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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

 

Fire the fox

Everyone else has reviewed Mozilla's new browser and I can't help but give into peer pressure. The browser has earned rave reviews from geeks across the land and I just don't understand all these blind-faith accolades. While Firefox contains plenty of bells and whistles (a quick startup and tabbed browsing), a few bugs make it almost unusable on my machine.

- The worst bug causes warnings and download messages to become more irritating than the pop-ups the browser is so adept at blocking. In Internet Explorer or Netscape, a simple click on "ok" would make them vanish. Firefox demands no less than ten clicks.

- In certain tables, pictures inexplicably flash like strobe lights.
Firefox makes CHUD look like the light display at a church-sponsored rave. Because of this irritating little quirk, I still have to use IE in order to view many sites.

- Firefox also loves to log out of bank websites mere seconds after entering a password. This is also a problem with Netscape. IE is the only thing that can handle them.

- It also isn't much to look at. Maybe I've been spoiled the Netscape's flashy browser but that doesn't change the fact that Firefox looks something straight outta' Windows 3.1.

I had the same problems with Mozilla's previous effort, Firebird. I want to like Firefox, really I do. It attempts to combine the best qualities of other browsers into something not affiliated with Bill Gates or AOL. Maybe Mozilla deserves a bell curve for being a startup. Regardless, it's no match for Explorer, which has always been rock solid. IE will continue to rule over my computer like a merciless banana republic dictator.

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