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David Hartsock
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May 12, 2011 - 12:41 am
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[quote="Ziggie":1cdrx9lf]I disagree.

IE and FF are emphasizing numbers. IE 9, FF 5, FF5.2, etc.

I couldn't tell you without looking what version of Chrome I'm running. Haven't bothered to check.[/quote:1cdrx9lf]
Maybe I wasn't clear, and I wasn't attacking chrome, just pointing out they they have been the most "vocal" at diminishing the "value" of version numbers. My comparison to software moving to yearly builds in valid, but maybe I didn't express it correctly. My goal was to point out that companies shifted to a yearly build model to promote their software as "New!" more often and to draw market share. Much the way Chrome has done.
[quote:1cdrx9lf]It doesn't matter to me.[/quote:1cdrx9lf]
That's the way it [i:1cdrx9lf]should[/i:1cdrx9lf] be, but many users (especially new or inexperienced) may not recognize that the version number (be it the old standard or the new yearly model) does not mean better. Whatnot 2012 is NOT necessarily better than Whippersnapper 5.6. Whippersnapper 5.6 isn't better than Whatnot 2012 just because everytime they change the tiniest little piece of the program (like an obscure language file) they up the version number (i.e., Whatnot 2011 to Whatnot 2012).

To put it in a way that is more on topic....
Google Chrome 12 is not better than Internet Explorer 9 because the version number is higher.
Internet Explorer 9 is not better than Firefox 4 because the version number is higher.
Google Chrome 12 is not better than Firefox 4 because the version number is higher.

[quote:1cdrx9lf]FF, IE -- I know because each major release is a monumental event.[/quote:1cdrx9lf]
That's exactly what I was trying to point out. Chrome changes version numbers way too often. IE and FF change them when there are major changes to the underlying groundwork, which doesn't mean that either of them don't make changes between the major releases.

I still think FF on Android rocks!

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May 12, 2011 - 8:33 am
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oh.

well, i completely mis read your post then.

I've never been a big believer in version numbers meaning anything other than a way of identifying what version of the software you're running. I guess that does make a part of the minority.

I tried using Firefox on Android...it was....frustrating. It wasn't quite the smooth sleek integration with the OS that the built in browser has.

Browsing / typing in URLs / and other minor things...just felt wrong. I haven't removed it, but it's not the smooth experience I was hoping for.

Now, let me get past the learning curve and I'll probably love it.

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[quote="Ziggie":1ci7oq58]I tried using Firefox on Android...it was....frustrating. It wasn't quite the smooth sleek integration with the OS that the built in browser has.

Browsing / typing in URLs / and other minor things...just felt wrong. I haven't removed it, but it's not the smooth experience I was hoping for.

Now, let me get past the learning curve and I'll probably love it. [/quote:1ci7oq58]
Once you designate it as the default for particular actions it works quite well. DCT Pro hint: scroll right for tabs and left for bookmark and back/forward.

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Tried 4 and did not like the interface at all.

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[quote="DavesComputerTips":27upl039]
Once you designate it as the default for particular actions it works quite well. DCT Pro hint: scroll right for tabs and left for bookmark and back/forward.[/quote:27upl039]

My biggest gripe has to be with zoom controls. Stock browser double tap to zoom. Firefox requires pinching, and I never remember which way to go. And I haven't figured out how to default it to zoomed in -- since I can't read most websites I go to on my phone without zooming.

I could go on...but the biggest benefit (tab sync) is lost to me because I don't use Firefox on my desktop anymore...

~shrug~

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Hi guys , I too have a strange problem with Firefox 4.0.1, I have a couple of sites that when clicking on the link instead of the page opening up fully it opens up in my sidebar and leaves the previous page open in the balance of the browser ? ejgippy Down under.

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Hi Guys, well thanks to Jim who personally sent me an email with a FIX . It seems that if you right click the affected Bookmark and open Properties there is
Check box there which says "Load this bookmark in the Sidebar" so un-click it and 'Tickety Boo' it sorts the problem ! But one thing that cannot be explained is how it got ticked in the first place ? Thanks again Jim.....ejGippy..Down Under.

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Yeah Jim.. and you of course!

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Finally took the plunge (after much bitching) and installed version 4 on one computer. Does take a bit of adjustment, and the add-ons that I had concern about, well most have made the switch. Seems kind of silly, since version 5 is in Beta, due out in late June, while version 6 is in Alpha testing. Can anyone really see the need for these large number jumps, Mindblower!

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That is why some people seem bright until you hear them speak"

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Hi Guys and Girls , I just did a reformat on an old Laptop , decided to fit XP OS , all well and good , so went to install FF 3. ,did not or would not happen!
Even tho the Google pages I was sent to claimed it was FF 3 it still downloaded FF4 , so stuck with it . Aside from FF interesting that IE 6 was installed from my OS disc on XP and the first set of Updates had me up for IE 8 which I am not adverse to, but after install it did not work satisfactory so removed it and managed to go back to IE 7. And of course we know that XP will not face the probability of IE 9 !...eJgippy Down under.

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