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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Turd on the run

Here's a great visualization of how Firefox is running Microsoft out of the browser business. [Via UtterlyBoring.com.]

Comments (12)

Hmm, I like that site!

This link:

is worth a visit. The part about wine tasters particularly.

Years ago, I witnessed the fall of an audio critic that thought he could hear the difference between a pair of $1500 Hi-Fi interconnects and a pair costing $10. (Who in their right mind would pay $1500 for wires 3ft long? Answer: DOD!)

He failed, spectacularly, in the same way the wine experts did. (He he!)

Thats gonna change if the the Firefox people dont fix their program. I had to uninstall FF 3.5.7 because it was giving me constant errors under Windows 7 64 bit. One of the errors was "Windows Explorer has stopped working." And I hear 3.6 isnt hasnt fixed it either.

And its not just me...internet forums are all over it, but so far its not fixed.
I went rounds with Windows support, and they had no idea what to do about it. They even wanted me to reinstall Windows and update my motherboard bios. I had to go to the internet to figure out the issue.

Hmmm. I love Firefox and am no fan of Micro$oft, but I'm skeptical. Other sources show Firefox's current market share at around 28%, not 47% as shown in that graph. They need to explain their methodology.

That is a cool way to represent data, though.

Just upgraded to FireFox 3.6 from the previous version and it works great. It renders pages much, much faster then the previous version did.

I haven't personally built or tested with a 64-bit operating system, yet. So, I can't comment on any issues there. I can say however that I've had problems with some of the add-ons for firefox causing issues, running Firefox in safe mode helped diagnose those issues. Eventually the 3rd party fixed their add-on.

Disabling as many ads and javascripts as possible using adblock and Noscript helps improve reliability and security as good javascript developers are a bit of a misnomer, IMHO.

A co-worker had issues with Facebook crashing his IE instance on his 64-bit Windows 7 machine. Switched to Firefox and the problem went away.

Just anecdotal evidence that issues like that aren't always what you think they are, but can be a bit more complex.

Used to use Firefox but ran into more problems than with Explorer. Switched back to Explorer. Didn't see enough advantages w/ Firefox to stay with it.

Actually I saw some test that had IE, Firefox, Safari and Chrome. Supposedly Safari/Chrome are the fastest, then Firefox by a little bit slower, but IE is like 2x slower than FireFox.

My vote for Chrome.

Chrome is great but still not recognized by every site. That causes some problems.

dg, the issue you saw was that so many websites had to compromise their code to work with IE6 because Microshaft couldn't stay within the established standards (even the ones they created) so the result was a lot more work for website coders.

Things have gotten much, much better and even Microsoft is pushing people to upgrade from IE6 to IE7 or preferably IE8.

Steve, how old was that test? Like I said, the latest version of FF is faster than the previous version, putting it closer to Chrome in speed (if not as fast)

Also as HTML5 comes up to speed as a replacement to Flash you'll see things speed up a bit more once things get a bit more optimized and the coders get used to the new code base.

Firefox my favorite browser,
IE ho hum.

Hmmm. I love Firefox and am no fan of Micro$oft, but I'm skeptical. Other sources show Firefox's current market share at around 28%, not 47% as shown in that graph. They need to explain their methodology.The data comes from w3schools.com, so it's probably a bit skewed, but the reason I linked to it originally is because of the ingenious presentation of the stats, not necessarily the stats themselves.

That being said, most of the sites I work with (general public, niche, etc...) are all nearly 50%+ alternative browser usage (Firefix leading the way, but Safari and Chrome picking up ground as well). Now if I could just convince some software companies I deal with to make their Web apps work in non-IE browsers...

When I upgraded to 3.5, I had tons of problems with two machines trying to access the internet. I thought I had
a) modem problems or
b) Router problems.

Nope, not either. It was 3.5. I went back to 3.0 and all is fine.

I have 3.0.17 on all three installations; one computer dual boot and a Dell single. The Win7 dual is 64 bit.

I have enough problems with a new mobo and cpu, Win7. XP, Adobe et al, and I don't want to fight with browsers.

I filed a bug with Mozilla; they sorta knew about it, sorta. I looked at the bug to which they added my info and it's not exactly like it. No fix announced from them so far.

Just get rid of the Windows part and Firefox works great.

Normally I loathe the mindset of people who buy fancy boutique products like Apple's, but honestly...Microsoft is an Evil Empire that produces crappy code on top of their horrible business practices.

That blog entry about how IE attempts to block you from ever installing Firefox was just amazing. Proof positive of the Microsoft Mindset...why let your product compete on it's own merits when you can just shut out the competition ?

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