Video: Riding south on the Hudson path.#

Yesterday I finally got so fed up with breakage in the clipboard and debugger in Chrome that I went public with that frustration. I guess it was possible that it was "just me," but it was confirmed by other users. These crucial features, one for programmers, and the other for everyone, are broken. Sometimes you can clear the problem by restarting the browser. Other times, even that won't do. #

There apparently is a workaround for the debugger problem. #

Remember when Chrome launched? We were told it was an inherently more reliable design because each tab was in its own thread, so you could have one thread go down and it wouldn't take the browser with it (an infuriating feature of Safari on iOS, btw, it's the crashiest browser I've ever used). #

As with many products, they devoted the resources to make it work when they wanted to take the market. Their best programmers, with lots of focus -- in this case, Firefox, I guess. They win, and then we, the users, deal with the same old breakage, and no one home to fix it. (Firefox was no better, their disregard for stability was the reason I split.)#

This is a lot like what Comcast et al do with connectivity. They have a monopoly, so why should they care. Or how Microsoft blew it with Internet Explorer. #

Computer users tend to think crashes are their fault, they're doing something wrong, so they live with broken tools. It would be great if the people at Google had enough pride to keep their browser functioning anyway. I can't imagine they accept that features like the clipboard and debugger are broken. Are they broken in the versions they use?#

Also it has been suggested that I switch to Canary, the "bleeding-edge" (Google's term) version of Chrome. That seems like very bad advice. If the "stable" version is this badly broken, why would you expect users of a browser named after a dead bird, one that died in an experiment, to fare any better. #

One more thing: The horde of reporters is around for the launch, with universal praise for the new king of the hill. They're almost never around to report the messes that are left behind after a product achieves market dominance. #

You gotta love the ingenuity of this keyboard for the new iOS. You type words, and out the other end come Emojis. A product totally in tune with the time. It's grunting and snorting with style. First we got reduced to 140 chars. With Apple Watch it's gone the next step -- a heart beat. By definition, everyone who's alive can express themselves that way. No need for words or punctuation. Soon there will be a watch for your cat. They have heartbeats too. Now Twitter seems opulently verbose. What's next? The real breakthrough will come when we have a device that the dead can use to express themselves. #

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