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Windows 7: Interesting browser comparison

31 Mar 2011   #31
andyparks

windows 7 home prem 64 bit
 
 

Im not botherd what browser is better all that matters is i can see some porn lol


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31 Mar 2011   #32
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andyparks View Post
Im not botherd what browser is better all that matters is i can see some porn lol
Too true!
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31 Mar 2011   #33
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
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Opera is a great deal better, but still not as versatile as Firefox.

Regards....Mike Connor
How versatile that Opera is depends a lot on how well that a person knows the browser. I have found some things about Firefox that is easier to do with the right add on, but hunting through the myriads of add ons available to find the right one is a chore in itself, and there are a few things that Opera can do that Firefox can't, regardless of the number of add ons it has installed.
That's mostly true enough. I used Opera quite a lot at one time, but once I got Firefox set up as I wanted it, I did not want to miss any of the customised features, so I very rarely use other browsers now, usually only on other people's machines where I have no choice.

Hunting through addons can definitely be a pain, but it's worth it if you get the exact setup you are looking for.

Regards....Mike Connor
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31 Mar 2011   #34
indianacarnie

 

Well ...... Opera does all I need it to do pretty much "out of the box" , I do have a couple of extensions but thats all I do need. Have tried all the major browsers at one time or the other and a good number of the lesser used ones too. I have found very few sites that just refuse to accept my browser. For them I keep IE up to date but turned off (as a last resort) and either Chrome or FF as my standbys................. most of the time.
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31 Mar 2011   #35
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

i like Opera too, at least some aspects of it. But it sometimes has a very strange behavior. E.g. it is difficult to start from the taskbar and then I get this little window where I have to chose what window to start - completely useless. Also, when i download something, I never know whether it is doing it or not. It kind of does it completely invisible to me. And finally it is slow - slower than IE and Chrome.
I use it "out of the box" and never bothered with settings. But IE and Chrome I use the same way.
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31 Mar 2011   #36
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

My take on benchmarks....

They have become so over used, so mainstream that they are almost useless.

Maybe I am cynical towards them, but I remember a time where the Benchmarks are so well know (and still are) that ATI and Nvidia were suing each other every other day about how one or the other was coding their drivers to ride the rails of the benchmark and give better numbers.

If you are buying based solely on benchmarks, your gonna lose in the end.
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01 Apr 2011   #37
Zirro

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I'm beginning to agree with Mike Connor.
Now that IE 9, FF 4, Chrome and Opera are all reasonably quick, my browsing is limited more by the speed and latency of my internet connection.

I found IE9 and FF4 the most reliably displayed the sites I use regularly. Chrome bugged out on a couple.
I was using IE9 but when one small addon like McAfee Site Advisor adds a whole unnecessary toolbar row right across a widescreen monitor, with nearly all of it being blank space, you lose valuable screen real eastate. No free ad blocking (that works properly) for IE is a negative too.

So right now my fav is FF4, customized with addons to maximise usable screen space and with buttons where I want them. I do hope the font rendering is fixed in FF4.2.
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01 Apr 2011   #38
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zirro View Post
I'm beginning to agree with Mike Connor.
Now that IE 9, FF 4, Chrome and Opera are all reasonably quick, my browsing is limited more by the speed and latency of my internet connection.

I found IE9 and FF4 the most reliably displayed the sites I use regularly. Chrome bugged out on a couple.
I was using IE9 but when one small addon like McAfee Site Advisor adds a whole unnecessary toolbar row right across a widescreen monitor, with nearly all of it being blank space, you lose valuable screen real eastate. No free ad blocking (that works properly) for IE is a negative too.

So right now my fav is FF4, customized with addons to maximise usable screen space and with buttons where I want them. I do hope the font rendering is fixed in FF4.2.
If you want to get some sensible functions and lose some annoyances in IE9;

Quero Toolbar. Hassle-Free Browsing

<http://www.quero.at/>


Just as a matter of interest, here is an IE "Test Drive" http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/pe...k/default.html running on Firefox 4.0:



http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

Regards....Mike Connor
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02 Apr 2011   #39
Zirro

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I tried the Quero Toolbar. It is almost right, but despite fiddling with the setup options I could not get it to work the way I wanted it to.
It seems to be based around forcing the tabs to a separate row. I don't want this, I quite like having the combined search bar and tabs on the same row as it frees up screen space.
It also needs a toggle button in the toolbar which you can click to allow specific sites to disable ad blocking on specific sites.

In FF4 I managed to get bearable font rendering with 'Anti-Aliasing Tuner' set as follows:

Enhanced Contrast: 50%
Clear Type level: 60%
Anti-aliasing mode: Clear Type
Rendering mode: GDI Natural

Same settings for both small & large fonts.
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02 Apr 2011   #40
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I never had any problems with fuzzy fonts on my machines, but I know a couple of people who did.

Yes, the bar doesn't suit everybody, but there aren't many to choose from for Internet Explorer!

I prefer the customisation possibilities in Firefox. Much more comfortable.

Regards....Mike Connor
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