Today finally came. Not without a lot of fanfare and trying moments. I spent most of the day on the road visiting job sites but couldn’t wait to get back to be part of the group to help break the world guiness book of records for downloading software in a 24 hour period.
Today it happened (and then some). The last count for downloads of Firefox 3 at 8:48 PDT is 3,011,739. This all started at 11:16am this morning and will continue until 11:16am tomorrow. The original goal was to break a million downloads. I’d say they had a pretty HUGE turnout.
And why shouldn’t they. Firefox 3 is one of the safest (if not the safest) web browsers out there. Other than me, no one microsoft tries to shove it down your throat. If you have any misgivings about downloading Firefox, put them aside. I had similar misgivings when I made the move from I.E to Firefox. Since I did it, I haven’t looked back. Firefox is actually fun to use with all of it’s browser add-ons you can install.
Some of my favorite addons include:
better gmail 2
I still have internet explorer installed although I use it very infrequently and only if the web page doesn’t support Firefox. There are still a few government hold-outs (clatsop county maps) that can’t seem to get their techies to implement firefox support. Their loss.
My first impressions of the new browsing experience with FF3 are VERY COOL. It is noticeably faster than version 2.0.
Once you have your download complete, make sure to visit Lifehacker to get the lowdown on how to make the most of your new toy. And if you choose not to download FF3, make sure to visit Lifehacker anyway as it is a good thing to do.