March 22, 2004

Firefox

No, not the 1980 Cold War flick with Clint Eastwood stealing a state-of-the-art fighter jet from the Soviets (yes, in retrospect, the idea that the Russians would have tech that we would want seems a bit quaint, if not silly, but it was a good movie...).

No, I am talking about Mozilla Firefox, their new browser, the descendant (kinda) of Netscape. Now, the last time I was impressed with Netscape the year was probably 1995, and while I have tried Opera and the various new version of Netscape over the years, I have always been quite happy with IE. However, the combo of being interested in Mozilla's new mail client, Thunderbird, and the my inner computer-geek need to try new stuff, I tried out Firefox yesterday and have been impressed.

I decided to get it a try because of all the security problems with IE and especially with OE. Further, PC Mag was impressed with Thunderbird's spam filter--plus, since most of these e-mail virii and worms mostly target Miscorsoft products, it seemed like may be a change was in order. I have not fooled much with Thunderbird yet--I will give a review of it later.

However, I have messed with Firefox, and have been pleased.

A lot of other people are impressed as well, it would seem. Forbes is impressed as well, as is the tech writer at the Houston Chronicle.

Joel on Software has one of the more glowing reviews.

It seems to render pages faster (certainly it loads pages in a differnt order than IE) and I like all the nifty extensions and the tabbed browsing. I also like the pop-up blocking.

My main problem are my MT tools. The MT posting window lack the B i u and url buttons, and I also don't know if I can get by without my right-click MT It! tool. Is there anyone out there who knows of Firefox-ready MT tools? I have looked some, but not much.

Posted by Steven Taylor at March 22, 2004 07:47 AM | TrackBack
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I am equally impressed with Firefox, not the least because of its RSS Feed reader extension. With it, looking thru the blogosphere is a whole new experience.

There's a workaround/script for MT. Apply that workaround, and the little icons render. I haven't installed myself yet. I just use IE to post and edit.

Posted by: The Commissar at March 22, 2004 08:20 AM

Funny. I moved to FireFox about 4 weeks ago but I didn't even notice the missing buttons. (I never used them anyways.)

Still, I'm sticking with it. It is faster, consumes less resources than IE and the tabs are very nice (I like to load 20 sites at the same time!)

Have you ever tried w.bloggar as an editing tool? You avoid the entire MT interface. (www.wbloggar.com)

Posted by: King of Fools at March 22, 2004 09:42 AM

http://kalsey.com/2003/05/mt_text_formatting_buttons_in_mozilla/

Posted by: Asa Dotzler at March 22, 2004 01:26 PM
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