UPDATE: The Kaiser Chooses a New Default Desktop Web Browser…and Continues Referring to Himself in the 3rd Person

Long time listeners know I don’t do the “change thing” so well. Actually, that’s not 100% accurate. What I don’t do is hop on bandwagons. I am NOT an early adopter. Every time I go against my better judgement and get the newest breathlessly over-hyped doohickey or doodad I am invariably burned. Exhibit A: the Blackberry Playbook. I rest my case.

I’ve been a Firefox user for ages, but only after waiting an appropriate time while it worked out its kinks in beta, and learned to accept the pokiness of running the 32-Bit app on my 64-Bit Windows machines. When the super-speedy Google Chrome came along I tried to love it but I’m still not comfortable with it. The Chrome icon sits on my Windows 7 desktop like a sports car that spends most of its existence under wraps in the garage, only making rare appearances to impress friends.

Enter the Mozilla-based Waterfox 64-Bit browser. The makers of Waterfox 13 claim it is the fastest 64-Bit variant of Firefox. While I can’t claim to have speed tested every 64-Bit variant of Firefox out there I can say with certainty that it is an incredibly fast desktop browser for Windows — but still not as fast as Chrome. Doesn’t matter to me at all though since what sold me on Waterfox is that it looks identical to Firefox PLUS all my add-ons worked without a hitch. The speed difference between Waterfox and Firefox is significant on my desktop with an 8 core CPU but still quite noticeable on my laptops. While Waterfox 13 won’t be capturing all that many checkered flags it won’t be eating much dust either.

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5 thoughts on “UPDATE: The Kaiser Chooses a New Default Desktop Web Browser…and Continues Referring to Himself in the 3rd Person”

  1. For me, it’s not about the milliseconds waiting for a page to load. For me, it’s about the seconds that are saved by the Chrome extensions. Those many seconds turn quickly into minutes.

    The achilles heel of Firefox is it’s terrible extension architecture. They seem like bolt-ons and not part of the browser. Chrome extensions seem like they are *part* of the browser. And I really love how Chrome uses the shortcuts in the “new” tab.

    Firefox is a really decent browser. I love the IDEA as well. But they need to outright copy Chrome to get me back to using it as my primary browser.

  2. I believe what you said made a bunch of sense.
    However, what about this? suppose you typed a catchier title?

    I mean, I don’t wish to tell you how to run your website, but what if you added a post title to possibly grab a person’s attention? I mean UPDATE: The Kaiser Chooses a New Default Desktop Web Browser

  3. As somebody who never speaks about himself in the third person and is fairly new to all this social media malarkey, The Lone Marmot would most welcome an explanation of the provenance of The Kaiser’s Hohenzollern-based soubriquet.

    I feel sure others would aslo like to be enlightened.

    1. During an episode of our previous radio show I was cracking-wise about location-based social networking website Foursquare and how I was tired of people declaring themselves “Mayor of this place” and “Mayor of that joint”. I declared myself Governor of the NYT Newsroom. J.D. felt Governor wasn’t a good fit and dubbed me “Newsroom Kaiser”. Some of our listeners picked up on it and the rest is HISTORY!!!

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