don't use chrome February 27, 2012
TL;DR: Do not use Chrome. It is an amazing piece of software craftsmanship, but it doesn’t give a sh*t about you, and will stab you in the back.
Colleague or friend geeks wandering around while I’m watching cat videos on YouTube often have one comment: “What the duck? What’s this antique browser you are using? Didn’t you get the news about Chrome?”
Looks like in 2012, you have to "just use Chrome, duh". And if you are a geek, you MUST use Chrome. Well, thanks but no thanks. And I didn’t feel like hammering my choice on the interwebs till now, but recent Google news made me reconsider my position. Which is now: Do not use Chrome. It is an amazing piece of software craftsmanship, but it doesn’t give a sh*t about you, and will stab you in the back.
Why? Three things:
- Development is funded by Google, a company that is simply forgetting its original “don’t be evil” motto. One. Mistake. At. A. Time. Google is an amazing company made of thousands of sharp minds, but with sub-par guidance and ethics, it loses its way.
- Google’s interests are not aligned with it's users priorities. The advertising company that is Google pushes strong to prioritize certain features, and to make certain hypocritical technical choices, that you simply do not want. For example, Google has been recently proposing to standardize crippling pseudo-DRM technology for the web, and while boasting top standards compliance, Google is also able to ignore standards altogether to artificially push Chrome.
- An awesome, fun, respectable company makes an excellent browser that puts user priorities first.