Walking away from Google Chrome
In the recently released Chrome 69, Google made a significant change to Chrome's behavior; logging into a Google site automatically logs you into Chrome itself under that identity, leaving you very close to having Chrome sync your local Chrome data to Google whether or not you really want it to. A number of people are very unhappy about this; see, for example, Chrome is a Google Service that happens to include a Browser Engine (via) and Why I’m done with Chrome (via).
new scripts to make invoking it as convenient as my existing
script. My early experience is positive, and in fact the experience is
clearly better than Chrome in two respects. First, I don't have my
Chrome cut and paste irritation. Second,
Firefox will offer to save website passwords for me in this profile;
incognito Chrome quite reasonably never saves passwords on its own, so I
always had to set them up by logging in once in regular Chrome.
(If I was really determined about this shift, I would change my
of incognito Chrome. I'm not quite there yet.)
I'm under no illusions that Google will even notice my departure from the Chrome fold, especially since I use Chrome on Linux (which is already a tiny OS for Chrome usage). But it makes me happier to walk away from Chrome here, and I even seem to be improving my browsing life in various small ways.
(This elaborates on some tweets of mine.)
Sidebar: How I want to set up Firefox to discard cookies and history
(Perhaps Firefox's private browsing would remember passwords if I set a master password, because that option is not greyed out, but in practice I don't do that for reasons beyond the scope of this entry.)