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    Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    I broke down and installed MozillaFirebird .8 just to see what it was like. Set it up and used it for about half day and didn't see what the fuss was about. ( in fact I think it SLOWED down things )

    Finally, uninstalled it and went back to OE6.

    What am I missing here about this browser? <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    The tabbed browsing is the big piece for a lot of people. I also find that it renders pages faster than IE. The integrated pop-up blocking, download manager, and password controls are also excellent.

    But how, exactly, did you go from a browser to OE6? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    Mark,
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    But how, exactly, did you go from a browser to OE6?
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    Leave it to me, I can manage it, but the best explanation is O & I being too close on the keyboard. Couldn't be poor typing or proof reading. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    >in fact I think it SLOWED down things

    <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>You couldn't come up with a better description of my experience of having to use IE6 - even on a clean XP Pro machine with no apps etc installed.
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    Well, In MY case it SLOWED down using Mozilla. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> <img src=/S/crybaby.gif border=0 alt=crybaby width=15 height=15>

    Go figure?
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    I'm not even "up to" the Firebird line yet (still using Mozilla 1.5) and I can't imagine what might be amiss in your configuration. Moz is lightning fast for me and I "only" have a 768 DSL connection! As Mark said, I love the tabbed browsing and even though I don't use global popup blocking, I do customize my Prefs file to selectively block popups on the most annoying of the sites I visit regularly. About the only thing I've EVER found disappointing about Mozilla is NOT a fault of the program, but the sites that don't adhere to standards, causing Mozilla to have trouble rendering some web pages.

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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    Bob,
    I'm hooked on the tabbed feature. Many times I have several tabs operating at once. Sure beats a bunch of IE windows floating among your other programs.

    Also, there IS a difference between the "Mozilla" and "Firebird" browsers. Mozilla 1.6 <IMG SRC=http://www.mozilla.org/images/ico-moz-m.gif> is rooted in Netscape 7.n, and includes mail, browsing and web page composing, and some other stuff. Firebird, now called Firefox 0.8 <IMG SRC=http://www.mozilla.org/images/ico-ff.png> is strictly the browser. This one loads fast, runs fast, and you can add lots of extensions to really customize your web browsing.

    There's more, all from the benefits of open source, rather than propr<font color=blue>IE</font color=blue>tary programs.

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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    As a recent convert to Firefox I agree with other loungers that it is a better browser.

    The main improvements for me are tabbed browsing and attachments open up in Excel/Word etc and not in IE. I have found Firefox to be marginally faster though I never had problems with speed using IE (a typical Lounge page takes about 1-2 seconds to load in either browser). There are many add-ins/extensions available which allow you to add new features and customize the browser to suit your needs. I have only added a few extensions as the browser meets most of my needs without them.

    I definitely recommend giving it another try along with the tab browsing extension mentioned by Mark.

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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    I'm curious, Bob - exactly what slowed down? The performance of your computer? Or are you referring to browsing in general?

    I have had an instance or two in the past, using the more beta forms of Firefox (previously Firebird), where I needed to create a new profile. This was almost always because of some poorly developed extension that bunged things up, and not because of the browser itself.

    I'd heartily recommend giving it a second go, and installing the TabBrowser extension. I have it configured to open links clicked with the middle button in a new tab, for example. If I run across something I want to look at but perhaps not right this instant, I open it in a new tab. It also allows for drap and drop re-ordering of the tabs, and many more powerful features.

    Perhaps the biggest benefit to me as a user is the fact that I am no longer open to all of the Internet Explorer exploits. Websites cannot just install software on my computer by virtue of my simply visitng them!
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    Mark,
    The drop in performance seemed to be only in browsing. Things seemed to be rather "sluggish" accessing sites and loading some.
    I did try a group of sites that I usually go into and also tried during different time periods during the somewhat short trial.

    Also to Tony, Errolv, Al & Mark,
    Based on all of your recommendations, I will give it another try, along with the tabbed browsing extension. Just won't set it as the default browser yet. A little longer time period should also give me a better picture of it. I guess, after using IE for so many years, ( and not really being UNhappy with it ) it hard to make the change without seeing some spectacular differences.

    Will post back after a more "fair" time trial.

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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    Just to pop in a question here Mark, is the TabBrowser extension different than the tabbed browsing included with the Firefox download? I've not (to my knowledge) installed this extension, but I'm using tabs.
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    I would not say so much different as, well, extending what is already there. It allows you a great deal more flexibility with the existing tabs that the browser supports natively. There are a ton of options that allow you to completely customize the browser's tabs and enable you to work faster - for example, you can set actions to be taken on double clicks, middle clicks, how the tab bar behaves when there are multiple tabs, etc. There are so many options there that I can't begin to scratch the surface of what it enables...but I will say, highly recommended!
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    hmmm... I may have to venture out into the world of extended tab browsing.... thanks for the headsup.
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    I think once you venture out there, you won't want to come back... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> It really is a great enhancement.
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    Re: Mozilla (IE6 Sp1)

    Okay.. I've tried it for a few minutes, and already I like it so much better. You've made me switch! <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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