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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 08:52 am
I hate Google Chrome. There are many reasons mostly having to do with the user interface. The top reason, though, is that I can't customize the interface to fit my habits. The damn thing, like Apple's products, insists that I use it Google's way. I use it, though. I have two browsers open all the time on my desktop. One is a tabbed set of on-line documentation for all the things I use every day at work. Chrome works for that because I never ask it for anything else. I may stop, though, as a new candidate for the documentation viewer is available.

I hate Firefox. At least I hate Firefox from around version 25. While it is still more or less easily customizable, Mozilla is moving more and more toward the "use it our way" mentality. I thoroughly despise the "modern" icon-only user interface that the entire development world seems to have a incestuous hard-on for. That said, Firefox might become my choice for the documentation tabs.

Then I need a new browser for general Internet use. The candidate is a forked version of an older Firefox called Pale Moon. It was forked prior to the left turn Mozilla made with the UI. The Firefox plugins and addons I use work in Pale Moon. And the interface is usable. I had to massage opensuse a bit to get the plugins to work (linked the libs to a directory Pale Moon liked. Then a bit of this and that to adjust the UI to my liking. And I'm a happy camper again.

I worry, though, that updates to my favorite addons are going to break, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

And while we are at it, what is it with tabs on the very top above the tool bars rather than immediately above the view port. If the browser were a filing cabinet, the tabs would be sticking out the top rather than at the top of drawer. First Chrome then Firefox did that. The tool bars are common to all tabs and should not be between the tab and the tab's contents. It is just evil.

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