Shivering on the 49th Parallel
Wednesday, June 23, 2004

I installed Firefox on my machine at work yesterday to give it a whirl... just to see what all the fuss was about. After reading articles lately moaning about how Microsoft has let IE wither on the vine since they kicked Netscape's ass a couple years ago, and some friends swearing by Firefox, I decided to give it a try.

It looks alright, it feels alright, it's skinnable, it has a lot of 'extensions' that... extend the capabilities of the browser. Things like ad-blockers, an RSS reader/aggregator, some bookmark management tools, and a thing called 'Mouse Gestures'. I haven't tried Mouse Gestures yet, but DocBob swears by it. The biggest advantage it has over IE is tabbed browsing. THAT's pretty sweet.

It all worked pretty well. On the whole though, I didn't really find it the second coming of the messiah. It actually took longer to load up than IE does, and other than that, it all looked pretty much the same to me.

I've started using Pluck (which is IE-only) and that kicks ass. As it is, Firefox had some neat tricks up it's sleeve, most impressive one being tabbed browsing, but nothing to compel me to switch... Yet.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004 7:41:28 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00) | Comments [0] | Microsoft | WWW#
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