Four Out of Five Geeks Agree…

Departing from my normal stream of politically-oriented bitching… Many of you have guessed that I’m basically a geek. Amphibian yes, but geek nonetheless. And when I tell you that Firefox is the browser that you should be using, you can trust me not to steer you wrong. Don’t believe me, well then here are some other opinions you might want to heed:

On Internet Exploder 8, the most recent example of bloatware from Redmond:

Consuming twice as much RAM as Firefox and saturating the CPU with nearly six times as many execution threads, Microsoft’s latest beta release of Internet Explorer 8 is in fact more demanding on your PC than Windows XP itself…

On Chrome, the latest out-o-the-lab project from Google (comment at the SFGate):

I’ll bet the thing has enough tracking capability to find Jimmy Hoffa PLUS solve the mystery of who was on the grassy knoll.

Your’s truly will be sticking with Mozilla Firefox, thank you very much.

15 thoughts on “Four Out of Five Geeks Agree…”

  1. Hear hear! The only reason I had IE on my old laptop was so I could run Netflix Watch Instantly. But now, on my new laptop I’ve installed Firefox IE Tab, and dammit if it doesn’t run NWI just fine. So buh-bye, IE.

    Does Vista allow you to uninstall it? Will I be ‘punished’?

  2. Chrome has an End User License Agreement (sort of novel for an ‘open-source’ browser in the first place), that seems to be taken straight from Google’s standard Terms of Use. Basically what you surf, anything you view, how you view it, and all the derived info…belongs to them:

    “By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any content which you submit, post or display on or through, the services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the services and may be revoked for certain services as defined in the additional terms of those services.”

  3. I will probably use Chrome after it becomes a little more developed. I love the convenience of Google Docs, and like the idea of gaining the ability to use it offline through Chrome. As for the Google EULA, it’s like anything else online– I don’t post anything online I don’t want the gummint to know about.

  4. I’m sticking with Firefox as well. I have IE but only because our corporate time and expense system won’t talk to anything else. I haven’t tried the IE tab mentioned by Wiseline so that might be an option to lose IE all together.

  5. Steer clear of chrome sayeth tap the hive, citing the same concern you mentioned Kvatch – an EULA from the depths of hell, where even Cheney wouldn’t go – not even accompanied by his personal heart specialist and ambulance.

    http://tapthehive.s483.sureserver.com/discuss/This_Post_Not_Made_In_Chrome_Google_s_EULA_Sucks

    Besides, Firefox rocks hard – what isn’t there is either available as an add-on or soon will be. When I upgraded to V. 3 it spat out a couple of my add-ons – I soon found out I didn’t need them because they had been bundled into the main app.

  6. Mr_Blog, though I don’t disagree with the “…don’t post anything you wouldn’t want the government to know about,” Google seems to be taking this one step further. CNet is positing that, with Chrome, Google is entitled to capture your keystrokes even the ones you don’t submit as HTTP requests, and with the file-system search features in the Google toolbar, what prevents Google from gathering info from your files and claiming that they are entitled to use the information as they see fit?

    Now…off to read about that DoS vulnerability in Chrome. ;-)

  7. Anything is possible. But I think the power of the EULA hangs on how “content” is defined. Also, “non-exclusive” might be seen to water things down.

    But I’m not a lawyer.

    But by their works shall we know them. What are some instances to date of Google harvesting customer (persons not corporations) content to enrich itself?

  8. I’m trying out Chrome right now, and it is more responsive than even my favorite Firefox. I understand, of course, that your reasoning is political and not technical, and if I do switch back, that will be my reason as well.

    For now, well, I’ve always been as un-anonymous as it gets online, so being tracked by teh Goo doesn’t really bother me so much as I know it’s happening. And I really am liking its extraordinarily clean interface. BUT, I don’t like that my mouse’s scroll-wheel doesn’t do the click and move thing. Weird thing to leave off, that.

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