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Browser Of choice

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What browser do you use?

  1. Opera

    24 vote(s)
    18.9%
  2. Firefox

    74 vote(s)
    58.3%
  3. IE

    15 vote(s)
    11.8%
  4. Other

    14 vote(s)
    11.0%
By jtickner1
Sep 5, 2007
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  1. For me it is Opera. I've been using it for years now (I remember it having the ad banner back in the day).
    I've used Firefox, Chrome, Safari and many other browsers but I find nothing to be as good as Opera.
     
  2. BlameCanada

    BlameCanada TS Rookie Posts: 356

    I like Opera because it feels lighter and easier than FF.
    Maybe that`s just subjective.I don`t know.
     
  3. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Firefox pwns everything else.
     
  4. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    Opera owns IMO.
     
  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    FireFoX makes every other browser look noobsauce ;)
     
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,634   +321

    Firefox just has the 'opensource' and 'linux' look and feel to it. It just reminds me of about any program I've ever used in linux. Opera on the other hand looks like a polished piece of software that you'd expect if you paid money for it. And Opera crashes less(never).
     
  7. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    like petalx said, firefox pwns ;) i used opera once and didn't like it that much, but that might have been version 7 or 8 or something, it wasn't recently
     
  8. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    I have to stick with IE because all - and I mean all - my contacts use it. Perhaps this erudite and learned group are the exception in preferring just about anything other than MS products.......
     
  9. BlameCanada

    BlameCanada TS Rookie Posts: 356

    Well then,show them the way,the truth,and the light.:cool:
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Whether it be Opera or Firefox is mostly down to personal preference I guess. I use Firefox myself and have done for a number of years.

    Whatever your preferences, they are both more secure than IE, which should be avoided like the plague wherever possible. :p

    Regards Howard :)
     
  11. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    Firefox always takes longest to load up it seems, i cant stand that. Opera is light on the eyes, it gets the job done. I.E just blah, too many problems for me.
     
     
  12. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 351

    I use Firefox but... It's using 211 MB of RAM right now, that about sums up what I don't like.
     
  13. bradthegreat

    bradthegreat TS Rookie Posts: 141

    I used firefox for 5 years now...tried Opera...liked speed and interface, but there is still to much that is unsupported...ei plugins...if opera had ff's support and was open source, I would always use it :)
     
  14. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Guru Posts: 1,004   +11

    i've been using firefox for years and happy with it.
    though ie7 seems to be great, but firefox 2 come faster in my eyes...
     
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,634   +321

    That Firefox open source argument I think only holds water if you use Open Office instead of Microsoft Office. Maybe you just like Firefox better, thats fine, but don't tout it being Open Source as a major reason you are using it if you aren't supporting other open source projects.
     
  16. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 663

    hit the nail on the head, as well as opera's lush mouse gestures
     
  17. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Mouse Gestures?

    What do you mean by that Jtickner?
     
  18. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    Firefox and Mozilla classic... I only use IE for those websites (like some government ones) that aren't FF or Mozilla friendly.
     
  19. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 663

    The mouse gestures are a nice little feature Opera has, for instance you hold down the right click button on your mouse and press left click to go back a page, or hold down left click and press right click to go forward a page, there are many more, such as hold down right click and drag the mouse down to open a new tab, or hold down right click and drag the mouse down then right to close a tab. there really good. make browsing a lot quicker and better
     
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,634   +321

    jtickner1 - its actually customizable. Or at least the way I use them is different than you. I hold right mouse and just flick my wrist left and that goes back, flick to the right and it goes foward. Those are really the only 2 I use, they get used extensively though. Really sucks to have to use IE or FF because I find myself using mouse gestures and having nothing happen :(
     
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Opera is the best I have ever used. Starts up faster and loads pages faster than Firefox or IE, and looks much better too. It has a cleaner interface IMO and the widgets and other features like Mouse Gestures make for icing on the cake.
     
  22. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 958   +49

    Of the three, I'd prefer Opera. However, because of browser driven development, I use IE7 alot. The current Hierarchy of browser usage for me is IE7, then Opera, then Browzar (standalone IE alternative that automatically clears its own caches when closed), and then Firefox.

    to make IE7 more like Opera, I also have a FREE add on for IE7 called IE7Pro. Among other things such as forcing single instances, extra ad blocking, flash blocking (really really nifty) dictionary and spell checker, address bar macroing (like putting in "ts" for www.techspot.com/vb/ ), and custom user scripts, it also includes customizable mouse gesturing (what a fun feature in Opera. =), now it can be used in IE! ). Best of all, it makes IE just as feature rich as Opera, but its still more bloated and slower though. =p

    FF works for what its worth, and is really nice in regards to its impressive library of extensions.

    Relying on a program to be secure and to protect you is foolish, as I believe it is more up to the user to be wary of his or her surfing habits, and to practice safe browsing of the Internet and not open emails that you do not know who they are from (or blatantly spam).

    As we say in the office, the weakest point in a security system is not necessarily the programs used within it, but the people who use the programs.

    ~madboyv1
     
  23. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Oh FireFox also has those mouse gestures too, I use them when im looking on alot of pages so I can switch tabs faster
     
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,823   +922

    I Think You Also Should Have Given Us Choice D: All of the above

    Firefox is my first choice, but I leave my "Verizon Yahoo" browser as my default. It's a heavily modded version of IE6, but with slightly better security and TABBED browsing.
    Firefox has a few quirks (in my experience). Certain websites can't be visited by direct window, but must be opened in tabs or else they open in the sidebar which is really annoying. "Webshots" won't display thumbnails in Firefox but they are displayed correctly in Opera. (Again referencing my installations).
    At the end of the day I guess I'm easily moved by a pretty face (GUI), and I enjoy the many faces of Firefox.
    I run the browser with "No-script" and "Flashblock".
     
  25. jtickner1

    jtickner1 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 663

    yeah i hate that. thats why you dont use an inferior browser :D, about the wrist flicking gestures, thats a default one, i just prefer the clicking one.

    whenever i used firefox i can never do a mouse gesture? you can do a tab one with opera, hold right click and scroll away ;)
     


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