Web browsers are the worst software on my computer and somehow we've decided they should be the only software

Who knew this would attract techie takes.

Is it not a truth, universally acknowledged that a person with a computer must be in want of a browser?

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A web browser is an ftp client with pretensions. Change my mind.

I've always secretly wanted to be a public intellectual, so it's bringing me great joy that so many care about my opinions about web browsers.

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To be fair, the worst software on my computer is Microsoft Teams, but web browsers still frequently causes system crashes, probably due to memory leaks.

If I open a facebook tab, I know that a reboot will follow within a few hours at most. I put up barriers, trying to disable tracking and protect my privacy and it struggles to get around them. Maybe it's not the fault of firefox that the web is broken - that the entire model is predatory capitalism, that I'm turned into a product for corporations and the far right populism that they enable and encourage as they struggle to impose techno feudalism upon us.

Is this the fault of browsers? Yes and no. If facebook was a standalone app, it would be obviously malware. But it's in a browser, which tries to everything competently and does virtually nothing well. It gets access to far more information that it should.

I had always assumed the fediverse was in broad agreement on this, but now I'm not so sure. There are ways in which this platform is part of the problem. Mastodon is inoperable in lynx.

We've built tremendous amount of infrastructure we rely on upon a broken foundation. We live in cities made of balsawood.

And people ~love~ this. They will argue until they turn blue that this is the way things should be. Privacy is for losers. Everything ~should~ be in browsers. Apps that do a few things well are bad.

And I say: What the fuck dude

What even is this thread

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@celesteh Retooting because fuck Teams and fuck Failbook.

@MahuTherapist I hate teams. I hate zoom. I like JitsiMeet, but I hate Chrome.

.... I used to like computers..... but what have they become?

@celesteh They became what's best for the business, for the corporation.

Agreed with the Chrome statement, I use chromium based browsers, admittedly not much better when one said one is Brave Browser, but its the attempt at trying something different.

Zoom is trash that must burn, and I will be happy when my office destroys it.


I use firefox for most web apps and vivaldi for ones that need chrome like webrtc or (lolsob) mozilla hubs.

.... Mozilla hubs is actually a good idea but jesus, it should have it's own client.

@celesteh Vivaldi is one I use for my day job's stuff.

I am a bit, over-organized in my approach lol. I have four chromium browsers I use, each for different things, being my two jobs, then my personal stuff, and then a last one for social media (Mastodon, Diaspora, Plume, and Discord)

@MahuTherapist haha. I use Vivaldi for work and then worry I am setting a bad example for students, but I don't want whatever dodgy rubbish is happening with my Firefox creating moral hazards or whatever.

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