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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Now, I don't really mind all that much what browser you use to access this site as it should work in pretty much anything, but I think it's worth making a case to ye regulars and other visitors why you shouldn't be using IE to browse the internet anymore. There are much better alternatives and you will be doing not only yourself, but the whole www a service by choosing them over Microsoft's proprietary and buggy browser.

I know this is probably pretty boring to most, but hey - it's something to chat about and I hope to convince some of you to try a much better alternative in the free for all Firefox!

Here's some things to think about:

- IE is probably the least modern Standards Compliant browser available today. In real terms, this means that developers have to constantly dumb their sites down just so they will work in IE (sadly it does have a rather large market share). In other words, the quicker we can move on to a time when it's less than 1% of users, the faster the internet will mature.
- It doesn't have tabbed browsing. Why open a new browser window constantly, when you can use tabs to keep multiple pages open within the one browser window?
- It doesn't support text zoom. Well, actually it does on the Mac, but that's another story. Simply speaking, this means that you as a viewer can't simply hit alt+ to make the text larger at a whim.
- It's a nightmare for spyware and a security disaster waiting to happen. An alternative like Firefox that easily controls popups and queries you before installing anything dangerous could save you hours and $$$ trying to fix the latest bit of annoying ad software.
- Microsoft has pretty much stopped updating it as a standalone product, instead stating that new updates will only be made available with an upgrade to the Operating System. You won't be able to get IE7, until you update to Windows Longhorn basically (can you really wait that long?)

That covers some of the most important points. I will say that, unfortunately, we still need IE, because of some very inconsiderate (and in my opinion incompetent) site developers, who have made functions that only work with IE. But those times are rare and you can always resort to it when you really need to.

So, if you haven't already, now is the time to
upgrade to Firefox!!.

Tell your friends.

2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

oh my word...whoooosh...

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

lol.. I know

but what are you browsing with right now ??

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

unfortunately i'm on line in work and amn't allowed download any software etc.... which is quite annoying, in the last week and a half 46 different files / bugs attached themselves to my pc, at this rate i hate to 'clean' it after every session..... its a bit annoying

5. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

er hum...well...IE i suppose, hehe!

Now i know a little about computers-more about programs and a little about databases but i'm not up with...well a lot!! leave that to the men in the family!

I have got a big blue 'e' on the desktop and it says Internet Explorer under it so i'm assuming that i am using IE, huh!?

But what else is there? its all ive ever known!

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Hey Nikki,

Tell them I said it's safe to download ;) and their computers will be safer as a result!

7. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

oh dear i have just read my reply and now i know why my manager says i should have been born blonde, lol! oh i make myself laugh-well its a good quality to have!

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Hey Jas, yes you are using IE then and pretty much for the same reasons that everyone else is.

Firefox is the alternative I suggest (it's pretty new but very popular already). Not a huge download (4.7MB) and dead easy to install - honest! See above link.

Sorry to be such a geek - I've had some design 'issues' down to IE in the last week and keep on finding out how crap it is.

9. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

i'll see what i can do.... fingers crossed

10. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Thanks Peter-perhaps i'll look into that then. If i have any probs with our systems at work i'm just the monkey who phones up our helpdesk and gets taken through it step-by-step!