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Friday, April 1, 2011

Whose Browser Will Reign Supreme?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/br...ho_new_king_web

"Our goal is to figure out which of these three is the best vehicle for navigating cyberspace. We’ll be paying particular attention to new features, security, privacy, and of course performance. We’ll even throw in a few power user tips for each one. And for those of you who roll with Opera and Safari, don’t worry, we’ll cover the latest versions of those, too. In the words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” "

There are a lot of people that do not really care which web browser they use. It could be argued that you could change the browser on them and they would not even notice. This review is not for them. Some of us are quite picky about our browser. We like things a certain way, with certain plug-ins or features. After a while, the browser, which we probably use more than any other application at this point, becomes like a comforting friend who holds your hand while you travel through the wonderful world of the Internet. Of course, there are also times where we have second thoughts. The magic has faded and we start to find ourselves frustrated with our companion. Frequent crashes. Laggy behaviour. Rendering problems with specific websites you visit. So you eyes start to wander and look for something fresh and tasty. Then this review is right up your alley! A good overview of all the major browsers (admittedly only for Windows users) lets you taste each one before you commit to a new relationship. Personally, I have been using Firefox for many, many years and it has served me well, but lately, I have been finding that it is becoming a bit bloated and taking up considerable amounts of memory. The new release of Firefox 4 may help with that. If not, I guess I will have to find something better! Do you have any preferences? What browser do you evangelize?


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Who Should You Choose When You're "Just Browsing"

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...ari-5,2680.html

"While this is a follow-up to our original Web browser Grand Prix, we have also included some standards compliance testing along with enhanced memory benchmarks. We feel that even though these tests do not directly affect speed, they are crucial to overall performance. But don't worry, we'll separate those benchmarks from our speed tests in the conclusion, so you'll still get to find out which Web browser is the fastest when judged purely on raw speed."

Web Browsers have definitely become one of the major components of our Internet connected life. The concept is great: A single application or platform through which you can access the largest communications network and one of the largest data repositories in the world. Of course, that vision is being challenged with the rise of apps on the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7 (if it ever truly comes out) but for now, it remains one of the most important parts of computing. While we all have our own preferences, I am impressed that the web browser market is a five horse race. Yes, I know there are many other browsers to choose from, but there are five web browsers that have an appreciable amount of the market. I think it just demonstrates how cut throat the market is. In many ways, it is trivial to change browsers (with the exception of extensions) and that means that each browser has to compete fiercely to stay relevant. In another year or two, we might see a different landscape altogether.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Browser Wars Continue, Sort Of

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5575407/brows...-opera-106-beta

"As you can see, each browser has its strengths—even the most maligned browser in recent history. We took each of the five all-browser tests—start-up times, nine-tab loading, JavaScript, DOM/CSS, and memory use—and assigned a ranking to each contender. In the case of very close results, we assigned a "tie." In two cases—Internet Explorer on JavaScript and CSS, Safari on nine-tab loading—we had to assign zeros, though, obviously, each browser can perform those functions, but that's how it goes."

Does the speed of the browser really affect your choice? I mean, sure, if there is a significant difference like those measured in minutes, or even tens of seconds, but for most browsing, I have found most have a particular preference, logical or not. I would think that for browsers, the competition would be more for features than in speed. The tests seems reasonable and somewhat based on real world performance, though I have heard claims were some people load up hundreds of tabs for a single browser. I wonder what the performance metrics would be on that kind of scenario.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Firefox Executive Recommends Bing Over Google

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 PM

http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/ne...tm_campaign=rss

"Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, used his personal blog to urge Firefox users away from Google and to use Microsoft's search engine Bing, instead. Dotzler cited privacy concerns, specifically pointing to comments recently made by Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "I think judgment matters," said Schmidt. "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." Dotzler then links to the Bing add-on for Firefox, stating that Bing's privacy policy is better than Google's (and notably fails to mention Yahoo at all)."

At the least this is a really poor choice of words by Schmidt, if it is more than that, then it is pretty scary. Whether you just don't want to be embarrassed by someone finding out you spend your days searching Twilight fan fiction or more seriously don't want a potential employer or insurer inferring some of the more intimate details of your personal life based on searches, you should have the ability to keep this information private. Plus, what you search is really just raw data and all sorts of conclusions could be inferred by someone not knowing your reasons for performing the search.


Friday, March 28, 2008

Safari 3.1 On Windows: A True Competitor Arrives (Seriously)

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 PM

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/pos...or-arrives.html

"We put the Safari 3 beta on Windows through the wringer last summer, and we weren't too terribly impressed. The problems were significant, such that we'd have a hard time recommending the browser to any Windows user. As of last summer, Firefox was still the Windows browser of choice here at Ars. Have things improved for Safari? Wow, have they."

ars technica puts Safari 3.1 for Windows (the first non-beta version of Apple's web browser) through the paces. I haven't had a chance to try Safari yet, but it looks like a pretty solid competitor against Firefox and Internet Explorer. Check out the review to see how Apple's browser holds up. If you've had a chance to try it, how do you like/dislike it? Could Safari one day be the king of browsers on Windows? Only time will tell...


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