If you haven’t already heard, Google released a beta of their open-source browser, Chrome, today. I downloaded it and have been trying it out. In fact, I’m typing this blog post using it. I’m amazed. It’s uncluttered, responsive, and very intuitive. I haven’t explored all the features, but I did try out the incognito mode (for browsing the Internet without leaving a page history or cache for anyone to track…I’ll let you come up with your own reasons for using it). I wasn’t quite expecting this:
I love Google.
Every year, I tell myself that I’m going to make an awesome April Fools’ version of my blog, and every year I forget about it until the last minute. I remember one year, I was planning on putting sponsors all over my website. That was a long time ago, and in retrospect, it’s a lame idea. A lot of April Fools’ ideas are pretty lame, but I guess it mainly depends on how you view April 1st. For instance, I find it mildly funny that xkcd points you to Questionable Content, while Questionable Content links to Dinosaur Comics, and Dinosaur Comics links back to xkcd. I also find it funny that the Telegraph reported on flying penguins, and Google and Virgin teamed up to establish a colony on Mars (complete with a questionnaire).
Even better is YouTube RickRolling everyone who clicked on a featured video on the front page (on a related note, GameFAQs has a RickRoll poll on the front page), or College Humor getting bought by some MySpace diva. (Unfortunately, they took that down before I was able to get a screenshot and Google’s cached version is just a few hours off.)
As with every April Fools’ Day, there’s going to be funny stuff, not-so-funny stuff, and stuff that’s just weird. And then there’s stuff like Dextre the Magnificent. Actually, that did make me laugh. In a nerdy sort of way. You know, with the snort and requisite pushing up of the glasses.
Why is Gmail still in beta? I mean, seriously, it’s been out long enough for everyone to know it’s not buggy. It’s way past even release candidate stage.
Ignore the freakin’ AdSense ads. I don’t support PETA. Nor do I wish you to click on links that will lead you to PETA sites. I don’t want to make money off of stupidity.
This is what Google Maps will tell you to do if you ask it for directions from Seattle to Paris. Those folks at Google have quite the sense of humor, don’t they?