Facebook’s big shrink– Google Chrome vs Firefox – FB/Chrome fail!

Quite suddenly and spontaneously this afternoon my Facebook page shrank by what looks like 50% in Google Chrome. OK, there is a new version of Google Chrome today, and also I am sure the incessant fiddle that is Facebook was simultaneously happening. And here is the result.


In Google Chrome a presentation that might appeal to mice or ants…


In Firefox the way it is surely meant to look.

And possibly even better, here it is in Opera:


Back to Chrome, here is the ant-written version of the Facebook Help Screen. Yes, I have sent a complaint…


All those screen shots are exactly to the same scale, by the way.

Fact is, Google and/or Facebook, you have managed to render my Facebook experience almost completely useless and unworkable. Here is one work-around:


One’s faith in Facebook doesn’t actually grow when one looks at this from yesterday. Click to see the current state of play:


A shame, as like many I have come to enjoy Facebook and its quite wonderful pages like CIty Daily Photo and Lost Sydney… I did see a comment somewhere in the past day that Facebook has a talent for breaking what didn’t need fixing, and it may well be Google Chrome in its latest version has joined in.

More on nostalgia

I see I have a tag here for nostalgia but I have rather neglected it, as I am sure far more posts would qualify – all The Shire ones for starters!



Compare those with yesterday’s post. Not sure how old those are, but suspect the 1930s or 1940s…

There are still patches that are little changed since I lived and worked around Dapto and The Gong in the 70s, or for that matter since my Dad was born at Shellharbour 101 years ago. But the area is nowhere the dairy hub it was. The old Dairy Farmers’ Co-op at Albion Park is witness to that.



View between Albion Park and Dapto, from the train window last Monday afternoon.

God’s Politics has a nice companion post today.

Comparing today with yesterday is a popular yet pointless pastime.

For one thing, we rarely remember yesterday accurately. More to the point, yesterday was so, well, yesterday — different context, different players, different period in our lives, different numbers, different stages in science, commerce, and communications.

Seeking to restore the 1950s — grafting 1950s values, lifestyles, cultural politics, educational, and religious institutions — onto 2012 is nonsense. It sounds appealing, but it is delusional.

That world didn’t disappear because someone stole it and now we need to get it back. It disappeared because the nation doubled in size, white people fled racial integration in city schools, and women entered the workforce en masse. It disappeared because factory jobs proliferated and then vanished, prosperity came and went, schools soared and then soured, the rich demanded far more than their fair share, overseas competitors arose, and medical advances lengthened life spans.

The comparison worth making isn’t between today and yesterday. It is between today and what could be. That comparison is truly distressing, which might explain why we don’t make it….