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Switch from Chrome to Safari

Jan 4

Written by: Ilpo Juvander
1/4/2015 11:05 AM  RssIcon

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I have long been using Google Chrome as my main browser on all my computers and phones that I use and it has mainly served me well.

Except on one use case I have: Feedly.

I use Feedly many times a day to read all the news from many different sources, on average I get some ~1000 headlines each day. I was _forced_ to start using Feedly after Google closed Google Reader back in 2013.

The way Feedly works is that it includes all links to news articles which I then click and open on new browser tab. On Chrome this is painfully slow process and while it is loading the new page on background it freezes whole browser and my multitasking way of using Feedly does not really work so nicely.

Now on Safari this is not the case.

It just opens new tab, loads page nicely on the background and while doing that I can still continue using other tab pages without noticing any delays or slowness.

While Chrome is working it is also easting lots of battery and it is not using App Nap technology to save power either.

One last obstacle I had before making switch to Safari was the fact that Safari does not have the capability delete selected cookies automatically when exiting application which Chrome has. This is a must feature for me because of couple of sites which try to limit the number of articles one can read for free.

For this purpose I wrote a small ‘Cookie Manager’ application with a Config.plist file to allow me to specify which sites I allow to leave cookies behind and all others are deleted when I execute this ‘Cookie Manager’ application. There are some paid applications for this purpose as well, but they seemed a bit too complicated for my purpose (and they were also quite expensive compared to few lines of code that was needed to delete cookies…).

On Safari I also like the idea of Reading List feature into which I can add pages from my phone or computer and it synchronizes these between devices so I can then later on read these when I choose to. On Chrome I used one TEMP favorite folder for this purpose, but Safari Reading List is much more clearer way to do this.

On Chrome I had few occasions where my bookmarks reappeared after using Chrome instance on a computer which I had not been using for few months. There seems to be a bug somewhere in Chrome synchronizer that it looses track of what is synchronized and what is not after some time.

Only places where I intend still to continue using Chrome are sites where they use some flash content which I _must_ see. Chrome has built-in support for flash which updates automatically where as Safari relies on actual flash installation which I’m not ready to install (one less component to keep up to date and I don’t like the idea of these flash contents playing automatically).

But now my preferred browser is Safari over Chrome, will see in the coming weeks how well this works.