I switched over to the Google Chrome browser a few months ago. I had been using Internet Explorer just about forever (at least since Netscape days . . . remember that?), but I was scared off after constantly reading dire warnings about “Heartbleed” and the security issues that IE users are allegedly experiencing. I tried Firefox for a little while, wasn’t all that thrilled, and finally settled on Chrome.
Well, let’s just say that I’m not all that thrilled with Chrome either. For one thing, I have to keep reminding myself that I have 479 windows open. I can’t see them until I click on the colorful Chrome logo, so I tend to forget that they’re still open. It wouldn’t be that bad if all my windows showed up on visible tabs so that I could close some every once in a while. But I really miss the days of each open window appearing at the bottom of the screen. You could easily switch between them and close the ones you no longer need. I haven’t forgotten that if you open too many windows in the same program, Internet Explorer no longer allows you see them individually, but instead see a message that reads “10 Microsoft Word…” Regardless, I miss IE.
The most annoying thing about Chrome, however, is the way I am rarely able to access documents, particularly PDFs, from hyperlinks on the web. This is particularly important for me in that I spend hours each day on my job search, which generally involves clicking on links to access application forms. Far too often, Chrome greets me with an error message that reads “Aw, Snap! Something went wrong while displaying this web page.”
The annoyance of being unable to access my document is compounded by Google insulting my intelligence. It seems to me that the use of the phrase “Aw, Snap!” indicates one of the following:
When “Aw, Snap!” rears its ugly head, Google provides a hyperlink to a list of suggested troubleshooting techniques that it invites Chrome users to try in an attempt to solve the problem. Inexplicably missing from this list is the obvious: Close Chrome and open your document in Internet Explorer.
Works every time!