Switching from Firefox to Chrome

In 2004 I switched from Internet Explorer to FireFox.

ie firefox chrome

I’m now switching from Firefox to Chrome. I’ve played with Chrome occasionally since it was released, but now it supports Extensions, similar to Firefox’s addons, enabling me to block ads and other annoying website “features” (usually flash-specific).

Google’s Chrome browser has these advantages over Firefox:

  • It’s noticably faster for me – starting up and browing websites.
  • Its interface has less clutter, although that can be annoying too: I sometimes have to hunt for functions I don’t use often.
  • It crashes less often.
  • Incognito mode is useful when working on client or public sites.

Some things I don’t like about Chrome, which Firefox has an advantage over:

  • New windows pop up for some sites. Firefox has addons that take of that crap – Chrome needs a bit more work in that department.
  • It’s not as customizable as Firefox.
  • More addons are available for Firefox, although Chrome now supports ad-blocking, so this is not a big issue.

If you do decide to switch from Firefox or Internet Explorer (anyone still use IE?) to Chrome, it seamlessly imports all your bookmarks and saved form and password data, if you used those functions.

Have you made the switch?

City Chickens

I live in a typcial suburb: 30-40 year old subdivision with split-entry and bungalo houses, bus routes, lots of kids… you know, just like the Rush song.

I’m thinking about getting chickens. There’s a wide utility path behind my house where power-line towers are, so I have no neighbors behind me. The chicken coup would be located near the middle-rear of the backyard, so the neighbors on the left and right shouldn’t be disturbed by them.

I have no idea how to raise chickens, but I like the idea of raising our own eggs.

I haven’t contacted the powers-that-be yet to see if there are any laws about it.

I’ll post updates.

First Phillip starts bee-keeping, and now me chickens. We should buy a farm together.

The Mystery Of Magnetic Hill

Scientist tackles Magnetic Hill mystery:

A Japanese scientist has won an award for duplicating the kind of optical illusion that for decades has baffled tourists who visit the fabled Magnetic Hill in Moncton, N.B.

Magnetic Hill is an area that appears like you’re going up a hill when you’re really going down.

It’s dumb-founding if you’re new to it: you take your car “down” a hill, put it in neutral, then experience the car going back “up” the way came on its own, when it’s really going down a hill. It is cool.

Wikipedia says there are hundreds of these magnetic-type hills. I had no idea.

City Fishing

Clean City Rivers Spark an Urban Fishing Phenomenon:

Across Europe, fish are returning to city waterways thanks to major cleanup efforts in recent decades. And with them, a rare species of recreationist: the urban angler.

It’d be cool to see people fishing in the middle of a city, although I don’t know if I’d eat the fish.

The Petitcodiac River causeway recently opened up its dam with the hope of restoring fish migrations. Moncton used to be a hub for boat building, but the causeway reduced the river’s flow dramatically.