It is a bit ironic that IE (back in the day) used to be shunned in my circle of associates and friends. We would almost always attribute FF superiority due to the ABP.
Despite what all the cool kids are saying, I like Windows 6.0 (Vista) and Internet Explorer 9.0. I liked (loved) Fx in its glory days, versions 1 and 1.5. I noticed it getting slow with version 2, which I find still usable. I dislike version 3 and newer, and I use it only when I must (that is, when using somebody else's machine).
I still use Firefox because, quite frankly, it's the only real choice if you value privacy.
I can partially agree with those words, but your choice of extensions is completely different from mine. I used Cookie Whitelist and HTTPS-Everywhere in the past; I either never used, or tried and abandoned the rest. My must-have extension is GoogleSharing
. Because it is a Firefox exclusive, that extension alone could compel me to use Fx.
I use Firefox because IE9 has introduced undreadable blurry font rendering that can not be turned off (as it was in IE 8 and 7). As for privacy and security, that is the reason I'd never use Chrome despite its HTML rendering engine is good.
I hear you about the blurry text. I feel the pain! Now, blurry Web browsing is not just for people using Macs: Internet Explorer gets the blurs, too! However, as much as I hate the blurry text, I still prefer IE9 over Fx3+. As for rendering engines, maybe WebKit is getting better, but I hated it. I have not spent enough time viewing modern versions to have an up-to-date opinion.
Web browsers exhaust me. The time I spent playing with and tweaking Web browsers must total to over a week. Really, it is not worth it. I am not a professional consultant for Web browsing. Those "cutting edge consumer's-user-interface" designers at Google and Mozilla, and Ubuntu and Apple, can keep doing their art. I decided to stop paying attention to them. For the time being, IE9 and Seamonkey still work without too many distractions.
Opera Software has released version 12.00 and they're on the verge of letting out version 12.01. … version 12.00 has a glitch, which will make it crash on some pages on lenovo.com's web site.
Opera has been pretty cool, but this crap still happens. I never found any version of Opera to be more stable than a contemporary Gecko browser, so despite Opera's many advantages, I never fully switched to using it.
Avoid Flash. You don't need it. No, I know you just though "I do, because...", but you're wrong. You don't need it.
I decided to get rid of it in 2006. Yes, some resources do require it, which means I need to commandeer somebody else's PC for a while. I need to not have it, so no, other people cannot watch that something or other on my PC. Yes, it is a double standard.