I’m an old friend. I’ve been using FireFox as my primary browser for a long time. I even cope with the continued print discontinuities–the blog pages that I can’t print out from FireFox but have to go to IE for.
But there’s a problem. It’s a nuisance, but part of browser improvement should be to remove nuisances.
Namely, you seem to believe that I don’t ever actually intend to shut down FireFox unless I’m shutting down my computer.
See, I’m given to clicking on this red X up in the upper right corner of the browser window, when I don’t feel any need to be on the internet. (I know, I know: That’s heresy: “Don’t feel any need to be on the internet”)
And every so often–more frequently of late, you complain about that. You bring up a box saying that you’re sorry that FireFox terminated unexpectedly, and wonder whether I’d like to send a failure report.
It didn’t terminate unexpectedly. It terminated because I told it to.
Several times, I added a message to that effect and invited a response, and sent in the “failure” report.
Number of responses received: Zero.
Fixes made to the program so that it lets me shut it down through a generally-accepted method (or is the red X now a bad thing to use): Zero.
Big deal? Not really–but it slows me down just a little, as there’s this pointless dialog box, and if I’m shutting down the computer in an orderly manner, it’s an extra step.
You know, I hear IE8 will close what’s left of the gap between FireFox and IE; IE7 closed a fair amount of it…
A slightly irritated long-time user who’s talked up FireFox to others…but not lately.