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« on: October 11, 2004, 01:06:20 AM »

I'm in the mood for something a little different than IE for some reason, and wanted to run this up the flag pole. Thoughts? smile
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2004, 01:08:20 AM »

I've found using Mozilla Firefox is a lot like IE only better.
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2004, 01:09:54 AM »

I use http://www.avantbrowser.com. It blocks pop ups and works a lot like IE but better!

It's free, so give it a whirl!
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2004, 01:10:25 AM »

Lets queue Tim in 3..2..1...
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2004, 01:10:34 AM »

Mozilla Firefox is the Bomb!
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2004, 01:12:27 AM »

Yet another Firefox user here.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2004, 01:33:22 AM »

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Sorry, I was in the middle of driving home. biggrin

Mozilla Firefox is the browser you want. It's completely and totally free, and has built in pop-up and ad-blocking. With a few simple plugins, the ad-blocking is greatly enhanced (stopping even the worst of Flash ads if you install Flash/Shockwave), you can wander through the web with mouse gesturing (forward/back/whatever become mouse movements), and nothing will install behind your back, unlike IE, so visit all the pron sites you want in total safety.

And best of all, you can live happily, knowing that you're not using a browser that hasn't been updated since the stone age.
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2004, 01:38:08 AM »

To be fair, Avant browser gives you all the goodies like mouse gestures and tabs.  That's the one to go for if you just want an updated browsing experience.

I use Firefox because of all the extensions that are available. I can tweak and tailor the experience to my needs.  Foxyamp, for instance, is an extension that allows me to control my music from within the browser itself, so I never have to take my eyes off, uh, whatever I'm looking at to fumble with Winamp.
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2004, 01:50:34 AM »

I used Firefox at work for about 6 months and loved it.  Then they changed our systems and for some reason it won't run Firefox.  I started using IE and within 2 weeks I had adware and spyware coming out the ying-yang.

I miss Firefox at work.

I've never had any problem with adware at home as I only use Firefox.  The one site it used to screw up formatting on (Gamespot) is perfect now.
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2004, 01:56:22 AM »

I dumped IE yeeeeeeeeeeears ago, and switched to Firefox, which is an absolutely amazing browser with oodles of options.  Currently, I'm using Opera, which is equal in power and options as Firefox, but tastes more like a smoked gouda while Firefox has more of a gamey taste to it.

Both browsers make IE look like your surfing the web with a stone tablet and a chisel in your hand.
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2004, 01:57:24 AM »

Another Mozilla Firefox user here.  It's great.
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« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2004, 02:20:18 AM »

Opera is the browser you want, I'd argue.  Firefox is a great browser as well, but just doesn't quite hold up to Opera IMO.  Here is a good tour of its features.  

Biggest (and generally only) downside to Opera that people list is that it's 'not free.'  First, it is free, but displays a small text ad at the top of the browser.  Not a huge deal considering how much it will change your Internet life.

A few reasons why I choose Opera over Firefox:
-Integrated features, some of which are unavailable on Firefox, others that have marginal support via extensions
-M2 mail reader, whose database-driven simplicity just beats the living hell out of anyone else's mail client, including Thunderbird; M2 also handles RSS, newsgroups, and mailing lists
-Full-featured note-taking support, which I use often
-Error recovery; if the OS or Opera crashes, I just open it back up right where I left off
-Even better security record than Mozilla

In the end, regardless of which browser you choose, you'll be much better off than you are with IE (or would be with one of the IE addons).
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2004, 02:54:47 AM »

Throw in anothre vote for Firefox. Couldn't live without it. I'm sure Opera is good, but I never liked it.
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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2004, 02:59:42 AM »

Another very satisfied Firefox user here. I can't even imagine going back to IE.
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« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2004, 03:12:04 AM »

I have to vote for both Opera and Firefox.  Both have some major advantages.



Unless you don't have a choice, there's no real reason to stick with IE (And as far as I'm concerned, that includes all of the modified versions of IE:  Avant, MyIE2, and whatever else there is.  )  Firefox and Opera can do everything IE can do, only better.
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« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2004, 03:17:20 AM »

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Unless you don't have a choice, there's no real reason to stick with IE (And as far as I'm concerned, that includes all of the modified versions of IE:  Avant, MyIE2, and whatever else there is.  )  Firefox and Opera can do everything IE can do, only better.


Except ActiveX.

Not that that's a bad thing...
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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2004, 03:25:27 AM »

I'll throw my vote with Opera.
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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2004, 03:26:46 AM »

I am using Maxthon (used to be MyIE2) and am loving it.  I have been using MyIE2 for almost a year and haven't had any problems.  You get the solid core of IE, but all the cool features of Firefox.

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« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2004, 03:27:11 AM »

I switched to Firefox a few weeks ago and I like it.
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« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2004, 04:35:01 AM »

I've tried 'em all. Used Opera for a year, and it was great, but doesn't do Gmail (bad!) -- Zaxxon points out the M2 Mail Client, but ugh, pop3 mail is dead to me now after Gmail smile

Switched to Firefox about 2-3 months ago, and it's the best browser I've ever used.  With extensions you can customize the browser to your tastes. It can be as lightweight, or as feature rich as you want it, and it's all up to you.

Pick Opera, pick Firefox, pick anything besides IE. IE is like wearing a big giant target for spyware authors to aim at.
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« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2004, 04:41:36 AM »

Have a look at this website:
http://browsehappy.com/
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« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2004, 05:27:09 AM »

Firefox
Mozilla
Opera

Better the devil I know and can't uninstall anyway, I always say.
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« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2004, 08:00:44 AM »

Mozilla Mo Bettah.

I switched to Firefox a couple weeks ago after IE developed problems (it would just stagnate on certain pages and not navigate any deeper into a site)

I am extremely happy with it so far.   thumbsup  thumbsup  thumbsup


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« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2004, 08:31:08 AM »

With IE, I can mouse over any link or favorites folder, right click, and then either rename, cut, copy, or sort by name.

I've yet to find another browser that let's me do that  :cry:
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« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2004, 12:03:42 PM »

I tried Opera but it seemed to have problems with some websites I frequented so I went back to Mozilla.
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« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2004, 01:22:02 PM »

I just reinstalled Firefox again over the weekend.  I like it a lot but for some reason I just can't get comfortable using it for most of my browsing needs.  Part of the problem for me might be losing a bunch of features when accessing my work email through the web because it's a microsoft exchange server.
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« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2004, 01:36:15 PM »

Another Firefox'er here.  I find a page that it doesn't open well once in a while.  I just right click and pick 'open in IE' and problem solved.  So I guess I do use IE every once in a  while. Tongue
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« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2004, 07:32:23 PM »

Just started  using Firefox last week and am liking it fine so far. What is this mouse gesturing you speak of? I don't see any reference to it in the Help file. Is this an extension of some kind? Where do I go to find extensions?
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« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2004, 07:34:29 PM »

Opera.

On the surface it's nigh identical to Firefox, but after you use it for awhile and learn its subtlties... any other browser really pales in comparison.
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« Reply #29 on: October 11, 2004, 07:40:27 PM »

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Opera.

On the surface it's nigh identical to Firefox, but after you use it for awhile and learn its subtlties... any other browser really pales in comparison.


Amen.

Gryndyl:  Mouse gestures are a feature first implemented in Opera, and since copied over by the Mozilla team.  They allow you to browse without clicking on any icons in the browser.  For example, to go Back, I just hold the right button and gesture to the left with the mouse.  Sounds like a small thing, but it's hugs once you're used to it.
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« Reply #30 on: October 11, 2004, 07:47:35 PM »

I've been happy with firefox for the last 2 months. The only problem I have seen is with java plugins on some pages. I always get a 'click here to install the plugin' when it is already installed. Even after clicking, it says you have the plugin install but will not display.
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« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2004, 08:10:57 PM »

Looks like I'll give Firefox a whirl when I get home tonight.
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« Reply #32 on: October 11, 2004, 08:36:19 PM »

My vote is for Opera.  I've used it for years and it only gets better and better.

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« Reply #33 on: October 11, 2004, 09:06:05 PM »

Another Opera convert here.  I liked it so much, I PAID for it!  Very slick, punchy interface.  Really nailed everything a user is looking for in a Browser.
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« Reply #34 on: October 11, 2004, 09:16:40 PM »

Now this makes me feel at home.  IE vs Firefox vs Opera vs Maxthon.  

(use Maxthon and Firefox myself)
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« Reply #35 on: October 11, 2004, 09:19:10 PM »

Using full Mozilla myself. (Firefox is the standalone browser-only version of Mozilla). I use the Mozilla mail and IRC clients as well, so the full package is well worth the extra few megs on my HD.
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« Reply #36 on: October 11, 2004, 09:44:24 PM »

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Using full Mozilla myself. (Firefox is the standalone browser-only version of Mozilla). I use the Mozilla mail and IRC clients as well, so the full package is well worth the extra few megs on my HD.


Not exactly. Firefox and Thunderbird are Mozilla's next gen technology, not a standalone browser/mail client from the Mozilla package.
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« Reply #37 on: October 11, 2004, 10:20:38 PM »

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Another Opera convert here.  I liked it so much, I PAID for it!  Very slick, punchy interface.  Really nailed everything a user is looking for in a Browser.


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« Reply #38 on: October 11, 2004, 10:22:17 PM »

Opera won my heart.  Absolutely outstanding browser and my only beef is the whole Gmail deal, but I blame Google for that.
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« Reply #39 on: October 11, 2004, 11:35:54 PM »

Alright, I DL'd and installed Mozilla, which is what I'm using to type this, and after installing about 15 different extensions I'm still playing with it. Clean interface, and now that I'm tab browsing it's kinda fun. smile
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