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It's definitely not front page news, but I was just browsing some web stats and I happened to notice that a whopping 39% of BlueNC readers are using Firefox. Recent research puts Firefox's market share at about 13%, so we're a bit ahead of the curve here.

FWIW, I've been using Firefox 2.0 beta 1 for a few days now, and I'm fairly pleased. (I used the MR Tech Local Install extension to make all my 1.5 extensions and themes compatible with the new version.) The built-in spell-checker is especially nice, and it seems to be less of a memory hog than 1.5. Also, it crashed on me once. When I started back up, not only did I regain all the tabs I had open, but the text I'd entered (but not saved) in the BlueNC comment tab was there as well! Pretty sweet.

For the past few months, I've also been using IE7 beta, and it seemed a little clunky even in comparison to Firefox 1.5, though at least IE is finally offering tabbed browsing. But the browser is still not as customizable as Firefox, and of course IE users won't have access to the wealth of Firefox extensions out there.

That's all. Just thought I'd share.

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Firefox

Why anyone's still using IE is beyond me. Firefox's speed and utility is downright sleek next to IE's clunkiness.

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My page just looks all messy with firefox

but if ya'll say so....

The ads are all in the type and I can't use the right scroll bar and I'm typing into the ad as I type and can't read what I'm typing and I don't have time for learning curves. I also can't change my resolution if I want to be able to read. Oh well...I may be stuck with IE if I want to write comments and blog posts.

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SD, are you using the latest Firefox?

Another thing the web stats revealed is that a number of folks are still hitting the site with some version of 1.0.x. If you're going to run Firefox, it should be 1.5.0.x (preferably 1.5.0.6).

Changing font size in Firefox: Ctrl and + or - (or View >> Text Size).

I doubt it, Lance

and it's annoying as hell. Firefox has always taken longer for the pages to load for me, so I didn't bother upgrading. I'll upgrade and see if I like it, but there are some other things I don't like about it other than the load time. Maybe the upgrade will fix those too.

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No pressure

Whatever floats your boat. :)

Updated to 1.5......

...and I'm still have the same problem. The comment box extends into the right side and the ads, etc hide what I am writing. I'm not sure what I need to do to change it. Pages are still taking a long time to load, but not so much here as at MyDD and a few other sites. I'll stick this out for a while and give it a chance. I do like the tabs, but wind up having so many open that I forget where the heck I am.


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Could be a screen resolution issue

Somebody with more technical chops might know. Lots of sites now are optimized for a certain size of screen resolution, and you might be running something different on your computer.  I went to this site and ran a test using an 800 x 600 resolution, and the results resembled the problem you described in your post.  Check it out for yourself. Run a test using some other parameters and see what you get.

If you ever feel like playing with it, you can always download the Adblock extension and block all the ads on the right-hand side of the site.

I know it's probably screen res...

but I can't see at all on any other setting and changing the font size doesn't really help solve the problem. Thanks for checking though.


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