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No More Google Chrome Browser

I’m finished with Google Chrome.

  1. Its wiped my toolbar bookmarks AGAIN. This is the fourth time in six months.

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  1. It still burns more battery than Safari or Firefox.

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  1. The updater wastes bandwidth by updating every 60 minutes

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  1. The updater keeps changing - I've seen wget, ksfetch, curl and custom updater. I'm wasting too much time on my outbound security setup here.
  1. It performs a hidden installation "Google Search" app on my Mac. What the hell ?
  2. Chrome keeps phoning home to tell Google what I'm doing (I monitor outbound traffic requests). Safe browsing is a feature but there are far more requests to Google domains that I cannot explain. Thats creepy and increasingly I worry about the data leakage that is occurring.
  3. Its big. 800MB so far and that's after a regular monthly cleanup

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I’m back to using Apple Safari. Its not perfect either, but right now it is better than using Chrome on Mac OS X.