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Last posted Aug 20, 2013 at 12:55PM EDT. Added Aug 13, 2013 at 07:24AM EDT
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Because we will never have enough generals…
P.S.

Maxthon master race
http://www.maxthon.com/

Aug 13, 2013 at 07:24AM EDT
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Using IE for the simple reason of not wanting to be bogged down with add-ons (and I don’t have Chrome. Firefox would count as bogged down with add-ons right now.)

Aug 13, 2013 at 11:32AM EDT
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Tahrdan Ismeh Wu-Temporis wrote:

Using IE for the simple reason of not wanting to be bogged down with add-ons (and I don’t have Chrome. Firefox would count as bogged down with add-ons right now.)


>2011+2
>ISHYGDDT

I like Chrome myself.

Aug 13, 2013 at 11:45AM EDT
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Using Chrome here, kinda wish that Google+ would stop trying to invade my Youtube account though.

Aug 13, 2013 at 11:46AM EDT
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FF23.0 on PC
Chrome on MBP (10.8.3) / FF23.0 (Win7 Bootcamp)
Dolphin on Android
Safari on iOS

IE10 and 11 are both great browsers

Last edited Aug 13, 2013 at 11:58AM EDT
Aug 13, 2013 at 11:53AM EDT
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Devoted Firefox user, reporting in

Last edited Aug 13, 2013 at 01:07PM EDT
Aug 13, 2013 at 01:06PM EDT
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Firefox because Chrome passwords are too easy to find.

Last edited Aug 13, 2013 at 03:06PM EDT
Aug 13, 2013 at 03:03PM EDT
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Thankfully I’m not the only one here that’s using Internet Explorer.

Aug 13, 2013 at 05:36PM EDT
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Adam DeLand wrote:

Thankfully I’m not the only one here that’s using Internet Explorer.

I was being sarcastic.

Aug 13, 2013 at 07:44PM EDT
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I was a RockMelt user, I’ve since moved to Opera.

Aug 13, 2013 at 09:26PM EDT
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I used Firefox at first, because it had some useful features that wouldn’t work in combination with Chrome which just made my browsing a bit easier. But over time Firefox started to lack other things Chrome had which I started to come across more often.

So I switched to Chrome, for a year and a half now I believe.

Aug 13, 2013 at 09:39PM EDT
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Internet Explorer is fine for the most part. Not excellent, but fine. Chrom just takes up too much Ram.

So yes. I use Firefox. Because they where the first to support Ad Blocker Plugins.

Aug 13, 2013 at 10:21PM EDT
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@TARDISES

Using IE for the simple reason of not wanting to be bogged down with add-ons (and I don’t have Chrome. Firefox would count as bogged down with add-ons right now.)

I don’t quite understand this argument. You don’t have to use add-ons with firefox. It works fine with just the core. Plus all add-ons can be enabled or disabled.

IE is the same. Comes with tons of add-ons but again, they are optional.


@Nats

Chrom just takes up too much Ram

Each tab in chrome counts as another instance of the application as far as Windows is concerned, taking up an average of 90MB each. But that’s never an issue if you have a 64bit system with 4GB of ram


@RM

I used to be a devoted Firefox user as well before switching to Chrome. I find Chrome superior for a number of reasons:

1. Firefox was great with all it’s support for development tools, but over time I found that Chrome is just as useful to a web developer as Firefox is. Plus it’s tools are integrated while with Firefox, they are add-ons

2. I test websites in all 5 major browsers: IE, Opera, Safari, Chome and FF. Guess which one has the least problems with scripting and CSS. Chrome by a longshot! It handles everything you throw at it. Conversely, IE has the worst problems with scripting and CSS, and struggles with just about everything

3. Chrome is faster. This has been proven in numerous benchmarks, it beats Safari by a tiny margin but beats Firefox and IE by a lot in terms of speed.

There’s only one drawback to Chrome that I know of: It spies on you. Google knows eeeeeeverything you do. So if you want to do something you’d rather not have an overlording corporation know about….like, oh say….pirating music or whatever…then best to use Firefox

All that said, Firefox is still a respectable browser and it still has lots of great tools for development and more, that Chrome doesn’t have.

Last edited Aug 14, 2013 at 12:27AM EDT
Aug 14, 2013 at 12:25AM EDT
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@Katie

From my task manager:

Image name Memory (Private working set)
chrome.exe*32      92,232K
chrome.exe*32 85,380K
chrome.exe*32 34,368K
chrome.exe*32 81,728K
chrome.exe*32 90,044K
iexplore.exe*32 95,856K
firefox.exe*32 140,148K
Safari.exe*32 84,740K

All browsers have 4 open tabs

Remember that it also differs based on what other applications are running and also what you are currently viewing on the tab. But I usually see it hover around 90MB. The worst I see it ever get it get 110MB and the lowest it gets is 20MB. Your results may vary.

Last edited Aug 14, 2013 at 12:42AM EDT
Aug 14, 2013 at 12:42AM EDT
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General Grievous wrote:

I feel like a hipster when I read this thread.

I’ve actually heard of your browser.

Aug 14, 2013 at 02:17AM EDT
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General Grievous wrote:

Have you tried using it?

No.
Though I hear it has the best HTML5 performance

Aug 14, 2013 at 02:38AM EDT
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Katie C. wrote:

No.
Though I hear it has the best HTML5 performance

Well Maxthon supports both Trident and WebKit rendering engines.

Aug 14, 2013 at 02:52AM EDT
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I tried Maxthon before, but I wasn’t particularly enamoured by it. I still prefered the speed and UI of Chrome

I also tried Rockmelt which is basically Chrome with built in support for Facebook and Tumblr, but the constant connectivity to social networking sites slows it down. Plus I don’t need to use Facebook that badly

Aug 14, 2013 at 03:13AM EDT
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Blue Screen (of Death) wrote:

I tried Maxthon before, but I wasn’t particularly enamoured by it. I still prefered the speed and UI of Chrome

I also tried Rockmelt which is basically Chrome with built in support for Facebook and Tumblr, but the constant connectivity to social networking sites slows it down. Plus I don’t need to use Facebook that badly

What’s the version of your Maxthon? I’m currently using the most recent version, v4.1.0.4000.

Aug 14, 2013 at 03:25AM EDT
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Blue Screen (of Death) wrote:

I tried Maxthon before, but I wasn’t particularly enamoured by it. I still prefered the speed and UI of Chrome

I also tried Rockmelt which is basically Chrome with built in support for Facebook and Tumblr, but the constant connectivity to social networking sites slows it down. Plus I don’t need to use Facebook that badly

RockMelt got terminated anyway.

I mainly found it useful for feeds and Twitter, and integrated FB chats.

Sadly, Flock is never coming back.

Aug 14, 2013 at 03:39AM EDT
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Tahrdan Ismeh Wu-Temporis wrote:

Using IE for the simple reason of not wanting to be bogged down with add-ons (and I don’t have Chrome. Firefox would count as bogged down with add-ons right now.)

Solutions:
1) Safari – extremely lightweight, stable, really fast
2) Chrome sans addons
3) Firefox with all addons disabled

As for the people whining about Chrome tracking you: That’s optional. You can disable it in the settings (additionally, it asks you whether it’s okay when you run the installer).
If you’re really paranoid, just use Iron.

As for why Chrome uses more RAM: Chrome uses individual processes to compartmentalize tabs, plugins, extensions, and apps so that if anything crashes the entire session isn’t lost. I can understand why people with little RAM or people running inferior kernels would be concerned with this, but for the most part it’s a good thing.
Here’s what the total of the processes looks like for me with 13 tabs open, 32 extensions running, and Flash content loaded:

Not bad, no? I have 8GB of RAM, so it can do this. If you don’t have enough RAM, it’ll take care of it for you.

Aug 14, 2013 at 04:19AM EDT
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Maromi wrote:

Solutions:
1) Safari – extremely lightweight, stable, really fast
2) Chrome sans addons
3) Firefox with all addons disabled

As for the people whining about Chrome tracking you: That’s optional. You can disable it in the settings (additionally, it asks you whether it’s okay when you run the installer).
If you’re really paranoid, just use Iron.

As for why Chrome uses more RAM: Chrome uses individual processes to compartmentalize tabs, plugins, extensions, and apps so that if anything crashes the entire session isn’t lost. I can understand why people with little RAM or people running inferior kernels would be concerned with this, but for the most part it’s a good thing.
Here’s what the total of the processes looks like for me with 13 tabs open, 32 extensions running, and Flash content loaded:

Not bad, no? I have 8GB of RAM, so it can do this. If you don’t have enough RAM, it’ll take care of it for you.

What extensions do you have?

Aug 14, 2013 at 05:06AM EDT
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Gotta go with Firefox. Sure it leaks memory like the Exxon Valdez leaks oil, but at least Flash doesn’t crash every twenty minutes glares at Chrome. Plus
>muh Downloadhelper
>muh Scrapbook
>muh fully functional Adblock+
>muh Avast antivirus site rating thing that I never use

Pic related

Last edited Aug 14, 2013 at 06:25AM EDT
Aug 14, 2013 at 06:21AM EDT
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Am logged on using glorious (at least to me) Firefox. I have Chrome but I almost never use it because it just doesn’t feel right to me.

Aug 14, 2013 at 11:28AM EDT
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Macfag master race. Computer virus? What’s that? System error? Never heard of it.

Aug 14, 2013 at 12:11PM EDT
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Katie C. wrote:

What extensions do you have?

  • Google Translate
  • 4chan Lurk
  • 4chan Plus
  • Adblock Plus (works fine, I have no idea what you’re talking about xTSGx)
  • Adf.ly Skipper
  • Awesome New Tab Page
  • Bitly
  • Chrome YouTube Downloader (sideloaded (if you want to know how to do this, ask me))
  • CIRC (lightweight Chrome IRC client)
  • Craigslist Preview
  • Craigslist Fancy Preview (these have different functionalities, so I’m forced to use both)
  • Cut the Rope
  • Edit This Cookie (do not mess with this unless you know what you’re doing)
  • Embedly (enhances Twitter)
  • ExHentai Easy (sideloaded)
  • Google +1 Button (allows you to +1 and share pages without +1 buttons)
  • Google Voice (very useful if you use Google Voice)
  • Hover Zoom (loads full-size images on hover, has keyboard shortcuts to save and open in new tab (install this right now))
  • Meta-Tile Widget
  • Music Plus for Google Play Music (mini-player for Play Music for controlling playback without interrupting workflow)
  • NotNotFound (auto-redirect to archived pages on 404)
  • Reddit Enhancement Suite
  • Save to Drive
  • Social Translate (useful if you follow people who speak other languages)
  • Tab Exposé
  • Tineye
  • Tweetdeck
  • Ultimate YouTube Downloader (sideloaded (in the event the other one fails, this one is used))
  • WOT
  • Reditr
  • NotScripts
Aug 14, 2013 at 02:50PM EDT
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@Blue Screen:

That’s still twice as much as Firefox with the same number of tabs. However, that by itself isn’t the problem. My problem comes from simultaneous usage of CPU/Ram Heavy Applications, making Chrom undesirable.

Last edited Aug 14, 2013 at 04:56PM EDT
Aug 14, 2013 at 04:54PM EDT
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Dr. Coolface wrote:

Macfag master race. Computer virus? What’s that? System error? Never heard of it.

Edit: No, I don’t hate people that use Macbooks. I’m just joking around here.

Last edited Aug 14, 2013 at 05:28PM EDT
Aug 14, 2013 at 05:27PM EDT
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Am I really going to be the first person to say that people ought to just use whatever feels comfortable to them and not fight over browser superiority? I use Chrome most of the time, but I’ve tried all the major browsers, and these days they all seem to work fairly nice.

Aug 19, 2013 at 02:47AM EDT
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@Brucker

Hey you! Read the sign!

Browser debates are mandatory in any concentration of geeks and nerds. It is a rite of passage. A proof of your non-casualness

You must choose a master race and fight for the highly subjective reasons for using it like a true netizen. This is how we maintain balance in the force and overcompensate for our insecurity issues…if you choose not to accept this basic responsibility, then go be casual somewhere else

Last edited Aug 19, 2013 at 05:51AM EDT
Aug 19, 2013 at 05:46AM EDT
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@BSoD:

Sorry, I was going to ream you on your atrocious grammar, and decided not to. Next time I’ll hopefully know better.

NCSA Mosaic! Let’s go oldschool!

Aug 19, 2013 at 05:11PM EDT
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I have and switch between Firefox, Chrome, Maxthon, Opera, Safari, and some glitchy Arora beta browser thing.

I think any sense of browser loyalty I once had dissolved into a multicolored mess.

Aug 20, 2013 at 12:55PM EDT
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