My Own Little Browser War

If you’d have asked me lately what browser I’m using, the answer would have varied on an almost daily basis. I’ve been trying to find THE perfect browser for me but each one has pissed me off in varying degrees of time…

  • Firefox – my browser of choice since about 2005ish (possibly longer? it was still Firebird back then). I know, crazy long time to be loyal to a piece of software. Why did I ditch it? Because the latest version seemed to be causing memory hogging issues, instability, etc
  • Chrome – my browser of choice for about 2 weeks. Why did I ditch it? Chrome’s add-ons are not as good as Firefox and the lack of NoScript was annoying. Google need to stop blocking the technology that is required to make a NoScript version for its browser.
  • Namoroka – the unofficial 64-bit build of Firefox. My browser of choice for a few months. Why did I ditch it? Lack of Flash support, didn’t like some Firefox add-ons. Otherwise speedy and less hoggy than normal Firefox; I would have stuck with it if it hadn’t required me to constantly open Opera/Chrome to play Flash stuff.
  • Opera – 10.61 is much less irritating than previous version of Opera, and although it seems to use more memory than Firefox overall it’s faster opening and at rendering web pages. I like the integrated IRC client. Why did I ditch it? Widgets run as separate programs, instead of like FF add-ons. Some web pages render incorrectly. Doesn’t save login details for sites properly.
  • Flock – yuck! Didn’t even use it for half an hour. Why did I ditch it? I found it buggy and annoying. The Facebook sign in thing didn’t work and it was bloated with crap I didn’t want or need.

So where am I now? Well, it occurred to me this morning that I upgraded my RAM not long back (from 2GB to 4GB) so I’m giving Firefox another spin. If it doesn’t work out for me now, who knows where I’ll go from here… the future looks Internet Explorer shaped, and I’m not that insane!

Update 31 Aug: After posting this last night, I discovered the whole Opera key login thing and how it remembers passwords. I’m now back in Opera :D

Opera Bitching At Microsoft

According to the BBC, Opera have filed a complaint about Microsoft to the European Commission about the fact that Internet Explorer is still bundled with Windows. From the article:

Opera Software said the close ties between Internet Explorer (IE) and Windows made it hard for rivals to be a serious choice for web users.

This sounds fair enough, and I agree that users should be given the opportunity to make a choice about what they use (Firefox ftw) but where do we draw the line? When Windows comes with Firefox, Opera, Safari, Flock, Mozilla, Internet Explorer, Netscape, AOL’s browser, Avant and Maxthon? Who benefits from that list — not the user, because they sure as hell aren’t going to try each one to see which suits best. And what about any I’ve missed, who are they going to complain to if their browser doesn’t get included?

Of course, we could cut out the browser from Windows altogether, but then how would users be able to download a new browser if they haven’t got a browser to download with in the first place? How much of a pain in the ass would it be to buy a new PC, then discover you have to go out to your local computer shop just to get a disk with some browsing software on?

I think Opera need to spend less time chasing a goal that will be nigh-on impossible to score and more time educating the user on why they should be picking a new browser in the first place.

And now back to my ham and egg bap….

Opera — Ad Free

So, Opera have decided to go advertisement free. All fine and groovy, not that they ever bothered me anyway because I personally am a die-hard Mozilla/Firefox fan. Just thought you might like to know in case you’re interested in a new browser.

On a site note — the people who write up the content for the Opera website have a fascination with commas! I know I’m guilty of that exact same crime, but these people are supposed to be professionals.

Opera has removed the banners, found within our browser, and the licensing fee. (

That reads so wrong to me. It just doesn’t look right. I’d personally abolish the first comma and restructure the sentence so it doesn’t sound like there’s a licensing fee within the browser (the fee is FOR the browser.)

Maybe I’m just being anal?