I am happy to report that Google Chrome is finally out for the MAC....and I am happy with it. I have only been using it for a few days and there still some connections missing (diigo bar), but I know that these will come along.
Here are a few fun facts from us on the Google Chrome for Mac team:
- 73,804 lines of Mac-specific code written
- 29 developer builds
- 1,177 Mac-specific bugs fixed
- 12 external committers and bug editors to the Google Chrome for Mac code base, 48 external code contributors
- 64 Mac Minis doing continuous builds and tests
- 8,760 cups of soft drinks and coffee consumed
- 4,380 frosted mini-wheats eaten
On the other hand, or fingers (smile), Google Wave is also available. And I was so excited about this application (see previous blog) that I am surprised that I do not find it more useful. I think that the problem is that it is too busy -- hard to look at with all of these tiny pictures that I don't recognized. Sure they are people I know, but the people I know don't look exactly like that. I think I would want names on the list and pictures when I open a wave. I just find it too busy. What Google is known for is clean smooth lines. They put up a search engine that is lovely in its simplicity. The Facebook-like clutter of wave doesn't match with my notion of Google-neat. I would like to see something more on the line of etherpad.com (one of my all time favorite applications). When etherpad said they were working with Google Wave and that etherpad would disappear by March of 2010, there was a collective outcry. They responded and for the time, we still have etherpad.
I hope the etherpad crew will bring the look and feel of etherpad to google wave. I thing that Etherpad is a better instantiation of what I expected from Google wave. If you need an invite to google wave, I am happy to send you one. And hopefully the interface willchange....
My Advice to Google...think Coke Classic rather than New Coke