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Rediff Asks if it's Time to Switch to Mozilla or Opera

Wednesday May 14th, 2003

Adam Hauner sent us a link to a rediff.com article about Internet Explorer alternatives such as Mozilla and Opera. The report briefly examines the advantages that the alternative browsers have over IE, including better security, tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking. It also mentions the wide range of Mozilla add-ons that are available, with a special mention given to the NewsMonster RSS feed reader.


#11 How I started on the net

by ryanrafferty <ryan.rafferty@gmail.com>

Thursday May 15th, 2003 1:43 PM

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I started with BBS's- then over to Netscape on windows 3.1. It was bundled with my ISP, so it was no biggie. It did crash once and a while- which was a minor problem. IE came along and I decided to give it a try (those were naive times for me). I liked IE because of it seemed to have a cleaner, sort-of prettier interface, which fit better with other windows applications.

So that went on, Windows 95 came out eventually- and it wasn't like there was much of a choice between browsers- I was already convinced on IE, so I kept using it... but of course after Windows 95 everyone started to open their eyes to the real Microsoft- and start to see patterns emerging and coming together as to their Internet dominance plans.

After that I switched between Netscape/ie/ and eventually mozilla. I abandoned the whole Windows scene once and for all and now I'm on a mac using Safari mainly, sometimes Mozilla/phoenix and Camino.

I like the turn Apple took with KHTML, which I had used earlier on a linux system I put together- I really like simplicity, and I really like the way Mozilla is moving. I have used Opera, and am not all that impressed- the emulation modes were neat, but not enough to have me switch over these days (this isn't 1995 anymore).

The lesson I learned from all of it was to avoid IE. Yeah I might not use Mozilla for all my browsing needs for a variety of very minor issues, but there is still a place for it in my applications folder- unlike IE which sits and collects digital dust.