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Old 09-11-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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Question internet browser hysteria?

As with the thread about social networks, please bear with me: I was born during the commie times in Eastern Europe, I had no economy/business class at high school (and when I got to the university we had such "useful" classes such as philosophy), so apparently I'm not ready for the modern world...
...or maybe it's because I think independently?


Last spring a media campaign promoting IE9 started in my country, I saw the TV spot (again) yesterday. This only reminded me old questions I never got answers to.

1. Why all this craze about Internet browsers, monopoly et all?
Nobody noticed that Windows also came with pre-installed simple text editor (Write/Wordpad) and that's monopolistic move as well? I don't recall any legal battle about that? How about media player, firewall etc. - there are stand-alone paid products for these functions offered by other companies, why no anti-Microsoft-monopoly shows regarding these?

2. Why invest zillions of $ in advertising a supplementary application for your OS that's available for free? Which competes with other browsers, also available for free, like Firefox? Today even Opera has free full version, none of these display, say, ads to generate revenue... so where's the money? Who gets more $ if Firefox takes over the IE - or vice versa?

Even before I tried to learn webdesign I hated the fact that we have so many browsers, so many standards...
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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And yet, any form of competition is infinitely preferable to monopoly. Look at what happened after Netscape died ... IE stagnated for ages. Not that I'm entirely happy with the way that Firefox is being run currently, and chrome leaves a lot to be desired, but drag me back to IE? Nevar ^^
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Of course you probably never used IE since Netscape times, arete.
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Old 09-11-2011, 05:50 PM   #4
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Guys, I don't want this thread to become another "X browser is better than Y" or "IE suxx" flame war. And I didn't even say that one browser would be the best solution.

Simply answer me why I don't see spots like "use Holy Microsoft Media Player, VLC player is leftist and gay" things, but the whole thing revolves around Internet browsers?
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Simply answer me ....
You see, there is no simple answer, it's complicated, it's even damn complicated.

However in answer to your first post:
http://www.technobuffalo.com/interne...on-make-money/
Even if the article doesn't cover everything, it's a good reading.

Nowadays things got even more euuuuurhhh .... complicated, yep.
Ties and strings all around, think handhelds with internet, tablets, several OSses using .... aaaarrrggghhhh....

...... yep, it's damn complicated.
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:23 PM   #6
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You see, there is no simple answer, it's complicated,

http://www.technobuffalo.com/interne...on-make-money/
If the answer was simple, I wouldn't be wasting your time on my question.

That was an interesting read, even if it only touched the tip of the iceberg.

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Ever heard of the Windows N editions?
Never did, thank you. So it turns out someone did get the idea "if we managed to sue them about internet browser, then why don't we...".

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You're questioning really basic things that everybody accepts as granted, which is good IMO
I used to consider independent thinking as a virtue, but not anymore. It's a social handicap. People like being dumb sheep, anyone who breaks from the crowd - by not blindly following fads or swallowing all the bullsh*t spit out by the media - gets quickly ostracized.
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Another example how they make money by annoying us:
http://www.google.com/ads/

I'ts a link to google, but they ALL do it.

....even here on AB, in case you hadn't noticed the ads ....
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:45 PM   #8
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Is that not sarcasm, ser?
It is either 1) not sarcasm or 2) sarcasm in retaliation to Japo sarcasm.

Why would that be wrong for me and not for others?

Oh, I forgot. You guys don't like me. I did relinquish my modship only so I could actually say things like this without having the whole site blaming me for "arguing with staffers"...
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I'll have you know I don't dislike you, you smoky buzzard :wub: X3
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You probably mean in FF 4. I never even heard of this before and it certainly never happened to me. In fact I'm even surprised to hear about it... O_o
I don't know since which version the Crash Reporter is implemented, but before, the crashes were there as well, just without the Crash Reporter.


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Actually, old IE (IE6, I think) that shipped with Windows installation don't like newest Flash, and often crashed on page with it.
I used IE only till IE5, I think.
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