Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Google Chrome problem

At some point in time i started to like Google Chrome, the browser.....

Yeah, those where the times!

But let's start at the beginning.

Soon after Google announced it's first Chrome release i jumped onto it. After all, if they can do such a good job on search technology or email they should also be able to come up with a great tool to browse the www.

Once installed i started using it - well, after about the fourth click the good old good old crashed down like a badly hit WW 1 fighter plane.

There where some other things i did not like about the initial release, so i uninstalled the unfortunate thing.

A good long while later i got back to Google Chrome.
It was during a period of time i tested out all browsers because my former favorite, SeaMonkey 1 went to SeaMonkey 2 and did not make me happy anymore, so i needed a browser that was fast, would do what i want and would handle almost every website more or less equally well as IE or FF.

Opera was not really all that great, at least not good enough to replace FF.
The other minor browsers remained as such, minor, because they had nowhere any advantage point over the most common browsers.

So, i kind of had no choice to install Chrome again.
And, see there, no crashing anymore at this stage of the Chrome development, and i especially liked the way the tabs where shown, on top of the location bar, rather than added on below it, and of course, the overall lean and small top bar all together, giving me some bit more of a view of the websites i open.

So i ran with it for a good while - until one fine day.....
I had many tabs open, maybe 20 or more, it crashed or slowed down to almost a standstill as it usually did when there where plenty of tabs open.

Only, this time things went from bad to worse, Chrome had stalled completely, and my lappy started to act very sick.
Once i had it turned off it rebooted with some awful sounds - and Windows did not come back to view again.
On to the computer store for the first time in my life.
Diagnosis: HD crash.

So, i got a new HD built in, but in my memory i connected Google Chrome with this crash, if rightfully or not i can not judge as i am not exactly a hard - or software expert.

Naturally i once again had to look around for the best possible browser besides of the Windows default one.
Glad to say that SeaMonkey has come around again and made it back as my default browser, but with FF i still had my minor issues, i kind of looked at it like some old lady......
So, i brought myself forward to once again install Google Chrome.

Nice to have a the second best choice browser, all though i could never stand the weird display of source code or especially not partial source code in Google Chrome, to much crap for people who might even know what of it is useful and what is just an overkill of details, but what the heck, i had SeaMonkey to deal with web design the way it's meant to be, and Chrome just for browsing around for some specific sites etc.

So, that should have settled the suspicion about there being something fundamentally wrong with Google's Chrome browser??

Yes it did - until another not so fine day just recently!
Not sure if my Windows XP Pro is by now a bit to outdated for glorious browsers like Chrome, but than again, such a major Corporation should be capable to make things work on all still commonly used OS, not just for the latest versions thereof??

What happened?
Well, same scenario, maybe 20 or so tabs open, and as always, Chrome starts to slow down, this time it completely stalled (froze) again, and so far this can happen with other browsers too, isn't it??
Sure, but once again, after i simply turned the computer off via the power button and rebooted it did not jump on as it normally should, Windows came on at least, but with some message like "Hard drive needs to be checked for inconsistencies..." (or so).
It was an automatic process of 3 steps, but in step 3 even this process stalled (rotated around the same position on an endless loop).

Kind of worry some, did not know if i should wait an eternity, but eventually decided to turn the pc off, again via the power button.
Restart - and again the same message, this time i realized that i can also skip it, so i did, and Windows came on again.
First thing i did now was removing the Google Chrome browser due to it's mysterious / notorious malicious behavior towards Windows or the HD (at least in my mind).

Cleaned out all the Registry entries as well, checked for any malware etc. than tried to reboot - same message from Windows again, this time i did let it run it's course, and see there, this time it did run properly and eventually fixed all issues it claimed to have found and that was the end of the story.

But, it did and does leave me wondering about Google Chrome on XP.
To me it seems that the risk of this odd and truly unpleasant behavior "under stress" is to great to just ignore and re-install Chrome again.

I also wonder if there have been others experiencing this or any similar behavior with Chrome??
If so, please use the commenting system below to post your experience, would be interesting to read for sure.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

SEO is dead!

I have a new song for you all today.
SEO is deadeo, SEO is deadeo ... and so on ..., yes, you can sing along to that, even on the famous river side, has a great beat to it too.
Seo is deadeo, SEO is... now you know.


Okay, i'll explain.
If you are active with websites online you probably too have gotten some emails that offered you best SEO services eh??
They land in your spam, they land in your inbox - heck, they even find you through your online contact forms.
Wasen't that in 2004 the latest fashion, how can something survive for this long online??
Right, exactly, it didn't, there's just a bunch of folks out there that learned what SEO is only in 2006, and hence it still takes a while before they get it too, you know,
SEO is deadeo, SEO is deadeo......
(sounds very similar to "happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear S-EEE-OH happy birthday to you") - but let's not speak badly about the dead shall we, after all, it was fun while it lasted, keywords up the chimney and through the roof, meta tags thrown in for all their worth, a ton of doorway pages if you where really sickeningly into it - and the big bad spider people would soon find out what's going on and mock around those infamous algorithms again. Yoohoo!!

Oh how great where those golden old days when all you needed to do was give your site a title or URL like 007 bananasstore.pom and you would find it on top of any olden days Search Engine, and you know people where searching for bananas online in those days like crazy.......

So, all credit to those big bad spider bot people, they kept on learning about all the cheatin' tricks the human nature can think off to out due their silly little scripts on silly little servers and get back to the top of search results.

Eventually it came to the point where SEO became a bad term itself, spider bot technicians started to hate all these tricky tricks people came up with to get more links from more weird websites or, for havens sake, from something like a link farm (wonder how many cows they have in there..) so they started to ban bad SEO people's website for doing to much SEO!
Often that looked like good old Wild West lynch justice, but so far the law enforcement people did not hack off the fingers of the spider bot people, so beware of SEO, you could be hanged long before they ask you any questions (like "why me, why me....").

Lets get serious for a moment now, i told you a Swan song with a great beat to it above, so i might as well also tell you what i think is in these days, but before that i'd like to remind you, SEO is deadeo, got it?? Don't do it again Bro!

So what CAN you still do??
Go back to school!
Well, not physically, they don't like it these days when old guys mingle with regular school kids you know, but mentally, with your inner vision you need to go back to when you where in school and the teacher asked you to write up an essay or whatever.
Are you there yet??

That's what you still can do these days without making the stressed out spider man behind the scenes nervous.
You don't just put some pictures onto your site, impressive Flash or picture on an empty entry page, nah, get right to it, explain, express, fill people in! In full detail, what your site is about, does, sells or offers.

And that's it??

  • Nope that's not it!

Guess what, we still can trick those big bad spider man and woman!
"User contents" is what they are betting on today!
Haven't you sleepy heads noticed this lately??
Do a bunch of searches (for useful information rather than p.o.r.n please) and you might observe that some results of pages they show in the top ten have what you where looking for NOT within their own contents, but either in the sites forum or it's COMMENTS functions (if you know what i mean you Wordpress and Blogger folks out there)!

Yep, the Blog is not dead, i know, it's only SEO ... but i like it, like it, like it, yes i do (as the Rolling Stones would have sung for sure if they would have been born a bit later). Many Blogs these days have double or triple their own contents by "user input", people that COMMENT on what the webmaster has put up for reading - and the spider people think that's is "unbiased, non-fake, true" contents!
Well, maybe so, but maybe not so either!

In any case, the last word out is "get user input" onto your site if you want to be seen as "viable source of information that deserves to be found", hence replace any SEO activity with "GUI" activities!