IE: Why I hate it

December 3, 2008


To many options…: Internet Explorer 8’s context menu (the menu that appears when you right-click). The only addons I have installed is the Windows Live stuff (also crap) and CopyCode (I made that). That’s insane. Look at how long that is :0. Click here for an image of the menu.

Slow, Slow, Slow: Yeah. Microsoft seems to like making their user’s wait. Not only does IE load web pages slowly, but openeing tabs takes a while to, especially on slow computers. Mozilla FireFox can load Microsoft’s web site faster than Microsoft’s browser can.

Horrible Addon support: IE does allow you to have addons, but the addon manager is crap. It takes forever to load the addons, and half of them won’t even show up! Developing addons is a pain in the butt. Even to make a simple addon that modifies the context menu (like mine does), you have to mod the registry, make a javascript file, and then Microsoft leaves you in the dark on how to get it installed on your user’s computer.

Too many toolbars: For some reason Microsoft wants IE to turn into Toolbar Explorer.  Me? I’ve customized my FireFox browser to only show them menu bar, the address bar, and tabs. I like to actually see webpages when I browse, not buttloads of toolbars and buttons and crap.

Can’t load pages the right way: Yeah. Pages that work on real browsers (firefox, chrome, safari, etc) don’t work on IE, and pages that work on IE won’t work on anything else.

Microsoft didn’t even make IE: Nope. Microsoft was sold the source code by a failing company.

Updates? Hello?? Microsoft doesn’t seem to ever want to update us to the newest version of IE.

In conclusion… Ok so lets break it down. The browser window is to crowded, slow, and provides way to many options while not providing essentials like updates or correct page rendering. INSANE! Now come on people there are millions more browsers out there. Here are a few of the famous ones, and they all work on Windows and MAC.

  • FireFox
  • Safari
  • Chrome (MAC version coming soon…)
  • Opera

ttyl,

Dylan

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New computer?

November 30, 2008

Well what’s a new computer without the right apps? In this post I’ll tell you exactly what you’ll need to get the most out of your PC.

Word Processor

Microsoft is kind enough NOT to include a full featured word processor in their Windows computers. The closest they get is WordPad, a small application which can be found from the ‘Accesories’ menu. Their word processor (Word) is ridiculously overpriced. OpenOffice.org 3.0 is free, rich in features, and just as if not more easier to use than Word. You can download this app from http://www.OpenOffice.org

Music management

Now we have all heard of itunes. The problem is that on a Windows computer, iTunes eats up way to much memory. Let’s get something a bit lighter. I recommend SongBird, a Mozilla based iTunes like music manager. Download it free from http://getsongbird.com/.

Web browser

I hate Internet Explorer. It takes way to load a page, and even worse it takes forever to even open and load a new tab! As an alternative, I would recommend either Mozilla’s famous FireFox, or Google’s new Chrome. Both a very fast and easy to use, and unlike IE, it’s actually about the web, not the toolbars. Windows users – STAYAWAY FROM SAFARI. Safari and iTunes run great on a mac, but Windows is a whole different story.

Image Manipulation

Windows gave their very simple application a very simple name, Paint. This program offers little functianality in even resizing images. As an alternative, I recommend Paint.NET, the photoshop for noobs. Paint.NET is very easy to use yet it adds amazing functianality.

Ok, I’m sure I havn’t covered everything, but that should get you started. Have fun with your new PC,

Dylan