Google Earth: You Have Been Assimilated

It’s not just software anymore. Google has claimed full ownership of the planet.

Well, not exactly. But they will be issuing a Google-flavored browser tomorrow called Chrome.

My curiosity is somewhat dampened by the fact that I won’t be able to play with it, if the scuttlebutt is correct: no Mac version.

It would have to be pretty darn snappy to lure me away from Firefox and all the plug-ins I use there. But then, when you own the planet, snappy seems in the realm of possibilities.

Read about it on the Official Google Blog.

In Google We Trust is not yet the official motto of the US. But it ain’t over yet, either.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. It’s true, no Mac version just yet, according to the Google blog. I’m a dual-platform home office, so I’ll to load it onto my PC in the meantime and give it a whirl. Firefox has been my mainstay for years, but FF3 and its buggy new bookmarking system has made me start thinking about other browsers. We’ll see if Chrome has enough to offer to woo me from Firefox.