The World is Going to Hell

So, I was playing around with some of Google Labs offerings, and I stumbled upon Google Trends.  A quick search for "Christmas" revealed the sad truth.  People just don't seem to care as much about Christmas as they used to.  Last year I was in a funk around Christmas time and was so disappointed because it felt like everyone else was too.  Now I have evidence to back up my feelings.

I am not going to stand idle and let this happen.  This has renewed my interest in celebreating Christmas.  My lights are going up and my friends are going to know that we should all be celebrating.  I'm tired of the focus being on how much crap can be sold to the masses.  I just want a good old fashioned Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Google Chrome

I'm typing this blog post from Google's new Chrome browser.  The interface is aesthetically pleasing, but there's more under the hood that will get us where we're going.  

Google's latest development looks to enhance the overall browsing experience by sand-boxing the sites that you visit.  This is important because no longer will a poorly coded site take down the entire browser no more than a poorly coded program will crash the OS.  In my eyes that comparison is ultimately where this browser is heading.  I foresee Google turning Chrome into a bootable browser making low powered machines a thin-client to their web offerings.  

Everyone has been gawking at the built-in task manager, but it's important to notice some of the subtle things this browser is doing.  Right clicking on the url bar gives an option for paste and go.  Doing a find in the document gives indicators in the scroll bar to help you find your way to what you want.  Tabs are draggable and can even be detached from the current window.  There's quite a few goodies here for a beta product.

I'm glad to see so much competition in the browser market.  This encourages innovation and emphasizes the importance of standards compliance.  Right now Google Chrome is just beta, but it shows some promise.  I'm looking forward to watching it's progress.