Google Chrome is Coming

Google on Google Chrome - comic book - Page 26 - Mozilla Firefox (Build 2008070206)There have been persistent – and reasonably credible – rumors that Google was going to release its own browser. Now, thanks to Google Blogoscoped, we have some additional evidence: a 38-page comic book sent out by Google to announce the Google Chrome project.

The comic runs through a bunch of interesting features: process-isolated tabs, a new Javascript engine tuned for large, complex applications (like, oh, GMail), UI innovations, an “Omnibox” that resembles Firefox’s “Awesome bar”, and more. The new browser is supposedly built on top of the Webkit rendering engine. Although this could be a (very elaborate) hoax, I’m inclined to believe it’s for real: the URL for Google Chrome is returning a custom 404 page, rather than the one Google uses for random words. I’m sure I won’t be the only web worker hoping to see a release here sooner rather than later.

Firefox 3: Good PR, Poor Execution

The launch of the final version of the Firefox 3 browser is not going the way Mozilla planned. This was supposed to be Download Day — an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in a 24-hour period. Instead, after the browser was pre-announced to arrive at 10 am PST, all of Mozilla’s download sites are down. For full coverage of the PR vs. the reality, check out OStatic.

Monitor your ergonomics with a USB device

Brando_usb_visomate_2I’ve known for some time that I have terrible posture when working at the computer. If I ever forget that, my neck and shoulders usually remind me through the night. I’ve tried better desk and chair settings, but how the heck do you know when you’re really in the "right" position? For $26, Brando is willing to tell you, thanks to their USB-powered Visomate. Sounds like a an add-on for a golf visor but it’s actually a small monitor you attach to the top of your display. The Visomate checks your position from the display and warns you if you’re too close (and burnin’ retinas) or too far with blue and red LED lights. Sounds interesting but I’ll hold out for the golf visor accessory….my swing is much worse than my desk posture.

(via Gear Live)