Firefox, not Worth the Trouble?

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Date: Wednesday, January 4th, 2006, 07:12
Category: Software

Firefox-logo-150.jpgI should start out by saying that I used to be one of the biggest advocates of Firefox ever. It’s fast and has tons of extensions, plug-ins and themes.
But the more I use Firefox on a daily basis, the more I’m reminded of its shortcomings.
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Firefox-logo-150.jpgI should start out by saying that I used to be one of the biggest advocates of Firefox ever. It’s fast and has tons of extensions, plug-ins and themes.
But the more I use Firefox on a daily basis, the more I’m reminded of its shortcomings. An article at TUAW reminds me of several glaring omissions in the browser that I used to love. First is the lack of several OS X-native features like Keychain and spell-checking support. Both are built into the OS but unused by Firefox. You can’t store all your Web passwords in a central area (Keychain) and you can’t control-click on a word and “look up in dictionary” like you can in Safari.
I’m sure that there’s an extension somewhere that does this, but who has the time to digg through thousands of those? And speaking of extensions I’m ready to ditch Firefox because of one that violates almost every rule of software development: The weather channel’s horrible 1-ClickWeather.
I am using 1-click with Firefox 1.0.7 and here are my issues:
1. I can’t get rid of it! There’s no uninstall feature. Upchucking all the options and selecting “save and exit” still leaving UGLY weather icons crowding my browser’s toolbars.
2. No matter where I place the weather, it blocks things: Navigation toolbar, Bookmarks toolbar and the Status bar. It needs an option to be placed in its own toolbar.
3. The weather alerts pop up to the frontmost position and block ALL other apps – even when I have alerts turned off. This is a nightmare piece of code that has haunted me for months. I can’t get it off my machine.
And finally, I cannot upgrade to Firefox version 1.5 because it doesn’t work with my ZDNet blog, The Apple Core, which is running WordPress 1.5. Posts are completely deleted after I click “save” (try that some morning after writing a long blog entry directly into the browser window if you really want to get pissed off). Granted, this seems to be a specific issue with CNet’s WordPress 1.5 installation (read more in the article), but hours of troubleshooting with the guys at Mozilla.org doesn’t fix the problem. Bah.
So there you have it, poor OS X feature support, egregious plug-ins and no support for my blog setup. I think that I’m dumping Firefox for good this time.

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