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  • Chrome readies built-in ad blocker in early version of Canary

    Posted on August 7th, 2017 at 11:58 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer at Computerworld has the story.

    Far-reaching consequences to this one, folks.

  • Google Chrome won’t be allowed on Windows 10 S

    Posted on May 10th, 2017 at 05:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you haven’t read Ed Bott’s latest ZDNet article, and you’re even remotely interested in Win10 S, hurry over there and absorb it.

    The approach — forcing browser makers to use the native plumbing — isn’t new. Apple requires iOS browsers to use WebKit, for example (see Paul Krill’s article). We saw something similar with the IE-as-default wars in Windows 8.

    Microsoft’s between a rock and a hard place, but the decision doesn’t surprise me at all. What does surprise me is that it’s laid out in black and white. I expected to see months of waffling.

    In my opinion, keeping Chrome off Win10 S is just another nail in Win10 S’s coffin. But it really couldn’t be any other way.

  • Numbers are out: Depending on whom you believe, IE lost to Chrome, Win7 under 50%

    Posted on May 1st, 2016 at 16:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I always take the numbers with a bag of salt, but…

    According to Gregg Keizer at Computerworld, Net Applications says that Chrome now leads IE in usage, with 41.7% vs 41.4%.

    According to Emil Protalinski at VentureBeat, Net Applications says that. among Windows users, Win10 is at 14%, Win 8 and 8.1 are at 12%, Win 7 is down to 49%, and XP hits 10%. Vista and older versions account for 4%.

    That means Win8+8.1 is actually up compared to last month. You really can’t trust these numbers very much.

    Protalinski gives some back-of-the-envelope analysis of Microsoft’s Win10 numbers – 275 million Monthly Active Users as last disclosed – but you need to keep in mind that Microsoft and Net Applications measure two completely different sets. Microsoft’s MAU should say how many individuals are using Windows 10 (although the definition is very much up in the air). Net Application relies on a count of hits on web sites that’s modified based on geographical location.

    UPDATE: Simon Sharwood of The Reg is out with his analysis. I’m not sure how the numbers support his conclusion that ” it looks like business is slowing its adoption of Windows 10,” but it’s a provocative thought nonetheless.


    Win10 = 14 to 18%

    Win7 = 45 to 49%

    Win8+8.1 = 9 to 14%

    XP = 8 to 10%

    There are also notes all over the web that talk about how Net Applications didn’t bother to separate out IE from Edge. Speculation runs rampant that Edge adoption is so low it’s little more than a roundoff error.

  • Will Google let Android apps run on Chrome?

    Posted on April 25th, 2016 at 08:46 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Paul Thurrott has an interesting take on the topic, based on a report by Ron Amadeo on Ars Technica.

    The goal is simple: Allow any Android app to run on ChromeOS, or on the Chrome browser. Yes, the Chrome browser running in Windows, too.

    If Google can pull it off, it’ll be a game changer.

  • New third party program updates

    Posted on January 27th, 2016 at 14:28 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Randy the Tech Professor has a list of the latest versions of important programs that you may be running:

    Chrome, Java, Opera, Foxit, Skype, Flash Player, Acrobat Reader.

    Here’s Randy’s listing.

  • Randy the Tech Professor: Updates for Flash, Shockwave, iTunes, Chrome and Firefox

    Posted on September 29th, 2015 at 06:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Randy the Tech Professor has just posted his update list for September.

    If you use Flash, Shockwave, iTunes, Google Chrome or Firefox, it’s worth a quick check to make sure you’re up to date.

  • Latest Google Chrome update having problems in Win10

    Posted on September 5th, 2015 at 17:09 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got a real good question from reader BS:

    WIN 10 seems to have shut down my Google Chrome and gmail. If the program does that, is there a quick fix until I get to read the For Dummies book?

    It isn’t Windows 10’s fault!

    Apparently the latest update to Chrome screwed things up so, if you run Chrome full-screen in Windows 10, it starts croaking. Immediate solution is to run Chrome at less-than-full screen, even if it’s only a slight bit smaller.

  • Java and Chrome updates

    Posted on March 6th, 2015 at 06:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Reader WL posted this in response to the Third Party Updates entry. It’s important, and I wanted to repeat it here, so everybody can see it. Thanks, WL!


    Two more updates

    Java JRE 8u40 is the latest.

    Yep, it seems like Oracle changed the installer, so it does NOT remove previous versions. Unless you know you need a specific previous version, remove all of them (e.g. Windows Control Panel | Programs and Features, then uninstall previous versions). Or at least use the Java Control Panel to disable previous versions (Java tab, to “View and manage Java Runtime versions and settings for Java applications and applets.)


    The Chrome browser has a MAJOR upgrade from 40 to 41, currently 41.0.2272.76 on March 3, with 51 security fixes and lots of changes.


    I think this update introduces one new bug; relaunching after update caused my main/regular Chrome window to lose half its tabs (out of 10 tabs) – never had this happen before. To be safe, you may want to bookmark your tabs before relaunching (or look at your history to recover visited sites). Further restarts didn’t lose any more tabs, so the bug may be in the relaunch function.

    BTW, after years of bitching by users, Chrome finally offers “normal” standalone/offline installers. Yes, Google did have crippled ones in the past, but strongly discouraged their use – and “dead-ended” those installations by TAKING AWAY THEIR ABILITY TO UPDATE! Not anymore:

    Alternate (offline) Google Chrome installer (Windows)