Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Things That Are Cooler...

For those of you who haven't noticed Google launched the beta version of their new internet browser called Chrome today. It looks kind of cool and I really do like the way that the URL box automatically functions as a search engine but overall I am underwhelmed. It doesn't really do anything that Firefox doesn't do and like Jim West I find the lack of a Home Page and the way the shortcuts work irritating. I think that I'm just going to stick with Firefox for the time being unless someone suggests a reason that Chrome is superior.

On the other hand I did come across to online applications that are both much cooler than Chrome. I'll start with the one I found second. This may sound lame but I've never heard of Scribefire until today. While I was reading around about Chrome I ran across Jim's critique (linked above) and he mentioned this app called Scribefire that he uses to blog. I just finished installing it and I'm using it to write this very post and it is cool as all get-out. Links are easier, I don't have to fiddle with the Blogger Dashboard, I don't have to sign out of my wife's account and then sign into mine, this is awesome.

The second (really the first) app that's cooler than Chrome is a Hebrew/Greek vocab program I found a couple of days ago. For some absurd reason I accidentally deleted my Hebrew vocab software a few months ago and I'm in pretty dire need of it right now. This internet app, however, kicks the living crap out of my old software (Teknia in case you were curious). It also kicks the crap out of Greekflash Pro. You can run standard flashcards, you can do fill-in-the-blank quizzes, you can do multiple-choice quizzes, or you can do a combination of these. It runs the quizzes based on part of speech and frequency, and the best part is that if you get a word wrong that word gets cycled back into the mix radomly and appears many, many times. At any rate I'm finding it very helpful.

Both of these apps, which are cooler than Chrome simply by the virtue of being more useful, are now available in the Links section on the sidebar.


the Doug said...

So far I'm liking Chrome. I happen to like the thumbnailed view and recent tabs and new bookmarks all in one place, I like being able to drag and drop tabs in and out of a new window. I like the cleaner look of the window too.

That said Firefox has more plugin (I cant' get Java to work entirely properly in Chrome as of yet), some of the plug ins I like for things like Flickr aren't working, but being barely out in beta I'm pleased. Especially at the price.

But I also like new and shiny things and I like having people think I'm on the cutting edge of at least something... for the record, I'm going back and forth between the two (Chrome/Firefox)

the Doug said...

update: I've found Chrome faster than firefox, but that's just me.

beware EULA...
check out 11.1 of the End User License Agreement though...

"You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services."

my take on this is if you post something through chrome to the web they can use. Eek.

Philbert said...

I like how each tab runs as a separate process, so that if one pages gets hung up, you can kill the process and not lose anything else. Maybe Firefox has that too; i don't use it.