First, my confession. If you are one of those people that watches the log files to see what browsers people use, I am a diehard IE user. (If you are really a fanatic about watching things like that, you probably knew that already.) People have tried to convince me to switch, but I have just never given in. Sites don’t always look pretty on Firefox. I used tabbed browsing back in 1996 with Opera, and just prefer IE. I’m used to having 10+ browser windows open at one time, and with tabs I tend to close the main window instead of just a tab. The list just goes on and on.
Tonight, while surfing along, I came across Scott Andrew’s tech site, Delimiter, thanks to Ernie. I decided to go to Scott’s main page to check things out and maybe listen to some of his music. (Good stuff there, if you ask me.) However, there is a nice little warning that I should stop using IE on the top of the page. “Hey! If you’re using Internet Explorer, you’re exposing yourself to viruses that can steal your personal information, banking passwords and more.” Then a link leads me to his tales of woe and cybertheft, giving me a good solid reason to leave IE behind. Yeah, I had heard it all before, but this finally sank in. Internet Explorer is Dangerous.
He links to many sources that convince me even more. I have downloaded FireFox, and as soon as I close out my 17 browser windows, I’ll go back and read the Introduction to Firefox tutorial.
Today Firefox (and probably Thunderbird too), tomorrow WordPress. What’s next? My head is almost spinning from all the possibilities!
UPDATE: Yeah, I’ve been holding out because I’m not a huge fan of tab browsing. Brilliant. When you right click, you can choose “Open in New Window” in Firefox. You can even make that a permanent setting. Doh!