My former co-blogger, Scott recently jumped on the “FireFox Rules; IE is dead” bandwagon. In the post he simple posts stats that don’t represent me. So while I can’t really respond to the stats except to say this… If FireFox is superior then it will win right? Ever here of BETAMAX, or MiniDisc? Need I say more.
My experience is different. I used FireFox for the longest time, and even switched quite a few people over during the whole Phoenix/FireBird timeframe of the product. With the more reccent releases, I’ve found it to be buggy and a memory hog (I don’t need to reference Ray’s hugely popular post, do I?) So in the last couple months I’ve started looking for a better browser. What do I want? I want tabs! It has to do with the way that I search….
So obviously IE6 is out. A couple months ago I installed the IE7 beta and absolutely loved it! It was way more stable than FireFox, and I had my tabs and a bunch of other things, but since I’m a consultant who has to test projects, I needed to make sure that IE6 still works.
So recently I have found the coolest browser. And no it’s not an MS product (but IE7 will be my browser when it is released). I recently discovered K-Meleon (another Mozilla project that is compiled without the Cross-OS crap… It only works in a Win32 environment). It appears to not have the memory issues that FireFox has… so when I search… I search with K-Meleon.
In all of this, there is a more important issue. Does the browser really matter? I personally don’t think it does… well, unless you are supporting Macs and then the browser is extremely important (Safari sucks! There I got that out of my system). The browsers are for the most part equal.
This whole craze of people who are still trying to build full blown apps on web sites when what they really want is a desktop app (KDE, Windows Forms, Java Swing, Cocoa, etc.) just doesn’t make sense to me (and I’m a web guy).
| posted on Thursday, August 24, 2006 2:28 PM