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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Devilnutz, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. While backtracking and reading some past threads throughout the forum, I've noticed alot of people saying that they use Mozilla Firefox opposed to Explorer. I downloaded Firefox, and have been using it lately, but I don't see any big advantages. Keep in mind my background with computers is very basic, so in reality I don't really know what I'm looking for. So if anyone uses it, or knows anything about it, could you let me know?
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Keeping that in mind......besides some obvious grahical differences, most of the great things about Firefox are transparent to people with a superficial knowledge of PCs. Basically, Firefox is immune to some of the security loopholes hackers have found in IE.

  3. Firefox just seems a little zippier to me than Internet Exploder does. I like the built-in pop-up window killer. Others I'm sure use tabbed browsing a lot more than I do, which only means I haven't tried it enough yet to really formulate an impression of it.

    Anyway I liked Firefox so much that I went back and d/l'd Thunderbird for my mail client.
  4. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    the only thing that i don't like about it is that it is sooooo slow to open up....everything else is just gravy!
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    That first comment I made was....uh....not my greatest moment. Rather than go delete it to hide my mediocrity, I will revise my statement.

    Firefox has some excellent features that I am sure IE will incorporate in a few years. One of them appeared in SP2, pop up blocker.

    People who design/write spyware types of programs do it based on the structure, or code, of IE since everyone and their momma uses IE. Firefox is immune to alot of that since it was designed differently. Kind of like trying to put a Chevy tailight on a Ford. Same concept, just different look and way of getting there.

    To me, the graphical features of Firefox were thrown in to add appeal to your average PC user. The real value of Firefox is in things the average PC user could care less about really.



    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    i love firefox. i dont use ie anymore, firefox does everything i want better than ie.
  7. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    i use mozilla, but both use the very cool "tab" browsing system, which i cant live without now. frickin genius.
  8. thats interesting, because i think that firefox opens faster than explorer...maybe its just my system....
    otherwise the tabs are genius...a lot better than opening new windows...keeps everything less cluttered, especially when i am working on html and javascript!
  9. im not very good with computers. i don't understand what you guys mean by the "tabs" thing
  10. JTbass


    Jul 2, 2004
    Asutin TX
    dont forget about the download manager
  11. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    No... it does on all pcs i have ever secured... NJL should reinstall it ang get last version... btw NJL, you sure its firefox not mozilla...? mozilla is slower...
  12. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    That's Mozillia/Firefox's strongest attraction, for me. Everyone writes software for IE, and I'm left scratching my head about a lot of things, popups, viruses, etc, since I just haven't had to deal with them for so long now. Tabbed browsing rocks, and frankly, it makes you feel a little underground, part of ze revolution.

    The best parts to me are the options re: downloading. You can set it so it doesn't download ANYTHING without asking. I don't know how many times I'll just be at a site, and get the popup window "Would you like to download file Stealallyourmoney.exe?" or "Howsabout pornoXXXdialer.dll? Eh?" IE has security holes that make it so they can get around that, and install it anyway, without prompting.

    Mozilla is teh hardcore, yo.
  13. JazzBassvb


    Aug 5, 2003
    I love Firefox and the multi-tab features. It's a very nice browser and is feature rich.

    One thing I noticed about Firefox is that it loves ram. Typically, it will use anywhere between 40-60megs of ram while surfing. That's a bit more than Explorer, but that's fine. I reallly don't care. Just something I noticed.

  14. tabbed browsing is a feature used in different web browsers that allows for different web sites to be open in the same window. the visual effect is much like a file cabinet towards the top of the screen. when you want to visit a different site, open a new tab for it. to change to another site, click on its tab. the display switches to the new site, but it doesn't discard the information from the other sites. in IE, every time you want to go to a new site and still stay on the current site, you have to open a new window. for example, i regularly switch between tb.com and espn.com while also checking my web email and the weather. in IE, that's four windows i'd have to keep open. using tabbed browsing, i can just have four tabs inside one window.

    i'm using firefox right now. i use myIE2 at home, which has better tabbed browsing. it's more automatic and takes less effort. for example, i still haven't found a way in firefox to automatically open a new tab instead of a new window if i'm clicking on a link in TB that would open a new window in IE. in myIE2, it automatically just opens a new tab.

    of course, i'm in the process of evaluating linux distros -- a process i have enjoyed greatly -- so getting up my firefox chops is a fruitful endeavor.

  15. JazzBassvb


    Aug 5, 2003
    In regards to automatically opening up tabs...

    I have a microsoft intellisense mouse with the scroll wheel that also acts as a button. When I first installed Firefox, by clicking on a link with the wheel, it would open up in tabs.

    Also, you can right mouse click a link and tell it to open in a new tab.

    Hope that helps.
  16. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    rcz- do you mean opening a tab from the link (middle button/mousewheel button), or automatically switching to the new tab you clicked? Because there's "Load tabs in the backround" option, and if you unselect it, then it should go automatically to the new tab you just opened.
  17. hey good tip...i just tried that with my mouse (its just a generic mouse) and it worked!
    thats cool!
  18. JazzBassvb


    Aug 5, 2003
    Cool deal!

    Glad to help out.

  19. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Works for me too
    That, and the pop-up blocker is gold!
  20. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    If you go into about:config in Firefox, find the preference named browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs, change it to true, and then go back to Tools -> Options -> Advanced, and a new checkbox will appear, one for forcing links that would normally open a new window either in a new tab, or the current tab.