Friday, August 01, 2008

Microsoft does it again - Tonight I downloaded some huge new patch for my XP. Of course, when I fired up MSN, there were pages that would not load, including my own blog. Great job, guys. Now I have to update through the superior Firefox platform which, come to think of it, isn't so bad.

Update - I was forced to download IE7 to get my MSN browser to work right but I've noticed certain features have disappeared (such as SiteMeter). Meanwhile, Firefox works flawlessly. This is exactly the reason why I've avoided getting a new computer: I don't want MS Vista. By the same token, Windows XP is now so laden with security measures that it's got all the nimbleness of a supertanker. I would get a Mac if I had 2-large. Which I don't.

Update again - It looks like I'm not the only one with problems. My Sitemeter button has disappeared on IE7 (but not Firefox) and the word on the street is that something in the code is causing IE7 to go haywire. Whatever.


Anonymous said...

Found this bit of info at:
Johnson has the same trouble with IE7.
Firefox is the only cigar on the top shelf.

Anonymous said...

Don't put off a new computer due to Vista. No idea why the backlash against it is so bad. It had a rough launch, but it's been fine. I've run it since launch without a single issue as have friends and family that upgraded or bought a new computer.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried one of the Linuxes? If you haven't, several varieties will run directly from CD, so you don't even have to install it unless you like how it works. If you decide to keep it, the install wizard will give you the option of setting up a multi-boot environment so that you can keep WinXP around if you want. Linux will also thrive on older equipment much better than Win systems. Best of all, you don't have to pay a dime unless you want to buy a support package, but with a relatively little technical acumen, you can do well with the forums most distros have.

I've found Ubuntu to be a good version for those thinking about testing the Linux waters from a Windows background.