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June 13th, 2007 at 05:56 pm

Just a quick question to the resident techies around here, Tina or B.A. or anyone else who knows. I've been using Firefox because Veoh and Stage6 digi players and downloads don't run in I.E. or don't run well in I.E. Does Firefox do everything that I.E. can do? Because I think I'd just as soon make it my default browser if it does. But I don't want to get stuck in some backwater area of the internet if it isn't as good as or better than I.E. Thanks muchly for any help. I am such a newbie to non-MS stuff.

11 Responses to “Techie Stuff”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    Lucky, Firefox is truly a great browser, and I think once you've been in it a while you'll laugh at the thought of going back to IE... If there's something IE does that you're not sure how to do in FF, drop a note and I'm sure someone here will be able to figure out the trick.

    As a matter of fact, I'm working on an article about Firefox helping you save money: keep an eye out for it on the main page, and take a look at what FF can help you do Big Grin

  2. baselle Says:

    I love FF, especially the ability for tabbed browsing. And it used to be that some of my online fiscal accounts didn't work well in FF, but they now all do work well. The only issue that I have with FF is that it is a memory hog on my machine. I have 1Gb of memory, and FF wants to take at least 1/2 of it.

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    FF is great and is my primary browser. I use it at work, at home, and across all OS platforms. Simply top-notch.

    As for setting the default browser, that's something that's easy to change back and forth, so I don't see the harm in doing that. I would at least make sure IE is upgraded to version 7, but not delete it... just in case you want to switch back for any reason.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Tina, thanks, and looking forward to that article.

    Baselle, the new I.E. has tabs now, must have gotten that idea from Firefox.

    B.A., I do like it quite a bit, its been pretty easy to figure out so far. I do have I.E. 7. It can just hang around in the background. I guess.

    Thanks for the fast response ladies and gentleman.

  5. tinapbeana Says:

    Baselle: If you're having memory issues using FF, make sure you're not using 1.5, it had a lot of memory 'leaks'. 2.0 is better, and 3.0 in the works should be better still. Also, the more extensions you have for FF the more memory it 'hold's... Worst case, you might want to check out an extension called 'Session Saver' which will remember which tabs you have open when you shut down the browser and re-open them when you relaunch. This allows you to easily shut down FF when the memory use is too high and 'release' memory back to the cache without loosing the tabs you were using.

  6. Broken Arrow Says:

    Oh, missed that thing from baselle. FF will use as much memory as it is available to maintain its level of performance. As such, it typically looks like a memory hog. However, it's not the only browser that does this.

    I suppose one could say it's starting to look like bloated code, but having plug-ins that are optional helps keep the bloat down....

    A separate point worth noting is that FF will ask if you want to restore your old tabs if you close the application itself. That and if you accidentally closed a tab you didn't mean to and want to restore it real quick, you can hit CTRL-SHIFT-T. That'll bring it right back up. Yeah, you could just go back to your history I guess, but I don't have history. I'm security freak, so that's how I roll. Big Grin

  7. tinapbeana Says:

    For those that are into FF, here's the article on money saving extensions, hot off the presses today. There's a bad tag in the description for the #4 item and I've sent that in to get it fixed: sorry!

    20 Firefox Extensions That Will Save You Money

  8. LdyFaile Says:

    One more thing to add, the extension IE Tab has been helpful for me in situations where certain web pages don't want to work on FF but I don't want to use IE. Smile

  9. tinapbeana Says:

    Kind of related, yet not Big Grin If FF doesn't do it for you, but you have a thing against IE, check out Maxthon. They've had tabbed browsing for ages, like FF, but a lot of things come standard in Maxthon that are extensions for FF: mouse gestures (love!), and text-to-link(SUPER LOVE), and the ability to save open tabs as a group (i.e. a work group of tabs, a blogging group of tabs, etc.) plus there's bunches of plug-ins, too. Maxthon runs off the IE kernal, so technically you're using IE, just without the ugliness and disfunction.

  10. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hmm, never heard of Maxthon, but I think Opera was the one that first integrated tabbed browsing that everybody else is following right now. Opera is very light and powerful... though quite quirky. But then, them Norwegians have always been a quirky bunch.

  11. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think I am definitely going to make Firefox my default browser. I've been using it about 2.5 weeks now and it has not frozen up on me once, nor has it shut itself down or worse yet, shut the computer down. That alone is worth a lot. Plus, their logo is so darn cute! Yeah, I'm a real techie, LOL when I'm swayed by cute logos.

    One step at a time.

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