When it comes to software, I’m very conservative. I was using mainly Windows 98 until March 2004. I think the greatest Homesite version is 3 (without any WYSIWYG). I don’t have RealPlayer or Quicktime installed. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ is my motto. I won’t even install a new version to see what it’s like…
I have been using only IE since version 3. I never installed, or checked out Netscape or Opera. I saw IE coming, sticked to it, and never looked back.
When I look into the past, I see that I follow the trends that will stick -though I’m very conservative, adopt them pretty quickly when the time comes. That makes me a pretty average power user, but also I think I can see what will stick or at least has a great chance by observing my own behavior.
It’s been quite some time, Firefox buzz has been going on. Never bothered to install it till yesterday, even after some people told me that my blog had a minor visual glitch when viewed with Firefox. ‘If you can’t view my page correctly, you’re using the wrong browser’ was my attitude (which still is)….
Anyway, yesterday I installed Firefox, which in itself means a lot for me. My first surprise was the download size: only 4.72MB. I expected the download to be around 20-40MB. And again to my surprise, I liked it.
Still IE is my default browser, but tabbed browsing, ability to open items in a bookmark folder in tabs, very nice download manager, not a single problem with Flash plug-in and great extensions suggests I might make the switch soon.
Firefox is a nice browser overall, but nothing really special I can’t live without.
Why did I bother installing it? I don’t know. I was happy with IE and I don’t care about security issues much, for I think they’re because of the popularity and you can’t run away from them, all you can do is stay current and install latest patches. I don’t care for Web Standards, I don’t care about open source… And currently I have no intention of installing the mail client (Thunderbird), even to see what it’s like, even after my nice experience with Firefox…
So, out of totally personal experience, I think Firefox is hot and will make it.
BTW, I’ve now fixed the visual glitch on my blog, since I also personally experienced it with Firefox (it turned out it was because of a missing closing tag for a li tag; IE never needed those).