Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Firefox: I love you, I hate you, I love you

A couple months ago, I switched to Firefox from Maxthon. I had been a Netscape user from 1.0 to 4.75, but after Netscape started stagnating and IE started to take the lead I switched. When pop-up ads started getting bad (thanks so much to our friends at, I found CrazyBrowser and MyIE2/Maxthon.

But then, the Mozilla project started making some major headway, IE started stagnating and requiring security updates every other day, and finally Firefox won me over back into Netscape's camp. With the right set of extensions, I soon found that I was missing none of the functionality of Maxthon, missing none of the security holes, and enjoying a whole lot of new features.

Two days ago, Firefox Preview Release (PR) came out. I confess, I'm a version junkie, always wanting to be running the latest thing, so I shouldn't be too surprised that things went wrong when I upgraded. The base features in PR were better than in the 0.9x series, but my favorite extensions broke. Super DragAndGo, URL2Tab, BugMeNot, TabX - all refused to work in PR. Suddenly, I found myself thinking about Maxthon again...

I know that I just need to be patient. It'll probably be only a week or so till most of my favorites are updated, and who knows - I might even get desperate enough to try my hand at XUL. But I'm still frustrated... yes, I can downgrade back to 0.93, but I like the new PR features too much.

Firefox, why do you hurt me baby? I love you...

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