Posts Tagged ‘browser’

Random Chrome Language Bug

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I was checking my Google Analytics account this morning and noticed that it was displaying in Spanish. No worries, I thought, I have Google Translate and can take care of this. I was able to get it into English, but then each page continued to load in Spanish. I looked for Inglés, but couldn’t find it anywhere. I saw US Español, but no English. I got into my settings and it looked like Spanish was the default language. I again couldn’t find English.

My next thought was that perhaps there was a Chrome update ready. No dice. I am on the dev version, so I finally just wrote it off as that.

I logged in again tonight, and sure enough, it was in Spanish. I poked around a bit, and again checked for an update. This time I saw there was an update ready to download. I installed it and restarted Chrome. The problem was still there. I then decided to play a hunch I considered this morning but didn’t test. I selected US Español from the menu. It worked. It looks like US English has been replaced by US Español in the drop-down menu. Now that I solved my problem things are great. If anyone else had this issue I hope this has been helpful. If you haven’t experienced this problem then perhaps I was the only one who it affected. I’ll update this post if I hear any more news regarding this.

Chrome for Mac

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Google recently released its Chrome browser for Mac and Linux. I have been using Chrome on Windows since its launch, and was looking forward to seeing it on the different operating systems. Google has some stiff competition to overcome in the non-Windows world. Safari is an excellent browser, and to overtake Safari will be quite a challenge. Linux is dominated by Firefox, another excellent browser. Safari, Firefox, and Chrome have all integrated elements of CSS 3, and HTML5, which would be reason enough to avoid Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). Add on IE’s security holes, lack of modern web technology, and a decade-long refusal to play in the sandbox with everyone else, and it is easy to see why any browser is a step above IE. But enough of the IE bashing.

Chrome was recently tested against Safari. The results are displayed here. Chrome ran circles around all the browsers except Safari. In this test, Safari was 12% faster. This appears to be the case only on the Mac, where Chrome has only existed for about a week. On Windows, Chrome remains the fastest browser, even against Safari.

In the overall browser war, Chrome overtook Safari by a slim margin to become the #3 browser. Now that Chrome has released extensions, it will be interesting to see what changes in the next few months.

I have used a number of browsers on my Mac. I have Safari, Firefox, and Camino. I installed Chrome last week and have been using it almost exclusively. I think it is very fast, even if the statistics show it as being slower than Safari. Interestingly enough, I use Safari more on Windows than I do on Mac, which may be why I can’t see a major speed difference.

Chrome for Mac runs quickly, and it behaves as I expect it to from the Windows version. I am pretty happy with it so far. I am looking forward to adding extensions so my Chrome experience from each of my computers remains consistent. Until then, give it a shot, Mac users, and let me know how Chrome works for you.