Posts Tagged "internet explorer"

Microsoft Tries to make Internet Explorer Happen… Still

Microsoft knows that 90s nostalgia is at an all-time high, so they think they can appeal to those of us who miss “The Good Ol Days,” by trotting out a 90s themed ad for Internet Explorer AKA the web browser no one uses anymore.

Honestly, I don’t know anyone who uses IE anymore. I think the last time I used it was when I needed to be logged into more than 2 Tumblr accounts at once. I hate logging in and out of social media sites, so I generally just open another browser. Chrome is my default, and then I turn to Firefox. Only as a last resort does IE get a moment of my time.no-internet-explorer

So in the ad, titled “Child of the 90s,” you get to take a stroll down memory lane and see troll dolls, modems, a Hungry Hippo game, floppy disks, fanny packs, and more. It’s a cute ad, I’ll give them that!

At the end, they tell us that like us, Internet Explorer has grown up too. I don’t know if it was just me, but I laughed when they said that. They also disabled comments for the video. Probably to avoid slander. Smart move! I wanted to pat IE on the head and say, “Awwww, well aren’t you adorable?”

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More Windows Issues

Windows continues to be my 1 and only enemy these days.

After the debacle with my external hard drive — which ended up being far more complicated & expensive than just uninstalling Service Pack 3 — I now can’t use Internet Explorer 7.

I’ve explained before why I lean on IE more than Firefox. It’s the CTRL+O shortcut. Nothing more and nothing less. In both browsers, the shortcut opens a window to “open” something, but only in IE does that window allow you to open a url and not just a file. I give some of my “Favorites” very short names. For instance, to access the CuteNews admin section for SwimStars.org, I used the name “swim”. I can CTRL+O, type in swim and voila! I don’t always want to scroll down my infinite list of Bookmarks to find these things. My CTRL+O shortcut is so fast and so clean and I refuse to live without it, damnit!

So after I uninstalled Service Pack 3, my “menu bar” for IE completely disappeared. The Menu bar is the top bar that has the “File Edit View Favorites Tools Help” options at the top. I depend on a lot of those items as well.

After scouring the internet for possible solutions (lots of others had this particular problem as well), and uninstalling and reinstalling both IE7 and IE8 nothing changed. So I am now back to IE6, which is incredibly “buggy”. Sometimes right-clicking commands don’t work like they should and there are no tabs. Man, I miss tabs!

So Bill Gates and Microsoft are really on my shit list now…as if they weren’t already. It’s all so frustrating!

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Why I Don’t Use Firefox

It’s not the reason you think. Trust me!

If you are a Firefox user, open it up and hit CTRL+O. Then open up IE and do the same. The difference in how each of those shortcuts works is why I don’t use Firefox.

When I worked at the Ohio State University Hospital, I was let in on this keyboard shortcut to visit websites. I became hooked and haven’t looked back! That was 6 years ago.

It’s so much easier to get to my bookmarks using that method. I visit the Oh No They Didn’t! blog on LJ a lot. I gave it the bookmark “ontd”. When I open up that broswer shortcut and start to type in ontd, press enter, and it takes me there!

Firefox unveiled their new version 3.0 today. I wonder if anything’s changed. I’ll have to check it out. I’m not holding my breath, though. I do have Firefox installed on my computer, but only to test how my work looks on other browsers. From some of the reviews I’ve read, I don’t think I’ll be making the switch on a permanent basis.

Being on the comp as often as I am — I’m a web designer — I’ve fallen into a routine. Firefox gives me the same prompt, but actually wants me to open a file, not a website. I can’t get down with that, so that is the only reason I haven’t migrated. I’m a creature of habit. So until they fix that, I will stick with IE and use AdMuncher to keep my browsing safe.

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