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  • Browsers and search engines


    Susan Bradley

    By Susan Bradley

    If you are as old as I am, you will remember the revolutionary changes the browser Netscape Navigator and search engine AltaVista brought to our desktops.

    In what now seems like an overnight event, all those research topics that used to require a trip to our local libraries became a mere dial-up call away, using our light-speed, 9600-baud modems. Okay, a little patience was required in those days, even once those ubiquitous modems reached the dizzying heights of 56K.

    At about the same time, we witnessed the start of what was to become a decades-long browser and search-engine war, during which we all have probably changed allegiances several times.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.44.0, 2023-10-30).

  • A few notes about the Brave browser

    I just started testing the Brave browser and I’m impressed.

    Built-in ad blocking. Tracker blocking (AskWoody still has some Twitter trackers, which I’m running down right now). Easy setup with the search engine of your choice. Chrome add-ons work. Much to like about this one.

    The ad block seems to work with all of the sites I visit normally. Ad blocking shouldn’t make any difference with AskWoody because we’re ad-free, but the ad-laden sites I’ve seen in the past couple of hours render correctly – and quickly.

    I’ll be setting up Brave Rewards shortly, so y’all can leave micro-tips, should you feel so inclined.

    Give it a shot and let me know what you think.