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November 8, 2012

Helpful Hints from joeeze: You need not 1 not 2 not 3 but 4 (FOUR) browsers



Because sometimes things don't work in one but do work in others.

It's not for me — a card carrying TechnoDolt®™© — to explain why that is but rather my job to help you get to where you want to go.

When I creates* posts for bookofjoe, I can't view YouTube videos in the back room prep area if I'm using Camino or Chrome — but they play fine when I preview them as they'll appear on the blog.

Conversely, I can see the videos fine in the Safari back room but when I go to see the final cut the way you'll see it, there's a blank spot where the video will be when it's actually published.

Google Chrome, Safari, Camino, Firefox — download them all NOW.

This is an excerpt, by the way, from my forthcoming book, "Think Like An Anesthesiologist."

When you eliminate problems, you're left with solutions.

Now isn't that a better way to live?

I find it interesting that Firefox and Opera get all the Google love in the graphic up top while the superb Camino goes unremarked.

So it goes.

Why don't I list Opera among the browsers I'd download if I were you?

Because I find it pretty much impossible to use.

*My closest reader of them all — the nonpareil gimlet-eyed Flautist — just emailed me re: "... I creates posts..." to inform me of my [apparent] grammatical error. She added, "Unless it's Talk Like Popeye Day."

Which I hereby declare it is.


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Flautist - i drive a silverish truck -


Posted by: sherlock | Nov 9, 2012 3:32:32 AM

FTW: For Those Wondering: or perhaps -


Posted by: sherlock | Nov 9, 2012 3:09:25 AM

I've been using Opera back when I had a 56k modem. It's nice that the rest of the world realizes how much better it is to have one browser that can open multiple pages at the same time... To bad they waited until they had broadband.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Nov 8, 2012 9:08:26 PM

I'm Flautist since time began,
I drives me a red sedan

When errors diminich,
I likes to refinich

The blog there's no greater than

Posted by: Flautist | Nov 8, 2012 1:03:42 PM

"I feel badly for people who have to worry about which browser to use because of security/privacy issues. Once you accept that you have no privacy, life becomes sweet indeed."

I'm glad that you're a gas-passer and not a shrink....

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 8, 2012 12:22:01 PM

Oh my bosses know...but they'd rather not have it sent directly to them via official channels!

It is more so that professional things seem professional...I'll add anyone but relatives and direct employees to my own facebook. And the direct employee thing is more for them...because if they need to complain about their jerkhole boss, I'd rather they do it without worry that I'll fire them...one of them called me an a-hole yesterday not knowing I had just walked in...and they were right. And then the hour long apology. Honestly, sometimes it comes with the job.

Either way, I could care less who sees my personal FB. However, I try to keep my professional ones professional.

Posted by: clifyt | Nov 8, 2012 10:14:24 AM

I feel badly for people who have to worry about which browser to use because of security/privacy issues. Once you accept that you have no privacy, life becomes sweet indeed.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Nov 8, 2012 9:44:14 AM

I have to use a few browsers to do everything I need.

I have multiple accounts on different services for personal, business, and academic purposes. I mean, the last thing I want is my bosses at the university seeing my FB account with me cavorting with co-eds in various state of undress. Nope...that FB goes to Safari. Firefox gets the personal. Chrome gets business stuff that I can't stand dealing with.

Sadly, lately somehow Firefox and Safari are both trying to use Keychain access on the Mac -- instead of their own personal security for saving cookies and form filling data. Really annoying...they both want to use the same creds and this is BAD. I need to do some work to figure out how to stop this.

Posted by: clifyt | Nov 8, 2012 9:38:34 AM

Camino is overlooked. I use it as the standard browser to deal with certain federal government run websites. Part of my world requires me to negotiate a security protocol and upload Adobe Acrobat Pro complex, compiled, & signed documents. Acrobat Pro is a big enough pain to deal with that once I've completed creating and assembling the document components and produced the approved "PDF" file, I want to hand it off to the Feds with as little trouble as possible. Camino, while not on the "approved browser" list neither fails to negotiate the security checks nor the arcane document upload process. It just works. It has been my go to browser for this job for as long as I can recall.

Opera has been suffering from "feature bloat" for several years; but, I find that Opera running on a Mac deals with $)(/:;:!! Microsoft Exchange servers better than any other browser. (nb "$)(/:;:!!" is a free form Anglo-Saxonism).

Chrome self-updates and is generally a fast little browser. Safari is the Mac default browser and I find myself using it frequently.

Firefox is the workhorse. Joe wouldn't much care for the technical add-ons, but Noscript on Firefox breaks the NYT ten article pay wall and Ghostery really puts an end to the cookie wars.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Nov 8, 2012 9:31:52 AM

Opera FTW on desktops, too!

I understand why someone might find it difficult to use at first - it's a bit different from other browsers. But once you get used to its superb additional features, you can't go back.

Only drawback is, some sites that do not adhere to standards may have issues with Opera (which is the most standards-compliant browser out there).


"For The Win."

An enthusiastic emphasis to the end of a comment, message, or post. Sometimes genuine, but often sarcastic.

Originated from the game show Hollywood Squares where the result of the player's response is expected to win the game.

(I copied it.).

Posted by: gryzor | Nov 8, 2012 9:05:42 AM

Scott—not one person (including me) reading your comment has a clue what ftw means. Remember, you're among TechnoDolts®™© here. Now, try again, this time aiming it at those of us with 2-figure IQs. Thank you on behalf of my readers who haven't the energy to bother pointing this out.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Nov 8, 2012 8:50:28 AM

Opera ftw on phones - content goes through their servers, is compressed, then decompressed in-phone. Saves on data charges and if you're in a low-bandwidth area (meaning everywhere with ATT) it will function long after others quit.

Posted by: Scott | Nov 8, 2012 8:46:54 AM

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