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Firefox 2 vs, IE 7

by grimgraphix / October 25, 2006 9:15 PM PDT

I just downloaded IE 7 this week and have yet to try the new Firefox which has been my preferred browser in the past.

Here is an article comparing some features...


Anyone try both yet? I have a friend who also prefers Opera.

Opinions? Advice? Criticisms?

grim Happy

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Firefox 2 is very nice!
by gearup / October 25, 2006 9:41 PM PDT
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I like the tabs bar and the built in spell checker. Of course the security is nice too!

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(NT) (NT) i use both like both
by Mark5019 / October 25, 2006 11:16 PM PDT
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I'm quite pleased with IE 7. It's a good improvement.
by Kiddpeat / October 26, 2006 12:36 AM PDT
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I've used others in the past, but dropped them.

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by Evie / October 26, 2006 4:36 AM PDT

I used to use IE -- I think whatever came with 98SE was the last version I used. I also started out using Outlook Express and occasionally used Real Player. Then one day I noticed that you would collect IE cookies from reading emails in OE or using RP. There were ways around this, but, at least in RP, you kept having to reset these . I eventually switched to a non-IE based email client for POP and I don't even think I have any Real Networks stuff on my hard drive anymore. But I'm reluctant to even give IE a try for fear that some other programs will do what RP and OE used to with it. Is this still a problem?

I used to prefer NS. Now I use and prefer Firefox, although NS seems much the same, just used to what I have.

Evie Happy

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Netscape is now owned by aol
by gearup / October 26, 2006 6:06 AM PDT
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and comes loaded with their nonsense. Firefox and Thunderbird or any other email program will serve you well for a long time to come!

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I use an old Poco email client for any POP stuff
by Evie / October 27, 2006 3:45 AM PDT

Still love it and it is totally separate from any browser/operating system. My favorite feature is that students often submit work by email. I have them use a standardized system for naming their files. Poco automatically saves the attachments separately from the email in a folder that I specify. No need to open the email and download the attachment. Works well with AV programs too. I hope any changes in Windows will still allow me to run this "dinosaur" as the newest version is expensive and not upgradeable for free from the version I have. Because of this I like to keep my eyes and ears open should the need arise to get a different client.

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Another Explorer flaw reported
by JP Bill / October 26, 2006 4:03 AM PDT
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Another Explorer flaw reported

Just one week after claiming that users of Microsoft Corp'.s Internet Explorer 7 browser could be at risk to an online attack, Danish security vendor Secunia ApS is reporting a new bug in the browser.

The bug allows hackers to place a fake web address in one of the browser's pop-up Windows, and could be used to trick a victim into inadvertently downloading something from what appeared to be a trusted website. Secunia has described the flaw in an advisory, which can be found here.

Based on its initial investigation, Microsoft believes that there is "an issue," a spokesman with the company's public relations agency said in an email.

While the full URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of the web page being displayed is present in the pop-up Window's address bar, the left part of this URL is not initially displayed, the spokesman said.

That problem could allow an attacker to spoof a legitimate website, Secunia said.

Neither of the bugs is considered to be particularly critical
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Firefox 2 on the other hand
by gearup / October 26, 2006 4:14 AM PDT

has built in anti phishing capabilities. Another reason why I have never used IE for anything. It was a patch work imitation of Netscape to begin with and has never really improved. If it wasn't bundled with Windows I doubt that many people would use it by choice!

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If it wasn't bundled with Windows,
by Kiddpeat / October 27, 2006 1:40 AM PDT

every other browser would be purchase only. Say thank you Microsoft.

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They werent ''purchase only'' before IE
by gearup / October 27, 2006 1:50 AM PDT

at least the most popular one Netscape was free. However
I will not get into a fight with you over this as obviously thats what you are looking for.
So, have a nice day, if you can!

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(NT) (NT) That's not the way I remember it.
by Kiddpeat / October 27, 2006 1:52 AM PDT
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that's the way it WAS
by bpee501742 / October 27, 2006 2:42 AM PDT

i was an early adopter of netscape but not long after aol took over it began to suck

you don't want me to try to print here what i think of ms and their prior and ongoing tactics

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Haven't tried either of them...
by Terry Browne / October 27, 2006 2:14 AM PDT
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and don't feel the need either since I have Opera since many years now. ''IE7 has a neat feature that lets you see thumbnails of all of the tabs you have open at any one time, letting you leap to the one you need with a click.'' They have clearly copied Opera because they have the same feature since 6 months back. The difference is that Opera usually doesn't have any security issues which IE often have and lately I've seen some in FF too. Another feature that has yet to appear in both IE and FF are the shortcut bars. I have one at the bottom of the browser (right on top of the taskbar), very thin and not disturbing at all where I can reach my most visited websites easily without having to go to my bookmarks.
This is what it looks like. You can fill that bar with shortcuts. Very neat IMO.

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Shortcut bar simular to Safari's ...
by grimgraphix / October 27, 2006 2:31 AM PDT

bookmarks bar or for that matter FireFox's as well (at least from what I can tell).

Since I use my mac for 99% of web related activities and my PC for grunt work I don't keep up with the web related software for the win-boxes. Consequently I use apple's Safari browser the most and then Firefox for some video capture features it has.

I need to download opera for mac... I have a prof who keeps posting .mht files on her online class site. Regular mac programs will not open them but I understand opera for mac will. (or I could just reinstall the wireless card into my PC tower but where is the fun in that ;)).


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