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Posted: Mar 30th 2011 5:05AM slash beast said

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I switched from firefox to chrome about a year ago and haven't looked back.

Chrome has a very simple, clean, un-cluttered lay out. It's super fast. And I RARELY see pop ups, where as on Firefox popup ads were a constant even with 'block pop-ups' active.

I also like chrome because it takes up signifcantly less memory so it runs super fast. I honestly can't see myself going back to firefox or IE ever. There's really no competition.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 5:46AM Purkit said

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I still use Firefox and will not be changing any time soon.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 5:55AM Purkit said

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@Purkit

The above comment is unusually short for me, mainly because I deleted my rant about developing for different browsers, people not updating their current browser and Beau's stance on the internet as a 'luxury item'. No one needs to read all that negativity so early in the morning.

Kittens!
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Posted: Mar 30th 2011 6:04AM Anticrawl said

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I use Chrome for throwaway browsing (i.e. typical web surfing), Internet Explorer for compliance related tasks, Firefox for when I want to impose security venerabilities and memory leaks and Opera for when I want unnecessary clutter.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 6:30AM Galahad said

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IE - once the browser to let others(hackers) in now quite decent thing. Of course I'll still go with custom browser as I'm used to those but IE stays as secondary tool.

Opera - very nice browser which I used for years. Built-in mouse gestures, speed dial, solid RSS reader and nice look. Also very customizable and with lots of potential behind IF You are a nerdy type who likes to adjust stuff "under the hood". Now it even brought add ons.

Firefox - adblock + noscript. Simple to use and often updated. This is what made me switch from Opera and never look back. With many dangerous scripts with keyloggers it add lot of security without destroying websites functionality. For example zam.com has scripts from 6 different sites and You just need ones from main site to make stuff work(mind I'm not saying those scripts are harmful, just giving example).

Chrome and Safari - never tried those.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 7:23AM Bramen said

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Firefox for me.

I love the that the new firefox has one button to run everything at the top of the browser!

That and I have a firefly theme...WINNING

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 8:09AM Raikulxox said

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IE9 and Opera, switch between the two.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 9:06AM Aganazer said

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I use IE at work because it integrates with the Silverlight development I do better than others.

I use Firefox on my home theater box because it zooms flash better than Chrome. (Gotta zoom in a lot due to viewing distance)

I use Chrome on my gaming box because I don't want to miss out on all the fuss, but personally I don't care for the combined search/address bar. I prefer them separate.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 9:54AM Fisk said

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I'm a web developer so i use pretty much every browser so here is my personal experience.

The fastest browser is either chrome or Internet explorer 9 when it comes to javascript. Firefox 4 is also very fast. Chrome and Firefox 4 have the best implementations of standards and are more likely to update to newer and better tech faster.

Personal preference is very important so if i were you i would stick with chrome, but all in all i beg of people as a web developer.
Use chrome, ie9 or ff4 nothing else... please!

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 9:58AM Kaahn Stewart said

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I was a Firefox diehard until the Firefox 4 Beta had a memory leak issue for SEVERAL iterations of the Beta and I sort of gave up on it. Then I found the wonder that is Chrome and its cross-PC syncing capabilities, and I stopped worrying about "does it use Google Toolbar"? Because it does it BETTER.

Plus, I can finally run my IE-dependent work applications from the same browser thanks to its handy IE Tab extension.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 10:01AM Nerves said

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I still use firefox. I know people are raving about this cross-PC synching awesomeness that chrome has, but is it really any better than xmarks, or firefox synch?

Like others, I use firefox because of the extensions.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 11:36AM Softserve said

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I know it's easy to hate on, but IE9 is dramatically improved over the former releases. I actually quite like it.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 12:24PM sbiaw said

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I used Netscape back in the day and when Firefox came into being I have been there ever since. And using Firefox Sync keeps all of my computers updated. I also love all of the tweaking I can do to it.
I have used Opera on and off over the past 6 years or so. It has some powerful tools, but way more junk in its trunk than what I need.
Not a fan of Safari ,not even when I am using a Mac.
I tried Chrome for a bit. I loved the cleanness of it, but I did not like how it just assumed what I wanted to do.
Ah, IE. What a love/hate relationship. I swore it of for years, but began to use it again at 8. Started using 9 beta moths ago. So far, it is NICE. Speedy, secure and smooth.While IE has had some, ummm "issues" in the past, Microsoft has learned and grown from them.
At work (I am a network admin) I encourage people to use Firefox unless they prefer IE 8/9.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 12:41PM Doran7 said

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I stopped playing Allods even though I liked it because it required having IE8 installed just to upgrade. I cannot run this hog.. I'm on a limited resources machine..Despite the assurances that IE8 need not be run for the upgrade to work (thought it needed it for some reason) the act of installing IE8 makes my computer use more memory at start up and after... The OS uses the browser and loads it.

It was a shame but I couldn't get past it and quit the game.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 2:20PM (Unverified) said

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Little known fact. Mozilla was based on Netscape when it went open source, and Firefox is an offshoot of the Mozilla project. It was just redone quite a bit from the original Netscape code, and because it is open source there isn't a single creator. Mozilla had the biggest hand in it though.

So there you have it, the origins of Firefox.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 3:24PM Shazzie said

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I use SeaMonkey.
...this tends to get me odd looks, when I mention it, heh.
Years ago, I stumbled onto a browser suite (browser+mail) called Mozilla, as the person above me mentions. It was AWESOME. I jumped ship from IE to Mozilla with great glee.

A decade or so later, Firefox was on the scene... and Mozilla stopped being updated. I tried Firefox, but it was 'browser only', and I like having my mail be a part of my browser. I like the little envelope in the bottom bar that shows me when I get new emails. So I stayed with the old Mozilla.

Then a group of folks like me who wanted a browser suite started working with Mozilla code, and SeaMonkey was born. Since it also shares a lot of the Firefox code, they can pretty much run the same apps and everything now, but I still greatly prefer SeaMonkey over Firefox. Too many bells and whistles... I like clean and simple.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 3:32PM Shazzie said

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@Shazzie
And P.S. ... As far as the whole 'internet is a luxury item' argument goes, it is NOT a luxury item for me. I'm disabled. The internet is my life line. The internet is no longer a luxury item for MANY people. And with the thousands I already pay for medical necessities, I sure hope my one real access to the outside world doesn't get more expensive as a 'luxury item'.
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Posted: Mar 30th 2011 4:28PM Beau Hindman said

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@Shazzie Thanks for the comment. As someone who has written for Ablegamers.com (a site for disabled gamers) I am very aware of the issues that disabled players face. I also know how many there are, and what a crime it is to discriminate against them -- something that many developers rarely take into account when making games. That's why I have mentioned disabled issues in my writings here many times, and have made it one of my main issues when talking about games.

My "luxury" comment is pointing very squarely to those people who use it as a luxury. Someone brought up a car, and that's a perfect example. In many cases, a car is a needed item for living. That's fine, and not what I was talking about at all. In many, many cases the car can be a total and complete luxury item, like cigarettes or beer. It depends on the case.

So, while it has been easy for some of the comments to step off-topic to chide me for using the word "luxury" -- they need to consider when and where the internet is considered a luxury.

Remember the site we are on. *All* information, interaction and internet use is not needed for living -- and I am saying this as someone who recognizes fully the need for social and creative outlets -- something that the internet provides for many. Back to the original point, the WoW player who we talked about earlier on this site who might find his internet throttled because he is simply *using more than the average subscriber* should not be surprised at all when the company that has put the lines in the ground and has hired thousands of workers demands that they slow it down or pay more.

It's easy to jump from a company asking more for high-end users to companies clamping down on all internet usage, like some kind of evil overlord, but that was not the jump I made.

Beau
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Posted: Mar 30th 2011 3:34PM Thiocyanide said

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Almost every feature that Firefox does not have that Chrome does can be emulated in some way by an extension or addon.

And Chrome doesn't have NoScript yet.

Posted: Mar 30th 2011 5:18PM lmollea said

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As a web/mobile developer I'd say Chrome (and Safari) as they implement more standards and are generally faster than firefox. And they generally have faster update cycles so you don't need to develop keeping in mind tons of different version (something that IE did not succeed to deliver, especially in corporate environments).
Nonetheless, I still use firefox (old habits die hard), just for a single reason: personally I don't like Chrome's memory-hungriness (the 1 tab = 1 process policy has its share of pros and cons but I tend to be very conservative about my memory usage, that's why I still use and love Winamp 2). Especially when you have a 4GB machine on which you have to do some development involving Oracle DB Server, Eclipse, some Java/J2EE servers, memory becomes quite precious.
I still have to check on firefox 4 and I suspect that the UI "improvements" they made will push me to Chrome...

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