Why Chrome has failed me….(so far)


am not the least ‘techcentric’ as many people of today may be. The reason why I have used a made up word is because in this day and age of technology, there have been so many made up words, particularly in the year 2013 that I do not feel any shame to go ahead and make one of my own, unless of course someone has already made use of it! 

There was the infamous ‘selfie’. Who would’ve thought it would become quite the craze. The mere sound of it makes me wince a little at how easily it is used, even in the most professional setting. David Cameron’s nonchalant usage and practice of the selfie along with other unmentionable leaders of the world was another of the the many cringeworthy moments of this year! *Shudder*.

Twerking. As far as the origins go it is said that this word has been in use for quite a while and thus it can be deemed as not actually being made up. I do however highly doubt the authenticity of this word. I mean just look at it, its a joke in itself. I think the popularity that has grown as a result of the Miley Cyrus twerk stint is quite ridiculous, because although people have not taken to her horror act, that same dreadful performance caused an uproar in the media of 2013 and as much as you’d like to hate it, it became quite the phenomenon. People came out with absurd buttock dance moves on YouTube and Vines were created for sheer mick take, but were nonetheless watched as a source of enjoyment. So all the hatred that was poured out for Miley Cyrus became one huge fan following, even if it was indirect. Sounds rather strange to me.

So after having gone off on a tremendous tangent I would like to come back to my original point of discussion, and that is the issue of Google’s Chrome. I have had some great difficulty having to adjust to Chrome as my fiancé very dearly persuaded me to switch to Chrome after having used Safari for quite some time. Knowing myself I find it a burden having to adjust from one browser to another. Strangely enough I was absolutely content using Chrome before I did the jump to Safari.

Yet I find that the shift back to Chrome has not been taken too kindly by myself. To put it simply in layman’s terms is the best I can do. Thus from my point of view I feel Chrome lags when too many tabs are opened and there is a delay when clicking certain icons. But the saddest part about the whole concept of Chrome is actually the Google Chromebook that has recently been launched. I have lately been in need for a portable web browser and given that the Chromebook is the affordable alternative to an expensive tablet, I had no qualms about buying it since it is ideally a small laptop, lightweight better at web browsing than a tablet and has an excellent battery life. However what really distressed me was how one cannot install Skype on it and instead you have to use the replacement for it called Hangouts. In theory it is an excellent idea Google has come up with, however in practice there are only a select few that use it, the majority keeping their loyalty for Skype, thus I find it hard to succumb to all things Google. When I did use it to try it out on my Apple Macbook, it caused quite a stir in my computer where the laptop got very hot and the fan kept revving up loudly and quite persistently. It prevented me from using Hangouts at all.

Secondly, I feel that Safari performs better as a web browser. When you are having to log off and on continuously between separate accounts, you’d like to be able to sail through without any disturbances of not successfully having logged out, or having to shut down the web browser completely before clicking back on it to try again. In Safari’s case it happens less, however in Chrome’s case, it is actually quite a frustrating task in order to get by, and I find there to be quite a few glitches in the middle of all the email account changes which can be problematic.

If Google can primarily counter all these issues regarding Chrome, I would be a very glad customer in buying the Google Chomebook in particular. I never really thought about it before, but I feel Safari has so far been steadfast in its performance, and though I do not condemn Google because it does have some amazing features, I feel I will keep looking for other web browsers if they do not up their game.