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04 September 2006

Browzar

Filed under: Browsers, Non game, PC — zhooibaal @ 19:53000000

Browzar
A new schoolyear has started and so did my new study course. As you could have read here I graduated from my previous school and now I’m going to Hogeschool Zuyd which is located in Heerlen (NL) to attend to the Network Infrastructure Design course which will last approximatly 3 years.

But as the title of this entry states, I’m not going to rant about school, I’m going to tell you about something a friend pointed me to and it’s called Browzar and the friend who pointed me to it has also been mentioned here before. It’s Frank from Gamesfm.nl. He’s the one I got my Sega Megadrive 2 and the Menacer from and he was also involved in the making of Uberfighter.

Let’s get to the point; Browzar is an internet browser and probably the pronounciating of Browzar will be the same as browser. But what’s so special about Browzar? Well, a few things:

  • it’s tiny (264KB)
  • it leaves no evidence of browsing
  • it tracks no cookies
  • it saves no temporary files
  • You don’t need to install anything

And that’s about it. It’s very simple to use, you have you’re usuals address bar, a few browsing buttons like next, back and home. You can print the current page with the printer button and ofcourse you can stop a page from loading by pressing the stop button or reload the page by pushing the reload button. In addition to that there is a search field next to the address field to save you the trouble of first browsing to a searchengine page.
There are no configuration options available whatsoever, so you can just start it and use it without going through tons of dialog windows before it works. And despite it’s simplicity there is a help menu present. The options in the help menu will make the browser navigate to the Browzar website to the corresponding page you requested.
Thanks to it’s very small size it loads extremely fast and because there are hardly any options integrated, the process of loading stuff on a page is also very fast.
The fact that you don’t need to install it is particularly usefull if you want to use it on other pc’s than your own. Like at school they only have Internet Explorer, so I can use Browzar at school which I can store on my mobile harddrive or USB stick. Simply put the Browzar executable on it and it works. It has only 1 file, so you can’t forget any files it might need to work except for the executable.
And the last good thing about Browzar is that it automatically blocks all popups. Which can be disabled from the menu.

Browzar is available in 2 different styles; black:

And silver:

As you can see in the last screenshot, Browzar is available for more than just Windows. It is also available for Linux and Mac OS X.

My conclusion is that I really like Browzar and because of it’s limited featureset it can be well used to avoid several annoying things that are implemented on various sites, beit clean (read: legal) or dirty (read: illegal) sites.

As far as I’m concerned there is only one minor drawback attached to Browzar and that is the lack of a favorites feature. But such a feature would require Browzar to save something to a file, which is doesn’t do with anything, so that would compromise one of it’s most treasured features: the privacy. If you really want to have all your favorites with you, you could write a little HTML page which you open with browzar which contains links to all your favorite websites. Problem solved 😛

Thanks Frank!

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27 January 2006

IE vs. Firefox vs. Opera

Filed under: Browsers, Non game, PC — zhooibaal @ 12:03000000
Browser logos

I’ve used IE, Firefox and Opera, I even still have all of them installed on my laptop so I can switch to the other if a site doesn’t load properly in one browser. But I have complaints on all of them so now I’m going to compare these 3 browsers with on another to conclude which one is the best.
I have used IE Version 6.0.2900, Firefox version 1.5 and Opera version 8.50.

Speed

Speed can be quite an important issue for some people and I can already conclude that Opera is the fastest browser and Firefox is the slowest.
IE: IE is quite a quick browser, it loads quickly and is also pretty quick in displaying pages and loading images.
Opera: Opera is even faster than IE, it loads faster and displays pages also quite a bit quicker.
Firefox: Firefox is by far the slowest of these browsers when it comes to starting up. Browsing then goes pretty quick as with the others.

User friendlyness

Another very important issue is the user friendlyness and on this point I can’t complain about any of the browsers. They’re all very user friendly in their own kind of way.
IE: simple, that’s the word, the interface just works, the only real bad thing is that it has this close integration with Windows, it doesn’t even have it’s own configuration.
Opera: easy to use, but the standard interface configuration is a real pain. It takes some time to get it configured properly, so here it loses a point.
Firefox: 1 word: brilliant, no configuration required to tweak it in any way unless you need to use a proxy or if you want to change the standard downloads folder.

Downloading

All browsers have a built in download manager, here is a comparisation.
IE: downloadmanager? Barely. No list and no option to continue an aborted download.
Opera: winner. A good list and the ability to pause and resume downloads, even those which have been accidentaly aborted.
Firefox: it’s limited, but it works, unfortunatly it has no built in resume function.

Extendability

All browsers can be equiped with plugins, good or bad?
IE: bad, lot’s of evil plugins available which try to break into your privacy or bugger you with spam. Maybe it’s too easy to install those.
Opera: good, well protected against evildoers and easy to install.
Firefox: like Opera, it’s well protected against evildoers and probably because it’s open-source software there is a huge amount of handy as well as other useful plugins available, here Firefox is the definite winner.

Safety

Maybe the most important issue is safety.
IE: not safe, that’s it, it has many security leaks which are exploited in every possible way.
Opera: I haven’t had any problems with this one, it seems safe as it blocks incoming bad code automatically.
Firefox: open software, leaks and other bugs are fixed quickly simply because anyone can, better safe than sorry.

Bottom line

Stay away from IE, use Opera or Firefox instead. Opera is the faster one, but Firefox has more options when it comes to plugins and the open software concept helps Firefox to stay up to date at any time. Like with IE, with Opera you will have to wait for yet another patch from one closed team.
I like both Firefox and Opera, but now I’m using Firefox instead of Opera, because Opera doesn’t really like WordPress. I suspect this to be a bug in Opera and not a bug in WordPress though, simply because it works fine in both IE and Firefox.

Ofcourse there are many other browsers out there which are good too, but I haven’t used them… I once played a little with Konqueror, but not enough to say it’s good or bad. I have also used Mozilla Suite for a while, but then I prefer Firefox as a browser. Mozilla Suite is a bit less user friendly.

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