Why I Don’t Use Google Chrome

August 24, 2010 · 8 comments

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Mari B August 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

All in one post about Google Chrome, Hal: you’ve made me laugh, nod my head in agreement, and open my eyes wide in amazement. It’s a pleasure to read and learn from your logical explanations.

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Hal Brown August 24, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Thanks Mari. Much appreciated.

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Karen Black August 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Another informative article. Thanks for explaining in terms I can understand.

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Hal Brown August 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm

That’s good. I’m glad it was helpful.

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Kissie August 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

“In my life I’ve never seen such an abundance of ignorance as on the Internet – a possible exception is the tabloids in the supermarket checkout line.”

HILARIOUS!

I must have a mind like an IT professional because I just want to do what I need to do and don’t particularly care about the whys. That’s why we have people like you in the world. I use 3 browsers on my desktop at work and that’s only because:
#1 I haven’t used IE consistently in years and our financial systems only work with that and then, IE6! (There oughta be a law!)
#2 I was told by one of my trusted friends that something was with me if I didn’t use Chrome and how quick and easy it is.
#3 Firefox is the only one that The Daily Show and Colbert Report will work without any issues … I don’t have time for the buffering. I need my daily fix of sarcasm minus the annoying interruptions. I used Firefox before learning about Chrome.

Never knew about Google storing info … until now.

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Hal Brown August 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Gcal is Google Calendar. It is the best I’ve ever seen on the net. However, I don’t use any web calendar for very personal stuff – appointments etc. I don’t know what they do with it.
Thanks Kissie.

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Whane The Whip August 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

So to summarize your article. Google stores info about you and Chrome does not let you set the cache size. I have some complaints about Chrome too, (as I do with all browsers) but the pro’s outweigh the cons in my case.

That said, you should take a look at the Echelon storage facility on the East Coast (USA). There is something like 200 acres used for *DATA* storage using some of the worlds fastest and most advanced super computers. Many major commercial services link to them… recently a whistle blower at AT&T came forward showing how every phone conversation is sent to and recorded at Echelon (There is a Discovery channel mention of this too). If I recall correctly, the claim made was that Echelon stores 19 four-foot tall storage cabinets of data on every american once a year on average. Check that out, because if Google, who openly admits to what information they collect bugs you, then Echelon which does not admit to *what* information they collect should really grab your attention.

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Hal Brown August 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm

As an former employee of AT&T, I don’t doubt what you are saying. The bigger point is, in the strictest sense nothing is free. Privacy is an illusion, unless you live in a deep cave and communicate with no one. Sometimes I see things that are a little more blatant (Google Chrome) about my control of certain aspects of privacy, and what they can do with my computer.
An aside: Most people think if they have a private phone number no one hears their conversation. Phone people hear it in the course of work. But, as an employee, every year I had to sign an FCC document swearing I would never divulge any part of any conversation I happened to hear. If I did, I could be fined 10,000 dollars and go to prison.
This is serious stuff. The FCC was not making this up to scare people – they meant it.
I don’ know about Google and the FCC. I don’t know about the Internet and the FCC.
Thanks for adding to this post.

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