Because why not? At some point one gets exhausted avoiding the Kool-Aid. (Which, for some probably neurologically depressing reason, I always type as “Kook-Aid” — or maybe it’s just a Freudian negligee. I mean slip. Underwear of some kind anyway.)
It’s a matter of not fighting an unwinnable battle. I used to use screen captures to recreate my various exquisitely customized toolbars after app updates. Exhausting. Finally, I just gave up and used the defaults.
The Kook-Aid in this case is the Microsoft Edge browser.
Because why not? Honestly, it seems to be a good browser (once one manages to forget how horrible Internet Explorer was (in so many ways)).
I was never one who thought Microsoft was bad. Yes, they’re a mega-giant, and yes they’re very controlling at times, but their software is generally really good, and the way it plays nicely together always impressed me.
[I used to offer a “Microsoft Challenge” to my Unix-loving, Microsoft-hating friends: In about 20 minutes, I can take a manager’s request for a data presentation, write an SQL query for MS SQL Server, embed that in an Excel spreadsheet that allows me to quickly create tables and great graphs, put that spreadsheet on the network, and then link a PowerPoint presentation to the graphs. The manager can open the PowerPoint to display real-time data, yet the PowerPoint has no power to affect that data (it’s safe). It all works great, looks great, and takes 20 minutes. Can you even do that in Unix (let alone quickly or cleanly)? I truly loved Unix, but it wasn’t the end all and be all some saw it as. In certain business areas, MS blew doors off!]
In fact, given how I feel about Google and the social media platforms, Microsoft and Apple are the last tech giants I don’t think are total shit. I still have some respect for MS and Apple, in part because of the sheer quality of their work.
I’ve been a FireFox user as long as they’ve been around (I go way back with Mozilla in general because of the Netscape browser). I also use Chrome, mostly for YouTube. People complain about how much memory Chrome uses, but I haven’t seen that (it does spawn a lot of processes, though).
I did notice recently that FireFox was using a gig of memory compared to Chrome’s less than 400 mb. That upset me, and I decided to see what Edge used. Not surprised to find it was also under 400 mb since they use the same engine.
That determined me to switch, although I now think the memory bloat in FireFox came from the ad blocker extension. I just launched it (which didn’t go well) and without the ad blocker, as shown above, it still takes more RAM than either of the other two.
By “didn’t go well” I mean the icon in the Windows start menu was the “unknown app” one, and clicking it didn’t boot FireFox. All I did was remove the icon from my taskbar (because I kept clicking it) and not use FF for a bit over a week, and the icon is dead? WTF FireFox?
Right-clicking brought up a menu that allowed launching the app, and I tried “pinning” it to my Start menu, but still got a dead app icon. And clicking it didn’t boot FF, but right-clicking and selecting “Open in new window” did. Again, WTF FireFox?
Finally went to About and checked version and that triggered a upgrade, and now it’s fine, but that was some poor performance there IMO. And I thought I had enabled automatic updates.
There’s also that, working in WordPress and dragging a photo to drop for upload, FireFox has occasionally crashed — just suddenly vanished taking my in-edit post along with it. (I’ve been lucky that either FF or WP retains it somewhere and haven’t actually lost a post, but it’s been very disconcerting.)
Lastly, when I went to their online system for feedback (to give them some well-considered feedback), that system wasn’t taking input. There was something that took my email and claimed they’d get back to me, but… well, of course they haven’t.
So it’s gone from WTF FireFox? to The Hell With It. We’re done.
(There is also that the iOS version of FireFox is, to me, utterly unusable. On my Apple mobile devices I mostly use Safari, but also the iOS Chrome app. The FF app is too annoying to use.)
((On the flip side, I do use the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good, and it’s free.))
I go way back to the beginning of the web (I was an internet user before the web). I remember when a co-worker downloaded the source code for the Mosaic browser and compiled it.
We all gathered around her desk for a demo. There wasn’t much web in those days, backgrounds were gray, and the few webpages that existed were mostly text. The few pictures we saw loaded, oh,… so,… slowly.
Ha! (Less than a year later I designed and wrote our company’s first web-based app. Tech moves fast.)
[This is why I don’t go anywhere near Wall Street. I wouldn’t just lose my shirt. I’d lose everything. Probably end up with some “magic beans” or something.]
I do have a few minor bones to pick with Edge.
Firefox still seems to render pages better than either Chrome or Edge, who use a wimpy font. (I don’t know how else to describe it. Text in Firefox just looks better. Darker, more robust, and easier to read.)
I also don’t like how Edge handles Favorites menus. FireFox still does the best there, too. I like their Favorites Manager a lot more.
Best feature is that FireFox menus can have separators — something Edge and Chrome can’t do, and I really resent it. I want my separators!
Edge also seems to think that, if I move an item in a dropped down Favorites menu, that was my only action so it closes the menu. But generally speaking, my moving an item leads to either moving another item or clicking an item in the menu. The way Edge vanishes the drop down is really annoying.
I also hate that it has two Favorites Managers, a small dropdown version that doesn’t seem very useful and a larger, kinda weird, version that seems clunky and chunky, but works okay.
Other than that, no complaints. I’ve gone so far as to make Edge my default browser and, as I mentioned, have removed FF from my Windows taskbar (mostly because I was so used to clicking it that I couldn’t stop).
Generally speaking I am not a fickle person; I place high value on loyalty and fidelity. But loyalty should never be blind — it’s always contingent and conditional.
I think character and honor here are about how one takes those contingencies and sets those conditions. Things that matter require a high bar. The more important something is to you, the greater leniency. (Mothers famously love and shelter their criminal sons.)
But being prone to loyalty often inclines one to stick with the smaller lost causes longer than is really sensible. That said, if forced to pick, I’d rather be the last person out the door than the first. I have a pretty strong, “well, you never know for sure, it might work out” ethic.
I’m obviously talking about more than browsers or tech giants here. It applies to people and ideas and jobs and hobbies.
And browsers and tech giants. 😉
In any event, I’ve fled FireFox and gotten on the Edge. (Edge of what? Wouldn’t being in the Center be better? Or how about Above for a better view? Is the Edge sharp? Is it a long way down if you fall off of it?)
One TODO task it forced me to finally do is write my own RSS reader. I had a FireFox extension that made Favorites sub-folders into RSS-fed lists. One just clicked if the title appealed.
But it didn’t work great (refresh issues), and only listed titles. I figured an RSS reader would be pretty easy, but never got around to more than a crude proof-of-concept. Rather than find an RSS reader for Edge I decided to get back to that project, and now I have an RSS reader I like.
Stay edgy, my friends! Go forth and spread beauty and light.