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    Domestic Domestique UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
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    What's the optimum number of web browsers?

    For some reason, my computer decided to give me Safari, so that makes 3. Do I need more? Are there anymore? Do I really need 3? Maybe I should just get a Mac...

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    I use Firefox and keep IE around for the odd page that will not work properly with Mozilla. I can't think of a reason I would need any others.

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    I went on a taste test binge recently and I like Firefox the best.

    I actually tried Navigator again for the first time in years (it's going away anyway), and pretty much have weaned off IE.

    Safari is okay (we just bought a new Mac, so there it is, but I am typing this in Firefox, and use that on my PC at work). I tried Opera but it didn't wow me.
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    I use Firefox for general Web browsing because with adblock, flashblock, and noscript, I can actually browse text on sites, and not wasteful, intrusive, and annoying Flash ads (which always leave shared objects in efforts to try to cross site track people who do clear cookies.)

    For the sites that I am concerned about having glitches on (say I'm filling out an application form, and some Javascript the site has doesn't fire off, corrupting my submission), I'll fire up IE7.

    Other sites that require IE, I fire up a dedicated XP virtual machine in Virtual PC that rolls back all changes when closed, fire up IE in that. If that VM gets hit by malware, who cares... it goes poof the second I close the window.

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    I use opera, i like it better than fire fox. seems faster and includes most stuff so there is less crap to add-on.
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    One is the optimum number. Just make up your mind.
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    Your computer gave you safari because of a shotty forced upgrade from Apple (itunes)...

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    I stoped using iTunes, stuck with WMP, might try win amp soon.

    I use firefox alone, with ie tab (and a whole buncha add ons) .

    It turns out some programs use the ie internet settings for their conectivities, so I use that for proxies and stuff.

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    I have three as well after the Safari version was slipped in on the iTunes upgrade. Knowingly selected to load for trial.

    The PC version is not as featured as the Mac version is.

    Prefer FF, and if you keep it minimal, it is reasonably quick. I also utilize the Pocketware (flash drive) version on corp laptop to avoid employer issues, along with Thunderbird for email retrieval from Gmail via imap settings.

    IE kept, just because, there are times, and sites that demand because the code support team did not test for other browsers.

    I browse from at least 4 different platforms, and firefox is easiest to maintain compatibility between the four.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bab2000 View Post
    IE kept, just because, there are times, and sites that demand because the code support team did not test for other browsers.
    Are people still running into this? I haven't even used a platform where IE was an option for a few years now (aside from at work, but I don't use it there, either), and I can't remember the last time a site didn't work.

    I do remember when it was a big issue, but I haven't seen it in a long time.

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    Netflix has a "watch instantly" option that doesn't work on anything but IE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barba View Post
    I use Firefox and keep IE around for the odd page that will not work properly with Mozilla. I can't think of a reason I would need any others.
    You can cut that down to just 1 by installing the IETab plugin. Any page that doesn't display in Firefox can be opened w/in Firefox anyway by using the IE engine. IE has to remain installed, but you don't have to launch it. And you can save domains that you know will require IE so it automatically switches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    Netflix has a "watch instantly" option that doesn't work on anything but IE.
    cycling.tv needs it as well for the same reasons... video

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    For some reason, my computer decided to give me Safari, so that makes 3. Do I need more? Are there anymore? Do I really need 3? Maybe I should just get a Mac...

    Your computer came w/ Safari and it isn't a Mac?!?! Wow...clearly I'm out of the loop, I thought Safari was only for Macs.

    I have a Mac (two actually) and I have 4 web browsers: Safari on the OSX machine, and IE, Netscape Navigator, & iCab on the OS9 machine. And I may still look into Firefox or something else that is consistent and reliable enough that I don't need to keep 4 web browsers around!

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    Your computer came w/ Safari and it isn't a Mac?!?! Wow...clearly I'm out of the loop, I thought Safari was only for Macs.
    Apple has been bundling iTunes and Safari with their updates for QuickTime on Windows computers.

    I mainly use IE6, but I also have Netscape 7.2 and Firefox 2. I got Netscape because it worked better than IE in one particular chat room that I frequented; but that chat room has gone away, so I almost never use Netscape anymore. I don't recall why I got Firefox, but I use it for Bike Forums...when I installed it and it imported the bookmarks from IE, it put them in alphabetical order, so Bike Forums is near the top of the list and easy to get to. I could move it in IE's list, but I'm lazy...

    I've tried IE7, but don't like it much...everything seems to take extra clicks compared to IE6.

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    Say it how ya like, but since quicktime is a royal PITA, i tend to think that itunes is the one that comes with the added software

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    Firefox. And, wait until 3.0 - I've been running the beta, and it's FAST. It's significantly faster than ANY other browser; opera, Firefox 2, IE, Safari, whatever.

    As far as sites that don't work with Firefox, the vast majority of them (all except those that use ActiveX, which hardly anyone does anymore) can be made to work just fine by just installing a user agent switcher add-on and telling it to lie to that site and say you're running IE. Firefox will run the site fine, the site is intentionally breaking itself when it realizes you're not running IE.
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    It's always a +1 decision since many people still use IE-specific code - aaaaaaaarrrrrgh!

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    i don't even use Safari on my Mac. every time the PC tries to install it, i deselect it.

    Firefox and IE for me, in that order.

    that said, there should be lots and lots of browsers - competition is good. even though you end up with issues with standard non-compliant pages.

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