Good Feathers Thoughts
Microsoft Internet Explorer Horror Story
This is for those of you who know well the pains of using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Okay, so you sit down at your computer, and you decide that you want to go online and surf around for a bit. No problem.
You click your ISP desktop icon and before you know it, you're connected to the internet. No problem. Then you click your
desktop browser icon, Microsoft Internet Explorer. So far, so good. IE opens, then almost immediately, you notice a problem.
The page is taking forever and a day to load. You think, "it's not a big deal, now I have a few minutes to grab a cup
of (insert beverage here)." So you get your choice beverage, sit back down, and the page still hasn't loaded. So, you
drink up and figure, "By the time I finish drinking this, the page will load, no biggie." You finish your drink.
The page still hasn't loaded, however, there is a lovely little error message in the middle of the screen: "We're sorry,
Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close." You click the "OKAY" button, and think, "Ah,
well, it's not a huge issue, I'll just let it close, then open the program again. This will give a few moments to take a
leak." You reopen IE and then trot off to the bathroom. When you get back, IE still hasn't loaded the start-up page,
and now you're getting frustrated. As soon as you pull out the chair to sit back down, another error message pops up: "We're
sorry, Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. If there are further complications, try restarting
your computer." You click the "OKAY" button, and think, "This is not 'okay', why they don't have a "THIS
IS NOT OKAY" button?" Realizing this is the second IE problem, you decide to log off-line and restart your computer,
naively thinking that this will solve the problem. Once the computer is restarted, you click your ISP desktop icon and go
online. Then, you click the IE icon, and hope it works this time. Finally, the page loads, it takes a good ten minutes,
but, hey, no error message. So, you open up your "Favorites" and click one of the links. Problem. Nothing happens.
So, you click the link again. Still nothing, and now, your cursor is stuck. When you finally regain control of your cursor,
you notice that you have 23 pop-ups splattered across the screen. You vigorously and futilly try closing them, only to have
two more pop up to take the place of every one that you close. You log off line and close IE. Then, to your amazement, you
still get pop-ups! You're not even online. This is the result of Adware that targets IE users.
I realize there are a blessed few out there who actually like using IE, however, I am not one of them. My best friend is,
and I tease her about it, especially since she's an internet vetran and knows that there are better browsers out there. I
am not demanding that you use any other browser than the one that you are currently using, but I do suggest that you at least,
walk on the wild side, try something new. Who knows? You might like it, and you might not, but you will be a better person
for having tried. Remember, a long time ago someone once said: "Variety is the spice of life."