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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:32 pm
by Charlie
NormanD wrote:Janet, which browser do you use? I've got Firefox and Safari on this old Mac, so I tried the iPlayer on both. Firefox is perfect, no problems with either loading or fast-forwarding. Safari gets me nowhere - the page just sticks.

Moving this from the World Service thread where it started:

Has anybody tried the new Google Chrome? I'm wary of moving from something that works for me (Firefox) to the unknown.

But speaking of Firefox, it keeps asking if I want to upgrade to Version 3, and for the same reason I've declined so far. Should I take the plunge?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:12 pm
by kevin
Charlie wrote:Has anybody tried the new Google Chrome? I'm wary of moving from something that works for me (Firefox) to the unknown.

But speaking of Firefox, it keeps asking if I want to upgrade to Version 3, and for the same reason I've declined so far. Should I take the plunge?


I downloaded Chrome but I haven't had time to fully evaluate it. As for Firefox 3 I have been using it for ages now and the only drawback is that it doesn't support a lot of the extensions you could use with Firefox 2 and some websites refuse to open (I think that is down to dodgy code in the website). Firefox 3 has fixed some security issues that existed in Firefox 2 and for that reason alone I think it is worth using. If you don't like it you can always go back to Firefox 2.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:58 pm
by NormanD
I read some consumer feedback online re. Firefox 3. The big advantage seems to be the increased speed in switching between tabs. The online advert looks terrible - like a corporate film trailer. Is it still collectively owned as an open access browser, or have the suits taken over?

My twopennorth on it would be to leave it for a few months or so 'til the glitches have been sorted out, and then try it. I read quite a few complaints / disappointments, including from someone the fact that they couldn't switch back to Firefox 2, and had lost their stored bookmarks in the meantime. So, if your current browser's working as well as you need it to, and it's nothing to do with Microsoft, then stay where you are for a while.

Sorry, I'm sure you wanted tech advice, and I've ended up offering cod counselling.

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:04 pm
by Rob Hall
NormanD wrote:I've ended up offering cod counselling.


Are you any good with Trout?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:01 am
by kas
Updating to the most recent version does - or at least it should - improve the performance of the browser. The most recent update usually supports more of the plug-ins and extensions currently in use in the Web world (and they get updated very often).

I have stuck with the Opera browser for a number of years, and its performance has improved greatly over the new versions and updates.

However, I always save up all my personal information to another file before updating, to prevent anything valuable getting lost - bookmarks, passwords and such like.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:26 am
by taiyo no otosan
It's ironic that this thread has started up now. I recently finally took the plunge and have switched from using Safari (which had actually never given me any problems) to the latest Firefox.

Now I am mightily frustrated almost on a daily basis as a lot of the time pages won't open at all (although it says 'done' down in the bottom left corner), then other pages only open in a long list of text, while others don't show all the photos I know should be there....even this site wouldn't open up normally when I tried to post a message just now.

Invariably, I give up and open Safari, which hasn't taken offence at all and still works fine.

I'm not sure now why I should even bother with Firefox.

Any suggestions?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:00 pm
by Gordon Moore
I'm using Chrome now. I generally like it and its very fast, but for some reason it's not very good at handling the text editor for writing posts. As I mentioned elsewhere it seem to lose the ability to refresh the page properly.

I've used Firefox 3 for ages and haven't really had any problems. I don't know if the problems mentioned were to do with any particular sites, but Firefox has always struggled with Iinter Explorer specific pages. However, there is a superb addon called IE tab which allows all the non dtandard pages of IE to open flawlessly - essential.

So in my opinion Firefox 3 yes (wih IE tab), IE no, Chrome - try it, especially in a few months - it is very fast.

Also for those who like Google docs - try the adobe version called Buzzword - www.buzzword.com or www.acrobat.com - very interesting.

Any typos on this page are nothing to do with me, oh no, not me siree!

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 1:54 pm
by Ted
Am I right in thinking that Chrome is only available for windows?