Tessa joined Olivetti in 1975 as a WP Installation Clerk. She learnt to write machine code & continued to learn geek stuff ever after.
Last night I uninstalled Chrome for the last time. I will not download it again. My days of fandom with the Google browser have made their way to that distant sea of no return, and regardless of what the ups and downs of Microsoft Edge will be, they have to be an improvement on a browser and search engine I once regarded highly.
Reasons to change browser from Google Chrome
- 1. For the past few weeks, my Chrome browser has been chewing up gigs at a rate that defies comprehension. I do not know why this is. It may be that late August I decided to back up my photos with Google Photo. As I have some 11,000 photos, and as it seemed constantly to be uploading in the background, that may have been it. But I uninstalled the uploader, and it’s still happening. As I am now living in the third world where internet is expensive, using up 20 gigs in 10 days in not an option. My normal number of gigs per month, up until these last few weeks, used to be between 1.5 and 2 gigs per month.
- 2. For whatever reason, finding adequate tutorials on anything Google -related is a Herculean task. Tutorials are never written in colloquial English. It is always geek speak. And somehow the people who write these tutorials go from Step One to Step Six in one grand sweep without realizing that it might be important to tell those of us who don’t understand geek speak about the other five steps. Right now, I’ve been trying to find out how to delete all 6000 photos which have uploaded as I don’t want to use Google back-up anymore. While Google Photos Support delights in telling me how to delete one photo at a time on Android and and I-phone, there isn’t a single tutorial on how to delete 6000 photos uploaded from one’s laptop. So I’m screwed.
- 3. Chrome hasn’t worked well for me for at least three years. I keep trying to reset it, but somehow it didn’t doesn't, and I could never find the junk I knew to be there. Amazingly enough, when I imported my settings to Microsoft Edge (the new browser on Windows 10), I found files from Lenova, Dell, Acer, and all the other laptops I’ve used over the years. That information simply shouldn’t be there. So I was able to delete it on Microsoft Edge.
- 4. Google/Chrome keep ‘innovating,’ and they do this without explanation. Oh, yes, I do realize that they make announcements on their blogs, etc., but that’s not the same thing as putting it upfront on the relevant webpage where I can see it immediately. Instead I suddenly find that this button or that icon won’t work, that this file or that folder is no longer in the place it used to be, and/or a function I relied on had been discontinued.
- 5. Chrome/Google floods me with information to such an extent that it disrupts my thinking and my peace of mind. I find it difficult to focus with all the clutter. Recently, I switched from an Android phone to a Microsoft Lumnia. At this point, I don’t care how bad the MS phone is, it has to be better than having Android ‘sync’ my phone with my entire Google Plus contact list, none of whom I’m going to be phoning anytime soon. But it’s more than that. Google has connected my Adsense account to my Google Plus account to my Youtube account to my Gmail account to my Google Sleep and Google wake up account, and then it links it all of them very intimately with Chrome. So I have this bulky dinosaur collection of apps and things, most of which I never or seldom use and have no interest in, under one big settings button. They work together continuously - no doubt eating up excessive bandswidth. If I make a comment about someone’s video on youtube, suddenly it’s posted to Google Plus. Believe it or not, I prefer conversations related to niche topics kept to a niche stream. If I want to make a comment on youtube about a potato video which only people interested in potatoes would be interested in, I don’t want the world to know that I posted about potatoes. Chrome, however, with all its cookies and cant, informs Google, and Google promptly informs the world. I’m done.
Google Plus arrived to much excitement!
Google Chrome has bugs
- 6. Google/Chrome security has ‘improved’ to such an extent that I’ve been locked out of my own accounts on more than one occasion. Any hope of rational feedback from Google is a delusional expectation. They want my cell phone. Not only don’t I want to give it to them, but I actually don’t want a cell phone. I am, however, now forced to have one because ever Dick, Tom, and Harry, their greyhound friend, wants me to provide a cell phone number so that they can confirm who I am (and send me unwanted commercial propaganda). Then there is the 30 day wait for some google number that is supposed to make my account secure. Well, it’s now so secure, I haven't been able to get into my own account for a month.
- 7. Gmail is now Gee-can-it-get-more-complicated? I much preferred the original email accounts of the 90s. I don’t want all the bells and whistles. Too much clutter and distraction. The side menu of gmail is so long now that it is difficult to see what there is at a glance. There’s Google Plus and Google Chat and Google colour markers and Google Promotions and Google settings three miles long. In all of that, all I want is simplicity – the way things used to be. That’s why I fell in love with Google. Now its simplicity has been lost to its belief that in order to remain competitive, it must keep expanding and ‘innovating.’ I have to confess that the next major email company that offers me an alternative, I will be saying goodbye to gmail.
- 8 Something has gone amiss. Not only did Panda plunder my income some years back, but from that time, something about the Google search engine has become third rate. From that time on, I have no longer been able to find articles on topics. Instead I find websites, and I’m not interested in websites, because anything they say is compromised by their wish to sell me something. I have always looked for information, and information comes from writers (i.e. content writing sites) not from people with a vested self-interest in making money out of me. With increasing frustration, I find myself going to DuckDuckGo, Bing, AltaVista, Dogpile, but somehow, they have never achieved the excellence that Google achieved in its heyday.
- 9 Google has become deceitful. Some months ago I was looking for software to design a website that had wysiwyg attributes. Google had recently launched its website design software and advertised it as a wysiwyg website design tool. Only it wasn’t to design websites, it was to design advertisements (commercial propaganda). I wasted an entire day on trying to learn it before I discovered that.
- 10. Lastly, much as I have benefited from many of Googles excellent freebies, I don’t like the fact that Google doesn’t pay taxes. Tax avoidance has become the tool to avoid the moral responsibility of contributing financially to the community of humanity that provided support on their way to making billions. Tax is needed in order to alleviate the intense suffering of the masses.
Microsoft Edge replaces Chrome for me!
Google Chrome is not the best browser anymore
- 11. Did I say ten reasons? Forgive me, I’ve just remembered yet another reason. Over the last year or so, every now and then when I want to go to a particular website, Google tells me no, that they haven’t got a proper safety certificate or something. Then I struggle and struggle and struggle to get there. Eventually I to IE, and then I land there – perfectly safely. The sites I'm being denied access to are main-brand sites, like a newspaper or something akin. Enough is enough is enough.
I was an early supporter of Google, excitedly telling all my friends in early 1999 about this amazing browser without the eye-glaring pixels of mayhem that so bedazzled the landing pages of the existing search engines of the time. When it was necessary to get an invitation to gmail in order to get an account, I did what it took to get that invite. When Google Plus launched, I went to my daughter who collared all her friends until I received that invite on day one and joined up with first generation Google Plus.
So while Google and Chrome have been dying a slow death for me for some years now, the burial, death rites, and grand funeral came last night. RIP Chrome
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2015 Tessa Schlesinger
Jim Bailie on September 19, 2015:
Thank you for saying it so well . I feel the same, I left Firefox for Chrome for the same reason , they Fixed it until it was broke. As soon I find another Browser I'm gone.