I canâ€™t help myself. Iâ€™m constantly tinkering with one thing or another when it comes to my laptop. Lately Iâ€™ve been playing around with different internet browsers. Like everyone else, I cut my teeth using Internet Explorer (IE); mainly because it was the only browser out there for a long time. Things have certainly changed as there are now several browsers to choose from and IE is no longer king.
On occasion I will download the most recent version reincarnation of IE. Iâ€™m not sure why I do it, but I do. No matter what changes Microsoft makes the browsing experience just isnâ€™t what it could be. IE improves with each release to be sure, but the improvements always seem to come up short.
My latest browser experiment is Safari for Windows. Iâ€™ve had Apple computers for years and was excited to give it the old collage try on a Windows machine. It certainly has a lot to offer and, like everything Apple, is easy on the eyes. Unfortunately it tends to lock up on me at the most inopportune times. So for now Iâ€™ll continue to use it to mirror my browsing, but wonâ€™t use it as my primary browser just yet.
Google Chrome is a great little browser. Iâ€™m a minimalist by nature, which is probably why Iâ€™m drawn to Chrome. It has a very slick user interface and moves quickly from page to page. The knock I have against Chrome is interestingly the same thing I love about it; simplicity. I like to use a lot of â€œtoolsâ€ when I browse the internet. I clip sites, use my finger to browse while on my tablet, capture references, highlight pages, so on and so forth. Chrome doesnâ€™t yet offer many of these extras. I frequently keep Chrome minimized on my toolbar for those times when I need to quickly look something up. So I guess that makes it my back-up browser of choice.
Firefox is a great browser. I love the functionality it offers with all the incredible add-ons freely available just for the asking. Some of my favorite add-ons include: Evernote Web Clipper, FoxTab, IE Tab, Read it Later, ScrapBook, Session Manger, Wired-Marker and my all time favorite Zotero (image below). Zotero is a great online research tool that makes collecting information a snap. Along with Evernote, I use it almost daily. It is for these reasons that Firefox is my browser of choice. I just canâ€™t live without all the additional functionality it has to offer. No matter how often I try to switch browsers I always find myself drawn back to Firefox. The only improvement I would make is to have all your add-ons stored online so they didnâ€™t have to be loaded on every machine you use. Other then that, Firefox is almost the perfect browsing tool.
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At work I use Firefox. At home I use Safari for Mac, with Firefox as a backup for poorly programmed websites.