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RE: Comment by Fergy
by leech on Thu 15th May 2014 02:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by Fergy"
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While on this subject, I have to rant...

So I generally use Firefox everywhere (call me old fashioned, I used to love Netscape when it was the king). But unfortunately there is a site that I use on the intranet at work that doesn't work correctly with Firefox. So I had to look elsewhere, and we are given Macbooks at work.

So at first I tried Chrome. I really hate that Chrome, no matter where it is, always decides to look like itself and nothing else. I have a nice wood textured theme, and Chrome just looks horrible in it. That and I always feel like everything I'm doing is sent to Google...

So then I decided to give Safari a try. Hadn't ever really used it before. But now I know why. Whomever keeps saying it's fast... maybe mine is broken or something, but it's slow as crap. I feel like I'm using Netsurf on my Amiga whenever I use it.

To describe what Netsurf does... it seems slow because it likes to load everything in memory, then display it. Seems Safar does the exact same thing. So pages all take about 15-30 seconds to load (same as on Netsurf). Drives me nuts. The loading bar on Safar starts, goes about a 10th of a way, then sits there... then boom, all the way to the end.

So yeah, I'd stick with Firefox if I could, I don't see the draw with Chrome and Safari. People have complained to me before that Firefox is a pig. I had about 200 tabs open one point, and it was still only about 600mb of ram. I think the the problem some have are usually because they have tons of flash crap open, or indeed don't have adblock on. In this day and age (and I know web page admins will cry) it's almost required to have adblock.

Remember the days when ads would pop up in separate windows? Everyone hated that, so all the browsers introduced pop up blocking... so now all the ads are in the same damned window as the rest of what you're trying to read, which to me is worse in a lot of ways, at least with pop up ads, you could tuck them away behind the main window.

I noticed earlier that one of the forums I visit wasn't fully blocking the ads, and it looked like after every other legitimate post, there was an advertising post...

It's freaking ridiculous! Duckduckgo is one of the few pages that do it right... have a single ad or two on the side bar that's a non-intrusive (read not flash) ad and you'll have people that may even click on them, and they'll disable adblock.

Maybe if someone created a plugin that would rearrange the ads to make them do that, and include flashblock in with the mix, it'd be a win for everyone...

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