Limer has used Chrome for several years now, but after having one too many indignities visited upon him by Google, he’s decided to switch to Firefox:
I’ve been revving myself up to switch for a while now, as Chrome has steadily gotten worse and worse. The writing has been on the wall for years. In 2011 Google was already “aggressively looking at options to bring down the size of Chrome distribution binaries.”
Of course the install size is nothing compared to the memory usage problems. A cursory Yahoo! search (Yep, I am really using Firefox right now!) of complaints , sprinkled across the years. But more damning is just opening up the task manager to see for yourself.
Add in frequent crashes—of Chrome on the whole, or just the Flash player—lock-ups, and a half-dozen tabs that auto-open on launch thanks to the dozens of extensions I’ve accumulated over the years, and I’ve had enough. I just can’t take it anymore.
I’ve known things were bad, but what pushed me over the edge to actually switch was when I fired up Safari yesterday, to make sure that an issue I was having with Gizmodo dot com was not Chrome-specific (BECAUSE I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF IT WAS). It blew my god damn hair back. It was… fast!
I can feel his pain. I’ve only been using Chrome for 6 months and I’m already wishing I could go back to Firefox. (Hell, I regretted the switch after about 3 weeks – no joke.)
But I haven’t.
Limer’s right in that Chrome crashes, and that it’s a memory hog, but do you know what is keeping me in Chrome?
There’s the auto-translate feature, and also that Firefox is just as bad (on Windows, anyway; Limer has a Mac).
I used FF for 7 or 8 years before trying Chrome, and I can confirm that the Windows version of Fire fox is nearly as bad as Chrome. It’s just as much of a memory hog and it’s possibly even more unstable. What’s more, I’ve had similar FF-specific browser issues (this is what forced both Limer and myself to jump ship).
So as much as I dislike Chrome, I don’t see an immediate reason to switch back.
But I’ll be honest; I’m probably just a single crash away from switching, myself. All it would take for Chrome to crash and lose all my tabs and I will probably give up on it.
This browser is really that frustrating, yes.
But let’s face facts here; the problem is not so much that the programming is bad as that Limer and I are asking the web browsers to do a heck of a lot. We do so much in our web browsers that it is more of an OS than a web browser.
In a hypothetical day, a blogger could use a web browser to play videos and music, write posts, open and edit word docs, play games, and send correspondence.
There was a time that you could only do all of those things in an operating system, and not a web browser. By shoving all of those activities into an app – and then denying the app closer control of hardware and software management which an OS has – you’re setting up the web browser to fail.
P.S. Has this inspired anyone else to go try a Chromebook?