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A Google engineer has bunged an "offline mode" into the advertising giant's cloud-backed Chrome web browser. It allows users to access previously visited pages if there's suddenly no working internet connection. Chocolate Factory programmer Randy Smith said he's added an initial implementation of the disconnected mode to the …


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  1. Cave Dweller

    Catching up

    Chrome has nearly caught up to Internet Explorer 4!

    (Chrome is a massive improvement in almost every other area compared to IE4, for anyone who missed the joke)

    1. 142

      Re: Catching up

      "Almost every other way"?

      Your curious use of the word "almost" here raises more questions than your disclaimer answers...

  2. Tim 11

    Am I missing something here?

    It only allows me to find stuff I've already found before?? Now I know my memory isn't that great, but most of my web surfing is to find things I _haven't_ found before

    1. Pookietoo

      Re: Am I missing something here?

      You visited a page earlier but didn't read it all, now you want to finish it but the interwebs is down ...

  3. Alastair Dodd 1
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    good news when it hits android chrome

    not being able to save a page for off line viewing in it is a pain.

    1. Pookietoo

      Re: not being able to save a page for off line viewing in it is a pain

      What;'s wrong with File -> Save Page As ?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    caching is a waste of time.

    1. TechnicalBen Silver badge

      Wish to explain why?

  5. Steven Roper

    You mean

    like Firefox's offline mode, where you can view cached pages but, unlike Chrome, throws up a warning bar letting you know that you're viewing from cache?

    How innovative.

    1. Adam 1 Silver badge

      Re: You mean

      No. It becomes innovative whenever it becomes supported by safari.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    ok, so ...

    how do the rest of us enable / use this feature ? (yes, I did check the referenced page, yes, my chrome is uptodate) -- any / all answers welcome, (except for "use Firefox")

    1. Andrew Norton

      Re: ok, so ...

      Use Opera?

  7. Jerry G.

    I hope any browser that will browse cached web pages will at least display a warning showing the internet connection is lost! Not knowing the connection is down can cause some frustration when the user has to access it.

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