Every since Google released the 64 bit version of Chrome via the developer channels in June (aka Canary builds) I have been running it. Running the developer channel has a couple of caveats. 1)It updates often, usually once, sometimes twice a day. You will see the green glow or yellow glow of the Hamburger in the upper right corner telling you something is amiss and you need to probably run an update. Faithfully I will usually run it if the Hamburger is glowing.
The early releases didn’t like PDFs so I had to go in and disable Chrome Canary from loading PDFs in the browser as it would just display a blank page. As soon as I put in a bug report, this issue was resolved with the next update. Ask and you shall receive it seems.
The other bugs were it didn’t synchronize my settings, passwords, or install any of my extensions. So I had to re-install them all. Some like Hootsuite weren’t always happy about the 64 bit platform though it got better and has been mostly stable. This has greatly improved and all my favs are working fine.
Some days Chrome would get so laggy and all of the tabs would be blank. I would have to do a refresh (early on, only restarted resolved this). This only happens occasionally. Some of the things I do like are it is a hair faster and that it uses less memory. I keep a lot of tabs open and I use Chrome’s profile feature (which doesn’t come over from the 32 bit so you have to set it up again) so you may freak out when you see how many Chrome processes I have running currently. Notice they do not have the *32 bit designation by them, pure 64 bit baby!
Now the Beta of Chrome has finally been released. Remember, treat Canary as Alpha and Beta as well, beta. Don’t put your hopes and dreams into it.
Windows 7 was really released October 22, 2009. This makes Windows 7 basically a 5 year old Operating System aka OS.
So if your computer is running Windows XP, is it any wonder why Microsoft would want it to die?
There have been huge strides in Computer hardware as well since XP first arrived on the scene. For example, video cards that have 128 times the amount of memory Windows XP Home Edition said it needed as a minimum.
The minimum hardware requirements for Windows XP Home Edition are (Source Microsoft):
Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
At least 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM (128 MB is recommended)
At least 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available space on the hard disk
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
Keyboard and a Microsoft Mouse or some other compatible pointing device
Video adapter and monitor with Super VGA (800 x 600)or higher resolution
Speakers or headphones
All of this to say, XP is the car that is left on the side of the road and no one will call to donate the scrap metal from it.
To add insult to injury, you can’t necessarily run Windows 7 on your older XP machine. The minimum specks want 1 Gig of RAM and 16 Gigs of hard disk space. (Source Microsoft)
So what are you to do with your old Windows XP box? You can attempt to protect it. This would require keeping an up to date Antivirus program. You would need to add some type of third party firewall program to prevent things from access it from the Internet. You would need to run the latest possible web browsers. And those browsers would need any help they could get to be protected. But in the end, you can’t really protect Windows XP. Or really any OS for that matter. But that doesn’t mean stop trying.
There are other alternatives, but they require you to take a leap of faith.
For these two options, you need someone who knows how to back up your stuff, if this is you, great, if not, ask your favorite IT friend. As these two solutions I propose will wipe out your hard drive. All of your pictures, songs, videos, bookmarks, everything will be wiped out when you try one of these solutions I suggest.
You could run Chrome OS on your computer and start living in the cloud. With Chrome OS, the OS is the browser. If it can be done in a web browser, it can probably be done with Chrome OS (unless the web site is strangely hard coded to an older version of Internet Explorer or Java). If the sites are modern browser compliant, they will work with Chrome OS. The OS is “sandboxed”, which means it is supposed to be locked down from anything attacking it. Reboot the box and it is just like it was before. You are running your browser in a protected mode. This option means no more Windows programs such as Word or Excel or iTunes or Internet Explorer, but you can use Google Docs with Google Drive and save all of your digital possessions in the cloud. Can’t sync your iPod or iPhone, but you can do all of that over the air now a days. Visit http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os for details.
Another alternative is to run Linux. Linux is a beautiful operating system that has been around for a long time but whose community has kept it up to date and fun into the future. With Linux, you eliminate a lot of the worries you have with any Windows operating system. As most viruses target Windows machines, but running a different OS such as Linux, you are knocking out most of the threats you would have to worry about with Windows. Ubuntu is probably the most user friendly version of Linux. Read this great article about Ubuntu Then if you are convinced, go here and download the latest version, http://www.ubuntu.com/. Again, this wipes your hard drive, though there is a way to install it without wiping so you can get your feet wet and see if you like it.
Good luck out there. Running Windows XP after April 8th is like not planning for the Zombie Apocalypse.