Forgive me, Firefox, for I have sinned; Chrome is my new love now

Summary:Darling Firefox, I thought of Chrome as a simple dalliance of convenience. Just one or two days, when you wouldn't talk to me, I sought solace in Chrome's Omnibox.

Sad Firefox

Forgive me, Firefox, for I have sinned. It has been four long months since I've launched your interface, touched your menus, or configured your add-ons.

It snuck up on me, really, this love for Chrome. Firefox, you know how long we've been together. In the very earliest days, I dabbled with IE and even the prepubescent Mosaic, but once you came along, you were my favorite scroll.

But after 8 long years, the luster has worn off. I don't know if it's you or the Web sites I choose to visit, but you just seemed slower, crankier, unkempt. I know you upgraded yourself regularly, but still, you seemed to have let yourself go.

Even though I was committed to you, I found myself growing more frustrated, even annoyed with you. Then there were the days you chose to be completely unresponsive. Days where nothing I did could get you to come out of your shell, and visit Web pages or behave properly.

I guess I could have stayed with you then, and I had every intention of doing so. But then, one day, it happened. I had to get something done, probably for work, and you just weren't willing to help. Rather than pick a fight with you, I decided to try Chrome.

I didn't think I'd like Chrome, and at first, I really didn't. First was the fact that Chrome seems to have been playing around with almost everyone. No matter who you spoke to, it was all Chrome this, Chrome that. That Chrome sure got around.

Chrome snuck further and further into my life. She introduced me to extensions that matched (and sometimes exceeded) your add-ons.

But you were just so sluggish; and so I tried Chrome. Initially, I found myself quite annoyed with Chrome's attitude. First of all, Chrome won't let me rearrange her toolbars like you do. I miss that with you.

Then, Chrome doesn't run the same add-ons you do. Some of those special little tricks you did were critical to my daily productivity and happiness, and Chrome wouldn't do for me what your add-ons would do.

Darling Firefox, I thought of Chrome as a simple dalliance of convenience. Just one or two days, when you wouldn't talk to me, I sought solace in Chrome's Omnibox.

But over time, Chrome snuck further and further into my life. She introduced me to extensions that matched (and sometimes exceeded) your add-ons. She's open and sharing, naturally, so all my bookmarks work everywhere, even without the overhead of Xmarks. She's also incredibly tough. If one of her tabs fail, she keeps on going. If one of your tabs fail, you have a hissy fit and crash.

And then, just today, it hit me. I've been with Chrome full-time now for months, and had even pretty much forgotten about you. I never even said goodbye. I just slowly, subtly, even without noticing it myself, switched over completely from you, Firefox, my old and trusted companion, to Chrome, my new love, my new browser.

That's why, today, I'm seeking your forgiveness. Firefox, you will always have a special place in my heart, but you just don't seem to have it in you anymore. You just don't seem willing to fight the good fight. You just don't seem to love me enough to keep browsing, day-in and day-out. You've become yesterday's browser.

I'm sorry Firefox, but I'm now with Chrome full-time. I wanted to tell you now, rather than have you read it on my Facebook status.

Be strong, Firefox. Farewell. Fare well.

Topics: Browser

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