It didn’t take long for someone to come out with a portable version of Google Chrome. A German guy named Carsten Knobloch (please forgive me if I get the name wrong) managed to hack and compile a portable version of Chrome that works pretty well. Hopefully an “official portable version” will eventually make it into the Portable Apps suite.
CNET has an article about the Chromium team making development builds available to those who like to be on the cutting edge. The Chromium team anticipates that the dev releases will come about once a week. If you’re interested in getting these updates, you can subscribe to the Chromium Dev Channel and download the Chrome Channel Switcher. Once you’ve updated, you should be running version 0.2.152.1 (at the time I wrote this post). Just like Stephen Shankland (author of the CNET article), when I tried to verify I had the update, it said “checking for updates…” until I got tired of watching the little spinning icon.
about:internets Google Chrome screenshot
Here’s a fun thing to do with Google Chrome. If you type about:internets in the Omnibar, you get this. I tried it while connected to my PC via Remote Desktop and it didn’t work. The title of the page said “The Tubes Are Clogged!” instead of “Don’t Clog the Tubes!” I suspect that the tubes are rendered with OpenGL or Direct3D, neither of which are possible to do on Remote Desktop since it is not a hardware accelerated display. Still a nice easter egg nonetheless.