16 December 2010

Melting Rocks

Well for all my mad passion for Google Chrome, I have been experimenting with a new browser called "Rock Melt" from the people who brought you Navigator. The reason I was interested in it, was because I thought Navigator was the best browser I had ever used. I was very disappointed when it stopped being, even though by that time I had moved on.

I have fiddled with Mozilla's Firefox, looked at Opera. Internet Exporer, which is the main Browser used in the world, seems limited and slow compared to the others. It's only use is that Hotmail is stable within it. I often find my Hotmail account difficult to administer when in other browsers. But, to be honest, I would give up my hotmail account in a heartbeat if I couldn't use it in other browsers. Yahoo and Gmail are both stable in other browsers, so I really cannot see why Hotmail can't be.

The big features for me with Rock Melt is that it is intrinsically interfaced with facebook and twitter. My friends are listed down the left hand side of the screen and my accounts listed on the right hand side. I can see at a glance what is going on in both, so that I am instantly updated. The big plus with Rock Melt is that I can be browsing the web and chatting within Facebook at the same time. Previously, and with any other browser, you can only chat within Facebook if you are actually in your facebook account. No going out anywhere. This really impresses me, because sometimes chatting can be a bit slow, particularly where the person who you are chatting with doesn't have English as their native language.

So I am very much enjoying Rock Melt. It is built on the same Chromium platform as Chrome and has many features in common with Chrome. I suppose the creators will keep up with the features and apps as they go along. They don't want a lot of users but in my opinion, they should be pushing this thing to become a standard.

Onya guys.

07 October 2010

Grandpa on Facebook....

I have to admit, I spend a fair bit of my time on Facebook; it is a marvelous way to keep in touch with people and glimpse into their lives. My friends are roughly divided into family, horse people, crafts/artists and my religious friends. I don't interact with them as a group, but individually. I have a variety of friends from all walks of life. I will confess, however, that of the 350+ people on my friends list, I have know about 11 who are mostly family, and all the remainder I have never met personally, have never seen and with the vast majority I never will - mainly because they live in other countries to me, the bulk being the USA.

With that number of friends, there would be a mine of demographic information if I was to use it in a commercial sense, but I'm not interested in that really. So it is just a point of note. I will not go into the Marketing potential of facebook in this article.

One of the best things is that I can keep in touch with my grandchildren who live in Brisbane; about 1400kms from here and I wouldn't hear from them otherwise, they are teenagers and granny isn't first thing on their minds.

Another great thing, is that the vast majority of my horse friends are Arabian breeders. It is always interesting to keep an eye on what is happening both here and overseas within the breed. In being "friends" with these people, I get to look in on their programs, see their foals and get some insight into their breeding ideas. It is also interesting to keep up to date with breeding trends in Australia compared to the rest of the world. Although it appears to me that Australian breeders have embraced Facebook in far greater proportion numbers than their American counterparts.

Facebook is a great way to bring together vast groups of people to involve in conversations - over time - about their subjects. I can see where in the future a young person getting into, for example, breeding Arabian horses, can call on the expertise of everything recorded on facebook pages in regards to the subject, as a way to move into the future with their own breeding programs. The information is slow, as it trickles in day by day, person by person, but it trickles nevertheless, all of it, from the past into the future. This is true for almost any subject, for example, rubber stamping, sewing/tailoring, religion, anything where there is needed an interaction of ideas.

I have no idea whether there is much archeaology, politics, social sciences, humanities, physics, chemistry, history or stuff on Facebook, but I suspect there is, any subject you can think of is there, and in great quantities. Not everyone thinks alike, so there is also a vast confluence of ideas on any given subject. People interact at the height of professional level, to the most ignorant rank amateur. It is a great source of learning, of educating and of spreading ideas.

Admittedly, it can spread bad with the good, but even to the most extent that is a matter of perspective.

The thing that bothers me most about Facebook, is that appears to mostly be a younger person's social activity, rather than everybody. The people who could most benefit from facebook and who would be of benefit to have on facebook are the much older people, the people well over fifty. Yet this seems to be a group who have been the most reluctant to join it; mainly because they do not understand how it works.

I would like to encourage everybody who is on facebook to go to a relative or friend who is over 50 and sign them up for Facebook, but to also, please, take the time to teach them to use Facebook and to use it as it should be used, for the interaction of ideas, for the interaction with people and for the contact of people from all walks of life who love the same things as they do.

Those of you who use Twitter and can use it properly, please encourage them to use twitter as well, help them to build a following (don't forget to add their twitter address to Facebook).

29 July 2010

Google Chrome - take II

Earlier this year, while using GC the computer managed to snag a virus that the mega expensive virus detecting and killing software didn't detect or kill. So the HD had to be wiped clean and reloaded all the old stuff. Luckily our really important stuff gets backed up on a reasonably frequent basis so we didn't loose much.

When we reloaded the software we decided to perhaps not reload GC because it was the browser in use when the virus hit. Bit silly but that was our reasoning. Anyhow, I find not having GC a bit of an inconvenience because I had got used to using it. So today I took the gamble and reloaded it. It was kind of on a low level of getting back an old friend.

Chrome seems to be better for using html and CSS and the other stuff than any other browser. It doesn't just sit there making its mind up. A few people have noted lately that Chrome is having issues with Blogger, but that is nothing new.

I tell you I am thinking of getting an iPad, but I would rather something more friendly to GC and will be looking, too.

Well, now that I am back and have said this, I guess I better get cracking on some articles.