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Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: How Many Web Browsers Are Enough? All of Them!

The Internet can be a tricky place and not all websites are designed equally. With the coming of HTML5 it will only become, shall we say, more challenging. Even in today’s simple world, not every website displays the same in every web browser and not every feature of every website will display; Flash®, video, animations, etc. may work in one browser and not work in another.

Internet Explorer® is the most widely used browser in the good ole USofA but it’s not perfect. No browser is. I don’t care if you’re on IE6, 7, 8 or 9 – some websites just won’t work. You can bring your Flash player, plug-ins and add-ons fully up-to-date and guess what? Some websites still just won’t work.

So what’s a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant to do when her prized podcast, video or PDF file won’t open? Keep multiple web browsers installed on your computer! On my PC I’ve installed Apple Safari®, Google® Chrome®, Firefox® and Microsoft IE8 browsers. When I run into trouble on a website in one, I can open up an alternate browser and view the site and its videos, graphics, etc. the way the designer intended.

So, my CLNC® amigos – pick one or more of the following and install them today.

Apple Safari Download

Google Chrome Download

Firefox Download

Internet Explorer 8 or 9 (Windows 7 only)

Opera Download

I love Firefox but for security and safety recommend Chrome – it’s the safest, as each open tab runs in a “sandbox” for security and it seems to be the most versatile. I haven’t tried Opera yet but have heard great things. I leave it up to you to decide which one works best for you and your legal nurse consulting business. Also remember to install the updates when prompted by the browser to ensure you’re always running the latest and greatest.

Keep on techin’,

Tom

P.S. Comment and share your choice in web browsers and why!

One thought on “Tom’s Tuesday Tech Tip: How Many Web Browsers Are Enough? All of Them!

  1. Tom,

    I remember the first introduction of SVGA screens and their resolution compared to VGA was unmistakable. Talk about a great leaps forward.

    While you’re correct in re: the operation of various browsers to adequately display content, not everyone uses a PC. Obviously, an Apple product has far greater resolution, and clarity using any browser due to the hardware. Most PC based displays have moved away from the raster scanned CRT to LCD or LED hardware.

    Your argument in re: HTML 5 is spot on, but unless someone is using their computer for graphic arts purposes or gaming, does it matter? This is one area in which Microsoft’s “Good Enough Software” makes sense; if a computer can display well enough for the general user population, it’s good enough to ship.

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