I have spent chunks of the past 24 hours wrestling with an evil, evil newcomer beast – Firefox 4. Like any silly child, it’s trying to emulate Google Chrome in a bid to woo back some of the folks who wandered off to Chrome as their primary browser. As someone who has stuck with Firefox, I’m a bit cross – I don’t use Chrome as my primary ’cause I don’t like the feel of it – are you trying to drive me to that filthy filthy whore of old, Internet Explorer?!?!
I can report that I have managed to get things mainly worked back around to a format that I’m comfortable with, but it irks me to have jump through so many hoops to replace/fix things that are incredibly useful that were deemed space-hogging bloatware, such as the status bar. I’m sorry, but erm… that kind of tells me where the end of my page is. It gives me easy access to useful functionality such as Greasemonkey and Stylish… without resorting to sidebars. I don’t live in a widescreen world, don’t much like widescreen, and even if I did, I wouldn’t want to give up space to annoying eye-catching clutter!
Anyways, it’s much like new Twitter – I’m just biting the bullet and getting used to things being different now. Yes, it’s annoyingly weird that ‘open new tab’ and ‘open new window’ have switched places, causing me a world of eye-rolling. Yes, it’s incredibly cross-making that the option to go back or forward multiple pages has been hidden as a right-click option that you can’t find… unless you right click on back or forward. But I’ll grant new Firefox one thing – it does appear to be running faster. It also appears to have a significant reduction of memory leak, which is a glorious miracle. Of course, the husband points out NOW that there was an add-on that took care of that – blah! xD
As for new Twitter… I would be used to it if it would quit randomly switching me back to old Twitter. I’m glad to have access to the old still; there are some things I still can’t find in new Twitter… but on the other hand, having it as a crutch doesn’t really help in the scheme of things. Like, I still can’t find the public stream at.freaking.all… blech. Not that I particularly care to see what the world is blathering about, but I feel that, perhaps, sometimes I should at least peek at the world going by.
Now, here’s hoping I remember the fixes I did to Firefox here on the laptop so I can repeat them on the desktop(s). Oh sure, I could use Sync, but I don’t generally trust or like that sort of functionality. I’m too paranoid about that sort of stuff… couldn’t tell you why, though. 😉