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Ok, I have been testing going back and forth between FF and IE using testmy.net and here are the results:

Mean Averages:

FF: 560.3 Kbps

IE: 895.3 Kbps

Both browsers have the exact same tweaks.

Not sure why the first test was so opposite the rest, I suppose it threw off the averages as well. Also noteworthy: Although I used the "Medium" file for most tests,  you'll notice in Test 8 and 9, I used the "Largest" file setting. This yielded some of the best times for IE and some of the worst for FF. I then returned to Medium for Test 10 and the FF time DID go up, which seems to confirm that the larger the file is, the worse FF does.  :cry:

After getting hooked on FF while on dialup, it looks like it might be back to IE for me.

Although, I don't seem to notice a drastic difference in browsing speed using both of them to visit the same sites. They both seem to load different sites faster. Can anyone confirm that IE actually SURFS faster for them?

BTW, I am using XP WITHOUT SP2, but IE has all the other updates installed.

Please post your thoughts. (Anyone ever tried any of those tabbed browsing add-ons for IE???)  ;)

RESULTS:

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 759 Kbps about 0.8 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 93 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 14 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 11.01 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=OEFHCXVKM

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 575 Kbps about 0.6 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 70 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 10 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 14.63 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=N5OZ3VWBG

---2nd test:

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 557 Kbps about 0.6 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 68 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 10 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 15.06 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=1HK6YT39U

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 912 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 111 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 16 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 9.23 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=DZ1XKFOW0

3rd test---

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 576 Kbps about 0.6 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 70 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 10 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 14.63 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=OMERU6AYI

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 906 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 111 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 16 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 9.23 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=I5ND0L6UT

4th test---

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 568 Kbps about 0.6 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 69 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 10 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 14.84 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=TZFC230PB

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 926 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 113 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 17 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 9.06 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=P6VZN19UI

5th test--

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 536 Kbps about 0.5 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 65 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 10 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 15.75 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=N36TE1OZC

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 917 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 112 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 16 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 9.14 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=G7U1K4IL2

6th test---

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 595 Kbps about 0.6 Mbps (tested with 386 KB)

Download Speed is:: 73 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 11 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 14.03 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=R4OG9VFDE

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 947 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 748 KB)

Download Speed is:: 116 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 17 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 8.83 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=CZ0TQVJF2

7th test---

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 504 Kbps about 0.5 Mbps (tested with 1496 KB)

Download Speed is:: 62 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 9 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 16.52 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=NQ4GMH7BC

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 916 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 1496 KB)

Download Speed is:: 112 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 16 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 9.14 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=S0ZI8ABFO

8th test--- (Largest)

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 462 Kbps about 0.5 Mbps (tested with 2992 KB)

Download Speed is:: 56 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 8 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 18.29 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=A2X38LT7K

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 957 Kbps about 1 Mbps (tested with 2992 KB)

Download Speed is:: 117 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 17 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 8.75 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=94M732ZCW

9th test---(Largest)

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 482 Kbps about 0.5 Mbps (tested with 2992 KB)

Download Speed is:: 59 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 9 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 17.36 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=68QFOCT5Y

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 945 Kbps about 0.9 Mbps (tested with 2992 KB)

Download Speed is:: 115 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 17 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 8.9 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=O6H7CRYST

10th test---(Back to medium)

FF:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 564 Kbps about 0.6 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 69 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 10 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 14.84 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=WLIDFGT8R

IE:

:::.. Download Stats ..:::

Connection is:: 952 Kbps about 1 Mbps (tested with 579 KB)

Download Speed is:: 116 KB/s

Tested From:: http://www.testmy.net/

Bottom Line:: 17 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 8.83 second(s)

Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/get.cgi?Test_ID=41NLF2V39

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I've tried them all Lance.  I even have that IE SECURE Browser that was out early last year.  It is all "tabbed", but it is also full of hole like the over-rated light-weights in use right now.  Let me say that it is far easier for a hacker to get into a browser with FAR less software in the way than it is to access a fully updated SP2 version of IE6, complete with firewalls (not the SP2 firewall but it is better than nothing), AV ....everything.

I have left my machine online and "by appearance" wide-open.  When using Fox I would be attacked immediately.  Using IE6 I might sit in wait for as long as two hours before receiving a Port Scan or the like.

So, once again...if you are using DirecWay and want speed and security, use IE6.  I am not trying to influence anyone because I believe in freedom for all of course.  I just hate to see someone get nailed when it could be avoided.  FOX is a FAD.  Next year at this time IE will still be here and FOX will have underwent 300 more "addons" that don't exactly work that well when combined.  So please do not let the false advertising schemes fool you.  And that's all I have to say about that.  I've repeated shown and proved that IE is faster by far.  Now, with the new numbers being out, there is NO contest.

The Reverend

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I think you're totally wrong there Rev...  :twisted:

In a year, FF is gonna whip IE's butt in every possible way. It already does unless you use Dway.  And in fact, I've been trying to test browsing speeds with both, and IE seems only SLIGHTLY faster, very slight actually.

Anyhow, one of us will be wrong in a year...on the anniversary of this post, the loser will buy me (oops, I mean the winner)  a drink.  ;)

Take care!

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