Alternative Browser/Freeware/K-Meleon

September 21, 2008 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

K-Meleon is attractive on the surface.  Being a binary file, it also runs quickly.  The instructions are a bit cryptic; particularly as regards a “master password” that may be asked for.  I found it in the process of starting to use the Sun alternative to the Google online document collaboration (I’m not ready to talk about it yet).  The advantage to alternative browsers is simple; they’re harder to crack because less-documented, and less worth the trouble for people who write badware simply because they are alternative.  Get past Express/Outlook Express, Safari, and Firefox, and you’re down to perhaps 10% of the Internet population.  Cut Opera out of that and you’re down to about 2% (recent study, eWeek or PC World).

If you want to talk to me, you’ll be more likely to be successful e-mailing me at or  If you have real problems figuring out what the username is you can ask here.  I will give you a hint.  At LiveJournal I’m oregonnerd, too.  I’m trying out both. is fallout from crawler.  Crawler is an alternative search engine as well.

Just as a casual note; I found out that my carefulness truly did pay off.  On one of my external drives I have a complete copy of my 64-bit version of XP–backup, that is.  Took me forever (one of my dull moments) to figure out WTF the update program was talking about…anyone reading this blog for a while must know I have problems with names.  [I wonder why, with my penchant for trying out new programs and reading absolutely outre information.  Probably the cap of all that–the outre bit, I mean–was reading “The Writings of Mao Tse Tung” in Radioman “A” school in the Navy.  You don’t understand why it was odd? that requires a “Secret” clearance.  Sure got a lot of strange looks.  Sure regretted it about two years later, but that’s another story.  Knowledge, at least when admitted (when you admit you know something without thinking about it), can be a true handicap, even an enemy.


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