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Firefox ftw surely?
more like a multiple choice install
chrome is the current best browser
safari 4 gets my vote at the moment. most consistent across the board, quickest and most stable.
chrome has some horrible little quirks.
is the same on Windows as it is OSX, but I don't think that homepage (the coverflow-esque one, right?) is actually the problem for me; it's that once in a while Safari has some sort of mass panic when you load it up. When the homepage does load, there's a little delay, but not a major one; when it panics, it'll be a good five minutes before it does anything.
This sometimes happens mid-session as well: big CPU use spike, lots of hard drive accessing, fan goes mental. It must be something to do with caching, surely. A forced restart sometimes sorts it out, but often it'll do it again when it loads back up!
On OSX, Chrome is still beta, but I don't think it's ever completely crashed out on me.
I just find it incredibly ugly and OTT somehow. Safari's okay but on PC Chrome is definitely better than it for me.
the speed is one thing, but the way it contains errors and crashes feels like a proper step forward. Safari is next in line, but it's clearly being developed to shine on (and sell) faster computers.
over Google Chrome's we control the web ET phone home ness.
I still prefer the customisable-ness Firefox. Failing that, Opera.
You should definitely all try Lynx Browser though. Here's a screenshot - www.tinyurl.com/dis-on-lynx
2) Because of its text-to-speech–friendly interface, Lynx was once popular with visually impaired users, but better screen readers have reduced the appeal of this application.
3) An example of an area where the Lynx browser still has a loyal following is website usability testing.
4) Another is website visibility. Basically, if you want to make sure your high tech website can be fully crawled by very basic search engine bots and crawlers, Lynx does an excellent job. Website designers often fire up a Lynx browser to make sure that people who surf the web with images turned off can still navigate their sites. Webmasters and those who specialize in search engine optimization (SEO) also rely on Lynx.
5) Because Lynx does not support graphics, web bugs that track user information are not sent, and emails can be read without the invasion of privacy of HTML enabled web browsers.
6) It makes the intertrons look like a BBC Micro/Ceefax.
Brilliant stuff. I couldn't use that mode though. I'd be forever typing DIR/W or CD/DOOM2
was my weapon of choice.
cd transport tycoon, etc.
it's like chrome but without all the dubious privacy implications.
Cos Windows Explorer = IE, and it's woven into Windows. So we can't really uninstall and get rid of IE, we just get to use a different web browser alongside it.
been involved in anti-bundling shennigans, they're quite LOLsome in a stabby sort of way.
apparently this is no longer true for windows 7 users and non service pack three XP users -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700
i'll have alook at that tomorrow when I can think properly without beer goggles.
because it fucking hiccups a lot, my computer becomes a bit of a chump the whole computer performs much worse compared to when I have chrome running
hopefully (but doubtfully) this will spell an end to the era of web-designers "optimising" sites for IE (or IE, Firefox and Safari).
I'll tolerate their general lack of professional curiosity and/or pride and will grudgingly accept that they "don't offer support" for alternative browsers. But when they start booting me out of a site and telling me to "update your browser" simply because I'm using a perfectly up-to-date browser that happens not to be one of the holy trinity, that's when I say bring on the revolution.
I really don't see why some folk get up in arms about it.
And why shouldn't they bundle it with Windows?
Ubuntu still bundles Firefox doesn't it?
and used that advantage to crowbar IE onto folks' computers in order to suppress the previously dominant Netscape (which was later resurrected, kinda, in the form of Firefox).
Apple bundles, but doesnt have a monopolistic hold on the market. Same for Ubuntu, or any other Linux/Unix. You could raise an eyebrow about Google's pushing of Chrome via their dominant search engine but, unlike IE, installation of it is entirely of your choosing.
Aside from business niceties, the problem with IE dominance is that it's not compliant with web standards (it's compliant with Microsoft's whims and fancies). And web designers were optimising their sites to work with the idiosyncracies of IE and deviating away from web standards.
5+ years ago, this was a much bigger deal than it is now. The effects are often demonstrated quite nicely by this site. IE6 wasn't developed or improved. Microsoft thought it was as good as a browser needed to be.
But then browsers like Opera and Firefox came along and introduced tabs, and other improvements. The upshot of this increased popularity of other browsers (Firefox, in particular) is that websites are now designed with standards in mind rather than the personal preferences of a commercial company.
So, yeah, this shoulda happened 5+ years ago when IE had a proper stranglehold, but it's taken 5+ years of legal wrangling
Above and beyond all this, are the security issues. Firefox is open source software (Chrome claims to be, but isn't really). The benefit of this is that bugs and security flaws can (and will be) be looked at and addressed by the whole community of Firefox enthusiasts. IE only gets fixed when Microsoft can be bothered to look into it.
What makes this worse, is that Microsoft made it so that IE was basically just a differently skinned Windows Explorer (aka 'My Computer'). They did this so that it was difficult for them to be forced to 'unbundle' IE from Windows (thus continuing their dominance). So there was no way to uninstall IE. You just left it in the background and used Firefox on top. Although, apparently, this has been addressed in Win7 according to wewerewerewolvesonce up ^there.
MS Office has a similar dominance of the market for Office software, but it hasn't been crowbarred into Windows. That doesn't mean things are rosy. Ever come across one of Offices newer .docx files? They were deliberately introduced to do a similar thing to what IE wa sdoing in the early 2000s. It's a proprietary format that other companies have difficulty in offering compatibility with. OpenOffice has now managed it. But there was no need for this problem to arise. There was already an ISO approved international document format, but Microsoft got into a hissy fit when they didn't get to call the shots, so they created their own .docx etc formats and used their considerable financial clout to fast track this through the ISO approval procedures.
It's all very snide.
I was gonna go on to explain that maqny of the reasons for this site being borked are down to it pandering to the foibles of IE6.
IE7 and IE8 have improved upon IE6 in a big way, but they're not perfect.
The Acid3 test isn't the be all and end all, but it can be a good test for seeing how compliant your browser is with proper web standards.
I just did it in Firefox and got 93/100. IE 8 got 12/100 (after needing to approve some thing or other to run and do it's thing by clicking on the yellow bar). Fair play to Chrome - it got 100. Opera got 84.
scores 100 too. i love doing the acid3 test.
Chrome surely? Jesus man. What happened to you? You used to be beautiful...
"Featured: Official Ticketmaster Extension, Official FHM Extension, Official Heat Extension"
All of them, surely? Who the fuck only uses one browser? What a loser.
does this screen just choose a default, and update that choice to the latest version?
I haven't been into IE or done a Windows update yet so I haven't been through the process.
My machines have auto-updates on. I just saw the pop up and closed it without doing anything.