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Not Cool Enough for Firefox

I’m pretty consistently behind the curve on most things. It took three years for me to get into The Office and American Idol.  Serenity was already made and on DVD before I was introduced to Firefly. And it’s taken me until now – 2011 – to notice The Cure (I know, I know!  Told you.)

RIP, NNIn short, I’m not what you’d call “cool”, even by geek standards.

I finally gave up on Netscape Navigator (again, I know, I know!!) sometime in the late 90s, and went with IE. But I’ve been hearing about FireFox and Chrome for what now seems like a gajillionty years. I’m finally taking this opportunity to ask: What’s so great about FF or Chrome that you’re willing to go out and install it specifically instead of using the browser that COMES with Windows? (Which I presume a majority of you use, being SQL people.)

IE has bookmarks. And security settings. And as of a couple of versions ago, tabs, and the ability to bookmark and call up groups of tabs. It has a bunch of stuff I don’t use, and the ability to turn off the annoying stuff. And it’s already on everything  I own.

So, explain it to me. And while you’re thinking, enjoy this topical video that’s entertained my kids for five years now.

Happy days,
Jen McCown, Soooper Geeeeenius
http://www.MidnightDBA.com/Jen

Comments

Posted by drewskyjones on 23 March 2011

I use IE for work because I use SharePoint a lot.  At home I use Firefox more often.  The 3 main adavantages have been:

1. Add-ons/extensibility

2. Speed, especially javascript

3. Built in spell check

Plus, I liked the UI a bit better

With IE 9, the speed and UI advantages have disappeared (IMHO).  However, add-ons/extensions continue to add value.

My favorite add-ons are AdBlock Plus, ForecastFox, Greasemonkey (customize display of web pages with scripts), Firebug (web debugging),FireFTP, FlashGot, UserAgentSwitcher, Read It Later.

There are tons and tons of great add-ons.  Facebook related, music streaming related, tons of things I don't get either.  Plus, there is an add-on IE Tab that will create a tab using the IE rendering engine (Trident?).  As with all things, moderation is key.  Add too many and you can slow down load time for the browser.

Chrome came out with a nifty UI and was blazing fast compared to IE and FF.  But FF 4 and IE 9 seem to have closed the gap in both departments.  Chrome has way less extensions available than firefox at this point.

So, I encourage you to give FF a try and check out some add-ons.  But, like I said, I continue to use IE for work since I work on lots of SharePoint projects.

Hasta

Posted by Dukagjin Maloku on 23 March 2011

Firefox Stats go here >>> http://glow.mozilla.org/

near 10 Million download, monitoring lice with SQL Stream ...

Posted by Peter Maloof on 27 March 2011

Jen:

The main reason I use FireFox is password management. Internet Explorer stores passwords in the registry in encrypted form. This is secure, but hard to manage. If (or when) I mistype a username or password, there's no way to change or delete the mistake, at least as far as I know.

Usernames and passwords are easier to manage in FireFox, but I suppose that makes them easier to steal, too.

Peter

Posted by Kenneth Wymore on 30 March 2011

I use Chrome because it is faster than IE. Even when you disable add-ons for IE, Chrome still seems to load faster, at least for me. I use it at work and home. I still use IE at work too because of some of our development needs with Sharepoint, Reporting Services and Performance Point but for browsing the web, I stick with Chrome. I used to use Firefox and haven't tried the newest version of it yet.

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