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  • Andrew Mercer 9:01 pm on October 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    which web browser are you 

    Here is an interesting table highlighting speed performance of browsers IE8, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera.

    What becomes most interesting is that the weakest performer, IE8 and it’s older siblings, is still the one that most people use. The fastest, Chrome, still has a small share of browser users. So why has IE8 still got the greater percentage of users? Is it ignorance or apathy, because clearly all others are way faster, others (Firefox & Safari) are more secure and there is less bloat on IE8’s competitors. Clearly Firefox is gaining on IE8, and in some statistical surveys, has surpassed it in market share.

    I am amazed by some people who wouldn’t even consider trying other browsers for no apparent reason than they have been using various versions if IE since Netscape’s Navigator met its demise. For me security and speed are the key factors in determining my browser of choice, closely followed by a substantial set of features.

    My browsers of choice are Safari (Mac OSX) and Firefox 3.5 when I’m running Linux or Windows. What are yours?


    • Bruce 6:19 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Surprised at Chrome. Do they have a MacOSX version of that these days?

      I use FF, mainly out of habit as Safari has improved a lot over the past couple of updates IMO.

      IE = evidence of computer illiteracy epidemic

    • Andrew Mercer 6:35 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      No Chrome for Mac OSX yet. Originally it was pretty buggy

  • Andrew Mercer 6:57 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    how long should technology last 

    Tomorrow, our new oven arrives, less than three years after our current one was installed. The old one could have been repaired, if the manufacturer, Nobel, didn’t go bust. Unfortunately for the Mercer’s they did and we have shelled out some unexpected cash for a new one.

    Do you buy European, or “Aussie made”? It seems Aussie made is a misnomer as all these modern whitegoods are manufactured in Europe, with their cheaper, more price sensitive cousins made in South East Asia. Buying Aussie no longer guarantees accessibility to parts in the future. Price, likewise doesn’t promise long-life and customer support as the demise of Kleenmaid proved.

    Therefore are we being greedy or unrealistic to expect major household appliances to last upwards of ten years? I don’t think so. My parents’ generation were used to changing the fridges, stoves, ovens etc after 15 or 20 years – not barely 2.5 years. Are we so used to purchasing extended warranties that tacitly we expect our new purchases to break down within five years?

    It feels like we now have accepted mediocrity as a standard to aspire towards, rather than excellence. As consumers we have lost our voice, but do we have any power to convince the manufacturers to build better. Have we confused the rapid technological advances in some areas as the reason why all products need to be constantly upgraded?

    To me, certain appliances that don’t evolve rapidly still should have a long life – at least ten years.

    Here’s hoping our new oven exceeds my hopes.

  • Andrew Mercer 10:18 am on October 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    to tweet, or not to tweet, that is a question 

    I was thinking recently that Twitter seems to me a good tool for guys to share their thoughts as it is quick and easy. Facebook status updates come with so much clutter and other info about how people have scored in some game that is meaningless to me. I like Facebook for the status updates, but let’s leave it at that.
    So, what I want to know, is “Am I alone in this world in preferring Twitter to Facebook for the simplicity of the information sharing that it provides.
    Your thoughts please.
    twitter logo

    • windsurfer-sp 4:09 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Twitter to me is a little too "lol, im at the shops" for me too get into.

      Plus the occasional flash game can't hurt.

    • windsurfer-sp 4:10 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      oh windsurfer-sp = Samuel,(the poor) son of Dave.

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