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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:50 am    Post subject: Two interesting Browsers to try out. Reply with quote

Guys,

While Safari is my mainstay with both Macs & PC's, I also like giving other browsers a spin.

Other than Safari, most of us use Firefox or Explorer etc when using PC's.

Well, to add more spice to our PC diets, I thought I'd like to share two interesting Browsers.

One is fully fledged with a massive following in China.

It's loosely based on Firefox, but in my opinion is actually better.

There are tons of plugins like a Picasa plugin and skins galore.

It is called Maxthon

You can get it here.

http://www.maxthon.com/

This will give you an overview of its features.

http://www.maxthon.com/overview.htm

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In the other corner, is a very tiny browser called "Browzar".

What is really interesting about this browser, is that it doesn't install anything onto your drive.

Its so small, that it works out of Ram. The whole thing generates pages in a blink of an eye because it is only a couple of hundred K in size.

You can get it here.

http://www.browzar.com/index.html

While its features can be seen here.

http://www.browzar.com/keyfeatures/index.html

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In both cases, they are only available for Windows machines.

They work perfectly with Windows 7, Vista, XP & Windows 2000

There is talk about them being adapted for OS-X in which case, I will be looking forward to trying them out.


Security issues.

The ONE key feature they have in common, is that they have a very high regard for privacy issues, with both deleting any fingerprint of your web travels.

Give them a play and tell me what you think.

I know for my part, they are most likely to become part of my way of exploring the net.

Cheers

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Errmmm

A little feed back (bump)....?

Has anyone downloaded & tried these browsers yet ?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Browzer is very interesting. I am entering this reply using Browzer instead of IE. It is very fast and uncluttered. But I think it lost all my "new posts" settings on 123Macmin. Will have to investigate that. It might be TOO private! But it didn't affect my IE favorites, thankfully.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update:

I got the blue screen of death on exit while Browzer was "cleaning up". I think attempting to overwrite files without the use of the file system may be dangerous and unstable. They may need to debug that a little more or stop trying to be quite so annal about the file removal process.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next time I fire up the peecee I'll have to check those two out.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MacDSmith2 wrote:
Update:

I got the blue screen of death on exit while Browzer was "cleaning up". I think attempting to overwrite files without the use of the file system may be dangerous and unstable. They may need to debug that a little more or stop trying to be quite so annal about the file removal process.


That's odd.

What version of Windows are you using ?

I am using Browzar with Windows 7 RC ; Build 7100.

It is stable & bug free for me.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ran it on Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3. I actually really like that it is clean and snappy. But I'm nervous about the clean up methodology they are using in regards to the file system.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MacDSmith2 wrote:
I ran it on Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3. I actually really like that it is clean and snappy. But I'm nervous about the clean up methodology they are using in regards to the file system.


It shouldn't be a problem.

From what I understand, it runs in Ram. Nor should it alter anything in your file system.

What is does delete its own temporary index .dat files.

Nothing else is touched.

This is explained in their notes.

"Index.dat cleanup

Index.dat files usually store information about the web addresses and cookies of the sites you visit using Internet Explorer. In previous versions of Browzar, we did not delete such information. However, as a direct response to valuable user feedback, Browzar now cleans up and leaves no trace of website addresses or cookies visited whilst using Browzar.

Technical notes

The index.dat cleanup process works by reading the index.dat files and overwriting any entries relating to the Browzar session with the 0x0BADF00D byte sequence. This byte sequence is used as standard by MicrosoftTM WindowsTM to overwrite deleted entries in index.dat files.

Of course, there will still be the records of sites you have visited before using Internet Explorer. So if you visit a with Browzar that you visited previously with IE, the original IE record is not deleted. If you are using index.dat reader software to check the efficency of Browzar, please check the date stamp on any records rather than just the URL
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http://www.browzar.com/keyfeatures/index.html#index

I''ve run it on XP-Pro-SP3 OEM as well as Windows 2000, plus MicroXP which is a derivative of XP-Pro with SP3 loaded.

Had no problems with any of them.

Are you sure you ran the latest version of it ?

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As regard the BSOD..

Maybe you might also need to run a registry check ?

http://www.ccleaner.com/

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