Well, that was quick…

Looks like the honeymoon is already over for Chrome.

After its launch to a frenzy of news coverage Chrome peaked with a 3.1% share of the browser market. Since then it’s been a steady decline, down to just over 1.5%. And it looks like it will stay that way.

Has Google’s browser peaked already? – Short Sharp Science – New Scientist

This isn’t actually all that surprising. It takes a while for something entering a crowded market with well-established players to gain marketshare. The only reason people maybe expected Chrome to do better was because of the behemoth Google name. As the article points out, Internet Explorer’s cut of the pie didn’t budge at all since before Chrome launched.

I tried to like Chrome, I really did. I could live without the extensions, even ad-blocking. But what drove me from it was that in the end it felt like exactly what it was: a beta. A real beta, not like Gmail. Chrome lacks polish, as it were. It locked up on me frequently and tended to get really confused if I had flash animations playing in multiple tabs, which is practically a given when you don’t have ad-blocking.

In the end, though, this might be part of Google’s master plan. They said up front that if Chrome got Firefox and IE to copy its innovations, they’d have done their job. If the web experience overall improved, Google didn’t care if people used Chrome or not. IE8 beta 2 isolated tabs in separate processes. Firefox 3.1 will allow users to drag tabs between browser windows. And both sport upgraded and much faster JavaScript engines. Mission accomplished, Chrome.

Are netbooks recession-proof?

Jason Perlow has an interesting article over on ZDnet about how the economic crisis might spur IT innovation to save costs. He’s focused mostly on a top-down, enterprise-focused “how the heck can we afford this datacenter” perspective, but it got me thinking about netbooks.

Before long y’all are going to be as tired as my RL friends of hearing about netbooks. I’ve recently purchased an HP 2133 Mini-note, and it has completely changed how I approach using a computer. I really think these small, cheap, “under-specced” laptops are going to change computing. And it occurs to me that they might have appeared at a historically perfect moment.

The thing about netbooks is that they can be so small and cheap precisely because they don’t do as much as a “real” laptop. Now over time the definition of a real laptop has changed to the point that my writing partner’s 15” laptop has more power and better gaming performance than my desktop, but that’s beside the point. Netbooks are good enough to do about 80% of what you’d want to do with a computer. They’re great at email, surfing, light media (for instance, as I write this in Windows Live Writer, I have Outlook and Firefox open as well as tunes in Windows Media Player; works fine). In other words, they’re the perfect second or kid’s PC for most families. As long as you’ve got one big desktop in the home for the other 20% work, why would you buy anything but netbooks from then on?

As we slowly stagger into the holiday shopping season, expect to see netbooks sales skyrocket while sales of desktop and larger laptops tapers off.

Economic crisis as a technology change agent | Tech Broiler | ZDNet.com

Proof that some Republicans are just thugs

And sore losers, too, apparently. And the election hasn’t even happened yet.

DENVER (AP) – Democratic Party officials say a second brick has been thrown through a window at Democratic Party headquarters in Denver. Spokesman Matt Farrauto says the brick had the word “maverick” written on it.

9NEWS.com | Colorado’s Online News Leader | Dem headquarters vandalized by ‘maverick’ brick

It’s sad, really, that reactions like this (not to mention cries of “traitor!” and “kill him!” when Obama is mentioned at McCain rallies) is what passes for Republican “Joe Six-pack” commentary. It’s not surprising, but it is sad. It’s not surprising because it’s become increasingly obvious over the last decade or so that if you’re the kind of person who might throw a brick or drink anything that comes in a six-pack, you have absolutely no business being a Republican in the first place. The cognitive dissonance of anyone making under a million dollars a year who considers themselves a proud member of the GOP must be nearly crippling.

Newsflash for the anonymous brick thrower: John McCain and Sarah Palin don’t give a toasted damn about you. You’re nothing more than ignorant cannon fodder for their big money backers. Come to the Democrats. We’ll not only welcome you with open arms, but we’ll actually work for your own best interest. Think about it.

Lets… try this again

Funny thing happened on the way to the blog. I found myself unable to log into WordPress, decided to remove the installation and create a new one, figuring I’d just attach to the same database. Only that didn’t so much work. So instead we have a Brand! New! Blog!

Which actually isn’t such a bad idea. The old site had stagnated, a lot, and I think I’d run out of stuff to say. So what makes this version different?

In truth, I can’t promise anything. But my outlook and attitude have changed a lot over the last few months, about mobile tech, about writing, about life. We’ll get into how later, but I think long time readers both here at and Writing On Your Palm will be surprised. Maybe even intrigued enough to stick around.