Just got an email from a reader saying "Are you guys aware of the disaster that Google's Chrome 10 is rapidly developing into? I haven't seen any publicity about it as yet. Essentially the Flash plugin is constantly crashing, causing many to abandon Chrome like rats fleeing a sinking ship" and pointing me to this Chromium bug report which does indeed have plenty of pain inside.
Normally, I'd make a note, perhaps have a google around and add it to the mental radar - the trigger threshold for investigating stuff is a bit high at the moment, due to stuff overload. But I'd been having the same problems (Ubuntu 10.04, Chrome 10), although I'd put them down to me tinkering with video drivers.
In my case, the Chrome crashes seemed to be related to having more than one Flash instance going simultaneously and then stopping one (watching iPlayer, pause, watch B3ta video, close B3ta window, crash). Nothing clears the problem except a browser restart. Which is dull.
So I googled and found a thread in the Chrome support forum covering the same ground, also with heavy traffic. That included a response from 'Toni' (Googler), an otherwise anonymous Google employee, who said: "[...]we're looking into this and tracking this issue [...] this issue is only for those who have been experiencing constant crashes since the new update to 10.0 Stable."
The thread also includes a 'works for a bit' fix - "Within Chrome, go to "Options" then "Under the Bonnet". Click on "Content settings" under the Privacy. Then under "Plug-ins", click on "Disable individual plug-ins..." Click "Details" (top right) I have 2 files, version 10.2.154.18 and 10.2.152.32 so I disabled the newest one and refreshed the web page with previously had the error and it works like a charm."
It also contains the magic phrase "WAKE UP GOOGLE" from those who've tried the fixes and are still peeved. They are also pointing out that Flash works fine in Firefox, and IE 9 is out round about now.
Google might wake up if it does a search and finds that "WAKE UP GOOGLE" has "About 2,280,000 results (0.24 seconds)" on the web. But if two million wake-up calls haven't done it yet...