We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As a small heads-up, I've just completed my first 'epic' post since the surgery. (For the back story, Ed Driscoll of PJ Media once called my "Do these genes make me look fat?" post "epic", which was then picked up on by Instapundit and the word stuck. More recent 'epic' posts have included Introducing Jackie Evancho and In The Spirit Of Equus.) Tomorrow's post is 2,560 words, contains a bunch of videos and some wonderful insights. If you don't know much about the subject beforehand, you certainly will afterward, and if you already know a lot about the subject, you're going to think it's the most enjoyable post you've read all month.
I have good news about the latest Internet Explorer update.
But, in typical Dr. Mercury fashion, I'll let you figure it out.
Hey, no sense in me doing all the work, right?
This is still in beta format, which is why it hasn't been made part of the regular Windows Updates yet. The download site for the test version is here. There are 32- and 64-bit versions available, so if you don't know which system you have, right-click on 'Computer', open its Properties, look for 'System type'. It's for Windows 7 only.
The first dramatic thing that struck me was that it went right to Google the second I clicked on the link. It also dashed right over to the IMDb, then Maggie's. Each site responded perfectly with every word and picture intact.
Then I looked over all the menus and was again suitably impressed. Rather then moving things all around like they usually do, each function was exactly where it should have been, which denotes the high quality you expect from a commercial product. Unlike, say, some free piece of junk like Firefox. (The fact that I'm using Firefox at this moment to write this piece is entirely coincidental.)
I should also report that pictures looked their absolute best, and each video I played seemed to contain every single pixel, although I didn't make an exact count. The constant stream of ad banners and pop-ups seemed to glow with the exact intensity my monitor's 'Brightness' was set to, again showing off the height of browser precision.
Lastly, the new, improved IE fit my monitor screen perfectly right from the get-go. With a cheap product like Firefox, which comes in a less-than-full-screen size by default, you have to manually press the 'maximize' box, thereby wasting precious energy and contributing to global warming. Microsoft, caring about our planet's future, does it right.
All I can say is, when it comes to updates, this one breaks new ground.
I think it's displaying web pages an eensy bit faster, but you'd have to be looking for it. Otherwise, funny post on your part. You were obviously stretching. But I agree with BobZ -- thanks for the warning.
As for tomorrow's post, also looking forward to it. Nice to see this 'milestone' reached.
I come to yawn mightily over it. I mean, usually they at least move all the buttons around, but they didn't even give us that little thrill this time around. I can't figure out why they just didn't do a Windows Update with version 9. This had to be the boringest update in history.
Well, a couple of days ago I posted an article covering four Flash problems, most of them with Firefox. At the time I was experiencing them in FF, I was damn glad IE was around. So the answer to your question is, "Yes, at times."
Also, in case you haven't used IE in a while and still remember it as 'slow' compared to FF and Chrome, that all changed with version 9.
IE is the worst browser on the market....... even worse than Safari. As a part time web designer, my biggest issues are usually "how do I make this cool feature work in IE that works perfectly in all other browsers." IE is a pain in the tookus.