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Dispersing Flock – the final straw

September 6th, 2008 · No Comments

I was quite happy with Flock, and content to hang on in there until it became less resource hungry. I installed it on my laptop, I installed it on my PC at the OU. I worked out what worked best for me on my laptop and then tried to mirror that environment at the OU. Here I came unstuck. One of my mainstays is my google toolbar with its button accessing my google homepage where I have all juicy and interesting stuff like my Rescuetime summary, Twitter feed, RSS feeds, favourite blogs, OU library widget and sundry google niceties like google scholar, google books, google bookmarks etc.

No go.

When I tried to install it at the OU I got an error message along the lines of “The google desktop has been demonstrated to be unsafe and cannot be installed”. Without my common bookmarks, feeds and widgets, I cannot really operate efficiently online.

So sadly I’m back to Internet Explorer. I’ve not yet tried out Google Chrome, although the twitters about it sound interesting. Maybe I will. Meanwhile, Flock languishes, unused, on both the laptop and the PC.

Tags: Flock · Google Scholar · by Gill · technology

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