Quick Poll: Which Browser Do You Use?

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I ask because I've noticed that the Konqueror browser that comes with the KDE desktop environment in Linux has a few really wierd bugs. In that thread on the book "Bias," for example, I said something about closing a tag too soon. Come to find out it was Konqueror; the quote looks fine in Netscape (in which I'm typing this).

Konqueror has some features that I *really* like, so I hope they'll iron out the bugs for the next release. For example, I can specify different settings for each domain name. This lets me disable Javascript globally (for security reasons -- and I strongly recommend that you do the same!), but specially enable it just for MSNBC and a few other sites that really do better with it. I can also prevent pop-up windows, even with Javascript enabled, I can control what types of cookies are accepted, etc., etc.

-- Stephen M. Poole (smpoole7@bellsouth.net), March 01, 2002


Opera's a nice browser, too; anyone here use it? Does the latest version of IE or Netscape have the abilty to do "per-site" settings?

CNN and Yahoo have taken pop-up advertising to annoying extremes. The ability to prevent these pop-up windows is nice. :)

-- Stephen M. Poole (smpoole7@bellsouth.net), March 01, 2002.

A different take on pop-up and pop-down windows: These once golden Internet companies aren't making much (any?) money. I don't like the banner ads, pop-ups or whatever is next either but maybe that is the price of "free" internet sites. Would you be willing to pay a monthly fee to access Yahoo, CNN, etc?

Me neither.

-- (lars@indy.net), March 01, 2002.

I use Netscape 4.7. Every time I am forced to use Microsuck Explorer (at work or other places where they have been brainwashed) it doesn't do some things and does other things that piss me off.

Another related question: How many browser windows do you usually keep open?

I usually have about 5 windows open with my standard favorite pages, plus usually 2 to 4 additional ones with other ongoing temporary searches.

-- (Netscape@Die.Hard), March 01, 2002.

I use Opera (fast, fast,fast) whenever possible, unfortunately, many sites are not optimized for their unique gifts. Explorer as a back- up...

-- Dennis Molson (dennismolson@hotmail.com), March 01, 2002.


You would accuse someone who works in radio of being anti-advertising? We've been delivering a "free" service to listeners, advertiser supported, for going on a century now. :)

The analogy would be for you to be listening to your favorite song when it suddenly stops and a voice blares, "WXYZ is an advertiser supported service! This block is brought to you by Joe's Fishbait and Fur Emporium ..."

No, we learned more effective ways to do it -- for example, making the commercials entertaining (or at least not completely annoying ... when we can ... we don't always produce them, some of them are done by drones on Madison Avenue who really believe that the average 'Murican just can't wait to find out what Sears or J.C. Penny is up to ... anyway[g]).

Advertising that annoys the advertisee is very rarely effective. If Web sites would use entertaining box ads on their pages (column-aligned, similar to what you see in a newspaper), that would be far more effective.

-- Stephen Poole (smpoole7@bellsouth.net), March 01, 2002.


Linux lets you have several virtual desktops open. I not only have multiple pages, I vector them to different desktops and switch desktops to check news, sports, forums like this one, etc.

My version of Netscape is 4.7. The later versions stink.

-- Stephen (smpoole7@bellsouth.net), March 01, 2002.


I only use IE. Why; it was ordained by God. Have your heard that all browser users are required [if they can afford it] to make the Haj to Redmond; once in their lifetime. You don't really keep up with this stuff do you.

Washington 520 is going to be a hell of a mess each spring during the Haj. :o)))

Best Wishes,,,,,


-- Z1X4Y7 (Z1X4Y7@aol.com), March 01, 2002.

I think you've been smoking some Haj

-- what is he trying to say? (may@never.know), March 02, 2002.

Stephen, I agree. Internet advertising needs to be made more interesting and entertaining and whoever succeds in designing such ads will see the world beat a path to his/her door.

In the meantime, I am willing to suffer thru popups etc. The alternative is no Internet at all or a government subsidized Internet (with all the attended censureship).

-- (lars@indy.net), March 02, 2002.

I had been thinking of upgrading my Netscape browser because it seems my version of 4.7 is all of a sudden quuirky as hell buy maybe I'll hang with it awhile longer.

Hadn't gave the Opera browser much thought though, maybe it'd be a good idea?

-- capnfun (capnfun1@excite.com), March 03, 2002.


Some people swear by Opera. I tried it, and was able to do most of what I want with Konqueror, so I've stuck with it.

Of course, what I'm REALLY working on next is the caching DNS server thingulator that'll be downloading my favorite Web pages while I'm at work ...

Maybe I need a life.


There you go! I don't mind advertising, not at all. There are good and bad ways to do it. CNet, for 'zample, does what I said -- one column is the story, the other column has an ad in it. I'll even click on them -- and very occasionally even buy something -- just to show my support.

But pop-up windows? Nope.

-- Stephen (smpoole7@bellsouth.net), March 03, 2002.

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