I spend a lot of time on the web, but I don’t really have any strong preferences as to which browser to use.
I started using Safari when I switched to OS X but since it doesn’t play well with several web applications I use – including the CMS at work and the editor in my WordPress blog – I kept Firefox around for those sites.
I’ve never really gotten around to trying out Chrome. First, because I was on Linux when it came out so I couldn’t join in on the fun to begin with, and second because I just didn’t bother when it came out on Mac.
Anyway, this morning – after reading this benchmark – I decided to try it out, and in fact I am writing this post in Chrome.
Installing was no problem and it imported my bookmarks from Safari, so no problem there either.
To see if it was noticeably faster than the other browsers I use on the more interactive pages I wanted to try out Google Docs. It works okay there, but I cannot say that I notice much difference from Firefox. Not that I really expected to.
One weird thing, though: when I clicked for “offline” editing it asks me to install Gears. Ok, I install Gears, restart the browser and do it again. It just asks me to install Gears again.
What? Doesn’t Chrome play well with Gears? Or is it just on a Mac? According to the Gears page it requires Firefox or Safari on a Mac (and there it works like a charm) but I am surprised that it doesn’t work with Chrome. Especially since it explicitly asks for Gears.
Oh well, I will try running Chrome for a while and see what I think about it.
There have been quite a few posts over the last few days about commenting, in particular about posting comments, notes and ratings on scientific papers. But this also related to commenting on blogs and social networks, commenting on newspaper online articles, the question of moderation vs. non-moderation, and the question of anonymity vs. pseudonymity vs. RL identity.
I must admit that I have never left a comment on an online paper. If I blog about a paper, I leave a traceback, but that is as far as it goes.
Since putting a review of a paper on my blog, just to add a comment, is a lot of work, I guess I should just get used to leaving comments instead.
Still, I am reluctant to comment on papers. I don’t mind firing off a half thought through comment off at a blog, but I feel that for a scientific paper I should make sure I understand all the details of the paper before I start commenting on it. I guess I just have to overcome that feeling.