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[News] [Rival] Internet Explorer Shunned by ISP

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Internet Explorer Shunned by ISP
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 20:47:29 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
My Secure ISP drops support for Internet Explorer!!!!

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| My Secure ISP has provided point and click SSH support for years for major 
| browsers even on Linux. A MySecureISP spokesman noted in the press 
| release, "If MS would have provided an open, secure plugin architecture we 
| wouldnt be in this mess we have no choice but to drop support for IE" We 
| strongly encourage our subscribers to switch to Firefox    



Vista Internet Explorer Major Crash Issue

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| Suddenly, and without warning, Internet Explorer will experience a crash. The 
| crash is sudden, because often it doesn't seem that anything special was 
| happening to cause it (no risky behavior)  
| [...]
| The first major disturbing issue with this problem is that multiple windows 
| and tabs are lost without any warning or chance to save information.  In  
| today's world, the browser is an application platform, a banking platform, 
| and a work platform...so unexpected window and tab loss equates to 
| uncontrolled data loss.   
| More disturbing is the fact that we have experienced this issue multiple 
| times while the machine in question was idle...no user actions were being 
| taken.  A user can walk away from a desk (say, at lunch)...return to the 
| desk, and find only a single browser window open to the homepage, with NO 
| Previous to Vista and Internet Explorer 7, browser crashes did occur, and 
| were problematic. In those cases, it was infrequent to have a crash occur 
| that could leave the users not sure it had happened, because there was no 
| error window...only a browser opened to the homepage.   


Is Microsoft learning from Web standards mistakes?

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| "Standards are important," said Arrigo, who admitted that Microsoft had been 
|                                             ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| guilty of ignoring them in the past. "If you look at IE6, we didn't quite 
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| follow all the standards but standards are important ... IE7 as an example is 
| trying to address that."   
` ^^^^^^


Despite 100 Million IE 7 Installs, Microsoft's Browser Still Loses Ground 

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| Firefox's share of the U.S. browser market is at 14% and has
| continued to grow each of the last three months, says one
| research firm.


Open Addict: Internet Explorer blocked

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| I've blocked Internet Explorer from viewing our front page and will implement 
| that code on the rest of our site as we roll out the new format.  


When AntiVirus Products (and Internet Explorer) Fail you

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| When Didier Stevens recently took a closer look at some Internet Explorer 
| malware that he had found, something surprised him somwehat. He discovered 
| that the IE-targeted malware had been obfuscated with null-bytes (0x00) and 
| when run against VirusTotal, he found that fewer than half of the products 
| identified the sample as malware (15 of 32). When all null-bytes were 
| removed, the chances of successful detection improved, though not as much as 
| would normally be expected (25 of 32 detections).      


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| Last night Joe and I got in this huge discussion, and I was cursing out 
| Microsoft. It’s been rough the past couple of days and M$ has not been making 
| my life very easy. Every time I turn around I have to ghetto-fy my web sites 
| to make them work in IE…   
| See… There are these things called Web Standards which were put into place to 
| make web designer’s lives easier. As in, if they script to web standards, 
| then all standards compliant browsers will show the site exactly correct. 
| Well, I always script to web standards. The PROBLEM is that Microsoft decides
| that they are just going to do things THEIR way...    
| [...]
| Besides the fact that all of the Microsoft employees I have ever encountered 
| must have been brainwashed. I don’t know where they dig these people up. 
| [...]
| And if they AREN’T brainwashing them, then they are just hiring incompetant, 
| pompous dumbasses. And if either is the case, why should anyone support their 
| company?  


Microsoft does not want us to use IE

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| Why else would the company release a new version of the browser with so
| many glaring and obvious incompatibilities with other browsers? Why else
| make it virtually impossible to visit any web site, without running
| against multiple warnings and blocks? Why else make it so difficult tot
| est existing and new versions of the browser, that you have to run a
| completely new OS image?
| Microsoft management must want people off of IE. 


Perspective: Microsoft's amusing standards stance

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| One fun thing to do in Web browsers is to check how well documents
| conform to standards. For example, you can pass the URL of
| Microsoft's letter to W3C's validator. Doing so reveals that
| the letter is not written according to the HTML specification.
| The validator finds 33 errors in the most lenient mode. (One of
| the errors is the use of the "layer" element. (The "layer" element?!)
| Microsoft--please--if you think standards are so important,
| why not start using them? 


ECIS Accuses Microsoft of Plotting HTML Hijack

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| An industry coalition that has represented competitors of Microsoft
| in European markets before the European Commission stepped up its
| public relations offensive this morning, this time accusing
| Microsoft of scheming to upset HTML's place in the fabric of
| the Internet with XAML, an XML-based layout lexicon forn
| etwork applications.


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