Google Chrome Thoughts

As our economy continues to make computers the successor to the automobile, we are watching a true war unfold. Microsoft versus Google. Windows versus Chrome. If this is Greek to you then give it a rest. It probably will make no difference. Those of us who live online, however, will take at least a mild interest.

Here are my Chrome thoughts, based on very casual use of the Chrome browser, free from Google. My usual browser is Firefox.The most important thing to me, with my poor eyesight, is for my blog to display properly. To achieve this I need to hit control and plus a few times to enlarge the type. When I do this in Firefox the site fits on the screen, When I do it in chrome it floats off to the right and that is a no no. It zaps Chrome for me.

There is another issue. No one can function without Bookmarks or Favorotes, the links you always click on to get somewhere. Some of these links you would not include on your blog so there is no fix there. With Chrome you access Bookmarks not directly but from a somewhat obscure drop down menu. It is not readily apparent that, even if you try to use this element of Chrome, you can easily replicate imported bookmarks. If I were grading Chrome for usability, I would give it several demerits for being somewhat careless .

In Chrome’s defense, I should mention that there is a considerable menu enabling you to set things up and I have little doubt that with a day or so of work I could have Chrome humming. But is it worth it. I am not totally in love with Firefox which is too intrusive for my taste and seems inured to ever more irrelevant (to me) bells and whistles. When I was at UNICEF I had to use IE and I still have to use it to view Netflix movies garnered from the Netflix site.

From a user’s perspective anything that works is the operative description. I will use whatever it takes and reserve the right to biases which may prove to be erroneous. Like everyone else I want what I want now and trust myself to find a way among the competing options.

I may even end up writing a stellar defense of Google Chrome, if it seems worth it to get the hang of it.


One of the marquee aspects of Chrome is its incognito browsing window which enables one to go to sites you don’t want anyone to know you are going to — read gambling and porn. Well, Firefox has seen the light and just come out with private browsing. The problem with this is that if you read the Chrome disclaimer, the security you might be getting seems compromised by all sorts of other dangers lurking in the wings. Here is the text you see.

You’ve gone incognito. Pages you view in this window won’t appear in your browser history or search history, and they won’t leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be preserved, however.

Going incognito doesn’t affect the behavior of other people, servers, or software. Be wary of:

  • Websites that collect or share information about you
  • Internet service providers or employers that track the pages you visit
  • Malicious software that tracks your keystrokes in exchange for free smileys
  • Surveillance by secret agents
  • People standing behind you

Integrating A Blog With Twitter

Effective now I will be trying to integrate my blog with my Twitter activities. This will result in many more blog posts, shorter and punchier, in a format that will enable a reader to understand the content referred to and decide if it is worth the time to click the short url and go deeper.

I have been working toward this for a while. I will be interested in any responses.


Twitter Tip of The Day Tweet Destinations

Twitter Tip of The Day Tweet Destinations

Everyone on Twitter wants people to do or learn something or pay some attention. Fine if you structure it effectively.

1. You care about something but not about selling anything. Best Practice (BP): Point your updates to an authority site. (eg: Human Rights Watch) Also OK: A comment that includes keywords for Twitter Search. (I support the public health care option)

2. Sell a service (coaching, consulting, a product). BP: A personal site that helps and informs, only secondarily “selling”. WORST: Sales letters that read like TV infomercials.

3. My best Tweet destination: A blog. Can also be a personal site. If you update frequently you can point to it in your tweets. You can mix blog urls with the addresses of related materials around the web. The mixture is best of all.

The main thing: Have a working destination for your tweets. Include destination urls in replies.

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Kindle Blogs Up and Running

Just put my blog up on Kindle. Should be available in a few days.

You must create a separate Amazon account just for this.

You need banking info, screen shots (they have good directions) and other info about your blog/s and I believe they must approve each submission, so I doubt that such things as affiliate sites will be accepted.



Recovery.gov Needs A Blog

On the Whitehouse.gov site the main navigational aid is a blog. It gives you a sense of the timliness of things along with links to each of the subject areas. I have grown used to the essential uses of blogs on Obama-related sites. Therefore I strongly urge that this be followed on the Recovery.gov site.


This could be accomplished easily by changing ANNOUNCEMENTS to BLOG and making what has the appearance of a blog into the place people can go to feel up to date with the latest developments.