Obviously, I appreciate Chrome asking me whether or not to allow the web site to store information on my computer. Questions, obviously, remain:
What does Fox News want to store on my computer with Google Gears?
Why does Fox News think that this is necessary?
Is it one of Fox News “carefully selected partners”? If it is, why does Fox News allow their partners to “store information” on my computer?
Without more information about what Fox News is attempting to do I’m always going to say “Deny” to these sorts of things.
This is new behavior. It isn’t something I’ve ever seen from Fox News. I haven’t seen any other web site attempt to use Google Gears to “store information” on my computers. Running a Google search for the phrase “The website wants to store information on your computer using Gears” doesn’t yield any useful information. Either the issue happens infrequently or no one except me cares when websites want “to store information” on my computer.
Based on Matt’s comments below I did a little digging. Loomia is a “content recommendation engine” (company, Wikipedia article). It’s certainly a reasonable theory as to the source of the Gears popup. I’ll still probably continue denying the request to store information without further details as to what is being stored.
The interesting thing now is that other browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox are not showing a similar warning. Is there some code behind the Loomia widget that behaves differently when Chrome is detected as the browser?
Since I’ve started doing more web development over the last couple of years, I’ve become much more interested in how web sites appear in different browsers. This page article is going to show how this web site, at least a small corner of it, appears in a different browsers on several operating systems. This isn’t an exhaustive review of any of the browsers. It’s really just to demonstrate the appearance of one web page in various browsers.
Chrome on Mac OS X is still a beta, so it isn’t quite as robust as its Windows counterpart.
I’ve been finding lately that the latest version of FireFox (3.5) on Windows takes a long time to load. So long, in fact, that I often end up starting additional instance because I think that I somehow missed clicking on the icon. Regardless of the slow load, it is hard to beat the Firebug plugin for buidling web sites.
I know that Internet Explorer 8 is supposed to bring all sorts of useful and cool enhancements, but I haven’t been able to figure out what they are or how they could make my web browsing exerience more satisfying. The only thing that I’ve seen that is different is that IE8 locks up more frequently than IE7. As always, IE 8 remains the favorite (read as: only) target for third-party application browser application toolbars.
Maxthon is a browser that I recently learned about. My understanding is that it is quite popular in Asia, particularly China. I don’t really like this browser. You can’t really see if from this small screenshot, but the UI is, in my opinion, very busy. If I’m going to work on web sites that could run in any browser, it is worthwhile to work with this one.
I find that my personal preference is trending towards Google Chrome on Windows (XP and Vista) and Mozilla Camino on Mac OS X.
A couple of days ago my trusted Windows XP laptop decided that it was time for me to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8. I decided to go ahead with the installation because once Windows determines that it is time to install a new version of IE it won’t stop pestering me until I consent.
I must say, I’m not happy with the new IE 8.
First, the installation completely disregarded the fact that I have a different default browser set up (FireFox). It helpfully said that IE 8 would be my default browser.
So that meant I had to go through all of the excess steps of the “Choose custom settings” process. This eventually led to the “Do you want to discover websites you might like based on websites you’ve visited?” question. The installer helpfully left both choices unchecked.
Thanks, but no I don’t want IE and Microsoft keeping track of places that I go so that Microsoft’s “carefully selected” partners can tell me about all of the “wonderful opportunities” that they have available for me. I don’t mind the question per se. It just irritates me that there was no default choice. The default choice should have been “No.”
If you notice from the “Default Browser Ignored” dialog, the subject of “discovering websites” isn’t even mentioned in the list of things that the installer is going to do for me automatically. Was that just an oversight? What would the “express” setting have been? I suspect that it would have been “Yes.” But maybe that’s just conspiracy thinking on my part …
With the new version of IE, the “tabbed browsing” functionality has ceased working correctly. The new page just stays on the “Connecting …” animation forever.
Getting stuck like that makes it kind of difficult to check and see if the new post to this blog looks OK in IE 8.
WebRoot has changed their installation dialog a bit. The “we’re going to install the toolbar unless you say ‘no'” message now appears on the very first screen of the installation dialog. At least I don’t have to go looking for it; that is an improvement. Better still would be to assume that I don’t want it installed.
Once again, another application, Winzip, wants to install a free toolbar for Internet Explorer.
I’m probably dense, but I don’t get what the attraction behind loading down Internet Explorer with all of these “free” toolbars is all about. This is particularly true when it is an application that I would otherwise pay for, like WinZip.
This post is more of “collecting” yet another example of a “free” and “helpful” browser toolbar that could be installed than a rant. I think that point was fairly clear the last time.
The interesting thing about this one is that Sun is offering to install the MSN toolbar. The last time I posted on this subject Sun was installing the Google toolbar. What gives? Why the change of heart Sun?
Fake anti-virus warnings like the one below really piss me off. This one came up in Internet Explorer while using Google to do some research.
This dialog popped up from a perfectly legitimate link in Google results. Regardless of whether the dialog is closed with the OK button, the Cancel button, or the window close button, the user is taken to a malicious web site. The web site behind the link redirects to winfix2008live.com/_freescan.php.
Pop-up blocking is activated in Internet Explorer.
Firefox is no less immune in this respect.
Apple Safari on a MacBook Pro has the same issue.
I’m a fairly knowledgable computer use with up-to-date security software installed on my systems, so it was a bit of a surprise when browsers started popping up warnings about being “struck by the virus.” It is easy to see how “average” computer users can be misled by these sorts of popups
Behind the screen you hear the clatter of dice. The Dungeon Master begins to laugh. What do you do?