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Does Internet Explorer Suck?

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We all must browse the web. Unfortunately, the Lynx browser is no longer cutting it. If you don’t remember it, then you are not old like I am. PC PitStop community member James asks if Internet Explorer is safe yet. He’s been waiting to use the newest version, because he’s heard that it has a lot of problems. What are your thoughts on this? Is IE solid, and safe?

The consensus in the chat room was that Internet Explorer is just not there yet. However, the answer is both yes and no. Every browser has its own set of issues. Every browser is as safe as every other web browser… and as safe as the user. There’s really no way to guage if it’s safe enough of not.

Every browser is going to have bugs, and security flaws. If you connect to the Internet, then you have security risks on your hands. If you’ve heard that people have had issues, then by all means, wait if you aren’t ready to upgrade. However, I’ve been using the newest version and haven’t had issues.

You could also use IEs Compatibility Mode, or choose a different browser. You can use any one that you wish, you know. Just because you have that little icon on your desktop doesn’t necessarily mean that you are required to use it. That’s the beauty of the Internet!

My recommendation is always to upgrade to the latest version of any browser. If you arent happy with it, then simply try something else!

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Microsoft Security Updates

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Software is constantly evolving and changing. That’s a good thing, honestly. There are always new and better features being added, along with important security updates in some cases. David from PC PitStop asked about Microsoft Updates. He’s wondering if they’re really necessary, since it takes him so long to download them on his DSL.

At least they released them, right? Even Apple has to have updates. Software needs to be updated because there are exploits out there. Developers don’t see those things until they’re out in the field and have been taken advantage of. Microsoft has found that it’s usually better to release a full chunk up updates all at once, instead of in smaller batches. There are even some vendors who don’t release any updates at all, so you should be glad that Microsoft does!

You do have an option that might help though, David. You can always turn off automatic updates in Windows, and download them manually once per week – or per day! Choose which updates you need, and when to download them. You can easily manage this by opening up Internet Explorer, and going to Tools at the top, and selecting Windows Updates.

If you’re having problems with a particular update, you can always roll it back. However, nine times out of ten it’s better to keep your Windows install up-to-date. You’ll be far more secure and have less stability issues for the most part. If you do choose to roll back, be sure to keep an eye out for bug fixes and stable releases so you can jump on the update train once again.

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Can a Tweet Get You Grounded for Life?

I’ve warned you before that you have to watch what you say online. Even when you crack a joke, you should likely step back and make sure it comes across the way you intended it to, prior to actually hitting that “send” button. In the case of Paul Chambers, it could have saved him a lifetime of hassle. Sadly, he will no longer be flying the friendly skies, thanks to a complaint he made on Twitter.

When a recent flight of his was canceled, he decided to vent his frustration on Twitter with a bit of dark humor, stating: “Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!” . Unfortunately for him, the police don’t find it a bit funny. A week after posting the message on the Twitter, he was arrested under the Terrorism Act. He was then questioned for nearly seven hours by police officers who took his joke as a security threat. He has been suspended for work pending investigation, and been banned from the local airport for life!

This goes to show that once again, we really do need to step back once in awhile prior to speaking. What are your thoughts? Are the police taking this a tad too far, or are they right on the money? What else have you read around the ‘Net today that opened your eyes, or made you stop to think?

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Is a Virtual Friend a Real Friend?

Recently, I asked you whether you had met anyone in “real” life who you had become friends with online. Today, I read a heart-wrenching post on Geeks. One of our long-time community members unexpectedly lost his mom two days ago. The poster talks about how he lives several hundred miles from his family. While waiting to travel home, he turned to his friends in our community for support.

The support was instant and unconditional. This reinforces the fact that you don’t have to necessarily meet someone face-to-face in order to form a true and lasting bond. Many deep friendships are made online, only to have the involved persons never lay eyes on each other (beyond webcams and photos). I see it happen every day. I witness the bonds that many of our regular community members share.

This is why I do what I do, folks… YOU. I love the community… the bonds that are formed… the lasting relationships that withstand time and distance. The community we have is why Kat loves her job so much, as well. She’s said it many times, and seeing the post from this community member just proves her point. In the twelve or so years she has been managing communities online, she has been fortunate to form friendships with people from all around the world. These people laugh with each other, cry with each other… get angry together and then become happy again together. They go through life’s experiences together… and that is such an amazing thing to witness.

What are your thoughts? Have you experienced the real power of friendship through a virtual friend? How has someone(s) you may only know online touched or changed your life? Feel free to share your own thoughts on one of our community sites. There are a lot of good things being posted on a daily basis by all of you!

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No New Firefox Before the End of the Year

Mozilla had long been promising version Firefox 3.6 by the end of this year. According to their website, that goal has now been pushed back to early 2010. Also, version 4.0, which promises to be a major update, has been pushed back to late 2010 or early 2011. This is leaving some Mozilla fans with a case of the grumpies. However, they need to remember that all good things are worth waiting for.

Didn’t we learn any lessons from Windows Vista? Didn’t we all witness first-hand what happens when a company rushes a product out the door before it’s truly ready to be on the market? If the folks at Mozilla feel they need more time to deliver a solid product, then I say we give it to them and stop griping about it!

The big new feature in version 3.6 is incorporation of the Personas plug-in that lets people easily customize the browser’s appearance, though behind the scenes there’s also been work to speed up the browser’s launch time, improve security, and make some other changes. There have already been five beta versions released, but we’ve yet to see the release candidate. An RC signals to the masses that a final version is nearly ready.

There is a lot of competition in the browser wars these days, and releasing newer and better versions is always under a time-crunch. However, I repeat again that I’d rather wait a little longer for a high-quality product. I don’t want to see the Firefox team lose credibility by releasing something that won’t go over well.

What browser do you use, and why? What makes it better than others in your mind? If you’re a Firefox fan, are you happy to wait a bit longer for the new versions?

How to Improve Internet Explorer

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Back in the day, I used to love Internet Explorer. It was awesome… up until version 4 and above. A lot of people out there still use IE, and will continue to do so. You can install a new plugin that Google has released – and have your install of Internet Explorer kick serious browser butt once again.

Installing the new Google Chrome Frame plugin will allow you to still run Internet Explorer. But, instead of using the IE rendering engine (the way that HTML and objects are rendered) this plugin will supplant it with Google’s engine. This is so much faster, and will make web pages look even better.

You don’t need Google Chrome’s web browser installed. You can simply load this plugin, and everything will run faster and better from within Internet Explorer – including javascript! You can also start using open web technologies – like the HTML5 canvas tag – right away, even technologies that aren’t yet supported in Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8!!

So if you have friends and family who insist on using Internet Explorer, go ahead and install this plugin for them. They’ll never know you did it, and they’ll be raving about how much faster and better their IE is running!

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How Do You Enlarge Web Site Fonts for Printing?

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Yes, I’m addicted to fonts. I’ve admitted it for years. I like looking at cool fonts, and enjoy finding new ones. Someone from the PCPitStop community recently asked how he can enlarge fonts on a web page, to make it easier for him to read. You don’t need a new printer, don’t worry! The answer lies within your browser itself!

My recommendation for a browser is Firefox, Safari or even Chrome. No matter what browser you’re using, you should be able to change the font sizes on the page before you read it or even print it. You can check the associated help file in order to learn how to change these settings.

  • In Firefox, you can change your font sizes by simply holding down your CTRL button, and clicking the + button/sign as many times as needed to increase your font size on the page.
  • In Internet Explorer, click on View, and then hover your mouse over Text Size. Choose large or larger in order to increase the font to something you can easily read.
  • If you use Opera, you can click on View and then hover the mouse over Zoom at the bottom of the View menu. From there, you can increase the percentage to make the text manageable for your needs.
  • With Safari, you will again go to the View menu. Once there, click on “Make Text Larger”, and adjust the percentages accordingly.

Hopefully this answers the question properly. Thankfully, all browsers have ways that you can easily change your settings on everything from font size to the colors that display… in order to maximize the browsing experience for everyone. Don’t let bad eyesight keep you from enjoying everything the web has to offer!

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What’s New in Windows 7: Window Management

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I’ve been playing with Windows 7 on my HP TouchSmart for a few days now. I have to admit – I really like it. One of the most interesting upgrades Microsoft has incorporated is the way windows are managed inside of the operating system.

I opened a Windows Explorer window, along with an IE8 window. Let’s say you want to have them running side-by-side. It’s kind of tricky to get them optimized to take up only part of the screen. Well, Microsoft has made it simple inside of Windows 7.

Simply grab one of the windows and drag it over to the left until a window skeleton appears, and drop it. Grab the other window and drag it to the right until the window skeleton appears again, and drop it. Now I can browse both. Windows 7 will automatically resize it. When I’m finished, I just drag-and-drop them away.

When I want to maximize, I could double-click the title bar, but that’s so old school. I just click and drag the window to the top of the screen and let go… or drag it away. If you want to go full-screen with an app, drag it to the top. If you want to minimize it to the task bar, just drag it there, as well.

No matter what kind of computer or screen you’re running, I think you’ll have an easier time managing your windows inside of Windows 7… especially if you’re using a smaller screen and trying to maximize your screen real estate.

If you know of any other cool shortcuts or upgrades inside of Windows 7, be sure to send me an email so I can check them out – and share them with the rest of the world!

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Who uses Internet Explorer, Anyway?

Apple’s MobileMe service doesn’t work with IE7. Here’s a screen shot of the error… and I asked, who uses IE, anyway? Let’s see what my friends over at Friendfeed had to say about this.

Internet Explorer

I know right lol. Sign of the time! – ChaCha Fance

Lots of people who work in companies all around the world. Oh, and 90% of the people who come to my websites? – Pete Gilbert

People who shouldn’t be. – Adam Turetzky

Dumb people… which make up 30% of the people who visit my site. – James Mowery via twhirl

:'( still using IE6 at work *nearly vomits* – klecu

That’s a sweeping statement.. Lots of people still use IE, including IE6, and it’s these people who make the job of us Web Developers very, very difficult.. – Winston Teo

I don’t use it by choice but have to have it on hand due to the nature of my work and how *nothing* ever ever ever looks or works right in IE and it seems everyone in the world excepting myself uses IE. If IE disappeared suddenly, I wouldn’t shed a tear. – Susanne "Renee" Bullo

@Winston I hear ya mate. It does make the job hair-pullingly difficult sometimes. But its hard to force users to jump the evil IE ship. Especially basic users that aren’t familiar with tech, and use whatever comes with their machine which is usually IE. – mokargas

Your grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, for many of you – Michael W. May via twhirl

Me, when FF slows down to a crawl? (not often, btw) Most other physical people I know? – Yuvi

Just imagine – what would the reaction be, if this message popped out on a Microsoft owned online place? – Yuvi

This banner is a thing of beauty. It has single handedly restored my faith in humanity. – Zach Landes

I’m glad they offered Firefox as an option too. – Gary Bacon II

I use Internet Explorer. Never had a problem with it. Never saw a need to switch. – Brandon LeBlanc via twhirl

excellent… – Leonard Libitz

I dont use explorer anymore i love Ff & Tbird – Muge Cerman

Just Firefox & Midori ( http://software.twotoasts.de/i… ) – Kemal Yaylali

I do Firefox is slow at im constantly having to change more and more pages to RENDER AS IE with the IETAB because they wont render right using FIREFOX as the rendering agent. =( and firefox lags if you have like a streaming music open in another tab and your trying to type in another. I am switching back I think. – Christopher

@Chris: Rendering slower than IE?? No way… – Kemal Yaylali

@Christopher: I always have a last.fm stream playing in one tab and have never run it to that problem. Been doing that for well over a year now. You positive the issue is firefox? – Scott Jarkoff

I hope people in this comment thread realize they are in a FireFox bubble. Ask anyone running a major website that reaches the masses (tech sites need not respond) and you see that IE is alive and well in a leading position. – Jim McCusker

Safari FTW!! – Connor P Jackson via twhirl

hehe. just kidding – Connor P Jackson via twhirl

Comes from the company who cannot get their act together with Safari. – Manoj Nagpal

When at school I have to use Internet Explorer 6. A lot of techie sites do not work right in Internet Explorer I find… it’s quite annoying to use IE6 in general though. Not even tabs. – Jake (aka Jawee)

It made me feel warm inside – Jamie

@Jim We all know, which is why everyone is still making sure their sites render properly in IE.. If only we could all take the cue from 37signals: http://37signals.blogs.com/pro…Winston Teo

People who stick with the software bundled with their computers. Read‚ȆFriendFeed – Drew via twhirl

Wow, how do you build a product and not fully support IE? That’s bold. – Ryan

Is this real? I find it hard to believe. – Mack D. Male

I still use IE7 on my work computer because I like using the browser that most people are using to get their view of the web – Rajiv Doshi

What’s your thoughts regarding this?

What Browser do you Use?

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – With the newest version of both Firefox and IE due out soon, what browser are you using… and will you be changing? Are you happy with your browser, or do you feel it’s lacking? I asked a panel of friends for their thoughts on the latest and maybe not always greatest.

Four of my friends joined me for this discussion: Kat, SC_Thor, Wirelesspacket, and last but certainly not least… Datalore.

IE 7 is already being touted by some as the “best” browser ever created. Internet Explorer 7 provides improved navigation through tabbed browsing, web search right from the toolbar, advanced printing, easy discovery, reading and subscription to RSS feeds, and much more. Many say that the features and enhancements far outweigh any security problems that still exist. Research does show that the largest percentage of Internet users DO use IE for all their browsing needs. However, Firefox is catching up.

Firefox is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life. Firefox is definitely the most customizable browser, with over 1000 features you can easily add on, depending on your needs.

So which browser is right for you? Is it IE or Firefox? Or could it be the new Safari browser from Apple? Let’s also not forget about Opera, which is also gaining popularity quickly.

Each browser will take you around the Internet. Each does basically the same thing. But… each has its own unique style, functionality, and methods of helping you maximize your online time. The best advice we can give you is to try them all. Choose which best fits your needs and style.

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