CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT THE AVAILABLE INTERNET BROWSERS
(First published on May 2016)
1. BRIEF COMMENTS REGARDING THE ONGOING
We live in a total "Computer Revolution" these days, and our life
seems to be impossible without PCs/(digital technologies). Sure, we do hate them but, on
the other hand, they are so much fun! Besides, just try to imagine
our life without computers—more attractive you say?
Anyway, the astounding aspect is the fact that a handful of great IT
companies are holding the entire Planet for ransom, for two decades
by now. Our Civilization is completely gemmed; nothing works
anymore, nothing makes sense, and everything goes down the drain, towards the wrong
way. Even worse, our glorious and respectable Governments, plus some highly honorable
institutions (as are IEC, IEEE, PE, ANSI, and very many WHATEVERS),
instead of protecting us from being skinned alive by the mentioned rapacious IT companies scalpers, they
simply play the "oblivious game"—again, for twenty years by now! It
is perfectly clear to each citizen on our beautiful Planet that those dirty IT money reach very, very deep inside every nation,
great or small.
WE DO NOT HAVE A STANDARD OPERATING SYSTEM! As a result, all
the programs/applications/apps we are forced to buy will work for only
a limited time, and then most of OUR WORK is prone to disappear,
flushed down the drain by a few berserk IT individuals. Without a Standard OS we have NO
FUTURE, people! All our work today is going to be rendered obsolete
in just a few years from this time!
However, the problem is not Windows vs Linux and alike; it is OOP vs
functions. OOP stands for "Object Oriented Programming"—"a trend" before the Windows XP era. Let's make it simple for you. Suppose
you have an Internet port, and you intend to keep it closed: you can do
that using an "OOP object", or using a very simple programming
function. However, if you go for the "OOP object" solution, then you
will never [read my lips please: NE-VER!] be 100% certain that your
Internet port stays closed!
Before Windows XP (in 2002) there was a great War between
the software developers as to continue using the old reliable simple functions,
or to switch things to the new attractive "fully OOP environment". Well,
the OOP party has won that conflagration, and our life turned towards the IT hell we live
these days—naturally, not immediately; it took about 14 years to get here.
Take a brief look at the past Windows OSs. The revolutionary
Windows 95 OS was
only 250 MB in size, and it was doing everything that is achieved today
using Windows 10 (of 25+ GB!), only 100 times faster, incomparably safer, and
everything was way, way simpler. Naturally, Windows 98, 2000, XP,
Vista, and 7 have enhanced the quality of Windows 95, though not its ACTUAL FUNCTIONALITY. However, Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 are a disaster
waiting to happen—in a few years, those humongous programs are going to cease
functioning at all; they are going to collapse in and of themselves!
Windows 95, by the way, has a "core" written in C,
using "C functions" and also "C macros" which are lightning fast and very reliable! A C
function, or a C macro, is way simpler, far more reliable, and incomparably safer
to use than any "Object" written in C++ (or in C# in the newer Windows
versions) or in Java (as in Linux).
Yeah, after the great Windows XP stage, software developers simply refused
to consider the old reliable KISS principle. At that time the OOP
party has won the Developers War because they came up with an irrefutable
argument: "reusability"! However, today—when everything is fully
OOP and there is no turning back—there is no "reusability" anymore: we have to to "upgrade"
things permanently, in order to keep them running [well now, this is "running" as they do it today].
You see, dear readers, it takes only two years to a software company (a medium sized one) to develop a new operating
system from the ground up using C (and plenty of C macros), perfectly similar in functionality to Windows XP—and that is
everything we need. Just TWO YEARS people, and not very much money (a few millions at most), TO GET A STANDARD OPERATING SYSTEM
FOR THE ENTIRE PLANET! Even a small company could start this job . . . Well!
2. FOR THOSE VISITORS WHO STILL WORK WITH OLDER BROWSERS
(ON OLD OSs)
For about one year by now (beginning in 2015) we have implemented a few
advanced features in our website pages. Unfortunately, WE LIVE IN A SHAMELESS NON-STANDARD IT WORLD—some name it even
"sub-standard"!—therefore the basic mandatory functionality works "complementary" for us, using a few "similar browsers", in order to see "the light of the day"!
The point to note is that at COROLLARY THEOREMS we work now with CSS2 & CSS3
protocols [this is "Cascading Style Sheets", a particular component of the HTML markup language].
As a result, about 10% of our visitors cannot see jack of our
advanced CSS3 animations/transitions because they use old browsers (specifically
IE9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2, though also old Google, Firefox, and Opera
versions). Frankly, we treasure a lot all our visitors (and particularly those running on
therefore we would like that everybody sees our pages correctly.
Now, let's say that you have installed Internet Explorer 9/8/7/6
on your machine. In order to see COROLLARY THEOREMS pages correctly,
you could install additional browser programs, as it is explained
further down on this page.
As a note, at COROLLARY THEOREMS we have installed MS Internet
Explorer Edge, 11, 9, 8, and 7 on our PCs. However, we also have Google, Firefox, Opera, and Safari installed in parallel with IE Edge/11/9/8/7, and things work
for us. You can do that too.
3. INSTALLING GOOGLE CHROME
It is important to have Google Chrome installed on your machine, because it
is employed by most of the Internet users (about 60%). However, there are a
few caveats to consider when working with Chrome.
1. There are no "past versions" in Chrome; you have to install
whatever version Google offers to date. This is not very good
because newer versions tend to be incompatible with the older OSs.
Regardless, you do need to try.
2. The nastiest thing about Chrome is that it is way too intrusive.
In fact it is so intrusive lately, that we gave up on using Google Chrome as
our default browser; we prefer to use Firefox instead, although it is a bit less
performing. [We also abandoned Google Search in favor of Bing. Unfortunately, Google Search is way too intrusive, and so
3. When installing Chrome take your time and do not rush. Read
carefully each installation option you are offered, and refuse/reject any
personal involvement. Also, do not allow Chrome to update
automatically, and do not make it your default browser. In fact, it
is best not to have a default browser program at all, so that you can work with 3 or 4 of them concomitantly.
If you make mistakes in your Chrome installation, do not hesitate to
uninstall it and then install a new version again. After all, you have to have
Chrome browser version installed no matter what.
Now, aside from the few (personal) bitter remarks above, Chrome appears to be the most up to
date browser. By the way, once your Chrome is installed on your
computer and working, do not allow it to update/upgrade again! Use the Internet
to discover ways to prevent Chrome from updating—it is bad Juju!
In order to force us to allow updates, Chrome and Opera refuse to open links—the most basic browser functionality—in 2018! This is so lame, and it shows perfectly clear the kind of people
we are forced to deal
with at Chrome and Opera, these days.
Our sincere advice (in July 2018) is use Bing and Firefox instead.
4. INSTALLING MOZILLA FIREFOX
Once we have on our computer IE6 (for example) and Chrome 45 working, nothing
prevents us from also installing a Firefox 43 browser.
Excepting the tedious IE, a browser program is about 40 MB in size, so there
are no memory issues there.
Mozilla W3C [World Wide Web Consortium] is the authority that regulates all the HTML and the HTML-like Internet
programming languages. Consequently, their Firefox program
offers a full browser functionality, up to date, though its graphic
quality still needs to be improved (a lot).
However, Firefox is way easier to stop updating, and it is a lot
less intrusive than Chrome or Opera; therefore, we use it as a
default browser (without actually enabling it as the default
Our advice to you is, download the latest Firefox version and use it
without upgrading. However, in case you cannot install the latest Firefox version, they have an Archive where you can load an older
version—well now, not a very old one; try version 35, for example.
Again, our opinion is that you do have to have Firefox on your PC, in addition to IE and Chrome.
(added on 18 May 2021)
Unfortunately, Firefox browser has become unusable, lately, and
its developers appear to be totally unresponsive. Consequently, we gave up on using
Firefox in favor of ...
5. INSTALLING OPERA
We do have to give the credit: of all the browsers presented on this
has the nicest, top quality, graphic drivers! Our Abstract Graphics
pictures, and the mentioned CSS animations/transitions are best rendered by
the Opera browser! Now, we would like to say that Opera is far better than
Chrome and Firefox but . . .
1. First of all, the latest version of Opera didn't install on our
computer (running an older OS). That is so inadmissible for such a
great software company . . . You have to respect all your clients, richer and poorer alike, dear Opera developers.
2. The good aspect is that Opera offers an Archive of older
versions. Therefore, we picked one randomly (version 29), and we managed to
install it on our PC—we recently changed it to version 32. Further, as mentioned, we were truly impressed
by the quality of its graphics and animations drivers.
3. Attention, do not rush when installing Opera! Read carefully all
the options offered, and be advised that it tries to become your default
browser (do not allow that) and to upgrade automatically—watch out!
(added on 18 May 2021)
Unfortunately, lately Opera is (or it behaves as if it is) a
Chrome extension. Sill excellent graphics, though annoyingly
intrusive. Consequently, we gave up on using Opera in favor of ...
6. INSTALLING SAFARI
There is no way we could pamper ourselves to run on Apple PCs (therefore to also use Safari browsers). You see,
we must remain within the same PC environment as the vast majority of
our Internet visitors. In 2016, 80% of our visitors are still running on
Windows PC machines (tablet PCs and mobile phones are, functionally, still in
the toy category compared to PCs—and they continue being preserved as "toys" due to the hallucinating
"mobile version" of the idiotic HTML5 protocol).
Consequently, we use an old version of Safari running on Windows in order to test our AG pictures. However, the mentioned version is not supported by
Safari anymore, and it has some (serious) limitations—though it could be our older Windows OS.
Occasionally however, we have tested our Abstract Graphics pictures on Apple PCs,
and they look really great! So, there are no issues there.
7. WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE FAILS . . .
Just buy a cheap 200 USD tablet PC running the Android OS, and then use it for
your general Internet searches. It works great!
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