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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 11, 2008 / 11 Elul 5768

Google's Chrome browser: Blazing Fast, Mostly

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Brother, this thing is fast. Faster than anything I can remember seeing. And, it's free, albeit right now for Windows only.


It's Google's Chrome Web broswer, (www.google.com/chrome) released last week and it upstaged Microsoft's coming Internet Explorer 8 browser, now in Beta release. Something "leaked" on Monday and soon the Internet was abuzz. The announcement came Tuesday and after that, the deluge.


Chrome, which is promised shortly for Mac and Linux users, installs rapidly, boots instantly and offers incredibly fast access to Web pages. There's one site I often frequent (name withheld to protect the guilty) which loads uniformly slowly on every browser I've tried. Fire it up with Chrome and the page bursts into view. This is, frankly, how the Internet should work.


And it's almost always how the Internet works with Chrome, a browser built on something called WebKit, which is an open source browser engine at the heart of Apple's Safari. But even unlike Safari, Chrome just blazes ahead. It seems unencumbered of much of the overhead of many browsers; what's more, Google's engineers have designed the thing intelligently. New Web addresses open in tabs; popups are blocked by default, but you can open the ones you want or need; and I've not run into many pages (make that "any") where the display isn't faithful to the attempted layout.


On launching Chrome, you get a visual menu of various Web pages you've visited often. Click on one such image and, boom, you're there. Bookmarks are available, and typing a Website location in the address bar — actually, beginning to type it — will have Chrome rush to guess your desired location. Most of the time, they're right.


The screen display is clean; there's not much to distract you here. A feature — also said to be available on IE8 — will let you browse "incognito," as Google says, omitting any caching of history or images or Web address on your PC. Less-charitable folks have called this "porn mode," while I'd rather see it as keeping the boss out of my business mode.


Chrome will definitely meet needs in the marketplace, especially once word gets out about how fast it is. I can't mention this enough, and I don't know how to put the speed into words, other than to suggest that if you blink, you might miss a Web page loading. Like I said, this is how the Internet should be.


Now the drawbacks: even though Google touts Chrome as something that'll run Web applications faster, forget, for now, about using Adobe Corp.'s Buzzword on it. I'm not sure how the online Photoshop Elements site'll function there. Google's own online applications, such as Google Documents, run very well there, as you might expect.


Press reports have suggested some security vulnerabilities. And, since this is running on Windows, it's not unreasonable to think hackers will target Chrome.


But overall, this is one of the most amazing products — and product launches — I've seen in a very long time. A piece of software that lives up to the hype, mostly, and which supports users fairly well. I wish it did everything, and I wish it ran on every platform today, but think of Chrome as the Sarah Palin of Web browsers: emerging from nowhere and hitting it out of the park.


Microsoft will doubtless have its own accomplishments to tout with IE8, which, unlike Chrome, won't be available on Mac or Linux platforms. And Safari is available, free, for Windows users. Toss in Opera and Firefox, and you've got plenty of choices in the browser market. For now, however, Chrome is brightly burnished.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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