Browser Bash!

September 2, 2009

We all use one, it’s essential to our access to the great world of the Web. For some, it gets nary a thought as they just launch Internet Explorer (for Windows) or Safari (for OS X) because it’s built-in. Well, there’s always new lands on the horizon, why not new ways to get there?

Google Chrome

Google’s own web browser, Chrome is 1 year old (that’s including beta)! It’s lightweight and super fast. I like it, it’s installed as my secondary browser when my main one is bogged down with memory (more on that later). It handles tabs as individual processes so ripping and moving tabs is a joy, it’s so simple and easy to do. I still believe it to be one of the faster browsers, but it does seem sparse in the looks and features department. Interesting fact, Sony has just announced that they’ll be putting Chrome on all their VAIOs as the default web browser. Nice.

Mozilla Firefox

My de facto browser, I love Firefox. If you’re coming from IE, you’ll be right at home with the controls and looks, but you aren’t locked at that state. Firefox has an enormous amount of skins and add-ons thanks to a large community and it’s open-source nature. Seriously, if you haven’t surfed the web with Ad-Block, you haven’t surfed the web. Firefox has always been touted as the secure alternative to Internet Explorer. The problem, Firefox can still be a bloated bugger! I’ve left my browser open for a few hours only to come back and see it sucking down a few hundred megs of memory! BLEH. But I still love you. Firefox 4.0 coming in 2010!


Opera, the browser that many a mobile accomplisher love. The mobile version has long been a favorite for smartphone users and desktop users have been able to use Opera. I don’t have too much experience with Opera, even if they’re in version 10 now! My only experience was using Opera, seeing their Speed Dial feature, falling in love with it and installed Fast Dial on Firefox to copy that function. Opera is a nice alternative to the alternatives (Chrome, Firefox).

Internet Explorer and Safari

Yes, the built-in browsers that ship with Windows and Mac OS X. The latest version of IE claims to be much safer and blocks a lot of vulnerabilities. I’m sorry, but after too many years of bias, I cannot going back to using IE. I think the only time I’ll ever use it is to A) access sites that only work in IE, shame on you, fix your incompatible selfs, and B) to get online to download Firefox. IE just needs to go away, there are better alternatives out there, be it for better security, customization, or features. As for Safari, it feels like a version of Opera. Could be great, but never really got to see it’s features really shine. In any case, when I’m at a Mac, I’ve always been able to run or download Firefox.

As you can see, my favorite is Firefox. But, I have each web browser actually installed on my system to test and use. Except, for some reason, Opera. Who uses Opera, anyways?


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