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November 07, 2006

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SDG

As a web developer by profession, I concur that Internet Explorer is evil.

IE is not standards compliant and it encourages developers to be lazy and break rules, causing their pages to look bad on compliant browsers. Conversely, compliant pages often look wrong on IE.

Firefox just released version 2.0 and it's fantastic... although I'm not sure the "improved" tabbed browsing is really improved. I think I liked the 1.5 approach better.

H. T.

My husband had the same problem viewing your blog, but he used Opera.

Al Stakhanov

The Opera browser rules...at least in a perfect world it would.
http://www.opera.com/

Tim J.

I used Firefox on my old Mac laptop and really liked it, but have been using IE on my new Dell laptop, since it came with it.

I followed the link you posted and *bang*, zoom - now I'm running Firefox again.

Page is scrolling more slowly, though.

Rosemarie

+J.M.J+

I use Firefox all the time and didn't notice any problem here yesterday.

In Jesu et Maria,

Barbara

It's not just Internet Explorer. Microsoft Word pales in comparison to Corel's Word Perfect. Bill Gates' prodects are highly over-rated.

Tim J.

"Bill Gates' prodects are highly over-rated."

Hey, Barbara, one neat feature of Firefox is the automatic spell check in the combox.

Kewl!

Edward

Rosemarie,

"I use Firefox all the time and didn't notice any problem here yesterday."

Um, I believe that was Jimmy's point :-)

Giacinto

I use the new IE7 and I didn't have any problems seeing the site yesterday with multiple viewings during the day. I haven't ever used Firefox so I personally can't directly say anything in comparisson but I can tell you that the new IE features are good. I've also read articles that give IE7 favourable reviews over Firefox.

I'm not exactly a Microsoft apologist but I do know that they get much more flack than they deserve. If there were no dominating OS, there's good chance that there would be some very uncompatible standards out there. People also complain about the security holes but don't realize that because its so big, its the main target. If Mac were the standard, people would be poking holes in Mac security.

BillyHW

Hey, Barbara, one neat feature of Firefox is the automatic spell check in the combox.

I've had that on my Mac for years.

Rosemarie

+J.M.J+

Exactly, I was pointing out that I didn't see anything amiss with my browser, like he said. Sorry if I was unclear.

In Jesu et Maria,

Barbara

Hey, Barbara, one neat feature of Firefox is the automatic spell check in the combox.

I can spell.....I just can't type! ;)

JohnD

I dunno, Jimmy. Firefox got a pretty bad review in its latest release (Firefox 2.0)

Paul H

"It's not just Internet Explorer. Microsoft Word pales in comparison to Corel's Word Perfect. Bill Gates' prodects are highly over-rated."

And my experience has been that Open Office (www.openoffice.org) is just as good as Microsoft Office (and actually better in a few small ways), and it's free!

Brian Day

I've used FF since version 0.5 or so. Great browser. And the spell checker in version 2.0 is a great feature.

I have read that some people are having problems with 2.0, but for me, I have had no problems. Of course with a major revision change, there will be an initial period of problems (bugs) for a few users. The nice thing about the people at Mozilla is that they fix problems quickly. Expect version 2.01 shortly.

Paul H

Several people here have mentioned the Firefox 2.0 spell checker. Does it do the spell check automatically, or only when you specifically request it to check the spelling (e.g., by clicking on a toolbar button or something)? And if it is automatic, can you turn it off? (I find automatic spell checkers to be extremely annoying, so I'd like to make sure that this one can be turned off before I decide to upgrade from Firefox 1.5.)

Trubador

I had the same problem viewing this blog yesterday using Safari as my browser (v.1.2.4), so it wasn't just an IE issue. My favorite browser has always been Netscape 7.2 on a PC (they screwed it up big time with 8.0).

Christine

Firefox Rules :o)

Christine
TheWorld...IMHO

JD

Tim J.-

How do I make use of the automatic spellcheck function in my firefox browser?

Tim J.

Beats me, JD!

I downloaded Firefox this morning and the spell check kicked in all by its lonesome.

Ed Peters

I have no idea what you people are talking about. But then, I'm not sure I can quickly distinguish between, say, an engine and radiator under the hood either.

Newman once said: If a man would know anything, he must resign himself to not knowing many things. Computer and cars are two of my biggies.

bill912

Me too, Ed. I have trouble using a screwdriver without cutting myself.

Ed Peters

bill912. great minds run alike.

Leo

Please use Firefox or Opera as your default web browser. You can import all your existing Internet Explorer (IE) Favorites. You can still use IE if you need to.

The overwhelming majority of IT experts use Firefox or Opera - why? Because IE is closely linked to Windows via ActiveX, so a maliciously crafted web page can potential gain access to parts of your PC it is unsafe to allow strangers access to. Only well-constructed corporate firewalls can protect IE users.

Even if you don't understand any of this jargon, click on Jimmy's link and install Firefox - practice safer surf!

Brian John Schuettler

"practice safer surf!"...says Leo.
I don't know, Leo, practicing safer surf doesn't sound kosher to me...let's get a ruling on that one.

Brian John Schuettler

"Newman once said: If a man would know anything, he must resign himself to not knowing many things. Computer and cars are two of my biggies."
Ed, was that Cardinal Newman or Paul Newman?

Don't be fooled by Ed Peters modesty. I know for a fact that before he got involved with all this legal stuff he used to build race car engines and was a stunt double for Paul Newman in the Indy 500 film.

Animadversor

I recommend not viewing this blog—or any others that provide RSS feeds—in a browser. Rather, use a feed aggregator such as SharpReader. Much more convenient.

Tim J.

"Newman once said: If a man would know anything, he must resign himself to not knowing many things."

That is brilliant.

Like I just have to accept that I will never be a great guitar player. I gave up trying to be an accomplished musician because it would take time away from painting pictures. Taking a realistic look at my natural gifts, if I paint long enough, there's a chance I could become a real artist at some point.

Guitar greatness is a tempting fantasy, but I am a ponderously slow learner. I'll be content with listening to good music while I paint.

Marc

I'm glad I have a Mac....I couldn't even use E if I wanted to.

Sharon

I can't download the British version. Any idea why?

Josh

Giacinto, sorry to go a little off topic here, but I don't think that it is necessarily true that if Mac OS (or Linux or BSD or any Unix-based OS) were to dramatically increase market share that they would be as vulnerable to malicious attacks as Windows. It could be, but I doubt it. The fact that Windows has as much as 95% market share is only part of the problem. A much more serious issue is Windows' security. First of all, a user is automatically set up with Administrator-level access - which means any malicious software that wants to run has free reign over the system. Now, you can set up a limited account for your basic computing, but this doesn't work like it should since so many Windows programs require Administrator-level access. Very few modern games, for instance, that I have played will run in a limited account. Why? That's ridiculous. That is supposed to be corrected in Vista, though that could hamper backwards-compatibility with older apps, which is another problem. Windows' code is so bloated with legacy support that it is difficult to keep everything up to date. Apple does not have this problem, since it controls the hardware and software - though there are different disadvantages with this approach. There are already reports of security issues with Vista and IE 7 - and Vista hasn't even shipped yet.

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