that had been in the market for nearly 8 years, in...
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LOLEconomy

In positive economic news, mattress sales are up as people stock up on places to stuff their money. In all other economic news, we look pretty fucked right now. Thanks to Ricky for quick turnaround on the image macro.
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