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Internet Explorer Genuinely Better??
by looncraz on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 16:51 UTC
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Hah!! Internet Explorer was NEVER better than Netscape!!

The only time that came about was AFTER the demise of Netscape due to Microsoft integration of Internet Explorer.

I was on Windows 3.1/OS/2 using Netscape 3 or earlier and tried Internet Explorer without any kind of prejudice. I absolutely hated it then, and I've hated every version released since then.

I don't like the interface, the error messages, the rendering behavior, UI responsiveness, performance, nothing.

And it only got worse. IE7 takes an abnormally long time to load a new, empty, tab, and renders in much the same old ugly way as in the old days.

That and "smooth scrolling," AGH!! Just scroll like every other program, thank you! If you want to permit additional behavior, it should be an OPTION that is DISABLED BY DEFAULT.


I hate Internet Explorer. I don't dislike it, I hate it.

I have used almost nothing as my primary browser but Netscape, then NetPositive(BeOS), then Mozilla(BeOS), then Firefox(BeOS), then Firefox(Ubuntu), then Firefox(Windows).

Opera's interface is better than it was in the old days, but then they adopted the same hard-to-describe rendering behavior I dislike so much, so now I can't use that...

Oh well, me move on now, it is breakfast time here, and I have a steak waiting for me... the lady's at the restaurants in these parts know when I'll be in...

--The loon

--The loon -- again, for good measure, in case you missed me the first time.

EDIT: silly dyslexia...

Edited 2009-12-22 16:52 UTC

Reply Score: 3

zlynx Member since:

I disagree. I used IE 3 and 4 and 5 by choice and my other option was Netscape 4.

IE really was better. In my opinion.

Netscape was clunky and slow and tried to do everything, somewhat badly.

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phoenix Member since:

IE3 was nice, and did feel faster than Netscape 4, which was getting chunky and bloated. However, neither compared to Opera 2?/3?, which fit on a floppy and ran circles around them both.

Back in the late Win3 / early Win9x days, IE was better than Netscape, but didn't compare to Opera. I used to carry around a floppy with Opera 3 on it, just so I could use it on the lab machines at the local college and library. ;)

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BluenoseJake Member since:

IE4 was way better than netscape 4, which was noted for being as stable as a 3 legged dog. Google it if you don't believe me. IE 5 was so far ahead of netscape that if you didn't notice the differences, you weren't using IE at all during those years, or you just refuse to accept reality.

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