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21-03-2012, 03:45 PM
RE: Which Internet Browser Do You (Mostly) Use?
(21-03-2012 03:35 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  Don't forget Session Restore.

Actually, here is some other stuff as well.

Oh yeah- I love session restore, I can close my browser and the end of my work day and come in to re-open everything exactly as it was when I left.
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21-03-2012, 03:45 PM
RE: Which Internet Browser Do You (Mostly) Use?
(21-03-2012 03:33 PM)kineo Wrote:  
(21-03-2012 03:16 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  
(21-03-2012 03:15 PM)germanyt Wrote:  Could someone tell me why you like Firefox and dislike IE?

Where to start... Kineo want this one?

Sure.

I like Firefox because when it's stripped down it seems to run faster on my computer. On top of that is customization- I can make it look and operate how I want it to with a lot of flexibility. Like with Ad Block Plus I block ads on website- banners, pop-ups, etc (I have it turned off on TTA). With NoScript I can block scripts that might be harmful- viruses, adware, etc. With TabMix plus I can do stuff like save browsing sessions (now default in Firefox), scrolls through my tabs with the scroll wheel on my mouse, middle click them to close them, middle click on the empty bar to re-open closed tabs from history, etc. Those are my basic add-ons. Plus I like the Personas to stylize the browser. I have an automated persona switcher that changes my browser skin every once in a while, from a list of my favorites. It's also got private browsing for when you don't want your history saved- which most browsers have now. It has a default in-browser spell-checker (huge plus). The ability to find an add-on for just about whatever you need... a context-menu right-click dictionary look-up, for example.

I use IE tab, to switch the page rendering to display as IE would for site that aren't friendly to Firefox (believe it or not, there are some sites that still only cater to IE, but they're rare).

I use Image Zoom so I can zoom in on images in the browser any time I want.

Of course the more ad-ons you use, the slower the browser will get, but even with all the ones I've listed it still runs fast.

So the biggest draw is add-ons for customizability. It feels like it's MY browser, whereas when I use IE I feel like I'm at a library using a public computer or something.

Hmmm. Dunno. I can't tell the difference in how fast they operate. I have Firefox on this computer but moved it off the desktop since I don't use it. Until you just used the term I'd never heard of a browser add-on. I use the browser history, favorites, back, forward, and home buttons. I never touch anything else on IE. I have no idea about virus stuff and to my knowledge, in all my porn downloading and questionable site visiting have never gotten a virus on any computer I've ever touched. I honestly wouldn't even know what a virus would do to a computer.

I'm skipping back and forth between Firefox and IE now. I just don't like the way Firefox looks. I prefer the url to be above the browser tabs and my menu options below it. And the color scheme is better for me on IE. Other than aesthetics I can't tell a difference between them. And all browsers are really just IE copies anyway.

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21-03-2012, 03:55 PM
RE: Which Internet Browser Do You (Mostly) Use?
You don't have to go to porn sites to get a virus- any website can get hacked and have a malicious script embedded, especially forums. I've gotten a virus before when looking up a Japanese learning tutorial.

Plus you can get a virus and never know it. They can simply act as a trojan and wait until malicious software is sent through a now open backdoor on your machine. Plus there's adware, malware, etc. A lot of porn sites aren't as bad as they used to be. It used to be that if you went to one they tried to hook you with lots of pop-ups (IE has a pop-up blocker now so you don't really notice them anymore) and adware that would plague you until you got rid of it. I guess maybe they're coming around to the fact that that sort of stuff keeps people away- nobody needs to go to a porn site and then have a pop-up come out of nowhere a few days later when your wife is there to see it.

Anyway, browsing can be safer with a script blocker.

As far as the rest goes- it's all preference. It's like the difference between using a gaming mouse and a regular old mouse for games. You don't need a gaming mouse to be good at the game or to have fun, but it can be an enhancement if you want it.
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21-03-2012, 04:42 PM (This post was last modified: 21-03-2012 05:14 PM by craniumonempty.)
RE: Which Internet Browser Do You (Mostly) Use?
(21-03-2012 03:45 PM)germanyt Wrote:  I'm skipping back and forth between Firefox and IE now. I just don't like the way Firefox looks. I prefer the url to be above the browser tabs and my menu options below it. And the color scheme is better for me on IE. Other than aesthetics I can't tell a difference between them. And all browsers are really just IE copies anyway.
You can move the tabs to the bottom. right click in the menu bar until you see all the options for things like navigation or something (it's in portuguese on this PC, so I'm not sure what it will say), and it will say "tabs on top".. Uncheck that to put it on the bottom. I had to do that to pale moon.

How fucking dare you say browsers are IE copies... how fucking dare. IE may have been one of the first, but some of the functionality they have they copied off of other browsers (they were almost last to get tabbed browsing). Plus, they are an embedded browser that you can't get rid of on windows. I don't know of any other browser that does that. Plus, other browsers do for free and/or opensource what MS does for profit and some do it much better. IE crashes all the fucking time on me and I can't edit the code or anything. If I want I can recompile firefox myself and tweak whatever the hell I want. Let me see you do that with MS IE unless you work for them. If you do, I feel for you.


... Microsoft for all the fucking money they get should in the very least have the best fucking browser ahead of the game. Not that piece of shit crap they try to pass off as a browser. Fuck IE.
.... Sorry, for that. I'm still pissed at Microsoft for making me feel like an idiot when I tracked down a problem in their Server 2003 because they miscalculated a math function in an AMD chip. They had the gall to tell me that they had no problems and the problem was on my end after I had done all the tests proving it was in their code and even exactly where the problem was. Then they come out with the fix less then a week later. My Capt in the Marine Corps told me about them since he worked for them, but until then I didn't think much of it. I despise them a little now. I use them to test, but machines that I own I try to make sure they have linux or BSD or something other than MS that I use.

I understand why their browser is embedded, just that they don't absolutely need to as most of the functions they use could be from a stripped down version or just go through another browser. With the right plug-ins you can even load stuff from their MS libraries as I had to do that before. I guess they had enough programmers complain about it.
Oh, and another thing. MS doesn't know the meaning of the word "standard" unless it has "microsoft" before it. Yeah, great, make new functions, but at least try to be compliant. Have they made any efforts recently on this. I don't even check anymore. I certainly hope they have, because that was a major pain for me..

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21-03-2012, 05:42 PM
RE: Which Internet Browser Do You (Mostly) Use?
I used to use Internet Exploder until I researched Firefox and now FF is all I use. It is a lightweight browser with lots of nice add-ons.

Right now I use Adblock Plus and Quick Java. I used to have NoScript but it got too cumbersome for me to use especially since other people were using my computer and I couldn't get my father to make the effort to use the drop down box to allow particular websites so I just eliminated it and am looking for something better and easier to use.

Anyways IE is bulky and I suspect it spies on users too. I mean, it is good too but FF is just a nicer browser, maybe some day I will try Opera but for now I just keep FF updated and it works great for me.

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21-03-2012, 05:57 PM
RE: Which Internet Browser Do You (Mostly) Use?
I'm a FF user almost exclusively.
I was a Chrome user until an update fucked it up. Suddenly it would crash all the time. Apparently had something to do with a Java incompatibility. Supposedly it's fixed now so I may go back.
The only reason I may go back is because of FF being so douchey about my RealDownlaoder. Everytime they update my RD doesn't work for the longest time. This is the longest it's been out, and it's pissing me off. I have to use the tremendous piece of shit that is IE for my RD needs. Doesn't work most of the time either because IE is just awful.
Also I have recently been using Opera Mini for my portable. Safari is just dumb. I'd tried many different browsers and Opera is the overall best though it lacks some features and sadly won't animate Gifs Sad

What's wrong with IE? I'll tell ya some stuff.

Incompatible with it's own sub products half the time. Buggy as shit. For me every computer I've had has shown an obvious difference in speed between it and other browsers. Also I found it to be the most updated. The updates being useless.
Again, out of the box (figuratively speaking as it comes with computers and no one with the right mind would buy it in a box.) it has the least useable features. The features are all downloadable so far as I can tell but they slow it right up.

Some people swear by IE, and I just don't get it. I have to assume they have never tried another browser, but they probably have. Some people are positive that the bible is true just because they were given one in elementary school.

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22-03-2012, 07:55 AM
RE: Which Internet Browser Do You (Mostly) Use?
(21-03-2012 04:42 PM)craniumonempty Wrote:  How fucking dare you say browsers are IE copies... how fucking dare. IE may have been one of the first, but some of the functionality they have they copied off of other browsers (they were almost last to get tabbed browsing).

Let's be real. The back button, forward button, FEVFTH tool bar, refresh, stop, home, etc. All that was copied from IE. The entire layout of every browser available is almost an exact copy of IE. The function may be different but appearance wise they all ripped em off.

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22-03-2012, 08:23 AM
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(22-03-2012 07:55 AM)germanyt Wrote:  Let's be real. The back button, forward button, FEVFTH tool bar, refresh, stop, home, etc. All that was copied from IE. The entire layout of every browser available is almost an exact copy of IE. The function may be different but appearance wise they all ripped em off.

Let's be honest, all cars have wheels and a steering wheel and a start button - blatant rip off of the Model T... you see where I'm going with this?
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22-03-2012, 08:37 AM
RE: Which Internet Browser Do You (Mostly) Use?
The fox on fire is my choice. I used Opera for some time but it's just not for me, although I liked the built-in torrent downloader.

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22-03-2012, 10:20 AM
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(22-03-2012 07:55 AM)germanyt Wrote:  
(21-03-2012 04:42 PM)craniumonempty Wrote:  How fucking dare you say browsers are IE copies... how fucking dare. IE may have been one of the first, but some of the functionality they have they copied off of other browsers (they were almost last to get tabbed browsing).

Let's be real. The back button, forward button, FEVFTH tool bar, refresh, stop, home, etc. All that was copied from IE. The entire layout of every browser available is almost an exact copy of IE. The function may be different but appearance wise they all ripped em off.

Mosaic was one of the first browsers of the early popular web. It's got some of those features already. They are standards now, but why stop there? There's so much more available in internet browsing today.

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