Tag Archives: Computing

First Impressions of Chrome, Google’s New Browser

After a couple of hours playing and tweaking, here are my first impressions of Google’s new browser, in no particular order.

  • Simple, quick Web-based install.  (Also installs Google Gears)
  • Very fast.  Built-in JAVA V8 engine renders JAVA-based pages, like AJAX, super quick.  (You really notice differences in server speed with this browser and a fast connection.)
  • Clean interface.  Simple to use.  Intuitive for anyone who uses Google applications such as Gmail or Google Docs.
  • Easy navigation via tabs.  (A tab-lock would be handy.)  Separate tabs for each application eat up about as much memory as Firefox, but the memory is returned when you close the tab. No discernible memory creep while standing idle.
  • Sandboxing (isolation) of activity in each tab keeps applications from interfering with each other.  In theory, crashing an app in one tab will not crash the browser.   Continue reading

FlashGet’s Security Hole Delivers a Trojan

Steve Bass, in his Tips and Tweaks blog, relates the following:

I just uninstalled FlashGet, my favorite downloading program. It’s got a big, inviting security hole that can — and did — let a nasty Trojan worm its way onto my system. I’m not the only one having to fend off the attack. Users on the FlashGet and Kapersky Labs first raised the flag.

FlashGet’s Security Hole Delivers a Trojan

Boston Dynamics Big Dog

It ain’t no big cat, that’s for sure! It’s something else, though.

I couldn’t get over the image that it was a couple of little men facing
toward the middle of the thing, one always moving backwards.

(I’m amazed they were able to resist the temptation to have it raise a leg on one of those trees.)