Firefox prevails!

This is an early review.  Firefox version 4 was just released and as with some previous versions outstrips the competition.  It’s fast, recognizes and accepts most add-ins, has no problem with Flash or Adobe Reader and works splendidly on every website I have accessed. . . which is to say that it works better than Internet Explorer 8 or 9 or even Google Chrome. Tabs are cleaner and you can select to keep some tabs open--tabs that you access on a regular basis, like email, news, Ebay or other sites.  Tabs can be grouped so if you’re shopping or researching you can keep similar tabs together however this requires some fine tuning and did not work well for me.   Firefox 4

I checked the new version on popular websites.  Local and national newspapers look fantastic, Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace open quickly and display properly.  Even my cabin site which failed to display properly in Internet Explorer 9, works wonderfully in Firefox version 4 as does my main computer site.   In fact, these pages all function faster and better than they did in any previous browsers. 

Now for the add-ons (extensions).  Off all the add-ons I had installed, the only two which were NOT compatible with Firefox Version 4, were the Norton Toolbar (not important:  the Norton security features continue to work) and the Logmein extension (not essential, the main program continues to work).

Some later news on Internet Explorer.  As much as I applaud Microsoft’s attempts to create a better browser.  I still prefer Firefox.  Some of my clients have had problems printing in Internet Explorer 9, and many experienced a failure to complete the install.  For quick and easy internet, quick and easy install, Firefox version 4 is my choice.

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What else is new? Adobe Reader X and Norton 360 v.5

Adobe has done it again.  Released a new Reader as a separate download without providing it by update.  Why do they continue to do this?  I don’t know.  But to get Adobe Reader X (or 10) you will need to download it.  You can click here to download it.  Its installer runs in your browser, so if the installer is not already installed you will have to assent to its installation.  Once that is finished and your browser has restarted, it will allow you to install Adobe Reader X.  After that, you merely have to wait until it’s finished.

Norton 360 has a new edition, also, and it will not update itself.  You can obtain the new version here.  Click on Start Download on the top right of the web page.  Install is straightforward and your computer will need to be rebooted.  Nothing needs to be changed after it is installed. 

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Internet Explorer—Brand New

Internet Explorer 9 has just been released for Windows 7 users.  Sorry, but everyone else can stop reading now.  Internet Explorer 9 comes in two varieties:  one for 32-bit operating systems and one for 64-bit operating systems.  How do you know which you have?  Click on Control Panel, System & Security, System, then look at System Type on the window in front of you.  It will tell you whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit system.  Download and installation was very fast, but you must reboot your computer to use it.  First use is very fast, also and Internet Explorer 9 informs you if any addons are slowing it down and gives you the option to disable them.  You should not disable Adobe Reader or Adobe Flash, Microsoft Office and any addons for your internet security product.  However, if you disable an add-on but need it later, it’s a simple matter to reenable it.  Where can you download Internet Explorer 9?  Anywhere you see Internet Explorer 9 in this email.

Security. How does Internet Explorer 9 help keep you secure.  When you click on a website link you want to know that it will take you where you think you are going.  Internet Explorer 9 gives you information on web links whenever you move your cursor over one.  The information is displayed on the lower left side of your browser window.  This lets you examine it.  If you are clicking on a link to your bank, it should obviously have your bank’s name in the link.  If you are clicking on a link to Amazon, that name should be in the display.  Please note that I and others use third party referrers which route your link through a third party site.  For instance it may say or  The third party sites are used to track usage of my website.  They are not dangerous.  Nothing on any of my websites ( or or any other website I use carries any danger.  If, however, you worry about where the link might take you, type into your address bar where you want to go and don’t use the link.

The Look.  Internet Explorer 9 is streamlined.  See the picture below. You can see that the top is streamlined with just forward and back buttons on the left.  On the right, are home, favorites, tools.  Everything you don’t see is found under tools.  The only thing you will see on the bottom are downloads when you are downloading.  And speaking of downloads, they are easier to use than ever.  If there is anything else you would like to know about Internet Explorer 9, please contact me.IE9

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