Google Chrome needs polishing

Matt Cutts of Google posted yesterday about the ten things he doesn’t like about Chrome.  Coming from a Google employee, this seems like brave transparency — but Matt’s list is pretty much a collection of nits.  I use Google Chrome as my default browser, and in general I love it — especially its performance.  But I have a few more serious things about Google Chrome that I dislike:

  1. No RSS autodiscovery.  I consume all of my regular sites through feeds, and I like the fact that Firefox (and Opera, and Safari, and even IE7) provide a consistent way to at least find the feed URL for any site that includes an RSS autodiscovery link.  Firefox even lets you customize how to handle subscriptions — mine is set to feed it (pun intended) to FeedDemon — so subscribing to a feed I like is only one click away.  In Google Chrome, there is no button to subscribe, and if I load a URL that contains an RSS feed, it just displays as HTML (ignoring all the RSS tags).  I have to manually copy the URL and paste it into my feed reader.
  2. I know Matt said not to mention it, but lack of cross-platform support is a major deficit.  Eventually Google will get around to releasing versions for MacOS/X and Linux — but what about FreeBSD?
  3. Perhaps the biggest gaping hole is the lack of support for extensions — but hopefully that one will be remedied soon.
  4. Keyboard shortcuts don’t seem to work all the time.  I haven’t narrowed down exactly when, but sometimes Ctrl+T doesn’t open a new tab, and Ctrl+C sometimes doesn’t copy to the clipboard.  In the same contexts, I can select “New Tab” from the wrench menu or “Copy” from the context menu, and they work as expected.  This is a big one for a hater of Mus computerus like me.
  5. Chrome seems to give up on links faster than Firefox (it does everything faster, even fail).  I get a lot more page load failures that are remedied by F5.  It also gives up on linked stylesheets, resulting in an unformatted page until I refresh.  There should be some way to tweak the timeout.  Maybe there is, but I haven’t found it yet.

None of these are show-stoppers for me yet, but if/when I change my main workstation to FreeBSD then #2 will be.

How about you?  If you’ve used Chrome for any length of time, what bugs you about it?

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34 Responses to Google Chrome needs polishing

    • Thanks for that link, Derek. Sweet! Looks a lot like Firefox's autodiscovery support. I wonder when they'll get that implemented.

  1. I agree whole-heartedly with everything you said, plus some other stuff, the most salient of which is its straight bullshit bookmark support. I can’t tag a bookmark and I can’t make a back-up copy. It’s a travesty.

    An oft overlooked yet impressive feature for me is Chromes ability to adopt a search engine into the omnibar.However, it rarely works as advertised. I should be able to type “youtube” and my query, but all it ever does is give me a history. It worked one time, and Chrome crashed soon after that. Thus, while I have “google” and “urban dictionary” as search engines on my homepage, I find it impossible to collect others. *sigh*

    • Have you tried manually editing your search engines by right-clicking in the address bar and selecting “Edit search engines…” ?

  2. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to use Chrome because I’m currently having a problem where Chrome refuses to acknowledge that I am indeed connected to the internet, but I don’t think it’s a problem with chrome itself, as opera is doing exactly the same thing. Just wish I could figure out whats wrong and actually see if I would like Chrome.

  3. I agree whole-heartedly with everything you said, plus some other stuff, the most salient of which is its straight bullshit bookmark support. I can't tag a bookmark and I can't make a back-up copy. It's a travesty.

    An oft overlooked yet impressive feature for me is Chromes ability to adopt a search engine into the omnibar.However, it rarely works as advertised. I should be able to type "youtube" and my query, but all it ever does is give me a history. It worked one time, and Chrome crashed soon after that. Thus, while I have "google" and "urban dictionary" as search engines on my homepage, I find it impossible to collect others. *sigh*

    • Have you tried manually editing your search engines by right-clicking in the address bar and selecting "Edit search engines…" ?

  4. Unfortunately I haven't been able to use Chrome because I'm currently having a problem where Chrome refuses to acknowledge that I am indeed connected to the internet, but I don't think it's a problem with chrome itself, as opera is doing exactly the same thing. Just wish I could figure out whats wrong and actually see if I would like Chrome.

  5. I deleted it, the fact that it shows thumbnails of all the sites you visited recently bugged me immensely. It sound good in theory, but I didn’t like that.

    • I find that to be one of the more useful features — I end up clicking on one of those most of the time.

      If you’re worried about a *ahem* particular site showing up, you can always clear history through the wrench menu selection “Clear browsing data…”

    • Thanks for that link, Derek. Sweet! Looks a lot like Firefox’s autodiscovery support. I wonder when they’ll get that implemented.

  6. I deleted it, the fact that it shows thumbnails of all the sites you visited recently bugged me immensely. It sound good in theory, but I didn't like that.

    • I find that to be one of the more useful features — I end up clicking on one of those most of the time.

      If you're worried about a *ahem* particular site showing up, you can always clear history through the wrench menu selection "Clear browsing data…"

  7. I’m currently giving another shot to Chrome (the first time I couldn’t live without my Firefox extensions!)… I’ve already found a bug. While searching on YouTube, I was typing: “believe in love scorpions” and decided to try “believe in love” only, but then added scorpions again, at the beginning, so it should be “scorpions believe in love”, but it just acted as if I had INSERT on and visualy overwrote the first part of the query, even though when I pressed enter it searched correctly.

    So there goes a bug! Chrome needs A LOT of work before I decided to permanently use it.

    The one thing it’s got going for itself is that it’s damn fast loading!

  8. I'm currently giving another shot to Chrome (the first time I couldn't live without my Firefox extensions!)… I've already found a bug. While searching on YouTube, I was typing: "believe in love scorpions" and decided to try "believe in love" only, but then added scorpions again, at the beginning, so it should be "scorpions believe in love", but it just acted as if I had INSERT on and visualy overwrote the first part of the query, even though when I pressed enter it searched correctly.

    So there goes a bug! Chrome needs A LOT of work before I decided to permanently use it.

    The one thing it's got going for itself is that it's damn fast loading!

  9. On top of the things you posted, and the bookmark issues as Pidgin pointed out I have a couple other little issues with it still. One being no middle mouse button ‘scrolling’- I forget the proper vernacular for it, but it’s when you press down the middle mouse button and then you scroll by moving your mouse up and down. The other thing that’s a pain(although not Chrome’s fault at all) is I have come across a number of websites that feel the need to constantly bug me about my browser being “out of date”.

    • Hmm… the middle mouse button scrollwheel works for me in Chrome. AFAIK its been using the same Windows message since they introduced that feature in Windows, so I wonder what could be different in your case.

      Here’s another one: I can middle-click on most links to open in a new tab (just like Firefox), but it doesn’t work on the “Back” button. Grrr.

  10. On top of the things you posted, and the bookmark issues as Pidgin pointed out I have a couple other little issues with it still. One being no middle mouse button 'scrolling'- I forget the proper vernacular for it, but it's when you press down the middle mouse button and then you scroll by moving your mouse up and down. The other thing that's a pain(although not Chrome's fault at all) is I have come across a number of websites that feel the need to constantly bug me about my browser being "out of date".

    • Hmm… the middle mouse button scrollwheel works for me in Chrome. AFAIK its been using the same Windows message since they introduced that feature in Windows, so I wonder what could be different in your case.

      Here's another one: I can middle-click on most links to open in a new tab (just like Firefox), but it doesn't work on the "Back" button. Grrr.

  11. I rather suspect that shortly after Chrome is ported to Linux, some open source community guys will start work on porting Chromium to FreeBSD (if it even needs porting by that point — maybe it’ll just need to be recompiled).

  12. I rather suspect that shortly after Chrome is ported to Linux, some open source community guys will start work on porting Chromium to FreeBSD (if it even needs porting by that point — maybe it'll just need to be recompiled).