CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT THE AVAILABLE INTERNET BROWSERS

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1. BRIEF COMMENTS REGARDING THE ONGOING "COMPUTER REVOLUTION"

We live in a total "Computer Revolution" these days, and our life seems to be impossible without PCs/(digital technologies). Sure, we do hate them but, on the other hand, they are so much fun! Besides, just try to imagine our life without computers—more attractive you say?

Anyway, the astounding aspect is the fact that a handful of great IT companies are holding the entire Planet for ransom, for two decades by now. Our Civilization is completely gemmed; nothing works anymore, nothing makes sense, and everything goes down the drain, towards the wrong way. Even worse, our glorious and respectable Governments, plus some highly honorable institutions (as are IEC, IEEE, PE, ANSI, and very many WHATEVERS), instead of protecting us from being skinned alive by the mentioned rapacious IT companies scalpers, they simply play the "oblivious game"—again, for twenty years by now! It is perfectly clear to each citizen on our beautiful Planet that those dirty IT money reach very, very deep inside every nation, great or small.

WE DO NOT HAVE A STANDARD OPERATING SYSTEM! As a result, all the programs/applications/apps we are forced to buy will work for only a limited time, and then most of OUR WORK is prone to disappear, flushed down the drain by a few berserk IT individuals. Without a Standard OS we have NO FUTURE, people! All our work today is going to be rendered obsolete in just a few years from this time!

However, the problem is not Windows vs Linux and alike; it is OOP vs functions. OOP stands for "Object Oriented Programming"—"a trend" before the Windows XP era. Let's make it simple for you. Suppose you have an Internet port, and you intend to keep it closed: you can do that using an "OOP object", or using a very simple programming function. However, if you go for the "OOP object" solution, then you will never [read my lips please: NE-VER!] be 100% certain that your Internet port stays closed!

Before Windows XP (in 2002) there was a great War between the software developers as to continue using the old reliable simple functions, or to switch things to the new attractive "fully OOP environment". Well, the OOP party has won that conflagration, and our life turned towards the IT hell we live these days—naturally, not immediately; it took about 14 years to get here.

3D COORDINATESTake a brief look at the past Windows OSs. The revolutionary Windows 95 OS was only 250 MB in size, and it was doing everything that is achieved today using Windows 10 (of 25+ GB!), only 100 times faster, incomparably safer, and everything was way, way simpler. Naturally, Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista, and 7 have enhanced the quality of Windows 95, though not its ACTUAL FUNCTIONALITY. However, Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 are a disaster waiting to happen—in a few years, those humongous programs are going to cease functioning at all; they are going to collapse in and of themselves!

Windows 95, by the way, has a "core" written in C, using "C functions" and also "C macros" which are lightning fast and very reliable! A C function, or a C macro, is way simpler, far more reliable, and incomparably safer to use than any "Object" written in C++ (or in C# in the newer Windows versions) or in Java (as in Linux).

Yeah, after the great Windows XP stage, software developers simply refused to consider the old reliable KISS principle. At that time the OOP party has won the Developers War because they came up with an irrefutable argument: "reusability"! However, today—when everything is fully OOP and there is no turning back—there is no "reusability" anymore: we have to to "upgrade" things permanently, in order to keep them running [well now, this is "running" as they do it today].

You see, dear readers, it takes only two years to a software company (a medium sized one) to develop a new operating system from the ground up using C (and plenty of C macros), perfectly similar in functionality to Windows XP—and that is everything we need. Just TWO YEARS people, and not very much money (a few millions at most), TO GET A STANDARD OPERATING SYSTEM FOR THE ENTIRE PLANET! Even a small company could start this job . . . Well!

2. FOR THOSE VISITORS WHO STILL WORK WITH OLDER BROWSERS (ON OLD OSs)

For about one year by now (beginning in 2015) we have implemented a few advanced features in our website pages. Unfortunately, WE LIVE IN A SHAMELESS NON-STANDARD IT WORLD—some name it even "sub-standard"!—therefore the basic mandatory functionality works "complementary" for us, using a few "similar browsers", in order to see "the light of the day"!

The point to note is that at COROLLARY THEOREMS we work now with CSS2 & CSS3 protocols [this is "Cascading Style Sheets", a particular component of the HTML markup language]. As a result, about 10% of our visitors cannot see jack of our advanced CSS3 animations/transitions because they use old browsers (specifically IE9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2, though also old Google, Firefox, and Opera versions). Frankly, we treasure a lot all our visitors (and particularly those running on older OSs), therefore we would like that everybody sees our pages correctly.

Now, let's say that you have installed Internet Explorer 9/8/7/6 on your machine. In order to see COROLLARY THEOREMS pages correctly, you could install additional browser programs, as it is explained further down on this page.

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As a note, at COROLLARY THEOREMS we have installed MS Internet Explorer 9, 8, and 7 on our PCs. However, we also have Google 48, Firefox 43, Opera 29, and Safari 5 installed in parallel with IE 9/8/7, and things work just fine for us!
 

3. INSTALLING GOOGLE CHROME


It is important to have Google Chrome installed on your machine, because it is employed by most of the Internet users (about 60%). However, there are a few caveats to consider when working with Chrome. 
Chrome
1. There are no "past versions" in Chrome; you have to install whatever version Google offers to date. This is not very good because newer versions tend to be incompatible with the older OSs. Regardless, you do need to try.

2. The nastiest thing about Chrome is that it is way too intrusive. In fact it is so intrusive lately, that we gave up on using Google Chrome as our default browser; we prefer to use Firefox instead, although it is a bit less performing. [We also abandoned Google Search in favor of Bing. Unfortunately, Google Search is way too intrusive, and so annoyingly commercial.]

3. When installing Chrome take your time and do not rush. Read carefully each installation option you are offered, and refuse/reject any personal involvement. Also, do not allow Chrome to update automatically, and do not make it your default browser. In fact, it is best not to have a default browser program at all, so that you can work with 3 or 4 of them concomitantly.

If you make mistakes in your Chrome installation, do not hesitate to uninstall it and then install a new version again. After all, you have to have a Chrome browser version installed no matter what.

Now, aside from the few (personal) bitter remarks above, Chrome appears to be the most up to date browser. By the way, once your Chrome is installed on your computer and working, do not allow it to update/upgrade again! Use the Internet to discover ways to prevent Chrome from updating—it is bad Juju!


4. INSTALLING MOZILLA FIREFOX

Once we have on our computer IE6 (for example) and Chrome 45 working, nothing prevents us from also installing a Firefox 43 browser. Excepting the tedious IE, a browser program is about 40 MB in size, so there are no memory issues there.

Firefox
Mozilla W3C [World Wide Web Consortium] is the authority that regulates all the HTML and the HTML-like Internet programming languages. Consequently, their Firefox program offers a full browser functionality, up to date, though its graphic quality still needs to be improved (a lot).

However, Firefox is way easier to stop updating, and it is a lot less intrusive than Chrome or Opera; therefore, we use it as a default browser (without actually enabling it as the default browser).

Our advice to you is, download the latest Firefox version and use it without upgrading. However, in case you cannot install the latest Firefox version, they have an Archive where you can load an older version—well now, not a very old one; try version 35, for example.

           https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/

Again, our opinion is that you do have to have Firefox on your PC, in addition to IE and Chrome.

 

ATTENTION
After a certain period of time Firefox becomes unstable (the program refuses to work, it jams, or it will work defectively). The only way to restore Firefox back to the standard performance is to delete it, then install an older version (using the link above). Updating Firefox is not going to help.

[This stunning Firefox bug exists since Firefox was initially created, though inertia is enormous at Mozilla.]



5. INSTALLING OPERA

We do have to give the credit: of all the browsers presented on this page, Opera has the nicest, top quality, graphic drivers! Our Abstract Graphics pictures, and the mentioned CSS animations/transitions are best rendered by the Opera browser! Now, we would like to say that Opera is far better than Chrome and Firefox but . . .
opera browser
1. First of all, the latest version of Opera didn't install on our computer (running an older OS). That is so inadmissible for such a great software company . . . You have to respect all your clients, richer and poorer alike, dear Opera developers.

2. The good aspect is that Opera offers an Archive of older versions. Therefore, we picked one randomly (version 29), and we managed to install it on our PC—we recently changed it to version 32. Further, as mentioned, we were truly impressed by the quality of its graphics and animations drivers.

      http://www.opera.com/download/guide/?custom=yes

3. Attention, do not rush when installing Opera! Read carefully all the options offered, and be advised that it tries to become your default browser (do not allow that) and to upgrade automatically—watch out!

It is a wonder why Opera is so little used, because it is such a nice professional program! However, we also noticed that it permanently pushes us to upgrade it, which is not very nice. Our suggestion to the Opera developers is to be far more considerate towards the (ordinary) human factor—however, this is just us.


6. INSTALLING SAFARI

There is no way we could pamper ourselves to run on Apple PCs (therefore to also use Safari browsers). You see, we must remain within the same PC environment as the vast majority of our Internet visitors. In 2016, 80% of our visitors are still running on Windows PC machines (tablet PCs and mobile phones are, functionally, still in the toy category compared to PCs—and they continue being preserved as "toys" due to the hallucinating "mobile version" of the idiotic HTML5 protocol).

Consequently, we use an old version of Safari running on Windows in order to test our AG pictures. However, the mentioned version is not supported by Safari anymore, and it has some (serious) limitations—though it could be our older Windows OS. Occasionally however, we have tested our Abstract Graphics pictures on Apple PCs, and they look really great! So, there are no issues there.


7. WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE FAILS . . .

Just buy a cheap 200 USD tablet PC running the Android OS, and then use it for your general Internet searches. It works great!
 
 
 
 
 
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