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Mucking Up the Works

Mucking Up the Works

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As is with most of us, I get fascinated by the all the different trappings computers have these days. The technology is supposed to make our lives easier, right? I admit that in several ways it does. However, many of the additives I’m coming across are pretty much worthless. And not every app or extension is compatible with other applications and programs installed on my computer.

This last week I got fed up with Mozilla’s Firefox. The thing kept freezing and crashing. Supposedly, it was all because of the program, Shockwave by Adobe. I don’t know if this is true or not. All I know is that my Firefox browser was freezing and crashing at least once a day. I do 99% of my research for my book online. Having this problem reoccurring time after time is infuriating. I’ll be on a map page studying where businesses are in a town when in a split second, the entire window with the browser freezes. I tried all sort of weird maneuvers trying to get to get some action on the screen. Even the mouse will freeze. Often, I’ve had the shut down the computer and start it up again.

I let this bedevilment go on for a few days. When the browser would crash, a box would pop up from Mozilla apologizing and asking for feedback. Dutifully and with a little exuberance, I would put my two cents in and send it on it’s way. After four days though, I decided Mozilla had screwed around so much with their product they had made it a complete disaster. Time to switch to one of the other browsers.

I had tried Chrome before, but I found it was impossible to know which apps and extensions to add that were right for my use of the Internet. Nevertheless, on Saturday I downloaded and installed the program hoping I was smarter this time, or Google had made it simpler. The darn thing was slower than mud if I used more than one tab. In addition, the apps and extensions are more ludicrous than they were before. For example: you can download an app or extension for email, download another one for a calendar, and download still another one for an address book that has more than the email address. Yet, try to find an app or extension that will do all three (other than Gmail), you probably won’t find one, or if you do, it’s taken you half of your day. Apparently I’m not smarter and Google is still full of thoughts about owning all of technology and trying to dupe everyone. Time to find another browser.

Seeing that I have Windows, Internet Explorer is already installed. I clicked on the icon and began using multiple tabs to test it. The one drawback is I have to apply my bookmarks manually to this browser. It doesn’t play well with others, I guess. I’ve had four tabs going at the same time with the performance of the browser still staying fast and clear. Once in a great while, the browser would hide for just a second while it was loading a page into another tab. But I didn’t have any freezing, actual slowness, or any crashes. I found my browser. 😀

All this hullabaloo got me thinking. Maybe you need to pick your browser by the operating system in your computer. What should a person using Linux have for a browser? Should Mac users be using Chrome for best performance? What operating system should use Firefox?

For years, IE had a bad reputation. Those were the days when you just had to have an antivirus program that you paid for if you wanted to stick with this browser. Chrome wasn’t developed yet, so many people were using Mozilla’s Firefox or Opera. Firefox was popular back then because hackers either couldn’t figure out how to put in a virus through it or, at least, it was difficult. Most of us got along find with a free antivirus program if we used Firefox. Now, antivirus programs are free for casual/home use no matter what the company is. Paid security is still recommended for commercial use though.

IE has changed, of course, so I’m learning what is new with it. Still, I’m glad I’ve gone back to something made for my operating system. 😛



18 comments on “Mucking Up the Works

  1. John Holton

    Microsoft is getting rid of IE in favor of something called Edge with Windows 10. They seem pretty proud of it. I’m not sure myself. I’ve been around the block more than a few times with IE, and end up replacing it with Firefox each time. I have little faith that Edge will be any better.

    I’ve used Firefox since it came out and love it. It’s possible Flash is causing trouble because Firefox supports HTML5, which no longer supports Flash, but so far I haven’t had trouble with Flash. It’s the browser delivered with most distros of Linux. Notable exception being Chrome OS, which is Linux with a bunch of Google bells and whistles added.

    The Chrome browser is, as far as I’m concerned, garbage, and I’m not sure I trust a browser that spends more time reporting what you’re doing to Google than servicing your requests. It’s a terrible resource hog, bringing both my Mac desktop and Windows laptop (each with 4 GB real memory) to their knees with extended use.

    Apple delivers the Safari browser with Mac OS X. It works OK, but it’s ugly.

    Anyway, those are my thoughts, opinions, and smart-aleck remarks…

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    • Glynis Jolly

      Ah, an expert of sorts. I’ve been on the PC since 1999. I know people who have been on it a few years longer. I was told that the problem I was having was with the Adobe Shockwave program. I doesn’t play well with Firefox.

      I was a die-hard fan of Firefox for years, John, although it isn’t basically that different than IE. (Notice that I said ‘basically’). If Firefox is working for you, don’t fix it, as the saying goes. I signed up for the new Windows 10 that comes out later this summer. I guess I’ll find out how Edge works then. If I don’t like it, because I have the DVD for 8.1, I’ll just switch back. 😛

      My daughter swears by Apple. She doesn’t talk about Safari though.


  2. CrazyHairMom

    Did not know about microsoft essentials and I have been an IE user for years. Going to have to look that one up. I have tried firefox and chrome and was not impressed over the years. It took me forever it seems to start getting use to the newset windows. And I still dont even use the app page because it irritates me. Lol! I am certain that even though I have owned a home computer since I was 18 now 34, my 13 year old and 9 year old know more about computers than me. They still teach me things I did not know about. They get so tickled when they teach me something new. Good luck. Yall all seem to be more knowledgeable than I am about this stuff. Lol

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    • Glynis Jolly

      When you look up the security package, it’s Microsoft Essentials that you want to find. I like the app page (Start page). I have my apps all laid out in groups. I need to change the names of the groups though. Didn’t think too hard about it when I did that. I have a niece and nephew who are always showing me what I can do that I didn’t know about.

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  3. Jacqui Murray

    Chromebooks use the Linux operating system, so the answer to your questions is: Chrome. I keep both Firefox and Chrome active. They take turns acting up. I agree, the entire dance is annoying.

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    • Glynis Jolly

      Linux has been around for awhile but I’ve never seen it in the stores I patronize. Anyway, now I know what Chromebook uses. I know one other person using Chromebook and she seems to love it. Do you like it?


  4. Jill Weatherholt

    I use IE at home and Foxfire at the office. I use Microsoft Essentials for virus protection. It’s free and so far, no issues. My laptop is about five years old.

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    • Glynis Jolly

      IE seems to be working fine for me this time. I’m still learning about the changes though. I need to get to their site and read a little. I’m using another free antivirus program right now. It also has the defrag and a separate malware scan and vault with it. I’m not sure yet if it’s better than just using what’s in the Windows program or not. And when I was using Essentials, it worked fine for me too. My CPU is 3 years old. So far there haven’t been any problems. 😉

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  5. Let's CUT the Crap!

    I’ve bee using Chrome for a couple years and it seems okay. Since March, my laptop keeps crashing. Now it’s about twice a day. I get the blue screen and have to unplug it and take the battery out and restart. I’m waiting for it to die before I spend good money for another one.

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    • Glynis Jolly

      How old is the operating system in it? You may not need to get the entire thing all over again (unless you want to). Reading your comment has me asking myself if all this technology is worth the hassles that come with it. 😦

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      • Let's CUT the Crap!

        It was a lemon when I bought it. I had been in and out of the shop with the stupid thing not long about I bought it. Luckily I had extended warranty. I heard laptops are made to last about 4 years.
        Way back when, my desktop had to be replaced. The guy where I bought it asked how old it was. “Eight years,”
        “No way,” he said, “they’re made to last six years.”
        Everything seems to have a ‘best by’ date. I think we’ve been handed a rip-off. No only does technology change at quantum speed, it only made to last a certain amount of time. Grrr.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Let's CUT the Crap!

        By the way, the operating system is going on four years and I don’t have much in the way of add-ins to confuse it.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Dan Antion

    Browsers can be frustrating. I’m still good with Firefox and Chrome. IE has hurt me too many times, I don’t trust it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Glynis Jolly

      I was that way for a long time, Dan. I avoided IE as if it was a plague of some kind. But now, not only is my PC behaving when online, but it’s working better all the way around. Maybe it’s the Window program I’m using. I have 8.1. Maybe Microsoft has made it so that if you use one, it’s a good idea to use the other too so everything runs smoother. :/

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      • Dan Antion

        I’m a firm believer in of using what works

        Liked by 1 person

        • Glynis Jolly

          Yes, if it’s working, it doesn’t need to be fixed. For me, Firefox was having such a terrible time with Shockwave. For some unknown reason, IE isn’t. :/


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