I was just looking at the Ace web site stats and found this interesting:
Firefox: 44.6 %
IE: 40.2 %
More people visiting Ace are using Firefox than IE. I thought IE still held the lead in the market. Am I wrong, or is it just that the Ace crowd is a special crowd? I am currently still using an IE variant myself, but that will change soon when I get time to play with Firefox and install the plug-ins I need to replace AvantBrowser.
Firefox is so much better, I find most people involved in coding/gaming/etc use Firefox, but the rest (majority) don't. Im suprised it's really that close in the ace community, I thought more people would use Firefox
Firefox is better than IE in every way. It doesn't surprise me that more who visit here use Firefox since people usuallly are coming here looking for quality over the other mods out there. They know something good when they see it.
Also, thanks for the tip on using Tab Mix Plus, Rowne. That's a great extension.
The Ace community is built upon the idea of sharing. I think we all accept that. We share our Utils by default. We've already agreed to share nuggets of code because that's just how Ace works. Further than that, I don't think anyone here would mind if someone borrowed some of their code and credited them for it. I know I wouldn't mind, would you? Even if someone took my entire AddOn and rewrote it somewhat as a fork. I wouldn't mind and I don't think any of you would either.
This very methodus operandi attracts the attention of people who like communities and community-driven projects. I won't run Internet Explorer because it's a commercial, capitalistic shambles whose rendering engine hasn't been updated since 1998 (no, I'm no kidding). Whereas Firefox, I can see every patch they make, I can see every change they make. Aside from security patches (which they make available after patching). I can read about every single proposed idea and read the code. Thanks to Gecko, I could also reuse that code myself. The same system is evident in Firefox.
Just as it is in K-Meleon and all good source-browsers.
I think even the non-coders get caught up in our wave of good vibes and sharing, by using what we (or anyone else makes) it helps them feel part of the community, they'll make suggestions and someone will listen. Same with Ace, same with Firefox. They won't be ignored. People who like to be ignored aren't probably going to be the same kinds of people that turn up on the Ace forums, seeking answers to questions and all manner of unforbidden knowledge. What's the point if they expect to be ignored?
I don't argue that Firefox is the better browser. I've always hated IE. Really I can't stand much of anything Microsoft. I've used it out of necessity but now that open source is starting to come along as a very viable alternative, I'm starting to replace my MS apps. The reason I'm still using an IE strain is because of AvantBrowser. This browser has made IE as tolerable as possible and it also gives me several amenities I've gotten quite used to over the years. I have downloaded a lot of extensions and it looks like I'll be able to replace Avant, but there are a couple minor things I can't figure out.
1. When I click on a link that opens up a new window, such as links in forum posts, I want Firefox to open a new tab automatically. I can use ctrl+click but that's a nuisance.
2. Can I move and resize toolbars and toolbar elements? For example, the little Google search window is super tiny. I'd like to widen it but don't see a way to do that. Is this another extension I need?
I must say that Firefox is blazingly fast compared to the IE engine. Not even close. Firefox says to IE: "Um, buddy, you might want to replace those old, rusty skates with some sleek new rollerblades like these..." *meep meep* zzzziiiiiiiipppp!
Hey, why don't we share favorite Firefox extensions here?
Measure It- A draw out ruler for getting pixel height and width of elements on your screen.
Bandwidth Tester- obvious
Add Bookmark Here- makes bookmark management easier.
FoxyTunes- control your music from your browser.
Autocopy- highlighting text autocopies it, like in IRC.
Colorzilla- eyedropper for your browser to pick up colors.
DictionarySearch- highlight text and adds a dictinarysearch to your right click dropdown .
IE View- for when sites are built wrong.
Forecast Fox- tells me the weather in that bottom bar.
Download Manager Tweak- This makes the downloading manager open in a tab instead of a window.
BBCode Xtra- for making things easier in places like this.
BugMeNot- for reading online newspapers without filling out forms.
ImageZoom- Right click on an image and mousewheel zoom it in and out.
Tab Mix Plus- Best tab manager I've seen.
fireFTP (haven't tried it yet)
Flashblock (this alone makes me love Firefox)
MR Tech Disable XPI Install Delay
I'm still making my way through the extension library. What I'd still like to find is a way to force mousescroll to work over the current object. I have to click on the area I want to scroll. Also a way to kill pop-unders. And I'm still looking for a way to resize the search box.