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“I wouldn’t use tabbed browsing unless my life depended on it.”

An interesting tidbit from an article on eWeek, which bills itself as the magazine for "Enterprise Technology News and Reviews".  In the article, reviewer P. J. Connolly covers the new version of the Safari browser, and gushes about its ability to upgrade itself without crashing. But the part that caught my eye was where she talked about her personal browsing habits, and remarked, "I wouldn't use tabbed browsing unless my life (or my paycheck) depended on it."

Wait, what? It's 2010, Ms Connolly. Tabbed browsing is considered to be pretty normal, and most people I know find it very useful if not indispensible. Come to think of it, everyone I know finds it useful if not indispensible. But not P. J. Connolly, who prefers to open multiple browser windows to accomplish a task that every modern browser was built to avoid

She also makes this stunning revelation about Safari 5.0: "Finally, users who do their browsing in one tabbed window now have the option to open new Web pages in tabs, rather than creating a new window."

Well, slap my face and call me Sally. You can actually open a new link in a tab. Will wonders never cease?? (Note for cave dwellers and those new to electricty: every browser that supports tabs also supports opening a new link in a tab as well as a new window. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. Even AOL's browser does, and that's saying something.)

If I didn't know better, I'd suspect that P.J. Connolly was hired because she submitted the lowest bid for article-writing services at eWeek. I know that the print version of their magazine has gone from a healthy 70 or 80 pages down to about 30 pages over the last few years, so who knows, maybe that has something to do with it.

So, what little trust I had in eWeek has dropped another notch. One of their primary reviewers has outed herself as someone who is still using the intarweb in 1980's mode. It's a miracle that she can file such insightful stories with a Commodore 64 and a 300-baud modem connection.

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