Monday, September 01, 2003
IT : Why Mozilla Firebird is a better browser than IE any day.
I stopped using MS Internet Explorer about a year ago. While the change was forced due some problem which caused IE to slow down and crash often (Yeah, as if it wasn't slow enough and didn't crash enough earlier), I never looked back.
I first switched to Opera. Opera 6.1 (and then later 7.1) was much faster than IE any day. But Opera would not work on certain pages developed to function with IE and that's where Mozilla Firebird 0.6.1 came in. Firebird was a lighter version of Mozilla and hence was faster to start up and pretty much gave the same functionality as IE. The biggest advantages of Mozilla (Firebird) over IE -
Addendum : The greatest feature I miss about Opera was the restart session feature. If your browser instance closes down inadvertently (or even intentionally), you have the option of restarting from all those open sessions the next time you start Opera. Since browsers are liable to crash often, this is an amazing feature which lets you continue without losing track of your windows. Also, if you leave one day, in the middle of an open document, you have the option of restarting Opera the next day and resuming your reading.
The closest thing that Firebird allows, is the feature to un-close tabs. Which means that if you've shut down a tab, you can reopen it later, as long as the browser instance is the same.
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