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  1. #1 Browser War 
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    Internet Explorer 8 was finally released and is said to be much safer and faster than it's predecessor. Microsoft states that it blocks two to four times the malware as rival browsers and that it holds the speed record on 15 of the top 20 most used sites, though I suspect they may be fibbing a little on both accounts.

    The main competitor, Firefox 3 is popularly heralded as faster and more secure. I never much understood the hype and have found it to be my slowest browser while experiencing frequent issues loading sites/browser crashes.

    I have recently fallen in love with Google Chrome, for ultra-handy features like the "omni bar" and "paste and go" option on right-click. I also like the tabbed browsing, minimal toolbar clutter and lightweight feel. Among minor annoyances, the spellcheck needs work and many dislike the download manager. I can't wait for the 2.0 release with Windows 7 esque side-by-side tabbed feature.

    Which browser do you use?


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  3. #2 IE8 is too buggy 
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    I just replaced IE7 with IE8 and found it to be too buggy. Unfortunately once you get IE8 you can't go back to IE7. Fortunately I have alternatives (Firefox and Opera) which are stable. One bad side effect of the IE8 problem is that it affects Avant (which is built on top of IE) which has some nice features which IE lack.


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  4. #3 Re: IE8 is too buggy 
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathman
    Unfortunately once you get IE8 you can't go back to IE7.
    says who ? i installed IE8 when it was still in beta version, then found that the site my wife does her on-line marking on didn't recognise it as a valid browser, so i installed IE7 instead after i deleted IE8

    likewise at work i installed IE8 to see how my webpages would perform after the planned transition, and simply deleted it once i noticed that our current version of Remotely Anywhere doesn't work on IE8

    after deleting IE8 using the "Add or Remove Programs" option in the Control Panel the old version of IE6 was restored
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    As a matter of fact, alot of people are downgrading from IE8.
    IE8 users revert to IE7

    I can no longer load videos on the 64bit version of IE8.
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    I prefer to use Firefox, one of the reasons is by default it automatically opens up a tab when you click on a hyperlink. IE just opens a new window even though they have tabs (not sure if it is a settings problem).

    I haven't tried chrome, is it good?
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    I use Opera with a nice skin. It is just easier to use and has all the functionality. The only problem is that every now and then I get a webpage that does not load content properly and then I use IE8 just for that one page. Another thing is that Opera automatically assumes that downloading a torrent file means you want to use Opera to download it. You can't just download the file and then open it with a dedicated program like Vuse, though I might just be a bit dim. Opera also has a progress bar with speeds and amount download while opening a page, number of images to load etc which I find useful.
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  8. #7 IE8 to IE7 
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    I spent an hour with a Microsoft tech trying to fix the IE8 problem I was having. He finally gave up and is referring it to the developers. I am back on IE7, along with my other browers. For IE users, I suggest getting Avant, which is essentially a front end for IE, but easier to use (I am using it right now).
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    OR you could use something with a superior engine that actually renders things properly (IE7 still doesn't). OPERA. GET IT. Incidentally, it also has the fastest rendering engine I know of. Gecko (what firefox uses) is the slowest. Largely due to the retarded way it loads content. Ever load a huge youtube or digg comment page with firefox? Lol.
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    I use Firefox due to IE's proness to viruses. The best thing about FF was the Add-ons.

    I use a lot of tabs for translation for example, which are always nicely restored the next time the computer boots freshly.

    Does Chrome have such feature? Also, there was a search box right on the upper right side of FF, that does let me search Wikipedia or Wikipedia Germany or other sites right from the browser, which I use a lot these days. The new url bar search was splendid as well.

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    isn't it time that we admit that our preference for a certain browser is just that : a preference

    i use IE6 at work because it's the standard there, i also use FF1 for debugging when IE6 merely displays "Page cannot be displayed", and at home i have IE7, FF1, Opera 9, Netscape 9 and Google Chrome, just for the hell of it

    do i have a preference ? not really
    a browser is a browser is a browser
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    I use songbird, FF3 and chrome. I tried opera a few years back and liked ff better at the time but I think it's time to give it another shot.
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