Saturday, December 20, 2008


The state in which one renounces the self and the material world whilst simultaneously partaking of all the pleasures that both have to offer.

For all of you who have ever wondered (and all of you who haven't) what my Google Talk status message means. I see a lot of exorgorating going on as I look around the world, it's an egocentric state and it seems to be endemic in certain groups (I'm looking at you New Age). And since "if you can spot it, you've got it" (1), I've got it as well.

1. I think I first heard "if you can spot it, you've got it" at a Landmark Education Communications Access To Power Course but Google says it's probably older than that. BTW I no longer want an "I see stupid people" T-shirt.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Few Notes on Chrome

There's been a lot of buzz about Chrome so I installed it in my VMWare player windows instance at work and on Lisa's laptop at home and took it for a bit of a spin.

The good:
  • It's fast.
  • The "new tab" page is brilliant. It shows your most visited pages, recently closed tabs, recent bookmarks and gives you a search box.
  • Each tab is a separate thread with it's own memory.
  • Tabs are sandboxed from each other.
  • It has a slick uncluttered interface, I like the tabs at the very top.

The bad:
  • No Linux version yet :)
  • No auto-complete for forms.

The Ugly:
  • Chrome will remember passwords for you but there is no "master password" so (as far as I can tell) stored passwords are not encrypted on the disk.

While there is no Linux version I won't be going over to Chrome but I think the Firefox developers need to act fast (bring on Tracemonkey !). Oh and Firefox developers, Bug 339804 hurts.