But, you never know, I might be back (smile). I have been a FireFox user for a very very long time and have always been crazy about it. However, this slobbering love affair started to head south with the introduction of Version 3.5. The latest and the greatest. Fastest ever. Unfortunately, for me it did not work. I had nothing but problems in a variety of areas so, reluctantly, I managed to find a download site and converted back to Version 3.1. While I was disappointed in not being able to take advantage of the new features, I didn’t know what those were anyway so there really was no need to even upgrade.
So there I am, happily back to running a FireFox that worked. My reasoning was that maybe when they came out with 3.6, I’d try that. Then, and without warning, my latest version of 3.1X went totally buggy on me. Every time I did a Google Search, it asked me if I was “sure that I wanted to leave the page?”. Even worse, it started popping this message up all by itself and in a totally random manner. Incidentally, all this time I am reporting these issues to Bugzilla and none are being resolved. Finally, in an act of desperation, I did upgrade again to 3.5X and, quite by magic, everything worked again. Sweet.
Fact is, it still works. And works. And works. And works. For whatever reason, particularly around the end of the day or in the evening, it is so slow it makes me want to tear my hair out. Given the current crop on the top of my head, this creates a problem (smile). The lag time (latency) in typing is unbearable. I was advised to completely uninstall FireFox and then re-install the latest version to correct this issue. I thought that may have done it but it did not. I’m now doing this post with Google Chrome. I don’t know, I have heard that toolbars wreak all sorts of havoc with FireFox so maybe that is the issue. Problem is, toolbars are one of the things I like best about it.
Things I am going to like about Chrome:
- This sucker is blazing fast. I mean blazing. As of yet, I have not seen the typing latency.
- I can use the one bookmark toolbar to hold all of my “sharing buttons” as well as my most common webpages. One click to this site and to our Ning pages. I really like that.
- I also discovered the “new tab” feature where you can open a tab and it will call up page views of some of your other favorite sites. You can delete or pin these sites to this tab but, at least as of yet, I can’t figure out how you can manually specify one. For what it is worth, as I was giving FireFox the heave-ho, I discovered that a version of this is also available with that browser.
Things I will need to get used to:
- Thank God I still have Zemanta. In FireFox it just popped in whenever I opened up to compose a letter or start a blog post. Now I have to activate it with a button. No biggie.
- Gmail signatures are back to plain old text with spelled out links. WiseStamp is not yet available on Chrome but they are supposed to be working on it.
- No PowerTwitter. Once again, should be available on Chrome soon. I really like this tool for two reasons…. it makes it easy to retweet messages and it also shows link content from URL’s regardless of how it may have been shortened. Twitter is supposedly introducing a retweet function and there is probably another work around for this anyway that I have not yet found.
- I have to reconnect my FaceBook gadget every time I load my iGoogle page from scratch. What is up with that? FireFox connects a Google gadget to FaceBook but Google’s own browser will not? Lame (smile).
Oh well, there are a number of FireFox add-ons that I liked but, in retrospect, I can do without them. They probably were the ones causing the problems in the first place (smile).
Thanks for visiting!
P.S. If you can not print Gmail when you go to it from your iGoogle page … you are not alone. Major bug that cropped up about a week ago. Does not seem to care if you use Vista or XP. If you are a Mac or a P.C.. Hates every browser equally. It just flat-out sucks and Google isn’t doing a damn thing about it. Don’t believe me? Check this out at the Google Forum.