Thursday, December 14, 2017

A sad goodbye (for now) to Firefox

For the first Time since the release of Red Hat 8.0 in 20021, a Mozilla release is not my default browser. It's not that I am crazy about Google Chrome but it is significantly faster over Fedora 27 and a number of pages that do not open in Firefox do open flawlessly in Chrome. The same is true if I deactivate all of my extensions. I am sure that there are folks with different experiences.

The folks at Mozilla have also been intent on imposing certain policies. The most recent release of Firefox disabled a number of extensions I relied upon. Those should have been retained as “legacy” add-ons. This created considerable inconvenience.

At this point Google pretty much owns me. I allow them to track my physical movements via cell phone. They invite me to take pictures of stores that I visit. Google hosts my blog and provides me with vanity email. Google has the back-up of my devices. Allowing them to track my web activity (porn and all) causes me no concern. I have also stopped obsessing over cookies. It is pointless.

I searched for some sous-vide recipes and now I get ads for sous-vide devices (too late, I already made my purchase). I have just come to the conclusion that there is no reason for paranoia. I could control all of it but why bother? Gmail has been virtually spam free. It's obvious that Google is not selling my email addresses (and I have many).
1 Earlier in 2002 year Red Hat 7.x included the Netscape browser.

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