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August 02, 2007

Day 5: Web browsing

An easy one for today. I use Firefox on Windows and there are no sites I visit which don’t work with it. So web browsing on the Mac is as easy as downloading Firefox, exporting my bookmarks from Windows Firefox on to a memory stick and then importing them into Mac Firefox, grabbing my favourite plugins (Delicious toolbar and Text area resizer), and we’re done.

I’ve seen no significant differences at all between Mac and Windows versions of Firefox and so far everything has just worked. Firefox on the Mac has needed to restart itself a couple of times during my testing, but then, that’s happened to me on Windows too. I miss Alt-D as a shortcut to put the cursor in the address bar, but Command-L does the same thing, so it’s not exactly a big deal.

I guess if I hadn’t already been a confirmed Firefox user I might have spent more time investigating Safari, the web browser that comes bundled with OS X. From a brief look, it seems fine to me, and if I hadn’t been sure that I wanted Firefox and my preferred extensions I’d probably have been quite happy with Safari (or Camino or Opera, probably, too). But Firefox ticks all my boxes.

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