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mollywog
May. 4th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
I use Firefox except for one or two sites that I need to use Exploder for. I feel that Firefox is a safer browser to use, and plus it has all those nifty themes and plugins!
lost_tumbleweed
May. 4th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
Firefox is great, that's for sure.

I don't know why our workplace has to continue using IE .... and an old version at that.

blah.

safari is good, too, yet blogging in wp is not always easy. not like lj, which has everything in place. i guess that's what i give up for working with an opensource blogging software.
sckot
May. 4th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm curious, what do you mean by "everything in place"?
lost_tumbleweed
May. 4th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
at this point, lj is great for the lazy blogger or ignorant blogger like me who doesn't fiddle with coding (or minimally).

lj has so many user-ready features ... two being:

• polls with multiple questions;
• the ability to embed flickr - other social software - coding into an entry without having to fiddle with the danged coding.

In WP, I find that some of the social software tools I've been experimenting with over the past few months work seamlessly when posting via Firefox and others with Safari and many not at all. That means I have to fiddle with the coding, many times destroying the coding structure.

HTML is really the only code I feel somewhat comfortable with, though that is changing the more time I spend working with WP.

Eh, it's probably my learning curve getting in the way.
leprosy
May. 4th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
Firefox. IE was too late in adding tabbed browsing and used to be far less secure.

I also like being able to selectively disable ads, scripts. etc.

lost_tumbleweed
May. 4th, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)
C', i completely agree with you.

the security issues were my initial reason for the switch ... also ... firefox is similar to safari, which i've enjoyed.

firefox and safari have more features ... i LOVE tab browsing.

at work, we in the graphics dept. were switched to windows 2000 pcs almost two years ago and we have a really old version of IE. it's rough ... no macs ... and old software.

oh, btw, nice icon ... intel pentium ... satan inside ... so microsoft and apple are blood brothers? probably ... at least mac has a unix base.

manfred_macx
May. 9th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
At first I didn't get tabbed browsing and hated it with a passion.

Then I began using it all the time.

lost_tumbleweed
May. 9th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
Isn't it the best?

Sounds like IE7 has it now. But what good is it to those of us on Macs? I haven't heard any rumors of IE re-supporting the Mac platform.
manfred_macx
May. 10th, 2007 07:03 am (UTC)
Tabs were added on to IE6 back in mid-2005 via the MSN toolbar.
lost_tumbleweed
May. 11th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
ah. See at work we're soooo far behind, we only have windows NT or older and our IE is 5.5 or something ... we are supposed to be getting an upgrade soon to XP.

Appears as though you're a mac fan ... so you know that IE stopped supporting osx at a certain level. I don't have IE on my mac ...
crossfire
May. 4th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, the question in the poll is "what browsers do you use" not "what's your preferred browser and why." As a web developer I use many browsers (for the poll I picked the top three: IE, Firefox, and Safari), but I prefer Firefox.
lost_tumbleweed
May. 4th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Goodness, I really should change the name of this poll, yet I believe it's too late.

You say what I know to be true. I use all three of these browsers, too. I like Firefox and Safari by far, yet I'm using a very old version of IE on Windows 2000 (at work).

One reason I ask what browers people like the most or gravitate to the most, is to find out how "my readers" are seeing that other blog. The blog template I have was created for Firefox. That is evident in several ways, even from an editing perspective.

If I knew more about coding, I could mod my templates to be more multi-browser friendly.

Creating this blog, I hope to learn more about social-media tools and how to integrate them into "newspaper" sites.

At this point, I'm spending more time grappling with quirky coding situations (ie., embedding a multi-question poll right into an actual entry rather than have it hang out in the sidebar. I've been using http:www.perennialsurvey.com to generate free polls and paste them into entries. But if I want to share final results with others, I have to pay for their services. blah.)

WordPress is great, but right now I'm a newbie caught in the middle of opensource heaven. In the end, WordPress will be great for more flexibility with modding. And as I post every day, hopefully, I'll be learning more and more.

By that point, there won't even be browsers. Surely you've heard of that phenom.

Sorry for the ramble. ;-}
manfred_macx
May. 9th, 2007 09:17 am (UTC)
Funny. I was thinking about posting on this topic, but my... limited (exclusive?)... readership would have made it an exercise in watching paint dry.

I've been on Mac OS X since fall of last year (not so much a switcher as one returning to the fold in a way) and I use the latest and greatest from Firefox.

Some odd experiences on lab Macs with Safari have made me reluctant to use it. Likewise, Camino, which I was enthusiastic about for a while, decided one day to eat all my bookmarks and saved passwords. Needless to say I was somewhat displeased.

I intend to try out Opera (long languishing in my apps list, now updated) and Flock (just learned about and downloaded it).
lost_tumbleweed
May. 9th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Opera's doing the same thing in my own apps folder.

I downloaded Flock a few months ago, gave it a test spin and decided it was too "social" for my needs.
manfred_macx
May. 11th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Opera 9.20 (for OS X) seems pretty groovy. When you open a new tab, it defaults to a "speed dial" page which can hold up to nine thumbnails of whatever pages you want to have really quick access to. Neat idea. I'm going to make a point of using it instead of Firefox for at least a week or so when I get back from vacation.
lost_tumbleweed
May. 11th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
Now that sounds cool: "speed dial" page for holding up to nine thumbnails of pages ...

... that's incentive to check out Opera.

You know a ton, Guy.
manfred_macx
May. 11th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
"You know a ton, Guy."

I try to. ;)
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