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Peanut    Posted 09-08-2004 at 10:58:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know there are people lined up to praise Billyboy Gates and give him more money so please forgive me, in advance, for the contents of this post.

~Lenore asked a question about her homepage and strange browser behavior a few posts below this one. Dig and I both recommended Mozilla Firefox as an alternate browser to Internet Explorer. Several of reasons why:

1) Most scumbags that write malicious (malware) software (worms, trojans, viruses, spyware, hijackware, & adware) do so to exploit the MANY vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Firefos does not respond to most of the malware so what crashes your neighbor's computer does not affect you at all.
2) Microsoft has a nasty habit of releasing software to the market before the security holes are plugged. They place their most valued customers in the cage labeled "Guinea Pig". Then they leave it up to the consumers to notift them of the problems with their software.
3) While Microsoft frantically works on fixes for their less-than-adequate software, often times they place their valuable customers at serious risk of losing sensitive personal and corporate data. Don't know about you but I don't want my credit card or bank account numbers posted on the internet.
4) Mozilla's Firefox has a very easy to use installation and import function. This means that within 4 minutes, you install it and import all your settings from Internet Explorer (bookmarks, homepage, history, etc).
5) Mozilla Firefox has a feature called Tab Browsing. This is basically one browser session running with multiple websites being accessed on different tab pages. This is wonderful and once you start using it, you'll never want to go without it.

Anyhow, take it for what its worth. Many times the alternatives to Microsoft products typically lack functionality and support. In this case, Mozilla beats Microsoft - hands down.

My $.02


George in TX    Posted 09-08-2004 at 14:02:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very well said Peanut. I have MSIE and Mozilla but only use them for testing pages I'm building. My only browser for surfing the web is Opera. I've been using that browser since ver.5 and wouldn't part with it. It's a little intimidating I think for new users. Opera just has so much available for customization that it's a little overwhelming at first. Still, if you like to tinker I think you'd love Opera.

Opera, like most alternative browsers is free while you have to buy the operating system to get Internet Exploder.


Jim@concordfarms    Posted 09-08-2004 at 12:08:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I downloaded Firefox from Kim Komando's web site about a month ago, and I think it's the best browser I've ever used. Haven't had the first problem with it. It's free.


TimV    Posted 09-08-2004 at 11:56:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Peanut: I'm with you here--IE has got to be one of the most pathetic pieces of crap I've ever seen foisted on an unsuspected public. I use Netscape myself (4.7 at home, 7.0 at work), and only use IE on the rare occasions that a page won't display correctly in Netscape. Netscape is SO much easier to use, navigate, and customize than IE, and has none of the security holes that plague IE, or at least they're much less noticable; that is, they don't crash your browser or 'puter with such annoying frequency.


Wisereader    Posted 09-08-2004 at 11:18:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use Mozilla here at work. I am mostly happy with it, except, like is the case with its sister Netscape, the plug-ins needed for some of the multimedia are a pain - and some don't work well or at all.

Almost anything is better than Billy-Browser (internet explorer).


~Lenore    Posted 09-08-2004 at 11:08:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I feel so dumb when all this computer talk is going on, even when I asked the question. LOL

Do I understand this right? I can install Mozilla's Firefox and use it while still leaving IE on my computer but just not using it?

If that is a dumb question please dont make fun of me!! I am sensitive... clod told me I was. LOL


Peanut    Posted 09-08-2004 at 11:11:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are correct. Once Firefox is installed, you can set it to be your default browser (I did). This does not uninstall Internet Explorer.

Aren't we all sensitive? LOL


Clod    Posted 09-08-2004 at 11:03:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for info Peanut ,I hope to get Mozilla very soon.COST?? Do you know? Im trying to eat to get back to work.,I will check this eve.thanks again.


Peanut    Posted 09-08-2004 at 11:11:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are you ready for this ...

FREE

That is my kind of price.


egh    Posted 09-08-2004 at 12:42:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
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