April 06, 2014

A Bother

So, the day revolved around trying alternatives to Firefox...I have tentatively settled on Epic, which is basically Chrome without the Google. It's extreme privacy philosophy adds some annoying quirks (like a lack of spewllchek) but it is otherwise very nice and as a happy coincidence, the dashboard at Mee.nu is slightly more functional with it (I assume that holds true for Chrome, though I've never blogged with Chrome). All in all it's nice and the privacy features, imperfect as they likely are, have a special appeal now.

For background on why I was motivated to go through this bother, there are some thoughtful disquisitions over at The AnchoressGay PatriotAndrew Sulivan(!), someone named Yitz Jordan that everyone is linking to, Instapundit, and in an interview with Tammy Bruce.
UPDATE: Professor Jacobson makes an important point about thisRichard Fernandez brings together why this one firing is but a thread in a darker and more troubling tapestry than it might at first appear and Neo explains why Mozilla does not grok that.
While appalled, I had not initially intended to dump Firefox, indeed when the notion first came up I thought it silly. To do so is a rather impotent gesture and giving up an admittedly  splendid browser is a contender for the most comically gimp, first-world example of self flagellation there can be. Furthermore, I detest the hyperpolitization of everything and I loathe the purity police of any political stripe even more. 

However, those despicable trends of modern life are at the core of the Firefox scandal where they are intertwined with the moral cowardice that facilitates them. 
Further Update:
I think one of the things that has gotten such a wide spectrum of people spun up was Mozilla's spectacularly Orwellian statement on the matter

An excerpt:

Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all. 

Well...as long as "all" encompases only those whose views are are determined by Mozilla to be double plus good. 


Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 02:26 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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Yeah, that's about where I am on this, too.

I've been using IE over this weekend, but thanks to your heads-up, I'll give Epic a spin.

Posted by: Clayton Barnett at Sun Apr 6 10:31:30 2014 (b4Q61)

2 Been trying to work with Avant, but it feels clunky, like clicking a button or hitting the Enter key results in levers being thrown and gears clanking.

Posted by: Ben at Sun Apr 6 15:01:39 2014 (Oftf2)

3  With Epic, the lack of spellcheck and password amnesia are annoying but I've probably grown too dependent on spellcheck and autofill anyway.  
I did note one minor Mee.Nu issue with Epic, the recently instituted "drag with cursor to embugulate/debigulate image widget" does not work in Epic (or Safari).  One has to use the file operations menue in the images directory, which will break animated .gifs. 
Note for those with PCs, this awesome gift from Pixy works fine in IE, which I have on my netbook.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Apr 6 15:35:32 2014 (DnAJl)

4 Just in case you're looking for another option, I took Vox Day's advice on this and switched to Pale Moon.  Works beautifully and the transfer was seemless, as Pale Moon is basically Firefox without the Mozilla.  It's about the most painless switch I can imagine.

Posted by: Tom at Sun Apr 6 22:30:11 2014 (bdCln)

5 My desktop is Linux and I insist on actual open source, so Pale Moon may not be an option. I was going to look into Midori. Maybe dab in its development as well.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Mon Apr 7 10:01:36 2014 (RqRa5)

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