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Long ago, I was a pretty big advocate for Firefox. I even had the t-shirt to prove it! After Chrome came out however, it eventually won me over. It's been so long I can barely even remember the key reasons, but I'm pretty sure it had to do with streamlined UI and better performance.

Lately though, Chrome's performance is starting to annoy me and this recent update to Firefox is pretty intriguing... Any of you still prefer Firefox? Have any feedback on the new update?
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by:Joseph Hornsey
I'm actually pretty pleased with Edge...the only thing I don't like about it is how it handles Favorites on the Favorites Bar.  It opens a side bar instead of expanding the folders in place.  They keep fixing stuff like that, though.... so I'll probably stick with it.
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I am currently using the 64 bit version of the current Firefox which is a huge improvement over the 32 bit default install you get from the website. The 32 bit used to crash on me once or twice every couple of days, I usually keep my browser open for a few days without restarts. Its worth the look into to try it out for yourself.
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If you've ever provided Telephone or Remote support to non technically minded computer folks, I'll bet you've faced the challenge of how to get them not to type a web address you're giving them by phone into Google, Bing, Yahoo (or any other search engine they might favor) rather than enter it into a browsers address bar.

I've been using the following trick for a while and think I've managed to save some of my hair as a result!

  1. Tell them to open their favorite web browser
  2. Press CTRL + L (instruct client not to touch any other keys)
  3. Tell them to type the web address you need them to go to - like support.me

Support.me is just a web alias for the Logmein Rescue app that I subscribe to.  Do you have any favorite tricks you like using when giving telephone support? Please share them in the Comments section below.

Hit the thumbs up button if you hadn't heard of (or forgotten about) this useful shortcut :-)
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by:Kyle Santos
I'm constantly using CTRL+SHIFT+T to recover tabs I've closed recently, and CTRL+T to open new tabs.  I'm on Chrome.
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by:Brian Matis
Wow... That's horrible; but I also admire the genius of those that figured this out...
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by:Craig Kehler
One could say this was very "Brave" of them ;)
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by:Brian Matis
@Lucas - Gotta wonder if Google will start to run afoul of some of the anti-trust / monopoly issues that hit Microsoft in the late 90's/early 00's. Definitely seeing some similarities here... They could potentially have a strong enough browser monopoly to stop other ad provider systems. But then again, I don't think Chrome has a strong enough position to really be considered a monopoly the way that Windows was.
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Brendan Eich, the creator of Javascript, is set to launch a digital ad platform tied to the Ethereum blockchain. Users who opt in to see the ads will be rewarded with a cryptographic token and will be shown fewer, more relevant ads. The data recorded from each user is encrypted and stored on their local machines while the aggregate numbers and trends will be stored publicly on the blockchain.

Personally, I run an ad blocker for the shear number of irrelevant ads and not because I do not wish to see them at all. If this solution provides me a better end user experience and fairly rewards the sites who host the ads then sign me up!
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by:Lucas Bishop
Cao's novel approach adopts OS and hardware levels features including graphic cards exposed by WebGL, audio stack by Audio-Context, and CPU by hardwareConcurrency.

These all require the user to have javascript enabled in their browser I assume?
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Now that it's possible to comment on Quick Posts, I wonder what everyone's answer would be on this "would you rather" quandary I posted earlier this month...

https://www.experts-exchange.com/posts/125/Friend-of-mine-posited-this-amusing-would-you-rather-ques.html
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by:Gene Richardson
Can I have a third option which is pay 25% of the value of the 50-gallon drum of pennies to my grandkids if they sort them ?
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by:Brian Matis
Ha! Thinking out side of the box, eh?
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Friend of mine posited this amusing "would you rather" question that I got a good laugh out of:

"Would you rather develop a complex web page that must be compatible with all versions of Internet Explorer or hand-sort a 50-gallon drum of pennies by date?"
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Can I have a third option which is pay 25% of the value of the 50-gallon drum of pennies to my grandkids if they sort them ?
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Web browsers are applications used primarily to display documents, files and media from the Internet, identified by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that can be a page, image, video or other file. Some browsers require the use of add-ons or extensions to safely render the information they receive; others have systems built into them to perform the same functions.