Posted tagged ‘Firefox’


September 2, 2008

There were a few other things I was planning to write about today, but then Google went ahead and made its next move in the quest for global domination by releasing its long rumored browser.

It’s going to take a lot to make a Firefox junkie like yours truly abandon the competition, but the first impressions I got from it are promising.  The showy features (dynamic tabs, a task manager, and the privacy mode) are both impressive and potentially very useful.  I also like the streamlined design quite a bit, although it’s going to take some time to adjust to the location of the pop up blocker messages.  And being who I am, hiring Scott McLeod to create a tutorial comic certainly got my attention.

I’m not entirely set on migrating over from Firefox yet, but Google has managed to place the thought in my mind.  This is a nice package, and once third party developers start working on a few add-ons Chrome could prove a viable threat to both Firefox and IE

Pushing the Boundaries

August 27, 2008

The recent release of III’s Millenium 2007 (not a typo) update has come with one fairly large problem, but it’s one that probably should not be corrected.  Namely that the online catalog no longer functions with outdated versions of internet explorer.

Now it’s one thing to demand that libraries keep up with technology, but it’s another to ask our patrons to do the same, and we have had quite a few complaints because of this.  III clients are libraries, and despite the fact that the catalog is a product designed for the patrons, they are a step removed from the catalog’s designers, and I doubt their voices are ever really heard except for when it’s second hand.

It’s rough because we should be teaching our patrons a bit of computer know how as part of our jobs (in this instance, start using Firefox), but we can’t expect everyone to have the ability to keep current.

The Browser War

May 20, 2008

I’ve picked up a reputation at my library as a Microsoft naysayer, particularly when it comes to Internet Explorer.  Between Microsoft’s monopolistic practices with the way they push it and the fact that it doesn’t work with HTML (why aren’t more people bothered by that?) I just hate the thing.  Which is why I was so happy to see Brian Herzog’s write up on his library’s total migration to Firefox.  And they get bonus points from me for installing the IE tab add-on that lets Firefox behave as if it was IE temporarily so you can still use it with sites designed for its competitor.  Well done.