Ok: So one of my favorite compliments to this blog was from Logan. I didn’t know that he didn’t know that there were things called feed readers out there that would allow you watch other people’s blogs. After all there’s like 29,100,000 resuls for blog reader on google. I figured that he would have just googled it.
Well, let’s talk about web browsers. My experience this morning with myspace was less than positive. I was able to fix the problem. Two things allowed me to do so. First, I knew that there was a solution, and second I’m using software that empowers the solution.
Thanks to google analytics I can see that most of my blog visitors are using windows:
And most are using Firefox:
That’s great! For those 5 of you who are using Safari and the 88 folks using Internet Explorer this blog post is for you.
I’m the guy that likes to take a computer out of the box and performs a series of tweaks to get it working efficiently for whatever the user wants to do with it. Apple likes their computers to do a number of tasks “out of the box.” That’s one reason why the software is integrated so well. It’s part of the company’s mentality.
Microsoft has tried to keep up, but the biggest advantage to windows is it’s miracle. It’s a miracle that you can proprietarily run on operating system on so many diverse types of comptuers. The other advantage to windows is the wide distribution of the software. It’s popularity increases it’s functionality.
Each operating system comes with a browser. A browser is what you use to view web pages. The internet before browsers was really a rather sad affair–but we wont talk about that now. Apple comes with a browser called “Safari,” and Windows has “Internet Explorer.” Internet Explorer has a history of being unsecure, exploitive, and unresponsive to user demands. Safari has fared better in the contests over time.
The current versions of both browsers use something called “tabbed browsing.” They each address the security issues a lot quicker than they used to. In fact some of the issues are addressed proactively.
Why is there a fight over the browsers? Well, there’s money to be made in browsers. Safari has a little box in the upper right hand corner that allows you to search google. Apple gets an estimated $25 million a year for all the times people just decide to ‘look for something.’
Microsoft launced their own search service in 2005. Instead of searching google you search Microsoft’s version of the internet. Most users wont notice the difference. Popular sites are annotated in each search feature. Watch out though. If you launched a website this week, it may take up to 6 weeks before it appears on Windows Live (Blumen Barrettes doesn’t exist there yet). There’s other differences, but the internet is not the same depending on who’s search you’re using. Microsoft gleans the revenue from Windows Live outright.
Did you notice something? Let’s Q&A:
- Who’s got the most popular Operating System?
- What’s the way they search?
- Windows Live.
- Who makes money off of it?
- Is their search as powerful as others?
- Can you change it?
- Yes, but it takes several steps–not fun.
Remember those adds I was miffed about on my previous post? Microsoft and Apple would have those stay there. Why? Because they have a vested interest in me clicking on ads. When I search using their box I see ads. If I click on those ads, they get money. If I can’t see those ads, I can’t click and they don’t get any money.
The alternative browsers are less glitchy than they used to be. If you’re going simple download firefox. (My parents generation: I’m talking to you.) Firefox is stable, popular, secure, and customizable.
The default search engine is google. But Firefox doesn’t want the money. Download Adblock Plus and get rid of the ads. No one will be mad at you.
There’s other browsers out there as well, but even Chrissy doesn’t read my blogs when they’re this long–so I better stop my rant.
I’m not anti-Microsoft. They have bills to pay as well. They do a great job. I just think that innovation has a foothold in the future of how we do computers. Stop thinking in Microsoft labels and it’s amazing what’s out there. My dad’s started to discover that from his Mac. At some point I hope to get them (and others) thinking beyond the Mac and Microsoft and Google label for things. There’s things in the cauldron bubbling away. Eventually dinner will be served. Firefox is an appetizer. 🙂