Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Chrome is dying

I don't usually like death metaphors for software but it really seems to apply to Chrome on the Mac. It just keeps getting more and more impossible to use.

The latest awfulness

  1. Closing tabs causes the browser to crash. Fairly regularly and reproducibly.

  2. Unfortunately I left a few tabs open with YouTube videos. And some of my normal web pages start playing audio when they are loaded. This is a trick they use, something they sell to advertisers. It's awful-on-awful.

  3. There's the catch. When I relaunch the browser I have to listen to the videos all over again. And eventually I will forget the commandment Thou Shalt Not Close Tabs, and around we go again!

  4. Meanwhile the work I was trying to do when the browser crashed is lost.

It gets worse not better

If this were the only problem in Chrome I'd probably shrug it off, and find a workaround. But it's just one in a series of problems, that as far as I can tell are not getting fixed, that pile up that make the browser more useless than the ones I was using in 1994 when I started using the web (when they had an excuse for being this awful).

Canary is a bad choice of a codename

And yes, I am using Chrome/Canary, after being told that the classic Chrome isn't being maintained. Believe me, this version is no better than the one they have left to die.

PS: I ask you, again -- could this possibly be the browser the people in Google use? If so, get your priorities straight. Before you invent intelligent computers, could you PLEASE make a freaking browser that works.

PPS: When it crashed I was in the process of writing a Stack Overflow question about a security issue with Chrome. Hopefully I will be able to finish it this time.

PPPS: All the crashy awfulness of today's system software is why I'm not looking forward to using the software created by today's Learn To Code And Get Rich kiddies. I'm sure they're teaching them how not to break users. (Sarcasm)

PPPPS: See the next post in this thread. And a third.

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By Dave Winer, Monday, November 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM. You should never argue with a crazy man.