Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Site note:

Due to computer failure, blogging will be light for a while.

However, I've gotta comment on this: Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 has - amazingly - a user interface similar to that of Google's Chrome browser, which sucks big time.

It used to be that for both MSIE and FireFox, you'd right-click on a link and you'd get the following list:
Open new window
Open new tab

And Chrome was the oddball with
Open new tab
Open new window

Well, Microsoft's MSIE9 now does it the Chrome way. That is so lame.

Also, Chrome didn't have a status line at the bottom, where, if you hover over a link, you'd see the full URL. Instead, Chrome has an overlay at the bottom of the screen which initially presents about 60 characters of the URL. If it's a longer URL, then you have to wait a second for it to fill out. That's crappy. But what does MSIE9 do? It doesn't even expand. So good luck finding out if the link is to a pdf file, or something else.

In addition, if you want to get to a favorite site, MSIE9 has you click on the star, which presents a pane with favorites in one tab, but if your favorite is inside a collection of links (aka a folder of sorts), you have to click to expose the sub-section. The favorites in Firefox fly out on-hover. This extra clicking is what Microsoft is into these days. Anybody who has worked with the infamous "ribbon" on Microsoft Office knows about that (constantly having to click the HOME tab). That's progress for you.

Finally, neither Chrome nor MSIE9 now support the HTML TITLE tag. Good work, boys!

Who the hell thought any of these things were improvements? How does this garbage get past Q/A?

UPDATE: Wow. Just freaking wow. Using MSIE9, you cannot publish on blogger. Clicking the PUBLISH POST button just displays javascript:void(), but nothing happens after that. (The SAVE NOW button seems to work, however.) So to publichs this post, I had to login via Firefox. Yaa!


You could try Safari, which is freely available for certain popular and cheaply assembled computer systems. Or as the standard choice for virus free operating systems.

Good luck!

By Anonymous Mark Centz, at 4/20/2011 12:00 PM  

I must say, Google Chrome is great for my netbook. Loads quickly, even on an Intel Atom, and keeps buttons and fields to a minimum so you can see more of your loaded page.

It can't be customized very much, but I can live with that.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/20/2011 2:56 PM  

Firefox has the tab before the window, like Chrome, and it took a little getting use to.

By Blogger Dark Avenger, at 4/20/2011 5:09 PM  

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