Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Microsoft Surrenders, EU Accepts

So now you'll have your choice of browser in Windows 7--if you live in Europe. Of course you always did have your choice of browser, but you didn't necessarily know you had a choice.

Political theorists may want to chew over the paradox of users being forced to exercise their freedom by the nanny (super)state. As an old techie, however, I want to register a complaint. For years, my first move in acquiring a new computer was to download Firefox. But the latest version of Firefox has a massive memory leak: I have to shut it down every few days as it slowly gobbles up all of my computer's memory. Has anyone told the EU? It's so annoying, I may even revert to IE or capitulate to one of the other empires (really, I ask you, is the greater good served by paying obeisance to Google or Apple rather than Microsoft? Opera and Konqueror users, please remain silent.) The anarchists among us will no doubt recommend Lynx. But seriously, this is the problem with the EU: it fights wars that aren't worth winning.

8 comments:

kirkmc said...

"every few days"? And that's a problem?

I could, of course, just say, "get a Mac..." but I won't. :-)

Arthur Goldhammer said...

It's a problem when you leave your computer running all the time, as I do, with various services running in the background. As for Macs, my son's headaches with the breed have persuaded me that there is no utopia there.

kirkmc said...

I know this is off-topic, but why do you leave your computer running all the time? Even at night? When you're not home? Unless you're running it as a server, I don't see the need. And you waste electriticy too.

Arthur Goldhammer said...

As I said, it's a server.

MYOS said...

Safari's good, though.
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Frogsmoker said...

Get Google Chrome!

yabonn_fr said...

But... but... but... Opera _is_ a better browser!

Arthur Goldhammer said...

I've used them all: Safari, Opera,Chrome, etc. etc. There are certain Firefox add-ons on which I've become dependent that don't work with the others. That's my reason for sticking.