Google Chrome Ubiquitous?

I have been playing with Google Chrome for a few days now and for the most part have enjoyed the experience. However there are areas which essentially mean that I will not use it as my default browser but and will only keep it for testing.

I won’t go through all the good points. I have to say though that I like the interface, even though it doesn’t really match the standard windows ‘chrome’. I haven’t however found it that fast in fact it seemed to open Google docs slightly slower than Firefox, although I have not timed this to be sure.

So what would stop me using Chrome? If I discount the very very dodgy EULA, I still think security is a major problem. In Safari there is a default privacy setting that ensures 3rd party cookies cannot get into the system, and this is on by default. All other browsers have similar settings, although most aren’t on by default. However Chrome doesn’t have a similar setting, and instead has a rather dubiously named ‘treat 3rd party cookies differently’ or something of that order setting. Not only is it not clear what this actually does, but it seems clear that it doesn’t block 3rd party cookies going out. This is of coarse exactly what Google subsidiary Double Click would want, but it is not good for consumers and their privacy.

My second and biggest reason not to use Chrome, is that it seems to be aimed squarely at Firefox, as there is no way that the large majority of IE users will ever switch. So why would Google take aim at Firefox? In my opinion the main reason could be the much smaller announcement of Firefox Ubiquity about a month before.

If you haven’t had a play with Ubiquity you really should. It is a bit like the launchers available on the Mac. What I mean by that is that you open up a dialogue box with a keystroke and then type a command. This allows you access to functionality in a few keystrokes. With Ubiquity you can add maps into gmail, add calendar items and much more all by typing a few keys. Note that most of the functionality here is to do with Googles apps. and this tool allows you to bypass Googles own interface in many cases. This you would think isn’t a bad thing, but it is where Google makes its money with its ads.

The reason for Chrome could therefore be a shot across the bows for companies trying to bypass Googles ads rather than a particular desire to make a better apps browser.

Adobe Air

Went to Adobe Air Camp in Brisbane today. This was interesting but I am concerned with the security of the system.

What I had hoped for was a very much sandboxed system that allowed little or no interactivity with the hosting computer. This may sound limiting, but lets face it, as soon as you start allowing calls to the host you run the risk of being in the same boat as ActiveX in IE. It was worrying when they were warning that you could do bad things with it if you felt so inclined!

Having said that it does offer some interesting functionality. I will be interested to see how it goes against Google Gears to be honest, but they are giving it a good go. In particular there seems to be quite a push into the mobile space, which will be interesting. At the moment I can’t see what the applications would possibly be that would require air rather than a direct connection, but you never know. Again it will probably be up against Android and the new ability of Opera to save pages if you so require.

Will I use it? Possibly, but probably a better question would be would I feel safe downloading Air apps and the unfortunate answer to that is no.

Is my Wii opening a hole in my wireless network

I have a wireless network which I encrypt using WPA, and my Wii connects to that. I have also just bought a wireless sensor bar. When I was thinking about this, although a lot of this technology will be infra red, at some point there must surely be a radio signal going from the Wii to the controller. If this is the case is using my Wii opening up a hole in my otherwise well protected network?

It’s not that I’m worried about having any sensitive data on my network, but it just seems odd that this may be a hole for those that do!