It's been close to a month since I've posted. Things have been... hectic, for lack of a better word. However, things are getting better, but I'll explain that later.
The main topic at hand is Firefox vs. Chrome and why I'm now using Chrome over Firefox. As a preface, I've been a semi-die hard Firefox fan for years now. When Chrome was released, I wasn't really interested simply because new products generally (almost always) don't work until half a year of bug fixing. For about the last year or two, I've always kept Chrome installed just in case I needed a second browser. Eventually, it turned into a need because Firefox was absolutely awful at playing Flash videos (YouTube, Justin.tv, etc). At the beginning of this week, I noticed that Firefox was constantly sucking 70 - 90 percent of my CPU resources. I had never noticed this before (as a PSA, I'm running Ubuntu 9.10 on my laptop). Between this and the problems I had been having with Flash videos, I closed Firefox and started playing with Chrome. Not only did my laptop magically and noticeably speed up, my CPU that was previous idling around 70 - 80 degrees Celsius was now idling around 40 - 50 degrees Celsius with three different Chrome windows open with 6 or more tabs in each window. I was in awe. Even better, I discovered Chrome now has support for extensions, which was one of the original reasons keeping me from switching to Chrome in the first place.
In addition, I use a lot of Google services (Gmail, Calendar, Voice, several groups, Docs, and Reader). I hadn't been using Reader a lot because I would consistently forget to check it. A lot of the extensions allow me to tie in to all of these Google services and make it far easier to manage. While the devil's advocates will push that Google is destroying our privacy (http://masterplanthemovie.com), I personally don't care. All of these services make my life so much easier to manage. If it comes to bite me in the ass in the future, oh well. The only thing bothering me is that I'm stuck with a Palm Centro and have limited integration to the above Google services and can't afford a Palm Pre or the HTC Hero.
In other news, I recently secured myself an internship repairing computers, amongst other things (whether it's going to be paid or unpaid is still up in the air) that I'll be starting next week. Unfortunately, it's going to be slowly killing my gas tank making it there. Hopefully, I can work out some kind of compensation so I can at least afford gas to make it there and back.
Now that things are starting to settle down, I should (hopefully) get into posting something on a regular basis.