Monthly Archives: November 2014

Firefox & Me: Episode 2: First encounter

It was end of summer 2002, I was sitting on my balcony having my afternoon coffee and flipping the pages of PC magazine, when a big article that cover one page about a new browser called Phoenix grabbed my attention.  I read the article very fast then jumped behind my PC and started to type the URL to download it, I was thinking is it going to be the one! The file was 8 MB, I was surprised how small it was, but with my dial up connection and 1Kbps speed, I have to wait more in order to have it downloaded. Once I have on my PC, I open the zip file, looking for the EXE, version 0.1, that’s interesting; I was telling myself. I launch it, and started to browse, opening many pages, it is really fast, responsive; even I can even customize the toolbar. What kind of browser is this?! Without hesitation, I clicked the button; you are going to be my default browser from now on…

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Firefox & Me – Episode 1: Before I met you…

It was end of 90s when the whole Internet was orbiting around Internet Explorer, people started to forget what is Internet. There were not too many choices left. Internet is becoming Internet Explorer. My first love is now in the ICU for a long time, many tried to revive it but all the vital signs are showing that the end is getting soon and saving it is beyond anyone. I have to deal with the fact that Netscape is dying and it is taking its last breathe. I am still refusing to go out with Internet Explorer, simply because I don’t want to see the virtual world only from its own eyes. I want to shape my own world and control it by myself. I started to look for alternatives, I went out with opera couple of times, it was pretty, flexible has lots of characteristics that attracted me. But it was too complicated to deal with, many things that always made me confused. After struggling few times, we decided to break up. I tried to go out with other browsers but most of them they had the same personality of Internet explorer but they were having different dress and make up. I was looking for the one that will win my heart and the one that I should give my support. The one that I will be proud of when others see us together.
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