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Monday, April 25. 2011
Traditionally, when Microsoft releases a new version of Internet Exploder, a chill runs through the geek community as we cower and tremble, wondering what have they done to the poor thing this time? Some favorite button is now gone? That one tricky thing it did is now history? That one feature that you found quite useful, but nobody else did, has been removed because nobody else did?
There's always something we can count on to gripe, moan, carp, whine and bitch about.
But, showing that Microsoft can be even crueler than cruel, this time they played the dirtiest trick on all on us:
They didn't change anything.
And if that isn't spitting in the face on tradition, I don't know what is.
Pic: The lovely Melanie proudly displays two of Doc's favorite logos.
Oh, I might also mention that it's now faster than goose shit when accessing blog sites. Review & setup tips are below the fold.
First off, just so you know, that whole "fastest" thing is passe. Speed is out, baby.
Beauty is in:
Yep, when you look at those 32-bit, 16.7-million-color JPEG pictures in the hot new IE 9, they’re going to look almost 3-D compared to the common, flat, 32-bit, 16.7-million-color JPEG pictures you’re seeing in your present browser.
You just gotta believe.
But let's get down to the nitty-gritty and tackle the important question:
Do YOU qualify to use the exciting new Internet Explorer 9? Let's go to the download site for guidance, shall we?
What kind of people use the new pinning feature?
What kind of people get blown away?
Real people, that's what kind. So keep that in mind in case the download program rejects you.
Just for the record, they actually changed two small design elements:
— The tool bar is now turned off by default. Why? No one knows. Best guess is that they can now claim "Even more browser window area than either Firefox or Chrome!", forgetting for the moment that web sites aren't designed for "extra-long" browser windows and that half the sites out there might look a little funky.
— And because they removed the tool bar, they took a few of the icons, like 'Home' and 'Favorites', and stuck them over to the upper-right where the little search box used to be.
As for performance, the one major thing they tweaked is that it now reads CSS (as referred to regular HTML) sites faster than previous versions. Most blog sites are CSS sites. When you hear stories of Firefox or Chrome being "faster" than IE, that's what they were referring to. A regular HTML site displayed in the same amount of time, but IE tended to lag a few seconds on CSS sites. That gap has now been closed.
It's caching has also been improved. Go to a site, close the browser, open the browser back up and go back to the site. It should just pop onto the screen as it's reading the file cached on the hard drive, rather than re-reading the site. (The way caching works, if the site has actually been updated since your previous visit, it'll go ahead and re-load the page.)
If you have Windows Updates set to automatically update your computer, it may have already installed it. If you see icons of a house, star and gear on the upper-right instead of a small search box, it's version 9. Otherwise, go to Control Panel, 'Windows Updates' and install it. It'll keep all of your current settings and Favorites.
— Click somewhere in the top area with the right mouse button and select 'Menu bar', 'Command bar' and 'Status bar'.
— Go down to the bottom of the same menu, 'Customize', and select 'Show only icons' to clean things up a bit. Then back down to 'Customize' and select 'Add or remove commands'. You can add, remove or move the icons on the tool bar. I like my 'Home' button over to the far right of the group, separated by a couple of separator bars, with the ieSpell (spell-checker) button next over. I don't use any of the other buttons, but I keep them there to act as filler so the 'Home' button will be nearer the center of the screen.
A Few Tips
—To email a web page to someone, use File Menu, 'Send', 'Link by e-mail'. If the two email boxes are ghosted out, and you've installed an email program on the computer, open Control Panel, 'Default Programs', 'Set program access', click on the 'Custom' line and select your email program.
Note that you don't have to use the email program as your actual email center. If you use an online account (HotMail, etc), all you'd use the computer program for is 'relaying' the web pages to your friends. Try Thunderbird. You'll still have to install it and set up the account, but you can skip all the options and add-ons and such. Just make sure to answer 'No', when it asks you if you want it to be your default email program. After it's working, do the Control Panel routine above.
— To save a page to the Desktop for later perusal, use File Menu, 'Send', 'Shortcut to Desktop'. If you find this a more practical method of temporarily stashing pages than putting them on 'tabs', open Tools menu, 'Internet Options', 'Tabs/Settings', uncheck the top box to turn the tabs feature off.
— To have IE open on a specific page, first go to the page, then open Tools menu, 'Internet Options', click on 'Use current'.
Well, enjoy your beautiful new web experience, everybody!
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With your computer locked up, I think the way you telegraphed your comment to Maggie's via Morse code was exceptionally clever. As we see in the movies, even though the main lines are down, there's usually a way, be it Ham radio, shortwave, Morse code, or tin cans on a string. The resourceful will always come through.
Was there any accompanying smoke or sparks?
I looked at remote access via morse code in the mid 70s but the punctuation you'd need was beyond the reach of convention. Open and close parens, just for starts, are the same code. That isn't going to work in C.
Must have been prior to the inclusion of the @ symbol.
No, but I had to reboot and now my old IE version is stuck on opening a tab and refuses to do anything at all - period. :>)
How that carries over after a reboot I have absolutely no idea.
If you want something changed, try Firefox. They moved things around all over the place, but they did make it a lot faster! :-) I've heard some complain that there is a memory leak in it, but I haven't noticed it.
Muds - I've never seen any sign of a memory leak in FF (and, being a video guy, and using lots of crappy programs that DO leak memory, I'm somewhat attuned to it), and I used it to edit the post. My only beef with FF is the way it doesn't allow a shortcut icon to be saved to the Desktop. What, did Microsoft friggin' COPYRIGHT "saving icon to Desktop"?? That omission has never made any sense.
"but they did make it a lot faster more beautiful!"
Fixed that for you. :)
I thought I had a short cut for Firefox on my desktop (I'm using 64 bit Windows 7), but maybe I only have the Firefox button on the task bar. I know you can have it on XP as that's what I use at work. You SHOULD be able to right click on where ever the executable is and choose "Create Shortcut" (or whatever Windows 7 says) and then paste it on the desk top.
Doc, I installed this the day it came up in the Win Update list and think I love it....However, under the 'ZOOM' setting (which I use, ya, big print pages for me, haha) the default got set at 125% My Logitech keyboard and mouse have buttons for using zoom so bringing it back to 100% is easy but it adds a stroke. Any reseting ideas so the default is 100?
Two thoughts. Did you make sure the 'Custom' in the 'Zoom' area was set to 100%? That's supposed to be its own setting, but maybe there's a bug in the works.
Also, you could try checking that 'Zoom' box in Internet Options, 'Advanced' panel. It's at the bottom of the Accessibility area.
If those don't work, let me know and we'll pursue it.
Ah good call. I went to 'custom' in 'zoom' after opening the home page (at 125%) and changed it to 100% for the desired effect.
BTW, I like the low 'clutter' look. Still adapting to moving upper right for 'Favorites' instead of left, but head hasn't exploded yet.
Thanks for the help.
When you opened the 'Zoom' area, was it set to '100%' or 'Custom'? If' 'Custom', that was the problem. It should normally be on '100%', then you use the Control key and the plus and minus keys to zoom in or out on a specific page.
I gave up on IE and Windows years ago. Haven't regretted that decision for one day.
Whoops. Sorry Doc, spoke to soon. In the pull down Tools menu and in the Zoom menu the 'Crtl + 0' sits at the 125% line. It is set for default. I also toggled the 'Reset zoom for new windows' in the 'Options' 'Advanced' menu to no effect.
And the black dot is next to the "100%", right? Okay, two more things to try:
- Open 'Internet Options' and set everything to default, just to make sure. Close and open the browser.
- Right-click on Desktop, open 'Personalize', click on the theme you're using. If you haven't saved one, go pick the same theme again. Sometimes re-loading a theme will clear things up.
I've yet to experience the beauty of IE9, but Melanie sure is... uh, melony!
to "show only icons" is not possible for me in latest ie9. there is no customize after R-click on tool bar. all scans in help shows nothing on subject.
Dennis - Really? There's no 'Customize' on the right-button menu? And you're clicking in the tool bar area, not the very top area? That's pretty weird. I guess the only suggestion on this end is to head for Control Panel, 'Programs and Features', remove it and try again. If the 'Customize' area still isn't there, I guess you can console yourself that nothing in that area is very important, and it certainly wouldn't be worth reinstalling Windows, but that may be the only real solution.