Chrome gripes

Posted by Thomas Wed, 23 Sep 2009 20:14:15 +0000

Chrome doesn’t:

  • Expose proxy settings through the ui (they’re set via environment variables). So if I want to change them, I have to go to the cli to set env vars, then restart chrome.
  • Display link urls in the status bar when I hover over links. Apparently it does this. Don’t know what I was smoking.
  • Let me middle click in the body of the page to load a new url (this is fixed upstream, but not in the versions I’m running).
  • Allow css ad blocking (
  • I have to add a trailing slash to the end of everything so it doesn’t try to do a web search for whatever I type.
  • Update: Doesn’t let you hit ‘/’ to start searching.
  • Update: When searching doesn’t let you hit enter when matching a link to go to that link.
  • Update: It seems to take its sweet time sometimes doing what appears to be a dns lookup on the proxy. TTLs anyone?
  • Update: Selected text isn’t automatically the desired search text when opening the search box.
  • Update: Can’t shift delete mistyped urls in the omnibox.
  • Update: Chrome automatically selects text when the omnibox gains focus, clobbering anything I had in my clipboard. Something similar happens with the find field, but it’s that whatever I had in the clipboard goes away completely.
  • Update: Can’t control click and drag to select multiple rows of a single column in an html table.
  • Update: When selecting space delimited text, pressing delete/backspace will actually delete more than is actually selected.
  • Update: Backspace no longer goes to the previous page.

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  1. Cole said on September 24, 2009 @ 10:01 am:

    What version are you running. I just tested 3.x and 4.x and urls show up when I hover over links. I’m pretty sure I remember that being there from day one because it took some time to get over the distraction of having that popup come up and go away as I moved around the screen.

    I’ve been looking forward to a good adblocker once extension support is a little more mature. Here’s one I found that seems to not be supported any more: ( It seems like it would be pretty straightforward to write at least a user script to load the css from floppymoose and probably not too much more to make an extension if desired. Not quite the same as auto-loading, but not a terrible solution. I’m pretty sure extensions and user scripts are on by default in the dev channel at least.

    I don’t guess I’ve ever had the problem with the trailing slash. Maybe it’s actually doing a web search and I just don’t notice, but if it looks like a url it usually tries to load it. Of course if that fails it will search.

    I don’t really use proxies so that hasn’t bothered me, but I have a similar gripe about ssl certificates. We use custom and self-signed certs at work and while it’s pretty streamlined on windows since it just launches the windows gui, it’s a whole other beast on linux. I had to install new packages, create special files in special places, then restart and hope it worked. I know there’s a lot to be said for not reinventing the wheel, but when the alternative is trudging through the mud sometimes you need a new wheel.

    p.s. I guess comments aren’t intended to be this long since I only get 4 lines in this box.

    p.p.s. My biggest gripe of the day is that you need some OAuth or something so I don’t have to type strange words that I can hardly read every time I want to post a comment ;)

  2. Thomas said on September 24, 2009 @ 11:56 pm:

    Test, test for OpenID support, including a lack of recaptcha for logged in users…

  3. Thomas said on September 24, 2009 @ 11:59 pm:

    And logged out/anonymous users can still post comments, but still with recaptcha…

  4. Cole said on September 26, 2009 @ 9:18 am:

    Awesome, now that I have my openid setup it works great. I have to remember the login url, though.

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