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Brower Market Share: Chrome at 10.7%, IE 6 at 12.03% – Companies upgrading from IE6

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

ConceivablyTech has done a good job summarizing the data from NetMarketShare.

From The Third Double-Digit Browser: Chrome Blasts Past 10%:

Google’s Chrome had another successful month and ended 2010 with 10.70% market share, according to Net Applications and almost 16% according to StatCounter. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to lose market share on a fast pace while Mozilla’s Firefox is fighting and tightly holding on to the market share it has.

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Google Chrome to drop H.264 Support in HTML5 video Tag

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 | Business | 1 Comment

Starting in a few months, Google will be dropping H.264 support in Chromew.

This is done to push support for the new WebM (VP8) codec.

Just announced, and it means for those of us who implemented the HTML5 video tag, time to go back and make sure the video is available in WebM or Theora.

Part of the trials and tribulations of working with a partial spec.  This is just going to make our work as web developers more difficult.

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Help: Google Chrome says, “Your profile could not be opened correctly”

Monday, September 20th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

My computer just had a disk problem, I know this because I had to run chkdsk, and there were many errors (time for a new hard drive).  Google Chrome had crashed on me while using it to fill out airline information.

After rebooting whenever Google Chrome started up, it would say:

Your profile could not be opened correctly.
Some features may be unavailable. Please check that the profile exists and you have permission to read and write its contents.

The fix (that worked for me) is easy.

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Google Chrome 6 Released

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Google released version 6 of their up an coming browser, Chrome.

The biggest feature of almost every Chrome release, is speed.  It’s nice to see browsers focusing on doing their jobs more efficiently (cough cough Microsoft) instead of bloating the software with more unnecessary features.

Some of the features of the new release over previous releases:

  • Various UI tweaks
  • Auto Fill of forms
  • Better Syncing

Chrome has been an exciting browser to use and follow, as it has been growing in leaps and bounds.  Recently Chrome just overtook Safari usage, and is rapidly gaining on IE and Firefox.

Chrome is my current browser of choice.  In the mere 2 years since it’s launch, Chrome has grabbed the position of being the browser to copy.  Through minimalistic design, and significant speed enhancements, Chrome has forced other browsers to become leaner.

To update your software go into “About Google Chrome” and click update (if it hasn’t already).  If you don’t have it, then download Chrome now!

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Facebook to drop IE6 support on IE9 beta day, September 15

Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

I’ve been quiet for  while, and wanted to start up again with some great news.  Facebook is going to stop IE6 support for chat on the IE9 beta day.

Projects always ask about IE6 support, whether they need it, etc.  Surprisingly IE7 and IE8 support is also an issue, since they don’t support many of the cool toys supported by actual modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox).

I hope IE9 quickly replaces at least the IE7 and IE8 communities.  IE 6 seems here to stay, at least for that last 6-8%.

Some other information from that article:

  • Microsoft will support IE6 until April 2014
  • Google has removes IE6 support in Google Docs, Google Sites, Gmail, Google Calendar and YouTube!
  • Microsoft Office Web Apps doesn’t even support IE6 (how could you when trying to do anything cool)

The article quotes numbers as high as 17% for IE6 usage share, but I haven’t seen those numbers in a long time.  My website enjoys an IE6 user base of 0.5% (in the last month, whereas IE, all versions, was around 19%).  Other larger websites I manage see around 7.7% IE6 usage (with IE, all versions, being an amazing 55% of overall traffic).

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HTML5 – Showcase and Experiments (Apple and Google)

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Apple released their HTML5 Showcase a month or so ago.  It was cool, but the showcase required Safari to view it (not sure if this is a technical limitation, or just marketing making the decision).

I just saw the Google equivalent, Chrome Experiments: Not your mother’s JavaScript … and it’s damn cool.  Most of these (if not all, I haven’t gone through them all yet) are NOT limited to Chrome.  If you can’t run it in your browser (and why NOT) – you can see videos of each of them.

Some of the featured experiments:

  • Sketchpad – We’ve seen this before, showing off the ability to create vector graphics in HTML5 (we’ve linked to this before)
  • Canopy – Impressive fractal zoomer implemented with HTML5
  • Browser Ball – Some interesting animation of an element between windows.
  • Wavy Scrollbars – physics simulation using browser scrollbars.
  • Pong – Pong implemented through browser windows (annoying sound warning)
  • Google Gravity – Physics applied to the Google homepage (demos very nicely physics as well as CSS rotations)
  • Harmony – Sketching app
  • Destructive Video – This is cool, blow apart a playing video (I’ve linked to this before) — notice how the video keeps playing
  • Ball Pool – Another physics demo … rotations, animations, large numbers of objects.

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Chrome 5 is final and released!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

I forgot to post this a few days ago, but I wanted everyone to know — Chrome 5 is here!

Upgrades include:

  • Full Screen Mode
  • Javascript engine (V8) speed boost
  • Bookmark Syncing
  • Automated site translation
  • More HTML5 support (Geolocation, App Cache, Web sockets, etc)
  • Drag and Drop file upload support

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Flowplayer: Control bar won’t reappear after Fullscreen and the Fix

Monday, May 17th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

Was just working with a strange bug in Flowplayer — after going full screen, the Control bar wouldn’t return on certain computers (seems to have been prevalent in certain versions of Safari 4.0.4, maybe Chrome).

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Help: Google Adsense isn’t loading correctly (or you can’t log on)

Monday, April 19th, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

If you’re trying to access Google Adsense in Google Chrome, and the display doesn’t look right (or you can’t log in) — you probably have AdBlocker turned on for “google.com”.  That means many assets from google’s adsense interface are being blocked by your browser.

Turn off AdBlocker for Google.com (for me there is a button in the top right corner which is a red octagon, click on it and enable ads for Google.com).

All of a sudden forms load, stylesheets load, etc.

Magical

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Help: IE7 won’t load my JSON but IE8 will – Using a JSON Validator

Monday, March 8th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

I just ran into this issue, and found surprisingly little documentation.  My JSON request wasn’t returning.  I was using the jQuery “getJSON” method to send the request out.  Nothing was coming back.

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