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Windows Pain

Wow, two anti-Microsoft posts in the last week -- what's up with that? I'm usually not a MS hayta -- I'm a linux and firefox guy myself, but I like Word and Publisher just fine. But driving home from work yesterday I heard a story on the local NPR station about how Microsoft was announcing yet another "critical" safety flaw in Internet Explorer, and I remember thinking, "Jesus, haven't I heard this exact same story, like, twice a month for the last four years?"

That's one bummer about living in Seattle: everytime there's a new vulnerability found in Windows we hear about it on the local news. At this point, the NPR affiliate probably just has a standard 30-second "Internet Explorer" piece that they use whenever they need to pad out their show a bit.

Posted on January 12, 2005 to Observations, Seattle





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As an IT professional this is a topic near and dear to my heart. I work i windows, but DEFNITELY prefer firefox. Firefox is decent, and you can tweak it to speed it up ;)

though it's not much more resistant than Internet explorer is. It does block more, and helps some, but it's realy a matter of numbers. If 93% of the PC world uses IE, then the hackers are aiming for IE.

Ya, so you could annoy the 98,000 people who use firefox, but why? When annoying 3,000,000 who use IE is so much cooler! Besides, Microsoft makes it so easy.

Thouhg I can't Blast microsoft... Much... It is the platform on which I based my career and expertise. So i guess its good that it is problem prone, for me.

Posted by: Wedge on January 14, 2005 5:19 AM

not to start a helpboard or anything, but my wife was typing in ms works yesterday and a Sticky Keys warning came up on her screen. i wasn't there to see it so i can only tell you what she said it read: to hit ENTER five times and then control alt delete to remove sticky keys. she did as she was told and now her keyboard (it's a laptop) doesn't work at all, although on my side of the laptop everything seems to be ok. anyone know what a Sticky Keys is/are? the repair instructions almost sounded like the Dick Van Dyke practical joke episode.

Posted by: mcduck on January 16, 2005 8:15 PM

not to start a helpboard or anything, but my wife was typing in ms works yesterday and a Sticky Keys warning came up on her screen. i wasn't there to see it so i can only tell you what she said it read: to hit ENTER five times and then control alt delete to remove sticky keys. she did as she was told and now her keyboard (it's a laptop) doesn't work at all, although on my side of the laptop everything seems to be ok. anyone know what a Sticky Keys is/are? the repair instructions almost sounded like the Dick Van Dyke practical joke episode.

Posted by: mcduck on January 16, 2005 8:16 PM

For those of you champing at the bit for an answer to my question about Sticky Keys, I found help online and determined that somehow my wife had frozen the keyboard on our laptop. Going to My Computer, then Control Panel, then Accessibility Options, then unselecting Filter Keys freed up the problem. Now we know!

Posted by: McDuck on January 18, 2005 4:59 PM

reports of IE vulnerabilities may give IE users the creeps - but what made me actually switch were the near impossible to uninstall toolbars - willynilly appearing and taking up real estate on my browser window.

Once i was using Firefox i stayed with it. Because, right out of the gate and with little or no manual configuration, Firefox (willy-nilly) blocks 99.9% of popups. Actually, i see on average (less than) 1 popup ad per week, over several months.

Last month I tried to uninstall IE from Windows 2000 - not nearly as easy as uninstalling AOL Instant Messenger, for example.

Posted by: Ross on January 19, 2005 11:18 PM

Funny stuff - I noticed free e-mail @explorersucks.com

It is at http://www.explorersucks.com/email/

By the looks of the main page, they support Firefox.

Posted by: Sam on January 26, 2005 9:10 AM