Monday, November 15, 2004

My Hidden Jew
Posted by Sam at 4:28 PM

It's here. Yep. Firefox Version 1.0.

Firefox is Mozilla's kick-ass and free web browser. The best part about Firefox is that it supports extensions. Which basically means that if Firefox doesn't already do everything you want it to do, you can most likely install an extension that will add whatever functionality you desire. It's sweet. It's fast. And, it's pretty.

Firefox's awesomeness is not what I am going to talk about in this post however. There are plenty of other resources that will tell you all about Firefox and what extensions rock and what are some slick themes etc... What I am going to talk about is guilt (try as I may, I cannot suppress my hidden jew).

Since Apple blessed us a few years ago with the Safari web browser, I've been a devoted fan. Safari was not just good, it was really good. It was fast and it was highly integrated into OS X. It looked like OS X too. Safari made it seem like the internet was a part of the Mac experience... not just something that the computer could do, but something that it should do. When I read that Firefox had finally come out of pre-release status, I immediately felt the onset impending guilt. I new that I was going to download Firefox. And, I had the suspicion that I was going to like it.

I downloaded Version 1.0 (last week) and double-clicked the fiery fox-like icon. And there it was. Firefox. Quick and shiny. I scanned through the preferences, made some adjustments, downloaded and installed some extensions, and then tackled the internet. "Crud!" I thought, "I really like this browser." I didn't want to like Firefox. I wanted to think that it was just another browser. Nothing special. I wanted to say, "Well, it's good to know that I have options, but I'll stick with Safari." That's not what happened. Over the past week, Safari became my backup browser, and Firefox became my primary browser. And this is where the guilt came in.

I've abandoned Apple's Safari browser... something that I hoped and prayed for before it's release. How could I be so disloyal? I've strayed from home, and I'm not sure I want to go back. I guess competition is healthy. I suppose having something better out there will drive up quality. I don't know... I just always thought that Apple would be in the lead.

Anyway, I'm feeling the guilt pretty hard core. I'm even toying with the idea of skinning Firefox to look like Safari. I'm such a traitor! Blasphemy!

I'm also an incredible loser. Look what I just posted about... feeling guilty for using a different browser. I really have to get out more...

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Sam,
I was wondering when you were going to come around. I've been riding the fox since early summer and i have no complaints.

Comment By TheDarkLordDerfla on November 16, 2004 10:40 AM

Sam,
I was wondering when you were going to come around. I've been riding the fox since early summer and i have no complaints.

Comment By TheDarkLordDerfla on November 16, 2004 10:40 AM

Go, go, waterporcupine!! I cannae wait til Firesomething, the bestest extension out there, ever, works for 1.0.

Glad to see you've converted, but to be honest, I still use Maxthon from time to time, at least for testing. Firefox rox but still isn't perfect. booo, me!

Comment By Blackwatch on November 16, 2004 1:12 PM

BTW, if anyone wants to show someone a direct link to firefox, it's getfirefox.com.

Comment By Blackwatch on November 16, 2004 3:30 PM

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