Now, before I go into this, I just want to say that most people don’t have the problems I do. And most people, if they’re using Windows, would do much better to use Firefox 2 than IE7, or even *shudder* IE6.
Now, with that out of the way… I did something that I never thought I would do. I mean, it’s unheard of, I can barely get the words out now, and everywhere I go I feel disapproving eyes follow me… I… it’s almost too terrible to bear…
You see, I uninstalled Firefox on both my PC and my Mac.
There, I said it. I feel like Chandler going “I want to quit the gym! I hate it here, everything you have is very heavy!” </end obscure Friends reference>
The problem was that, for some reason, every time I was typing out an e-mail or a blog post or anything on my PC, I had major slowdown issues. You know, like, it would pause for five seconds every half a minute. Annoying. I was talking with a couple other people who have had similar issues recently (and I believe that the recent 2.x releases of Firefox are to blame… who knows?). Then my Mac’s install of Firefox was being slow too… not to the extreme extent that the PC was, but enough for me to notice.
And so, in it’s place, I’m using Camino on my Mac and trying to decide between Flock and Opera on my PC. So far, Flock is winning.
Camino is a great little web browser that is built on the same engine as Firefox, but is actually a native Cocoa app, so it runs real smooth and integrates really nicely with the entire Mac environment. So, it’s fast, and it’s pretty. I do have a couple of gripes, however… Well, you can’t open a bookmark in a folder in your bookmark toolbar with the middle-click. You have to Shift-Cmd-Click it. Minor annoyance. Oh, and when you get too many tabs open in a window, it’s not very easy to navigate beyond the first 8 tabs or so. Then there’s the lack of Cmd-Shift-T, you know, the “Undo Closing Your Last Tab” command, and then utter drought of Camino add-ons (except for PimpMyCamino.com, thank heavens for that site)… These are all power-user gripes, and many other people are probably not too concerned with it. I’m just hopeful it gets resolved in the next release.
Flock is also built on the same engine as Firefox. It’s meant to be a “social” browser. That means it has tools to completely integrate your browsing experience with many social uses of browsing. So, it integrates with my del.icio.us bookmarks (in fact, forgoing the usual local bookmarks for it), allows me to click and drag photos to and from my Flickr account, and lets me post to my blog with a single click. There isn’t much to like, except for when it comes to using my bookmarks toolbar. Every time I put a link on my bookmarks toolbar, it adds it to my del.icio.us account, even though it’s a link I always use and I don’t find that I want to necessarily share it. Also, I can’t add a folder with links to the toolbar.
So, I guess I got too used to Firefox… I’m sure I’ll go back in a couple releases, but until then… c’est la vie.