Google Native Client: web deluxe, or ActiveX redux?

Throughout the brief history of the web, we’ve seen various attempts to make the browsing experience more interactive:  Java applets, JavaScript (and AJAX techniques), ActiveX, Flash, and Silverlight to name a few.  All of the above except for ActiveX achieve a certain level of security from malicious code through the use of runtime-interpreted languages.  The interpreter […]

Google Chrome to Get Extensions Framework

The very fact that Google put Aaron Boodman on the Chromium project should have told us something.  Aaron invented the popular GreaseMonkey add-on for Firefox, and on Saturday he announced the publication of a design document for adding extensions to Google Chrome. The lack of extensions for Chrome has been a major barrier to adoption […]