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Is it my (admittedly shonky) connection or is Google Chrome really *really* slow?

Anybody see what I did with the title there? Such larks!

Date: 2008-09-03 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deviblue.livejournal.com
no it is really slow...for me too
not finding a great deal of difference between it and firefox to be honest.

Safari however is really fast

Date: 2008-09-03 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
I'll give it a while, of course, but so far nothing's leapt out as a reason to go over from Firefox.

Never tried Safari: Opera's my second choice after FF normally.

Date: 2008-09-03 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adamw
Same with me - in particular it took an age to install and then an age to load any page on the first session. As I noted in my post, until it has all the options that FF can offer (and they get shot of this), I'll be staying with FF...

Date: 2008-09-03 12:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ant-girl.livejournal.com
People keep talking about Chrome and I've been singing it in my head all day... Haven't tried it yet though.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
It's a really good song! Best one off that album. I wonder if Google will take it as the theme music for their new browser. :)

Date: 2008-09-03 01:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahloo.livejournal.com
I saw [livejournal.com profile] ant_girl's avatar and then read your reply as "It's a really good snog!" : )

Date: 2008-09-03 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
;) Well, probably that too! [livejournal.com profile] grufti is a man of many talents!

Date: 2008-09-03 12:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drplokta
It's really fast for me. It's supposed to use a bit more RAM than other browsers, so if you're short of RAM, it may be swapping to disk a lot more, which would slow it down. How much RAM do you have? 2GB here.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
Aha, that may be it, although I've got 1.5GB, so not so very much less than you.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drplokta
No, 1.5GB should be plenty unless you've got Photoshop and Word and Excel and Powerpoint and Access and Outlook and Firefox and Internet Explorer all open at the same time. I was thinking more of ½GB or less.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wechsler.livejournal.com
Seems to work fine on my machine, even on a VM.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
I wouldn't make any great claims for this machine, as it's a bit old and knackered, but at the moment Chrome is noticeably slower than Firefox. Maybe it'll get faster with a new release if they really were bounced into this one.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tails-redux.livejournal.com
Saw what you did.

You've been added on my Fools to Pity list.

;)

Date: 2008-09-03 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
:)

You've been added on my Fools to Pity list.

Well, arguably you could say that about anyone who likes VNV...

Date: 2008-09-03 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tails-redux.livejournal.com
You are not just anyone who likes VNV, you are a special case.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
Aw, sheesh, you're jus' saying that.

;-p

Date: 2008-09-03 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahofthedead.livejournal.com
For the most part, I've found it incredibly zippy, though some pages are taking their time.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
The more I use it, the less I'm noticing that it seems slow, so either I'm getting used to it or teams of magical Google pixies are jumping in there with big cans of WD40 and greasing everything up to make it run better.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kixie.livejournal.com
What on earth is Google Chrome?

I could probably Google that, I know.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
Google's new browser (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/fresh-take-on-browser.html), launched - supposedly unintentionally early - yesterday.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stevek.livejournal.com
Are you trying to be at the forefront of technology? ;-)

Date: 2008-09-03 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
I am your cutting edge, baby, you'd better believe it.

Or, um, something.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alasdair.livejournal.com
I, er, may have stuck a timer on it this morning. (I get paid for this shit.) I don't think it really is slower, it's just that unlike many other browsers, it doesn't even *start* to display anything until it's downloaded until it has *all* the HTML and CSS (and in fairness, once it starts to display, it renders layout like a *shot*). I think that, combined with the fact that there isn't any sort of obvious progress bar makes it *feel* slower.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahofthedead.livejournal.com
Aha, I recently read something about the effects of having a timer or progress bar going and how that makes users think something is working faster, so you may well be right. It does irritate me that sometimes I can't tell if it's still working or if it's just given up.

Date: 2008-09-03 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
Ah, it could, in fact, be that. Eenteresting, thanks.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sushidog.livejournal.com
That's an oddly disturbing icon you have there.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
My face, you mean? Bit too high on the arresting of chronometers scale, you reckon?

Date: 2008-09-03 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sushidog.livejournal.com
Yes, you have a disturbing face.
No, I think it's the way it's framed; it gives the impression that you're actually peering through a whole in my screen. Stoppit.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
Oh, I see what you mean, actually, yes. Like that picture by Tails that lots of us used to have with the big scary eye gazing out of a slit. It was only shot at arm's length, which is probably what's making it look like that.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tails-redux.livejournal.com
Easy now, or I'll be going all Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 for brass on yo' ass.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
It was a good picture! I really liked it. Excellently creepy! :)

Date: 2008-09-03 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
Oh wow, though, I was just looking at that icon and noticed this weird spot that I hadn't noticed I had: only on scrolling did I realise it was actually something on the screen.

Maybe you're right...

Date: 2008-09-03 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamaranth.livejournal.com
is fine here! even for hefty Java-stuffed pages.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:11 pm (UTC)
drplokta: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drplokta
Where did you find a Java plugin for Chrome? Or do you mean Javascript (no relation to Java)?

Date: 2008-09-03 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamaranth.livejournal.com
I do in fact mean Javascript: sorry.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
It does seems to be getting better here. Or maybe I'm just getting more used to it. I'll persevere, I think, although I feel vaguely as though I'm cheating on Firefox. Still, a little dalliance and flirting doesn't do any harm, does it? Keeps the relationship fresh and alive and on its toes.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tamaranth.livejournal.com
maybe it just doesn't fancy you?

Date: 2008-09-03 02:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
Perish the thought! I'm sure it can't be that...

God, I wonder how I can make myself hotter for some Chrome action?

Date: 2008-09-03 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-condition.livejournal.com
Seems very fast to me on a fairly cooking-spec 2006 laptop. (P4m/1.6GHz, 1.5GBytes of RAM, XP). Seemed blindingly quick on my home machine (P4/3.2GHz, 2Gbytes RAM, Vista Home Premium).

Date: 2008-09-03 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
Hmm, I wonder if there's something in my set-up that's meaning I'm not getting the best of it. I mean, now I'm more used to it (and in the light of what [livejournal.com profile] alasdair says above) it's seeming about as fast as FF, but no quicker. But this machine can be eccentric. I'll see how it does at work when I'm next there.

Date: 2008-09-03 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
Further trial shows that it's lightning fast for moving around my gmail folders (as you'd expect) but hung for half a minute when trying to book something on the National Rail website. Now that could be their server, but Firefox was getting through okay.

I'll keep at it and see how I get on.

Date: 2008-09-03 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stevenothing.livejournal.com
Did it hang for half a minute every time, or just the once? Could be a bug with chrome, or an ephemeral problem with the national rail site that only hit chrome.

So far, I've found it to be quite delightfully zippy.

Aside from the speed though, I think my favourite feature is the omnibarthingy. Like, if I go to amazon.co.uk and search for a book, it remembers it, so if I next go to the omnibar and type "a" followed by a book name, I can search amazon directly without having to go to their site first. Given that this is something I do quite a bit, I find this incredibly useful. Seems to work for facebook, and a bunch of other search engines too.

Date: 2008-09-04 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] childeric.livejournal.com
I haven't tried it again with National Rail, but it's still seeming slow around lots of sites I use regularly. I'm hopping back to Firefox for the time being, but if things start to improve on the Chrome front - most particularly if someone gets Adblock Plus to work for it - then I may give it another try. I do like the omnibar thing too, but for the moment it's not sufficient to justify going over.

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