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What browser do you use?

  1. Internet Explorer

    11 vote(s)
  2. Netscape

    1 vote(s)
  3. Mozilla

    2 vote(s)
  4. Firebird

    6 vote(s)
  5. Safari

    3 vote(s)
  6. Opera

    5 vote(s)
  7. Konqueror

    0 vote(s)
  8. Galeon

    0 vote(s)
  9. Camino

    0 vote(s)
  10. Other

    1 vote(s)
  1. Nov 19, 2003 #1
    What browser do you use?

    I primarily use Firebird and occasionally use IE for specific things.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2003
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  3. Nov 19, 2003 #2


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    Mozilla under linux and Opera under winxp.
  4. Nov 19, 2003 #3
    I like use Opera. Also use Internet Explorer.
  5. Nov 19, 2003 #4
    I use Firebird on my Solaris 8 workstation and Mozilla on W2K box.
  6. Nov 19, 2003 #5
  7. Nov 19, 2003 #6
    I use safari for my mac, but i used to use Camino, and if development picks up again, i will certainly consider going back.

    at school, on linux, i use Firebird. i used to use Konqueror, but no longer.
  8. Nov 27, 2003 #7
    Mostly Firebird. (Occasionally IE if I have to use Windows for something.)
  9. Nov 27, 2003 #8
    I always use Internet Explorer. It's just what I'm accustomed to. I really haven't considered using any other Browser since I got Windows XP. When I had Windows 98 I had tried both Netscape and Mozilla, but ultimately, Internet Explorer won out since I had a little hard drive back then (2 GB) and there was no way to uninstall IE. Besides, I don't really need anything too fancy from a browser. I don't need too much functionality. All I need is support for all of the popular scripts (Java, Active-X, Flash, etc.) to view the website. For me it doesn't matter the browser as much as the website that I'm viewing. In fact, the less of the browser there is the better. This is another reason why Netscape and Mozilla failed. The navigation buttons are much too big. I prefer to have as much space as possible to view the pages and as little space as possible being taken up by the toolbars. I used to use Internet Explorer in Full Screen but I don't do that anymore because I'm on a higher resolution. Regardless, I still don't like the toolbars to take up too much space.

    Anyway, point is Internet Explorer for me.
  10. Nov 27, 2003 #9


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    Mozilla on occasion.

    IE isn't allowed to go through my firewall. :)
  11. Nov 28, 2003 #10
    yeah, why should we have options to choose from? Let's all switch to Windoze....

    did you look at the pool results. they didn't fail
    Alos there are settings in Mozilla to repair that....

    Opera still rulz

    I wanted to do that, but my wife didn't let me She still uses the damn program...
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2003
  12. Nov 28, 2003 #11
    When I said that Netscape and Mozilla failed. I meant that they failed for me. Not in the poll. Sorry if that was misleading though...
  13. Nov 28, 2003 #12
    how does your firewall know the difference between IE http transfers and other http transfers... i wouldn t think they would be distinguishable...

    you should give Firebird a try. let me tell you some reasons:

    1. the toolbars are (are can be made), very small, and are otherwise customizable, unlike IE.

    2. unlike Mozilla, which was a huge bloated monster, a long download which included a browser, a mail client, an html editor, a chat client, and a calendar app, Firebird is just a browser, and a small and fast one, at that.

    3. say good by to popup advertisements. you can install third party apps that can give IE this ability, but Firebird has this built-in to the browser.

    4. tabbed browsing. give it a try (maybe you remember and liked this from your days with Mozilla or Netscape?). since i have learned to rely on this feature, i can t use a browser without it.

    5. type-ahead find. for navigating websites without your mouse. the less i use my mouse, the faster i am, or at least the faster i feel like i am.

    6. don t you hate how when you use "back" or "forward", IE forgets everything that was in your text fields? Firebird does not do this.

    7. Firebird has supports web standards, instead of trying to further the goals of a monopoly, goals which include taking control of and closing the protocols of the internet, an open network invented by scientists to be open for all developers.

    so give it a try. i think you will like it.
  14. Nov 28, 2003 #13
    Maybe the firewall can detect user agents? But even then there are programs to mask and spoof user agents.
  15. Nov 28, 2003 #14


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    How it does it I don't know, but all regulation is done on a program by program basis.
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