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Thu 11 Dec 2003

No! You haven't heard of tabbed browsing?!

Category : mac and the internet

Tabbed browsing has been all the rage amongst mainstream mac users since Safari was launched as part of OS X 10.2 or Jaguar in January 2003.

But for a long time, tabbed browsing remained the secret of techhy-users only. My discovery only began after I read a MacWorld review that had Internet Explorer come out tops. I posted this to mean and began a discussion. One chap succinctly said, "Chimera for me. Speed and tabbed browsing." It was then version 0.5, I think. Now version 0.7 and known as Camino, all this was powered by the Mozilla project, which rose out of the ashes of Netscape.

But there was more - Chimera blocked pop up ads and introduced tabbed bookmarks - with just one click, all your favourite morning coffee bookmarks download in separate tabs in just ONE window! So in November 2002, Chimera became the new browser of choice for many of us!

A year later, and I realise that many PC using friends are still struggling with IE and multiple windows. Sigh! Mozilla has versions for all major platforms and PC users should try out Firebird 0.7 (browser) and Thunderbird 0.4 (email client). I've installed both on my office PC for the rare times I use it.

Not convinced? Read 101 things that the Mozilla browser can do that IE cannot.

It's amazing how long mainstream users like myself can remain clueless about faster and more effective software alternatives. A mailing list like me@n and the International Mac Meetup Day are thus invaluable - life gets so much easier, on a mac and even on a pc!

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