365 Days of Real Estate & Tech - Day 14 -- Fire Fox & Plug-ins

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Dynasty

  Back in the early 1990s, Netscape made a big splash with it's Navigator web browser and users pay for the software. Microsoft came out with Internet Explorer and quickly gain market share by making IE free and having the program bundled with every installation of Windows. There were the browser war between IE and Netscape for a few years, but eventually IE won and had a marketshare of about 89% of all web users. It then seem that IE got complacent and became slow and have lots of bugs and security holes.

Fire Fox verus Internet Explorer

  Netscape had its code donated to Mosaic, which were the building base for Fire Fox, which had became a thorn on IE's side ever since. When Fire Fox first came out, users were wowwed by how fast FF was and the tabs which made it easier to organize their windows. IE now have tabs too.

  Fire Fox also allowed plug-ins which added additional functionalities to the browser which IE at that time didn't support. There are thousands of plug-ins available and many at the official Mozilla website at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox. A few of my plug-ins are Firebug, which let you see the html, javascript codes, loading time, and many aspect of each web page. Imacros, which lets you automate your web browsing tasks. I didn't add too many plug-ins in order to avoid issues or slowing down Fire Fox.

  If you have not tried Fire Fox, give it a few tries to see if it works better than your current browser. Their are other web browsers out there like Safari, Google Chrome, and Opera. What web browser do you use and why? What plug-ins do you like?


Comments (5)

Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I'm not techie enough to know what to do with the various plug-ins, but I definitely use Firefox as my browser.

I don't know about fast - I have Wild Blue satellite as my internet connection so nothing is very fast - but I love that Firefox doesn't give me the continually pop ups that I got with IE.

Dec 29, 2010 08:34 PM
Kathy Denworth
Century 21 Schwartz Realty - Islamorada, FL
Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo

Active Rain University will only work under FF, but I have a lot of BPO companies whose websites don't operate under FF. They simply do not load. I run both at the same time for different sites.

Dec 29, 2010 09:47 PM
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Song,

You continue to educate, inspire and amaze me!

I loved Netscape, and vowed never to leave it, but eventually I bought a new computer with IE already installed, and at a certain point, I never used netscape again. Always wondered what happened to them!



Dec 29, 2010 10:22 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I'm hooked with Google Chrome. . speed, speed , speed. .that is what I'm after.

Dec 29, 2010 11:31 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Song, a mention about Chrome, Opera, Safari would have completed the article - may be, the next one will have more information about other browsers.

Firefox is good - but at times, does have some issues - so I use Chrome.

Dec 30, 2010 12:09 AM