Tuesday, August 23, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Reasons To Use Firefox

We sure is a bit late today, last nights show has some photos that needed uploading of a couple of fat blokes in an overheated studio. We did Chris Bradleys top ten reasons to use firefox, here are the reasons:-

  • 10 – Download Manager
  • 9 – Customizable background pictures
  • 8 – Pre-made themes
  • 7 – Plugins
  • 6 – Favicons
  • 5 – Bookmarks Toolbar Folder
  • 4 – Search Bar that can switch between search engines
  • 3 - Best tabbed browsing
  • 2 – Keyboard shortcuts
  • 1 – It's not Internet Explorer
While you are here why don't you do us a favour and randomly click on those google adverts on the left hand site of our www.topofthepods.com web site. If you have that much time to kill then email topofthepods@gmail.com with your top ten list.


Anonymous said...

I got a bit paranoid when you mentioned my name in the show today!! :D

btw In firefox, press the ctrl key and use your mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out of the web page.


Anonymous said...

number one reason to use firefox - its not made by microsoft....

Anonymous said...

...because everything they have done is rubbish. ive yet to use one of there OS that lasts more than 2 years without dying...

Bazza said...

I get the most use out of the tabs in Firefox, I like the way you can middle-click and bring up a link in a background (if it's setup to do that), great for browsing ebay, where you can middle-click a load of auctions, then flick through them all after they've loaded in the background.

Also like the extensions, have loads of them like built-in mp3 player, weather, image zoom, auto refresh timer, IRC and FTP, password generator, spellchecker, BBcode insert, dictionary link, page Wayback and so on..

It's also good that's it's updated regularly instead of every 5 years.

The only drawback for me is it's not compatible with my fingerprint reader.

PH said...

#1 is the main reason, and it's enough for me, period (full stop).

For PocketPC there is NetFront, but it costs, not sure if it is fully compatible with WM2003 yet either.
Opera has a browser for WM2003 Phones, but not for PPCs :-(.
I like Opera, it's worth the dosh.

Geeky show, bit dry, but not naff :-).


edzeppelin said...

firefox is awesome! I used IE for years then i switched to avant then firefox, but firefox is the best. Also Mozzila thunderbird is a great for email.

Bazza said...

Excellent photo session btw. For some reason I always imagined Rob to be on the left and Jon on the right. I'll have to adjust my mental image now hehe.

Anonymous said...

Just to let you guys know, the good thing about the multiple search engines in the search bar is not so you can search Yahoo and Google for the same thing. It's that you can automatically search non-general search engines without having to load their website. I use it to search things like IMDB, Wikipedia, Amazon and eBay.


Anonymous said...

I love it for the tabs, plus the plugins and extensions. There's a Firefox extension for my podcatcher, RSSRadio, which allows me to right-click any page containing an RSS feed and it's added to my list of shows to catch. Luvly luvly biscuits (as they used to say here in Scotland).

Oh yeah, and FireFTP (although my old Pentium 2 antique eventually causes it to shut down as the memory starts to creak).

edzeppelin said...

on the subject of women and farts...


neroribena said...

i don't like firefox. i use opera.

...so shoot me if you wish.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, FireFox is THE single best browser anywhere.

One of the features I love and use regularly (that has not been mentioned in the show or in any comments) is the ability to 'steal' embedded objects from websites.

i.e. You go to a random website with funny animations... A good example is a website with dancing kittens - It's a 'rather good' site. So you see this funny flash video, and you think, "I wouldn't mind that on my website" but there is no download link. In firefox you can goto Tools > Media and browse every piece of media on the page. You just choose the flash file and click save.

It's great!!

It's other great features (in list form) are:

o Tabbed browsing
o Middle click
o Bookmarks toolbar
o Search bar
And most importantly:

o SPEED - It just makes everything load faster. I dont know why, but it does.

Sorry to ramble *_*

It's what I do.

Please check out my site :P


Top Of The Pods said...

ahh, the speed issue. Firefox doesn't obey the standards set out in the HTTP 1.1 RFC protocols:

Clients that use persistent connections SHOULD limit the number of simultaneous connections that they maintain to a given server. A single-user client SHOULD NOT maintain more than 2 connections with any server or proxy.

standards state that a web browser should use only download 2 threads at a time which Microsoft implemented in internet explorer. Firefox breaks this limit by default to render quicker - although quick for the client has a nasty effect on web servers, proxys and anything else inbetween you and the server.

There is a registry setting for internet explorer to use multiple HTTP threads - an exceedingly high number hammering away at a server isn't nice though so be careful.


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