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Internet Explorer or FireFox?
Wed 30-Dec-09
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Danny
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Because we publish web sites we test them in the most popular browsers. They can render (appear) differently and the one that seems to do the best job is Firefox.

All of them seem to do some things better than others.

Microsoft acknowledge that IE is slower and more cumbersome than its competitors (FireFox, Safari, Opera, Google Chrome).

A simple example is the signature line that appears beneath my posts on this forum. It appears as a neat, slim rectangle in FireFox but a bigger, more kludgy box in Internet Explorer 8.

Also, anybody (and our stats say that there are thousands) who are still using the IE7 or even the much older IE6 (really risky for your computer security) ought to upgrade.

Our recommendation is definitely FireFox.

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Thu 31-Dec-09
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I use Firefox but I do find that I get the message - Mozilla not responding - quite frequently.  That can be so frustrating.Yell

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Thu 31-Dec-09
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I have never experienced that message, TA.

I did a quick Google for "Mozilla not responding" and found this recent tip (just a few days old). It may take you 20 minutes or so but would be worthwhile if it resolves the problem. Tea

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Thu 31-Dec-09
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I use google chrome; much prefer it to internet explorer, but not many downloads will go through it yet!

Thu 31-Dec-09
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I use a MacBook and Safari is  what comes with it.  I like it but then it is what I am used to.  Have used Firefox before and that was OK.

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My daughter introduced me to firefox some time ago- wouldn't go back to safari now.

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Fri 1-Jan-10
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I like Safari but find that all the functions like the smiliey faces and text boxes are not available for this forum so I use Firefox for this one. Strange thing is that I have had to resort to safari for facebook after some issues with Firefox - "nowt so queer as folks" as we used to say should now be "nowt so queer as a computer" (quick translation "nothing so odd as people" - "nothing so odd as a computer")PintPintPint

Fri 1-Jan-10
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Danny said:

I have never experienced that message, TA.

I did a quick Google for "Mozilla not responding" and found this recent tip (just a few days old). It may take you 20 minutes or so but would be worthwhile if it resolves the problem. Tea


Thank you Danny, I'll check it tomorrow, too tired right now.

I'll try that again!

Thu 7-Jan-10
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I sometimes get the 'not responding' problem but since my computer has started running very slowly recently, I just put it down to that. I probably need to reinstall windows, rather than just firefox, but that's a lot of hassle so I'll probably just keep complaining about how slow the computer is for a few more years, then finally replace it for something newer...

I use firefox about 90% of the time. If a site doesn't seem to like it, I then try Chrome. IE8 is definitely a last resort.

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Fri 8-Jan-10
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Do you ever clear the history of firefox? Mine was acting up and I got told to clear the history and things did indeed run smoother after that. Cheers

Fri 8-Jan-10
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I've cleared History and Cookies and  run a disc defrag...

I'll try that again!

Sat 9-Jan-10
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And after that I would be lost Toffeeapple or rather I google and see if anything comes up that I can understand. WhistleWhistle

Tue 27-Jul-10
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Afraid I'm an Opera fan myself, renders the same as firefox but I find it much faster and a very friendly quick launch function. It has a couple of quirks on one or two sites like Flickr but I do like it more than the others, the content blocking is great.

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Tue 27-Jul-10
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That's interesting, Bob. Firefox is getting a little bloated and slow to load initially. I still like it for the add-ons that are really good for locating problems on web sites (like the Firebug add-on). I too am tending to use Opera more. I think Toffeeapple uses Chrome but I am baffled by the tabs and how they are supposed to work. I still use it and Safari to check the rendering on web sites but that's all. Many of the web tools that my employer supplies for the day job only work (or work best) in IE8 but I don't tend to use it.

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I've not tried Opera; as you say Danny, I use Chrome which can be fast but it has certain problems such as not being supported by Photobucket or Zylom which means that it takes forever to load either one.  I also have Firefox which I use only in extremis and for accessing my Waitrose e-mail account.  I'm not at all tempted by IE 8.

I'll try that again!

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