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Let's Talk About Browsers

The purpose of this page is to help you make a choice of browsers. Whatever you do, be certain your browser has the latest fixes and is set to the highest security levels.

We have taken the care to create an interoperable web site for your enjoyment but nonetheless, everyone has their personal preferences for a particular browser, including us. We have three. Of the many browsers available to you (Netscape, Explorer, Lynx, Mosaic, Opera, WebTV, AOL, HotJava and many obscure applications) we offer three choices to comprise your core browser technology, plus three ideas for some future experimentation.

Netscape:Download Mikey's Favourite Browser, Netscape, For FREE

Available for just about every platform under the sun, Netscape is superlative. Keeping in mind that many folks are still quite merrily surfing the net with early-day Pentium 166-233mhz machines and even 486s with small drives, we would like to talk about some of the less recent variants of Netscape. Among the numerous versions, we currently suggest ver. 4.51 for slower machines and 4.78 for everyone (even slower machines, but that have plenty of memory - 32MB +). Download Netscape 6.2-7.2 if you have a modern, fast computer. This (Gecko engined 6.2 to 7.2) is truly an excellent browser, but do not use Netscape 6.0 -- that version was a flop. The significant trend away from Netscape and the dismal rep that Netscape 6 earned has kept folks away from Netscape. Hence few have noticed as yet that the very latest Netscape Browser IS THE BEST BROWSER AVAILABLE for modern machines today ( 04/19/03 ). The latest version of Netscape offers well-presented features, some of which are not found in Explorer 6 SP1. It's handing of Java is excellent and it has begun to cope well with XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. Don't expect miracles. There's plenty of well-written DHTML (Dynamic) that the Netscape browser doesn't properly cope with. Most quirks with compliant HTML 4.01 and XHTML Ver. 1 have been eliminated.  

You should use the link below (Netscape) to get the latest version of Netscape Communicator or Navigator and its various other interesting components that include a WYSIWYG web page builder/composer, Winamp, an Email client and more. Realizing that someday the really fabulous variants of Netscape will not be easily available as they become superseded by later versions, we make two favourites available to you from our site. This link, cc32e451.exe (14.7MB), will get you the installation package for Netscape 4.51 and you may appreciate its relatively lightweight utility if you are running a seasoned machine. Netscape4.7cc32d47.exe (18.5MB) will install Netscape 4.77 which should still be available at the Netscape site so we therefore ask you to go there first.

HotJava:Hot Hava is a great compliment to Netscape or to Explorer, but it's features are limited as a lone browser on your computer.

Does it belong on the list? Sure does. While HotJava is in the realm of version 3 browsers, it is a delightful presentation as smooth as could be. It is almost entirely Java dependant but its installation package will help you install a Java Run Time Environment if yours is not up to snuff. (Once you have done that you are well equipped to handle most Java/JavaScript applications.) If you install this software, it will not be your primary browser but it would become an excellent adjunct to Netscape or Explorer. Put Netscape and HotJava on your machine with a few plugins and you can handle just about any kind of web presentation the WWW has to offer, and more, the best Java handling package.

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The winner of the browser wars in most circles, Microsoft Internet Explorer's latest version has excellent privacy and security features. The antithesis to this fact is that the company is doing some very controversial things with its 'snoopy' new .NET software that spies on your computer activities ( see and ) and its "Smart Tags" that attempt to hijack your attention from the visited site and redirect you to a Microsoft web site. What a paradox.

This piece of software has been fraught with security holes. Of course it is not the only one. It is the ideal target for most terrorists and other low-lifes because it is prolific. (Meaning that these psychopaths are able to disable a large portion of the entire internet by exploiting vulnerabilities in the most widely used applications.) The upshot of this is that the product is rapidly becoming as good as anyone could make it owing to the extreme challenges it faces.

We now only recommend the use of Internet Explorer 6 +. It is time to upgrade or retire from the internet those machines running older versions which can't be upgraded. Make absolutely certain that you have the latest service pack installed! If you don't, your computer could be toast if some of the latest vulnerability exploits find their way to your machine as a result of a visit to a bad site. (more information?)  Remember, all you have to do is click on a bad link and your computer is in trouble. On the weight of some very considerable improvements in the (XP and .NET) Version 6, we recommend MSIE 6, SP1 only with all of its security hot fixes. Microsoft has done a fine job of releasing fixes as soon as a problem becomes known. Stay on top of that by visiting "Windows Update" regularly.

NOTE: Unless you have a bullet-proof firewall and virus scanner/mail washer combination solution, don't use the Outlook Express email client that accompanies Internet Explorer. If you absolutely must, use Outlook Express 6 with all bug fixes up to date and nothing less than the Microsoft-recommended (High) security settings. The MS Office suite's "Outlook" email client (2000-SR-1 or 2002 +) with restrictive security settings and maximum security settings for macros is a superb choice for a safe email client. You must learn a little about making your configuration settings and be sure not to open attachments of any kind unless they were sent to you by an entirely competent and reliable source. If you are in an office environment, the standard best practise for most commercial networks is NO EMAIL ATTACHMENTS WHATSOEVER.  See your system administrator to find out what your company policy might be and what work-arounds exist for receiving MS Office attachments (Word .doc etc.).

Internet Explorer installation using the Microsoft Windows Installer on Windows platforms is as easy and simple as anyone could make it. You will also get a very useful package of adjuncts and the ability to select which ones you want. Among them are the superlative Windows Media Player and other plugins. When something runs seamlessly well on your computer it is a true delight. You really shouldn't be running a Microsoft Windows platform without having the latest functional Microsoft Internet Explorer Browser installed - you would be missing something. The excellent integration of the two is obviously without comparison but moreover, the browser is now a core technology to your MS operating system. Without the latest browser patches your entire computer is in a somewhat handicapped  state.

Browsers for Unix (Linux incl.)

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When a large group of professional people seem to have the same comments and experiences, it is well worth noting. In context, the only leading browser (that we like) with good functionality in both Win32 and Unix is Netscape. Go to their site and check it out for yourself.

If you are in the mood for testing things, try also:

  1. Lynx - (text browser)
  2. Opera
  3. K-Meleon -- Very interesting! This Browser uses the Gecko rendering engine by the Mozilla Group, based on MfcEmbed. Quite buggy at this time, (Version 0.4 Build 381) it has great potential.
    Additional information: K-Meleon - Browser for Win32
    Somewhat buggy at this time, (Version 0.4 Build 381) it has great potential. The current version (as at 04/19/03 ) is certainly good enough to use as a primary browser on your machine. The key feature boasted by the authors for this browser is its overall lightweight modus. That is somewhat questionable in every respect (its processes run in a sizeable chunk of memory space) save the fact that it is not bloated by accoutrements such as those harnessed to Netscape and Explorer. It certainly is a fast performer, on a par with ie5.5 and Netscape 4.77 and does not require much disk space (7.6MB) to add it to your system. It utilizes Microsoft Explorer's bookmarks stash right out of your personal profile directory (or default favourites depending on the operating system) although check the accuracy of the import after you are done as the installer chokes on long file names and begins to misalign title with URIs. This is an interesting cross between Netscape and Explorer with an Explorer look and a Netscape performance style. Not a "skin", it is K-Meleon and a thing of a kind. Some of the bugs include awkward positioning and sizing of some screen elements and a fractured compliance interpreting International Standard ISO 8879 -- Standard Generalized Mark-up Language [ISO8879]. Overall, it is one of the best newcomers for MS Windows, as yet, and it's still in the early beta release phase. Keep checking for updates.

Free from Netscape : Download Mikey's Favourite Browser, Netscape, For FREE

Free from Sun MicrosystemsHot Hava is a great compliment to Netscape or to Explorer, but it's features are limited as a lone browser on your computer. HOT JAVA TM BROWSER 3.0

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A word about security.

Microsoft and its software has come under considerable fire lately; some fair comment, some not so fair. The attacks are not just coming from corporations concerned that Microsoft may have monopolized certain markets --a matter for fair tribunals to decide-- but from the same kind of people who conduct terrorist attacks against America. Take this seriously.

Not so much picking on this IT giant, but shutting down electronic communications in North America is the goal of a certain group of evil 'dark-side' hackers. Being the predominant supplier of core enterprise and home systems, Microsoft technology is under attack. That's how an attacker would kill the internet for everyone, particularly the western world, by killing the software core of the "End User" group. (See intruders.)

How serious? Some of the malicious code now circulating in cyberspace will enter your computer simply because you clicked a link.

This type of malicious code ("script/virus/worm/code programme") exploits vulnerabilities in various processes and forces your browser or email client or operating system to accept a packet of code data which is stored on your hard drive and then launched into action.

Concern about this problem should be a significant guiding factor. Of the imaging browsers (as opposed to text only) Netscape 4.7(7/8), Internet Explorer 5.0 with Service Pack 2, and Internet Explorer 6 (superlative) provide the very best protection ever available. MSIE 6 will be a noteworthy trendsetter.

MIME-Types exploits. These so-called vulnerabilities are not really a browser fault when you consider that users demand ease of operation and numerous automated processes. For example, multimedia. Your browser has been instructed by the default configuration, or settings you have made, to accept music or video data in their various forms. That's what you want the internet for, right? All the cool 'stuff'.

In the event there are hundreds of interactive transactional data processes. Your browser must accept certain files which are essentially invisible to you. That's a vulnerability. A malicious code writer can create programmed exploits of this vulnerability and can both damage your computer as well as exploit your computing system asset, pretending to be you, and attack other computer -- attacking hundreds of thousands of them as the chain grows.

Protection from this type of terrorism, just like any kind, is a balance of precaution versus functionality. Be wary where you go without protection. Always check first for the latest updates to your installed browser before surfing. Microsoft, for example, counters every vulnerability exploit with an immediate fix, if one hasn't existed already. Click "Windows Update" in your MSIE browser menu and take the time to keep your machine safe from browser and email client malicious exploits. There are other steps you can take, like installing a firewall and more, but the topic of this page is browsers.

When you next use your browser, first check the security settings and try increasing the security of your machine when it connects to the internet. Read the help tutorials to get you through the security features in the "Internet Options" ("preferences") section of your browser configuration.

The upshot of all this is to say that, like never before, you as an internet user have a large responsibility for the security of the whole.

Further Information?

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The following Browser information and download links are provided by is a world community for web developers, promoting the mutual free exchange of ideas, skills and experiences. What "evolt" means: "evolt" combines the best elements of evolution, revolution, with a bit of voltage thrown in for good measure. "evolt" embodies our goals and enthusiasm

Science Traveller International

Air Mosaic Demo

AllWorld Explorer
G.O. International Air Service



Advanced Multimedia System Design

Change 7


Ben Bucksch

Center for Applied Special Technology

Bohemian Net Browser


1st Choice Software

Alexander Clauss

Thomas Bruce

Mundial Avenue

KCS & Associates

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Custom Browser

Apple Computer, inc.

BlackSun Interactive

Cyber Passage


University of Kansas


William M. Perry


Yellow Tree Services

Jean van Waterschoot

Mikey LeBeau

Corporation for National Research Initiatives

GrassHopper MDI Explorer
Santrim Software

Smartcode Software

HexaBit Junior

Home Page Reader

Sun Microsystems

Talent Communications

I-O-D-4 - The Web Stalker

EnReach Technology

Omnipresence International

Alexander Clauss & iCab Company

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

Internet Plus
Dean Software Design

Internet WorkHorse

KidNet Explorer
Resource Communications

KidSafe Explorer
Arlington Technology

LIS Web Browser
Lahman Internet Services

Distributed Computing Group

Olivier Gutknecht

TradeWave (EINet)

MacWWW (Samba)


Microviet First Explorer

University of Minnesota

National Center for Supercomputing Applications




The Mozilla Organization

Multilingual Mosaic
Accent Software

MultiWeb Viewer


Netscape Communications Corporation






WebData Communications

Net M@anager
Virtual Innovations

Maciej Wisniewski

Be, Inc.



NetShift Software

Nuthin' But Net
PAKSoft Productions

Off By One
Home Page Software


Opera Software


ProStream Browser
PS Group

pwWebSpeak Plus
The Productivity Works

Appian Interactive


Santa's Browser
Branded Browser Technologies

Seaglass Software

ProVisio GmbH


Softerm Plus

SuperHighway Browser
Frontier Technologies

Surfin' Annette


Talking Browser

Talva Document Explorer

Tango Multilingual
Alis Technologies

The Other Browser-Emailer

Bernd Richter

Video On Line Browser
Video On Line


David T. Pierson

Web-O-Matic Digital Browser
Circle Group Internet, Inc.

Web SurfACE

Grover Industries



Software Savvy


WebTV Viewer
WebTV Networks

South Pacific Information Services

Blue Squirrel

Wildcat Navigator
Harmony International

TradeWave (EINet)

WorldWideWeb (Nexus)
Tim Berners-Lee
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