A Browser is a Browser
It finally happened. I thought it never would, but last week the
news at the office came down from the top and I received the email. ďWhen
would it be convenient for us to install Firefox on your computer?Ē
ďNever?Ē But ďneverĒ was not an option. On Monday tech
support will be knocking on my door and I will get a new browser on my computer.
I know all the techs think it is wonderful, so much more stable, and our new
software is optimized to work better with Firefox.
Iíve tried Firefox before. I couldnít tell much difference
between it and Internet Explorer. A browser is a browser is a browser.
I heard in the news the other day that Homeland Security
recommended not using Internet Explorer because it is vulnerable to a breach of
security. So, why does Big Brother need to become involved and tell us what
browser we can use on our computer? Is there really a big enough hole in
Explorer to bring down a nation?
Seems like only a few years ago when I got my first computer, a
black IBM laptop with a mouse in the middle of the keyboard that looked like a
pencil eraser. You remember those -- I know you do. It had a dial-up modem and
was the catís meow, at least until I fried the motherboard and had to upgrade
to a desktop PC.
Gateway was the computer of choice and I had cow-spotted boxes
all over the house. I spent hours on the telephone with technical support before
I finally managed to get the thing working to the music of the Microsoft
welcome. I liked it so well I had a series of Gateways after that.
My browser was Netscape Navigator. I remained a die-hard
Netscape fan, even as Microsoft gradually took over the market. It was like
swimming upstream as Netscape and Microsoft fought it out. Finally, I grew tired
of my computer crashing all the time due to incompatibilities.
Netscape came out with a new bloated version of their browser,
trying to compete. It backfired. I figured if I had to learn to use another
browser, I might as well go to Internet Explorer. Iíve used it ever since, or
at least until I found out from DHS I am jeopardizing national security.
Now, every time my virus protection upgrades, it downloads
Google Chrome whether I want it or not. I had to go into my programs and delete
it. Finally, I grew tired and just left it with IE as my default browser. Iíve
actually been trying to use Chrome lately for the sake of homeland security, but
all my favorites and bookmarks are set on the old browser.
Probably there is some way to transfer them if I cared enough to
figure it out. I canít even figure out how to get rid of Google as the
homepage, which shows how interested I am in Chrome. I like Yahoo for my
homepage. It has become comfortable, like a pair of old slippers. I suppose the
next thing we know; Yahoo will be a security threat of some sort.
Firefox? I donít know. I suppose since Iím getting it at
work, I can try it there and see if I want to change. For now, I would just as
soon stick to my habits and keep using my same old browser. If you pick up the
paper and see that terrorists have taken over the country, you can say, ďI
told you so.Ē
However, I see that Microsoft came up with a fix for their
browser. My computer automatically upgraded itself last night. I may not be the
cause of a terrorist takeover after all. I hate to say it, but I told you so.