Sunday Sound-off: Which browser do you use?
As a daily, online magazine, we here at OnMilwaukee.com spend a lot of time on the Web.
Whether it's researching a story, shopping, catching up on current events or posting a story, we spend an awful lot of time online.
As we become more immersed in the digital age, our computers become much more personalized. Some people prefer using their iPhones and iOS to access the Web, others go with the Android.
And for every person using a Mac, there are just as many using Windows for their daily computing needs.
Just as there's an operating system for almost everybody, there's probably a browser, too.
Internet Explorer is still the leader, followed not far behind by Mozilla Firefox. Apple's Safari is gaining ground while Google is gaining ground with its Chrome browser.
In addition, there are also lesser-known alternatives like Opera which give people even more options.
For our question this week we'd like to know which browser you use. And, if you feel like sharing, we'd like to know why.
Sound off, Milwaukee!
For those that say Firefox is slow, the Firefox 4 betas are showing some great speed improvements. Another way to speed up Firefox is to completely wipe your profile and start fresh. If you've been using Firefox for years without doing this, there can be a lot of "cruft" built up (old bits of preferences, extensions, etc) that are slowing things down. Try a Firefox 4 beta with a completely new profile and see how fast it is.
@thomasdecker - with enough privacy protections in place, script blocking, etc., it's possible to prevent servers from obtaining that info. And given that FF users tend to be the most security-conscious, it can cause unddereporting of FF use. And even if it is just a "slow news day", why not have a fun little discussion? OMC isn't a hard news outfit like CNN or Reuters, anyway, why hold them to that sort of "serious" standard?
AT least 90% of the time, it's Firefox, because while it has slowed down a little, it still is the only one that I can customize the way I want. I have Google Chrome, but I don't use it often, given Google's increasingly cavalier attitude about user privacy. I have Opera, but use it rarely, only when the Mozilla-based broswers (FF & GC) fail. Also, Opera's flash support has some holes, it won't play certain online games, like Facebook's version of Desktop Tower Defender. All of my computers are Linux-based, so normally IE isn't even an option, but I have been able to install ie4linux (a port of IE 6) for "just-in-case" or test purposes.
Foxfire got to be to slow for me. I went to Safari when I got my Mac, but since I'm using Google features (maps, docs, blogspot etc) more often I've gravitated to Chrome
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