August 08, 2009
Time To Upgrade Your Browser
Are you using an old web browser? If you are then you are running the risk of a large assortment of exploits that can compromise the security of your machine. You are also needlessly experiencing a slower and lousier interface. I am looking thru web log reports from my site for July 2009 and I see that while many of you are on the cutting edge some are lagging way behind.
For example, out of the about 1.5 million page loads this site got in July 2009 from MS Internet Explorer over 627 thousand were done with IE 6 (more than the 596 thousand with IE 7). Well, in addition to being slow and buggy and feature poor (and I hear you saying "don't hold back") IE 6 is a pox on the internet that holds back web site development. Sites do not want to lose compatibility with IE 6 and so site developers do not make as much use of the newer HTML features (e.g. better cascading style sheets) in the later browsers. If you are using IE 6 you are holding back development of the Borg conscious. Plus, you probably are vulnerable to more security exploits.
If you are using a browser as old as IE 6 on Windows you have the potential to move up to a much newer browser that is a joy in comparison. First off, you should visit windowsupdate.microsoft.com and download the latest security fixes along with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Then turn on automatic security updates in the Control Panel.
Also in July I had 18,000 pages fetched by Netscape 4 and 1300 fetched by Netscape 7 and even 480 fetched by Netscape 8. I didn't even know there was a Netscape 8. Well, get off of Netscape people. Netscape is dead. It is a dead parrot. You might like the plumage. But it is dead, dead, dead.
I do not test my own site with IE 6. If it works for you that's by luck. Whether or not it works for you move up to something newer and better. This site is about the future. IE 6 is about the past.
It was my (possibly incorrect) understanding that Apple started with KHTML, made huge changes, and then voluntarily released their changed version back into the public domain.
But now I just looked it up and while WebKit was a fork of KHTML the license for KHTML is LGPL. So Apple didn't have the option of keeping their changes secret? But WebKit has LGPL components and an overall BSD license. So I'm confused by the licensing history. Did Apple add BSD pieces to an LGPL libray?
Maybe Apple had no choice but to keep the LGPL pieces in the public domain.
Well, I downloaded Firefox, and it seems a lot faster. IE has seemed awfully slow for a long time, so this is a big help.
No doubt some of those IE6 hits will be from me. I do understand how bad IE6 is and I use Firefox at home, but for whatever reason the IT department at work has a fetish for obsolete Microsoft products.
Firefox is pretty awesome. Try the adblock add-on, that one is really nice. Also the flashblocker is nice.
Thank you for this post, IE6 is indeed a pox upon the internet.
Personally, I use Chrome.
I find Chrome to be inferior to Firefox for a few reasons:
1) Firefox has more settings. I want to do more configuring.
2) Firefox's settings for internet connectivity aren't linked to a core set of browser internet settings shared by IE. So you can customize Firefox (e.g. to access local devices when doing dev work) without messing with IE's settings.
3) Firefox plug-ins are great. I love Tab Mix Plus. I use several others including ones for debugging.
4) Chrome's debugger sucks compared to Firebug. I was just debugging a Chrome incompatibility on Friday and found the debugger pretty limited.
5) I do not see a memory problem with Firefox 3.52. Right now I have about 200 tabs open and Firefox is using 767 Megs.
6) Firefox's use of a single process is actually an advantage because with lots of Chrome tabs open working on separate processes the combined set of those processes eat up all the total CPU. With Firefox still restricted to a single thread it takes very little of the second core on my dual core CPU.
The web benchmarks do not show a clear winner between Firefox, Chrome, and Safari at this point. I like the functional richness of Firefox. I wouldn't want to use any of the other browsers as a replacement for it. I use them all. My work requires it. Plus, at home I use a few browsers. So I've got recent experience with which to make this judgment.
Randall, you can set the proxy on the command line the "--proxy-server=" command-line argument (eg, edit a shortcut's target property) followed by address:port (without any intervening space), or followed by nothing to simply bypass IE settings. IMO, it's a horrible way to handle this configuration, and even Firefox's reliance on system settings in HTTP requests has been cause for frustration.
Wouldn't it be fairly safe to assume that the reason their is still a substantial IE 6 presence on the internet is due to the fact that various wrong-headed IT Dept's have their customized systems fully bug tested for this browser compatibility and they are not given any budget or support to modernize their systems from their sociopathic upper management.
I know that is the case at the company I work for.
That's what top driven imperfect Human hierarchies get you - way to go species!
Yes, corps are one reason. But it is not clear to me what percentage of remaining IE 6 installs are corporate. I saw enough other old browser visits (which are not corps) that I figured it would help to write this blog post.
Since I do not visit my own site during my own work day I do not have a good way to find out how much IE6 marketshare varies by time orf day or day of week. You can watch browser market share on my site at this page and see how IE 6 percentage goes up and down.
My main browser is Safari 4 (on OS X). I love the speed, and don't really mind the lack of extensions.
I'm looking forward to trying Chrome on OS X, though.
Firefox is nice, but too slow for my taste, and I dislike the way the scroll wheel works ( a small thing, but annoying).
Funny. I use Firefox 1.0. I thought you were going to have specific things to say about that.
As for exploits, I know enough to run a pretty tight ship. I haven't had any hostile software on my machine in nearly ten years.
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