IE8 is finally out of beta. Aesthetically, IE8 has improved – the bulging tabs (for tabbed browsing) are replaced by a more subtle gradient version. Functionality-wise, I believe there’s nothing significant to note about. The other browsers have most, if not all, of them.
In my opinion, browser wars are now reduced to performance (page rendering speed and crash prevention), security (passwords and other private data) and user interface aesthetics.
I’m happy with the aesthetic improvement of IE8 but I still don’t like that the refresh and stop buttons are on the right side of the browser. I have stopped using IE (as my favorite browser) when Firefox came along. I still use IE8 for testing though. Read the rest of this entry
I can’t disregard my Firefox browser after all. Chrome is great and I would want to label it my favorite browser but it’s just not yet mature. Here’s a list of Google Chrome’s negatives, at least from my perspective:
- It still doesn’t have any plug-in capability – at least not the one that Firefox has. I picked up a habit of checking the Alexa ranking of every website I visit and Firefox has an Alexa plug-in that I’m highly dependent of.
- A link is not colored appropriately when it has already been visited.
- It can’t remember field values – this is very handy when I fill up a form to buy electronic plane tickets (and the like). Read the rest of this entry
Yes, that’s right. Hold it, I’m not a bandwagoner. I just like it because:
It has a good user interface. The toolbars don’t take up so much space. I also like that the tabs are at the topmost portion of the browser. It’s a genius idea really.
Conventional browsers have their tabs at the 2nd or 3rd row of the toolbar/menu. The page titles shows on the tabs, as well as, on the window titlebar – a bit redundant. Chrome removed the title from the titlebar and moved the tabs there, brilliant. Read the rest of this entry
Mozilla dared the world to be counted… and apparently Mozilla is not prepared for it. All of their sites were unavailable. So what did they really want to achieve – a Guinness world record or a denial of service situation?
A funny thing happened last night (or this morning). It was already 12:56 am, Philippine time, so I decided to log-off and sleep. I really am not into world records unless I earn money from it (which is unlikely). Anyways, just before closing my mail client, a feed alert reminded me that at 1:00 am Philippine time, the Firefox 3 download day will commence. Four minutes to go… I decided to wait and download out of curiosity. I already have Firefox 3 RC3 after all. Read the rest of this entry
I’ll put my geek hat on for a while.
I hate it when sites like microsoft.com use buttons, instead of links, for their download services. Here in the Philippines, when you download a 300+ megabyte file, you will need a download tool like Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) because, chances are, you will get disconnected from the Net from time to time and your download gets broken.
DAP, of course, can resume broken downloads. DAP can catch your download clicks and make the request itself. However, when a particular site’s download link is not a link but a button, DAP doesn’t quite catch it. I don’t know if this is possible but I tinkered DAP for about 5 minutes and I couldn’t quite figure it out. Read the rest of this entry