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You Can’t Get Rich if Your Browser is Broken

It’s time we had a chat.

13%. That’s how many of you are still using Internet Explorer. Seriously guys, this needs to stop. IE7 may be the biggest waste of development time in the history of software. Between eating up all half of your RAM, crashing for no apparent reason, ignoring web standards, and being more susceptible to spyware and viruses than any other browser on the market, it’s a small miracle that anybody uses it at all. IE6 is old news, and to the one person out there still using IE5.5: Are you on Windows 95 or what?

I guess a few of you haven’t yet seen the light, so let me go over some alternatives:

Firefox

By far the most popular alternative to IE. Visually, it’s pretty much exactly the same as IE6. Underneath, it’s got a lot fewer security holes, a built-in RSS reader, support for plugins, etc. It’s fast, stable, and reliable. I haven’t had a single popup in years. You couldn’t pay me to go back to IE. Firefox 2.0.0.11 can be downloaded here.

Opera

Opera is pretty cool, if a little flaky at times. It’s incredibly lightweight and has tons of features, including built-in mail and bittorrent clients. All of that in 4.7 MB. That’s pretty impressive. I haven’t used Opera in awhile, so I’m not up to date on the newest features, but my favorite feature by far is the gesture browsing. Want to go back a page? Don’t click the back button, hold in the mouse button, gesture to the left, and then release the mouse button. It takes some getting used to but it’s pretty cool. You can download Opera here.

Safari

Personally, I hate Safari, but I do have some Mac readers out there. Also, if you weren’t aware, Safari is now available on Windows as well. The only time I’d ever use Safari is if I had to choose between it and IE7. Do yourself a favor and download Firefox instead. If that’s not an option, and you really don’t want to play with Opera, you can give Safari a try.

The bottom line

It almost goes without saying that the previous three browsers are much more secure than Internet Explorer. I’ve heard that Microsoft’s IE development team is actually trying to get their act together with IE8, but until then, your best bet is to use one of the above. I want to see that 13% drop to 5% or lower.

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7 Responses to “You Can’t Get Rich if Your Browser is Broken”

  1. TreatInfamy Says:

    Personally I think Firefox is overrated. It eats up even more RAM than IE and sometimes it will freeze up for a few seconds at a time when it’s loading pages. IE does neither. Firefox also has a weird way of scrolling where it makes your eyes hurt, and it’s spontaneously deleted my bookmarks two times before. If it weren’t for Adblock, i’d be using Opera right now. Opera has Adblock but it’s not as powerful and can “eat” certain websites depending on what you block.

  2. The University Kid Says:

    Firefox FTW - switched over a month back and it rocks.

    IE is for n00bs :lol:

  3. Ryan Says:

    I <3 Firefox

  4. Geoff Says:

    @University Kid
    I don’t know why, but every time you leave a comment it gets caught by my spam filter.

  5. The University Kid Says:

    Fook,loadsa other people keep saying that. Might have to change my name… :twisted:

  6. Jenny Says:

    Firefox is awesome, and if you want to incorporate the sort of mouse gestures Opera has, just search the Firefox add-ons. There are a few, and they’re great once you get used to them.

  7. oyun Says:

    thanx man

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