Firefox and Chrome: A Winning Pair

Chrome's growing on me. 

Ever since the Chrome Browser from Google came out, I've been resisting it. Partly due to obstenance, I didn't like being so in the grips of Google as I use Gmail, Gcal, Greader, Blogger and obviously Gsearch. I was loath to add another Google service to my daily routine. I was also reluctant to start with Chrome due to my love of Firefox. I have a sense of loyalty to that software because it's been such a satisfying experience using it all these years. So I was quite unwilling to give Chrome a chance.

Lately, however, I've found myself somewhat limited by my laptop's hardware i.e. memory and speed. Running iTunes, TweetDeck, BumpTop, Firefox and a few other resource hogs slowed my work/play flow which was irritating. So after a little while I started turning Firefox off but that proved to be problematic when I wanted to quickly check e-mail or a link. Starting my bloated Firefox (my own fault for beeing an add-on lover) took forever! So I decided to give Chrome a chance and I'm finding it a surprisingly useful addition to my daily routine.

Here are a couple of reasons why that is :

1. Speed - Chrome starts up significantly faster than an add-on laden, multi-tabbed Firefox. When you want to take a quick look at a website or check out a link, you don't need a bunch of add-ons and/or tabs to start up, all you need is the web page of interest and Chrome excels at doing just that.

2. Application Shortcuts - What an amazingly useful tool. Chrome allows you to create a desktop shortcut to a webpage but not in the full browser which means it opens even faster. Having such access means that you don't need to use up as many system resources when checking your e-mail or your blog or your calendar which makes it efficient, quick and most importantly a painless process when running a bunch of other applications at the same time.

3.Don't give up your day browser - I don't look at Chrome as a Firefox replacement but as a compliment. When I'm working, fully immersed on-line, I want all my Firefox add-ons and the flexibility they offer my web experience.  However when I'm playing or laptop multi-tasking I really don't need all that flexibility, what I value then is speed and efficiency which Chrome delivers.

 I look at the difference between the two browsers the same way as I look at Blogging and Micro-Blogging. One is full featured with rich content and the other is all about the quick snippet/link or blurb of "here I am". Both have their place and provide value. Yes, Chrome is growing on me. I still don't care for my addiction to Google services but if something's good, it's good.

Speak and you shall be heard

Etc. is an abbreviation. It's short for the Latin phrase et cetera (/ɛt ˈsɛtəɹə/) which literally translates to "and the rest",  in standard English usage it means "and so forth".

The reason for this bit of scholarly info is to draw your attention to the absence of an "x" in both, the phrase and its abbreviation.

So why in the name of all that is good and wise do such a vast number of people insist on saying "excetera" when meaning "et cetera"?

As an immigrant to this country I have a clear understanding of the difficulty of getting ones jaw around strange sound combinations.  What surprises me is that such difficulties seem to exist for natives as well. Anybody ever hear "nucular" instead of "nuclear" or "aks" instead of "ask" ?

My personal experience tells me that learning how to speak correctly is a matter of will for those of us with properly formed mouths and ears. Yes, it is hard. Yes, the jaws can hurt. But I promise, anyone willing can. All it takes is the knowledge of how to pronounce a word (found in any dictionary) and practice, practice, practice.

Although language is a living thing, with words falling in and out of favor, pronunciation of a particular spelling does not change.  The letter combination A-S-K will always be pronounced "ask" never, ever "aks".

And so I ask, if you ever have the opportunity to affect another person who has a hard time with such words, please do so.

I ask this not only for myself but also for the person with the difficulty.  I believe that self-esteem grows only with the accomplishment of that which is difficult.  Therefore in doing so you will help them avoid sounding illiterate as well as be instrumental in their development of higher self-esteem not to mention keeping me sane just a little while longer!

For the Creative Types and The Rest of Us

I ran across this talk when immersing myself in the TED Conference website and fell in love with the concept presented here. I also think a lot of my friends will find this inspirational ....

Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love, muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

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