Say it ain’t so, Joe!
A Firefox user!
Fry writes, “I have many friends who can, so to speak, drive around the web, but who have never thought much about the software vehicle taking them through the traffic.” And he goes on: “IE is pants, pure and simple. Safari is clean, elegant and fast (and now comes in a superb Windows implementation), but Firefox has one advantage: customisability.”
I agree with Fry that Internet Explorer is pants. :cheers:
I agree with Fry that Safari is clean, and it does have an elegant look to it, but I don’t find it particularly fast. And despite the elegant look, it’s, well… I find Safari kludgey to use. Things don’t work they way I expect them to, and it renders fonts strangely. :drunk:
But is Firefox’s customisability really an advantage? 🙄
I find Firefox to be very slow. Its rendering engine isn’t any great shakes. And things like ad-block? That requires an extension. Setting up tabs for frequently visited websites? Why, that’s like… work.
Stephen Fry is the man with the brain the size of Kent. And he’s telling people to use Firefox. Except! There’s a better browser out there. There’s a browser that’s faster and lighter and isn’t IE.
See, I’m an Opera user. :merlin:
I love Opera.
Opera does everything I need to do on the Internet.
Opera is like a high-performance sports car.
Speed Dial does the tab thing that Fry talks about in his column — I have quick links to nine preset websites of my choosing.
Opera’s rendering engine is super-fast.
Opera does “Content Blocking” out of the box. No extensions necessary.
Opera has a built in feed reader. Built-in newsgroup reader. Built-in e-mail client. (Okay, the e-mail client isn’t any great shakes, but it’s there.)
And all in a download half the size of Firefox.
Extensions can be done, as Widgets that run inside Opera. But you don’t actually need them to improve the browsing experience or to make the browser functional.
And the great thing about skinning Opera is that you don’t need to restart the program like you have to with Firefox. If I want a new skin, I can change it on the fly.
For anyone that’s curious, I use Phoenity as my skin, with the Sea color scheme. You don’t expect to use the words “pretty” and “pleasing to the eye” and “comfortable” when describing the “look and feel” of a browser, yet I feel completely comfortable saying that I love the look and feel of my Opera browsing experience.
I don’t know if there’s any personality quirk that one’s choice of browser reveals. I’m not sure what being an Opera user says about me — except that I’m not a sheep, that I strike out in my own direction. :party:
Earth to Mr. Stephen Fry. There’s a better browser than Firefox out there. It’s called Opera. Take that for a test drive sometime. 😉