Review of a few Browsers

kaylarStarred Page By kaylar, 20th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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taking a glom of the Browsers we have to use and lamenting the good old days

Overview

The Mantra is 'Tweak an App Until it's Crap'.

You can expect the 'Beta' to be pretty good, it's roll out to be better, but you know that very soon they'll 'improve' it to the point that it's worthless.

It will crash, hang, take forever to load, and no doubt, mess up all other apps that need to interface with it.

This is what happens.

I have an ancient word processing program which is better than everything on the market. Of course, its a Legacy System, no longer in existence. It was clearly too good for the public.

And there was a time Browsers simply connected to the site you wanted as fast as your dl speed.

Netscape, for example, (once actually a Windows app) simply connected you to the site you Entered.

That's all it did.

You brought up Netscape, it loaded quickly (even on a 286) and all you did was enter the address; "www.startrek.com".

And you went to "www.startrek.com."

Netscape didn't hang, didn't crash, didn't ask you if you wanted to block pop ups, run faster, save passwords, or take sugar in your coffee.

Netscape, quietly connected you to the site.

Microsoft, obviously, couldn't bear having anything around that really worked so murdered it. And replaced it by the ever crashful, malware attractor called Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer

'Exploder' comes fully bloated on your Windows system. Today, most people use it once, to download Firefox.

Others keep using it until it brings so much malware onto the harddrive that unless you are running a fantastic detector which is upgraded every few hours you'll need another computer.

Most people don't use Internet Explorer, although today it is really no worse than the rest of the garbage.

Firefox

Firefox WAS the best.
I should bold, underline, and set off in quotes that 'Was'.
Today with all its tweaks it has now become rubbish.

I, as the rest of population, used it, making it the Number One Browser. Briefly.

It worked, until the day I (and the rest of the world) stupidly clicked on that invitation to make it run faster.

This, of course, meant it didn't run at all.

I've deleted it more than once, reloaded more than once, but it has left traces on my Hard Drive so won't load.

Yes, I know, I can do a C prompt and then manually try to clean up the mess, but I just can't be bothered right now.

That is because with all the apps and bells and whistles stuck on to Firefox, it's like one of those cheap rag cotton tee shirts that is falling apart because it has so few cotton strands, but they hand sequines and gold threads off of it to fool you into thinking it isn't a cheap rag tee shirt.

Firefox has lost more than half it's market share.

Chrome

Chrome is currently the most popular Browser. It was once so fast you could get whiplash.

A stripped down, one click browser, which got you there as you pushed 'enter'.

Now, it takes forever to load then seems to 'hitch', so that even when it is up and you've entered a site it keeps running backwards.

Half the time it doesn't go anywhere. It can't find the Site.
When it does connect it has a bad attitude.

It is no longer what it was, a fast, simple browser.

It perfectly satisfies the mantra; it has been 'upgraded' to the rubbish bin.

Safari

When the Firefox crashed and the Chrome was running backwards, I had to use the ancient Exploder to connect.

I decided to turn lemons into lemonade and try Safari.

Safari takes twice forever to load.
Twice Forever to connect to a site.

It is the absolutely slowest loading and connecting browser EVER.

It has a permanent state of amnesia so you always have to type in your user name and password. It also has a distinctly Exploder style.

When it works, it works.

Opera

Recently, I loaded Opera on my new laptop. It works.

Only 1.8% of the population uses this Browser, meaning no one is going to knock themselves out creating malware to jam it.

It loads quickly, seems fairly reliable. I'm using it now. Don't see any reason to use anything else.

Android Tablet crap

Like many of you, I bought a Tablet.
Why?
Do I need to keep up with the herd?
To make it worse....I bought an Android tablet.
I am not happy.

It connects in the way it wants to connect, and does what it pleases.
It has an attitude. I must become Tablet Friendly, to please it.

It does not please me.
And I suspect, it won't please you either.

Fail

Outside of Opera there is no Browser today that functions as those of yesteryear.

Chrome and Firefox have been tweaked and upgraded and festooned with all sorts of apps which not only makes them run slower, if/when they run, but have become obstacles.

Try Opera.

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Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Safari

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
21st Oct 2013 (#)

Interesting post

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author avatar M G Singh
21st Oct 2013 (#)

Nice and topical post

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
21st Oct 2013 (#)

this is so informative and I thankyou kaylar...I agree about them and although I use chrome..it crashes quite often..so many apps etc. it reminds me of how simple food now has so many extras in it..it becomes junk..even cheddar now has onions, cranberries in it ugh! most people nowadays seem to need more and more variety and so the simple pure ways are departing...shame

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
21st Oct 2013 (#)

I just don't get the upgrades. Firefox is what I use, but I think my version is 6 point something. I have a few sites that only work with explorer, so I haven't permanently deleted it, but I do a malware scan every time I must run it. Great run-down of all of them, kaylar.

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author avatar kaylar
21st Oct 2013 (#)

It is insane, to improve something beyond its usage...to make something so complex, full of so much unnecessary applications that instead of being a simple prog to get us to the web, we have to invest more time and thought into using it.

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author avatar Mariah
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

Great review on internet browsers Kaylar.
Thank you

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author avatar kaylar
22nd Oct 2013 (#)

you are very welcome

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author avatar Johnny Knox
24th Oct 2013 (#)

Interesting post and useful reviews.

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author avatar kaylar
24th Oct 2013 (#)

thanks johnny

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