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So IE has become so slow recently, that I finally gave Firefox a proper try out (ie. I've been using it for about a week).

Now when I strat IE by mistake (force of habit) I curse myself for the wasted time.

What sold it for me was the google Toolbar for Firefox, that's all I was missing from the IE swicth :D

Like I was saying to NY earlier, I am really surprised that even on a 4Mb connection, FF is clearly rendering pages faster than IE. Granted IE is 2 years old on this machine and showing signs of wear, but there is no room for sentimentality here!

Wow, with the FF Google Toolbar, as you type the search phrase, it is popping up how many search results it will show for the phrase!...

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If you want really fast, check out Opera. It's free now, so no excuse not to try it.

I used to use Opera exclusively, then switched to Firefox due to a few rendering problems Opera had with a few sites I used (banks, that sort of thing). Nowadays, Opera is 99% compatible with the IE-designed web. I'm just sort of hooked on FF, but still leap into Opera whenever FF annoys me (memory leak, anyone?).

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If you want really fast, check out Opera.  It's free now, so no excuse not to try it.

NYR uses Opera too, so I will try it out, but to make a fair comprison I'm going to run FF for another week or two, then do a total switch to Opera and see how I get on.

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Don't get me wrong: Firefox rocks. The only real issue I've ever had with it is the enormous amount of RAM it consumes, if left running for extended periods.

The funny thing is, after using Opera for so long, and then switching to Firefox, I had to install about half a dozen plugins to get FF to emulate Opera before it felt right.

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Wanna know the really funny thing. I just installed my first FF tweak, guess what it was, a speed tweak! Yeh, I've just finished ranting about how much faster FF is than IE, and what do I go and do first, edit a config file for a speed tweak.

Thing is, it made a difference, pages just cannot physically load any faster than what I'm getting now. Like, WOW.

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Welcome to how the Internet should be. ;) I use Opera and have to agree with what Dannik says about it. Its my prefered choice.

However, I also like FF; simple, secure, extensions, W3C standards. Just IE that annoys me.

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Ive used FF for a long time love it especially all the different themes you can get

talking about Opera how in the world does a guy download it? I have tried dozens of times with no luck. anybody that could help? always comes back with an error message.anybody with suggestions?

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Direct download to the latest build of Opera for Win32 systems.

Edit: Specter, which features are you referring to? Opera is just as extensible as FF, although not quite as simply as the Extension menu adds. If anything, I find I have to heavily modify my FF settings to get it to emulate perhaps 90% of what Opera has, out of the box. Considering Opera is a smaller install, and renders significantly faster in most cases, why should someone consider FF over Opera. Of course, I'm primarily a FF user, but for the sake of argument, I'm curious.

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I used to use IE and nothing else, untill a friend showed me firefox. I continued to use it cause i really like the google/ebay/amazon toolbar :D

Then I realized how much slower IE was, and I have been using it ever since. The only problem i have with firefox, is that on websites with a windows media player on the page to play a video, i cant see that video. Java and flash and quicktime are all fine though. Also, when browsing through older posts in this forum, sometimes the posts are messed and the text dosent show up.

I havent tried opera though, mainly because i got nothin to complain about with FF.

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Firefox with Tweak Network extension....

its awsome

pages load faster... who thought that could be possible

most pages load in under 4 seconds....

most forum pages in 1.5 seconds :rocky:

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NYR uses Opera too, so I will try it out, but to make a fair comprison I'm going to run FF for another week or two, then do a total switch to Opera and see how I get on.

I personally always run two browsers. I pretty much use IE for Hotmail and GR.net, and the tabbed browsing in Firefox for the regular news sites I visit.

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Edit:  Specter, which features are you referring to?  Opera is just as extensible as FF, although not quite as simply as the Extension menu adds.  If anything, I find I have to heavily modify my FF settings to get it to emulate perhaps 90% of what Opera has, out of the box.  Considering Opera is a smaller install, and renders significantly faster in most cases, why should someone consider FF over Opera.  Of course, I'm primarily a FF user, but for the sake of argument, I'm curious.

Opera has a really cool feature called mouse gestures. Closing or reloading a window is as simple as moving the mouse! Built in RSS and email clients mean that i can check the news and my mail without leaving Opera. Although I understand that FF has many of these features via extensions, its nice to have them out of the box.

http://www.opera.com/features/

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Opera has a really cool feature called mouse gestures. Closing or reloading a window is as simple as moving the mouse!

I remember a long time ago, even before Opera I think, there was a browser plug in that did exactly that for IE. I tried it but couldn't see any gain over just moving the mouse up and clicking an icon to achieve the same thing.

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The preferred browsers are clearly firefox, opera, and flock. These 3 browsers are 2 steps ahead of IE.

To say the least. IE is so behind that it's not even funny. No one knows why MS wants to wait for Vista to release IE7 except either: a) it ain't broke so don't fix it; b) sit back and wait for others to innovate and later copy them (sound familiar?)

It doesn't hurt they still have ~80-90% browser market share with their browser dinosaur.

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Mouse Gestures is possible with a plugin.

Browser stats:

2006 IE6 IE5 Ffox Moz N7 O8 O7

January 61.3% 5.1% 24.8% 3.3% 0.4% 1.4% 0.2%

so ff is making big inroads on IE. IE7 better have something far better than just tabbed browsing.

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Mouse Gestures is possible with a plugin.

Browser stats:

2006    IE6      IE5    Ffox  Moz  N7  O8  O7

January 61.3%  5.1%  24.8%  3.3%  0.4%  1.4%  0.2%

so ff is making big inroads on IE. IE7 better have something far better than just tabbed browsing.

It has an RSS reader! :rolleyes:

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Thanks for the links to FF extensions ... any more links that have to do with performance (as opposed to nifty add-ons and toolbars) would be appreciated.

As a (wannabe) web designer, I have IE, FF, Opera, and Netscape installed to make sure things look properly on the popular browsers. What I like about Opera is that it has a IE and NS emulator. FF extension will only open up an IE browser for you.

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