First off, I was a fan of the Opera web browser. Then Google’s Chrome came out, and I converted to it. Firefox?
I never really liked it.
But today I’m trying to tap into my personal Microsoft TechNet account, and for some reason IE can’t figure out how to launch a download with their “FTM” (File Transfer Manager) successfully. I finally found some knowledge-base article that mentions in passing that 64-bit IE won’t work with the ActiveX controls required to launch manager.
Well, Chrome is IE’s younger bastard step brother that does everything better, except when sabvotaged by MS directly, so Chrome doesn’t work with TechNet’s initiated downloads, either.
So I concede to go get Firefox (grumble grumble, at least Beta 4 is better than vanilla version 3.0.x), and am appauled at the download speed I’m getting. I started off with a whopping 4k per second, and it only went downhill from there. After pleaing for a speedup for a good minute or two, I decided to speedtest against an Opera download:
Of course, this has absolutely no reflection on the quality of the browser itself, but… why.. must it be so crappy? It’s unreal. Nobody’s web server should be dishing out a download speed more suitable for measurement in bits. I sell my wireless connection to 3 other apartments of 2 people each, and so these speeds aren’t top-noch anyway. And even if I’m going through a slow mirror on that download for FF, … why on earth is it allowed to be on the list of mirrors (of which I didn’t get to choose) with speeds like that?
This is crap loaded onto the top of the existing pile, in my mind, so take it as you will.
I just needed to let the world know that Firefox is not the answer to *everybody*’s prayer for a better world. I’ve been happier with broken hardware, and reading about Windows shell extention programming (which are sometimes very closely related…)
PS – Some really good short videos about Chrome. No other browser can compare, because Chrome doesn’t concern itself with just being mediocre at everything. If you don’t like it, you probably haven’t really used it long enough or hard enough, or something goofy happened to you (like on my 64-bit desktop, Chrome doesn’t seem to cooperate, while on my 64-bit laptop, it works wonders).