Wednesday, January 19, 2005


Have you installed Firefox yet, to replace the Internet Explorer browser?   Web-analysis app maker WebSideStory says that on Jan. 7 Mozilla's Firefox had 4.6% of the market, which was 2.6% in October... that is a rapid growth rate in two months, chipping away at MS 90+% market share!  The problems of security holes, spyware and popups, and of linkage (aka reliance) to other Microsoft programs, has plagued the user community long enough, and it's nice to see an alternative. 
I've installed Firefox .com (free), and configured it for my particular requirements.  I especially like the Smart Keywords search (type "dict<word>" in the Location bar), and the Find Bar (which finds text as you type without covering up anything.)  It works as advertised, and is a nice option to the Microsoft juggernaut.  Jim