Firefox and I had another disagreement yesterday evening, after returning from my road trip.
Firefox was again being recalcitrant. It said, "(Not Responding)". Minutes ticked along as Firefox maintained its not responding stance and I practiced patience. Finally, with a sigh, I opened task manager, examined the various screens and processes, saw nothing untoward, and terminated Firefox.
I counted to five, re-opened Firefox. Firefox froze, displaying its "(Not Responding)" message again. We shuffled through the wait, terminate, and restart processes three more times and forty-five minutes. During that time, I remembered television commercials that used to come on, where a woman came home from work, sat down, paid all her bills online, sent an email, ordered some flowers, while the microwave nuked popocorn for her. As the microwave pinged finished at the end of two minutes, everything was done. Is that how it is for the rest of the world? I wondered.
I know it's not. I've been to others' homes as they powered up and then said, "Let's go get something to drink while this thing starts." I've been to houses too, where they, giddy and eager to share, said, "Come on and let me show you this video on Youtube, it is so cool." Their computer is on but...they tap commands and click through offerings and at one point ask their system, "What are you doing? Come on, stupid machine. Ah, there it goes."
A decision had been made for me, a tipping point passed. Firefox wouldn't get started so I turned to MS Internet Explorer. It opened fine but its sluggishness and layout reminded me of why I don't like it. Once it opened, I found and downloaded Google Chrome.
I tried Google Chrome about a year ago, at the behest of my employer. The browser seemed unstable and buggy to me at the time and I quit using it after three days. I thought, it's been a while so why not try it? Firefox and IE don't please me; maybe Chrome will.
Five to ten minutes of downloading and installing later, I was up and running. I imported my FF bookmarks and preferences, set up my home page, and went flying, Just to ensure everything worked, I visited my favorite sites and confirmed access wasn't a problem. It was one of the easiest set ups I've ever experienced.
Then, to be fair, I opened FF to see what happened. Perhaps it had been a computer issue or the Intertubes causing issues. But FF didn't fully open. It started, then stopped, with "(Not Responding)".
So, I have a new browser. I must say that I like the smart window. I don't know what they call it but that's my nickname for it. This is the field where the URL and the search are combined as one. I can type in a term and it'll search for it, or put it in website and it will bring that up. Tres trick.
Twelve hours later, I'm still happy with it. It popped up without issue this morning. I tried FF again....
So, FF has been an okay ride. I liked it when we started out but I thought it became bloated and slow. There were too many days, too many times, when FF told me, "(Not Responding)". A person can only take so much before they decide they must have the talk. I had the talk with FF today, and told it, "It's not you, it's me. I'm just too impatient. You're a good browser. I'm sure you'll find other users."
Then I closed FF and moved on to Chrome.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com