I'll be off to Mom's Monday, and probably too busy getting ready tomorrow to post, so I'm getting this up here tonight.
Blogger's new Threaded Comments feature is the cause of the recent problems, not just Embedded Comments. Threaded comments have a Reply feature. There's a lot of discussion going on at the Blogger Help site and other places. So OK, here's my two cents worth:
In blogging terms this little hole in the wall blog isn't even a two cent-er. So it doesn't get more than a few comments on most posts. And I love getting them, and I am terrible about responding to them, either in the following post, or by email or a return comment on your blog. So if I added the reply feature, I could leave a return message under your comment. This is good in theory, but I fear I would fail miserably.
The reply feature isn't limited to the blog owner replying to comments, anyone can reply to any other person's comment. For blogs that get a lot of comments, this means other folks can use the comments section of your blog post to hold a dialog that may or may not include you - more or less turning your blog into their forum. I've seen this happen on some the big political blogger's sites. This I wouldn't like so much, but that's for each blogger to decide for themselves.
I'm still having the problems with blogs using this feature, and with Mail.com, while using IE. So I've been really checking Chrome out, and still not caring for it, except that it seems to handle the threaded comments and Mail.com just fine. Damn.
One enormous drawback is the lack of a sidebar for bookmarks - I won't go into how they're handled in Chrome, other than to say I don't like it a bit! I've just found out there's another browser called CoolNovo, which purports to be the Chrome browser packaged with a bundle of improvements, including the sidebar. But apparemently you can't download just the improvements. Uh-huh.
I'm still not seeing the speed benefits that are supposed to come with Chrome, and some Flash stuff is slower instead of faster. Watching video is a 50-50 proposition, just like with IE.
I'm also not comfortable with security and Chrome. I know and trust the security software I use with IE - even if some of it is out of date (so is my computer) and not being upgraded any more (neither is my computer). In spite of my recent Zentrom attack I feel well protected - that was the only incident I've had.
So how about some input from Chrome users - can you talk me into loving this browser? Anybody want to suggest any good extensions for bookmarks and security? Any of the game extensions any fun? Am I the only person on the web who's never seen an angry bird?