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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.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Microsoft Shows Sneak Preview Of Internet Explorer 9

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.digitaltrends.com/comput...net-explorer-9/

"A publicly available platform preview demonstrates Microsoft's strides toward speed, compatibility and new features. Unimpressed as we may have been when Microsoft released a final build of Internet Explorer 8 a year ago, the company hasn't stopped toiling away on the most popular browser in the world. And it's ready to show off what its software engineers have been hard at work on over the past year. On Tuesday, Microsoft allowed developers to peek through blinds into its R&D labs with the release of Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview."

As the battle of web browsers continues unabated, Microsoft have set up a website where you can get a glimpse at their next incarnation of Internet Explorer. Microsoft are planning to make a number of new changes to IE9 including a new faster Java engine, HTML5 support, and allowing the web page rendering engine to utilise your graphics card processor to render your page, rather than your CPU. This, in theory, should make the whole web browsing experience much faster as it makes use of a resource in your PC that isn't really used much when you are web surfing. I look forward to seeing some real world tests of this feature and how it actually performs compared to existing browsers.


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Calling all Internet Explorer 6 Users

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 10:55 PM

This is somewhat random, but humour me. I've been involved in a discussion over email about browsers - specifically Internet Explorer 6 - and why people are still using it (and if they have a choice in the matter). In the case of Pocket PC Thoughts, in the past month 42.6% of all visitors are using some sort of Internet Explorer, and 42.3% are using Firefox. Of those Internet Explorer users, I was very surprised to see that 21.8% of them are still using IE6. IE6 is a highly problematic browser for developers to code for - so much so that there are several online movements to banish it once and for all - yet it's still being used in surprising numbers.

So if you're using IE6 on your computer that you use to access any of Thoughts Media Web sites, tell me why - I'm really curious! Is it that you're on a corporate computer and they've locked down installing any newer version of IE? Is it that you like IE6 and don't want to change to a newer version? Is it that your computer is messed up and IE7 or IE8 wouldn't even install? There are no wrong answers here, and I'd like to hear from as many of you as possible, so chime in...


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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