We all use bookmarks, and chances are we have lot of websites bookmarked in our favorite browser. And we don’t always remember each and every bookmark we have in the browser. Now you are not on your regular computer and you don’t have your bookmarks in this PC at a cyber cafe, or your university or office, or anywhere else. And you wanted to access that webpage you bookmarked last week, but you can’t recall it. So how can you still access that bookmark? Although there are lot of bookmark syncing addons available for Firefox for that, but for that one needs to install the addon in the browser. Google Bookmarks on the other hand lets you store your bookmarks in your Google account and which you can access from anywhere by either the Google Toolbar or the Google Bookmarks web page. You can export or import the OPML files to and from Google Bookmarks, even import bookmarks from Firefox using the Google Toolbar. It makes it easy to access your bookmarks from anywhere just from your Google Account. The best part is that it always acts as a backup, should anything catastrophic happen to your browser or your PC. You always have a copy of the list of your favorite websites in your Google Account.
Whenever Google comes up with something new, it grabs the headlines, but surprisingly, when a product of this magnitude and importance, a “Google” web browser is being launched, I didn’t even know about it before a day of its launch. Now I’m a regular net user and Chrome’s launch couldn’t have escaped my eyes, but maybe Google didnt publicise it much or I didn’t really pay attention. Whatever the case, the Google browser is here and its a typical Google product.
Google Chrome is “very” minimalistic and simple, its free and an open source software. Has the regular browser features like Tabbed Browsing, bookmarks, but all you see on the browser is the address bar and a tab, it doesn’t even have a status bar or a menu bar, although you do see the URL of a link when you hover your mouse over it in the area where the status bar usually is. The browser options are very limited and you can’t play around with so many settings which the other browsers provide you. The address bar also lets you do a web search and access web history right from the address bar. While opening a new tab it lets you choose among the most visited websites displayed in a thumbnail grid similar to that of IE 7, Opera. If you close any tab and open a new tab, it displays the list of recently closed tabs right next to the most visited thumbnail grid. Then there is a Incognito mode, which is more like a browser without leaving a trace, whatever you browse isn’t added in the web history, and wont even leave the cookies behind. Useful if its on a public computer or office networks where you don’t wanna leave a trace behind. The download manager is pretty much like Firefox with Download Statusbar installed, although it doesn’t show the download speed, or the progress in percentage. It sites neatly in the bottom of the browser window.
My browsing experience was pretty good with Chrome, with web pages loading very quickly and efficiently. The memory consumption is pretty much like what IE 7 consumes. So in short it looks promising but a great deal of work needs to be done on the browser. I for now will still use Mozilla Firefox as I’m so used to it that without some of the addons which I use in Firefox, I can’t enjoy my browsing experience. I’m sure Google will be adding the addons functionality, although I read at Wikipedia that it doesn’t support the *.xpi extension architecture which Firefox uses, so I’m not quite sure if Google can manage that level of addon functionality, so till then I guess I’ll be using Mozilla Firefox.
Its Google’s 8th Birthday today. Wishing Google a very Happy Birthday! May god bless you and may you keep on growing like this and keep on making internet a better place.
I logged into my Orkut account as usual, and I noticed something new. Yes!!! Google finally did it! I wanted that feature so badly, Google integrated Orkut and Google Talk this morning, which will now allow you to import all your orkut contacts into the Google Talk messenger, and now chat with all your orkut buddies. This will be a great thing to all those who use the scrapbooks like a chat window, so thats a great news. Google keeps getting better and better. Whenever anyone of your friend will be online on Google Talk, their online status will be visible in the friends list as well, so you now know who all are online. And Google Talk has got some more buttons which is due to the orkut integration. Prominently the scrap button (it opens the scrapbook of the user) and other the view profile button (it opens the user’s profile)
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