Posts Tagged ‘Google Chrome

Online stopwatch

Posted in Technicalon Aug 26, 2010

The other day, I had a spare few minutes and a need for stopwatch, so I wrote my own online stopwatch. You can find it at:

http://stopwatch.peargrove.com

I’ll be publishing it as a Google Chrome Web app once that goes public.

A little over a month ago, Google released its own web browser, similar to Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari. Their new web browser is called Google Chrome, and has some great features and some great speed, but is currently available for Windows only.

I’ve been using it off and on for the last month, and I’ve found a few missing features that really bug me:

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Headers printing in Google Chrome

Posted in Technicalon Sep 11, 2008

I have a project which requires me to print from a web browser. Firefox wasn’t printing things very correctly, which prompted me to consider printing through Google Chrome.

Google Chrome did a reasonable job at rending the pages, but it has one problem. It wants to print headers on the top and bottom of all the pages including: the url, the page title, the date, and the page number. For my print job, I don’t want to reveal all that information, and I would prefer to print my pages without it.

In Firefox, I am given a Page Setup option from the File menu where I can customize headers, footers, and margins for printing. I cannot find any such option in Google Chrome.

Acid 3 revisted

Posted in Technicalon Sep 8, 2008

In March I ran the Acid 3 web browser stress test against all the most modern browsers at the time to see how they performed. Since then, there are new versions of browsers which justify a re-run of the tests. Here are the results:

  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1 – 71/100
  • Google Chrome 0.2.149.29 – 79.100
  • Opera 9.52 – 83/100
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13 – Too bad to tell. Perhaps 5/100?
  • Apple’s Safari 3.1.2 (525.21) – 75/100
  • Flock 1.2.5 – 53/100

All the web browsers were run on the same Windows XP system.

Then, out of curiosity, I decided to check the memory usage of each browser and found the following:

  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1 – 55M (After all add-ons were turned off)
  • Google Chrome 0.2.149.29 – 41M
  • Opera 9.52 – 27M (But then crashed on subsequent loads)
  • Windows Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13 – 41M (But still couldn’t render the test at all)
  • Apple’s Safari 3.1.2 (525.21) – 41M
  • Flock 1.2.5 – 54M

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