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Thursday, 12 September 2002

Ditching Netscape for Moz

Yesterday I started using Mozilla 1.0.1 after I’d had one Netscape 4.79 crash too many. It had been crashing a lot more recently. I read a bunch of posts on Google Groups on Mozilla 1.0.1 and 1.1 and Netscape 7, and which one to download to try. I decided to avoid the beta Moz and the AOL-branded N7 and go with Moz 1.0.1, which also has a very useful anti-pop-up feature. I also looked into Netscape 4.8, but since it was basically a maintenance upgrade, I went with Moz to see what kind of features were being implemented (for the most part in the multiple-account IMAP and POP3 e-mail arena).

There are still some things about Netscape 4.79 that I miss, though, that aren’t residents of Mozilla. The most annoying omission is the "home" button bug on the toolbar. Even if you choose to have the button, it doesn’t show up. Apparently it’s a longstanding bug and won’t be fixed anytime soon. Another thing about Mozilla: it looks more like IE and Outlook (Express). "Go Home" is no longer CTRL-H, which I pretty much was weaned on in Netscape, but ALT-HOME. And now, if I toggle "full headers" in the mail display, the headers show up separately from the message body instead of being a part of the body. So if the headers are quite long, then the body window shrinks and I have to scroll — but scrolling won’t move the headers. Things like that. At least the bookmarks system hasn’t changed much. The thing I dislike most about IE is the favorites management. It is so difficult to look through favorites, because they don’t open in a separate (and larger) window. It’s really awful.

Anyway, I’ve been using Moz for less than 24 hours, but so far I haven’t had it crash. I still need to get used to the weird style sheet rendering and the odd text sizes, compared to IE5, IE6 and NC4.79. I do like the download times displayed in the browser status bar.

Posted at 11:20 pm | Filed under Tech/geek

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