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Internet Explorer - We discovered the web. Check out this humorous parody site created for Microsoft's browser Internet Explorer. Something tells me this won't be up for too much longer though.
posted by sjvilla79 (37 comments total)

 
I don't get it.
posted by Rothko at 2:48 PM on May 28, 2005


Rothko, compare to www.getfirefox.com
posted by banished at 2:58 PM on May 28, 2005


passe. already saw it on metachat.
posted by quonsar at 2:59 PM on May 28, 2005


Quonsar, both posts are mine. MeFi was down for me when I first tried to post.
posted by sjvilla79 at 3:38 PM on May 28, 2005


Cease and Desist!
posted by Edible Energy at 3:39 PM on May 28, 2005


if the average metafilter post is 100. And a fantastic, memorable post was 1000. This post would be a 3.
posted by delmoi at 4:41 PM on May 28, 2005


if the average metafilter post is 100. And a fantastic, memorable post was 1000. This post would be a 3.

yeah, jeez, sjvilla79, you're dragging down the averge. Maybe you could tell everybody it's your birthday and link to a tombstone wholesaler. That'd be fantastic.

I got a chuckle. Not many laughs there, but good ones. That site will be gone within days.
posted by gurple at 4:46 PM on May 28, 2005


I predict the site will be there forever.
posted by delmoi at 5:02 PM on May 28, 2005


That's funny, I laughed :)
Thanks sjvilla79 for pointing this out.
posted by ruelle at 5:12 PM on May 28, 2005


Nerd fight! Awesome!
posted by AlexReynolds at 6:33 PM on May 28, 2005


sjvilla79 posted "Something tells me this won't be up for too much longer though."

Seconded. . . . Oh, you meant the website!
</snark>
posted by jenovus at 6:41 PM on May 28, 2005


whois getinternetexplorer.com
Admin Name........... Bill Gates
Admin Address........ 1 Microsoft Way # 8
Admin Address........ Redmond
Admin Address........ 98052

If Bill Gates is listed as an admin, can't they just take the domain? Not that I get the impression the webmaster would care one way or the other.
posted by rolypolyman at 7:10 PM on May 28, 2005


Quonsar, both posts are mine.

heh. i knew that.
posted by quonsar at 7:18 PM on May 28, 2005


1 Microsoft Way # 8

Bill hasn't worked in building eight for a couple of years now.
posted by milnak at 7:39 PM on May 28, 2005


he's in his orbiting laser powered sattellite i hear. or maybe that was monty burns...
posted by muppetboy at 7:51 PM on May 28, 2005


Meh. So many wasted joke opportunities...

In unrelated news, I managed to get my retired aunt to use Firefox after cleaning spyware out of her system for the umpteenth time.
posted by clevershark at 8:12 PM on May 28, 2005


It's funny. But, the idiots still using IE will never see the site.
They are clueless.
posted by davebarnes at 9:04 PM on May 28, 2005


So, we IE 'idiots' are supposed to trade our particular set of problems for Firefox and its particular set of problems, or worse still, Opera? Talk about 'clueless'. ;-P
posted by mischief at 9:54 PM on May 28, 2005


NERD FIGHT! NERD FIGHT! GO GO GO!
posted by loquacious at 10:24 PM on May 28, 2005


So, we IE 'idiots' are supposed to trade our particular set of problems for Firefox and its particular set of problems, or worse still, Opera? Talk about 'clueless'. ;-P

OK, mischief, I'll bite. What set of Firefox problems might that be?

That Firefox users can't use Windows Update? What a surprise. (That's just the tip of the DRM shitstorm coming down the pike, BTW).

That websites written by (mostly corporate) hacks that refuse to be standards-compliant and instead rely on Active-X and other selfish and dangerous Microsoft "innovations" won't render correctly in anything but IE? Screw 'em. Don't patronize them until they comply.

Firefox isn't perfect, but it's a damn sight better, and safer, than IE. The only way to get rid of "problems" with browsers is to demand that web sites comply with uniform standards, not the bastardized "standards" of one particular browser.

The problem, dear mischief, lies not in our browsers, but in our Microsoft overlords. :)
posted by Benny Andajetz at 10:30 PM on May 28, 2005


FIREFOX 4 EVAH! HOLLA!!
posted by ddf at 10:31 PM on May 28, 2005


/me watches quonsar's sarcasm go into low earth orbit over sjvilla79's head.

<-- Firefox. Abandoned IE ever since. No problems since Beta, except when StumbleUpon upgraded and I had to upgrade Firefox before upgrading SU. I needed to upgrade anyway. Since then, zero problems, pop-ups, hijacks, crashes, etc. All on a crufty 5 year old machine with not enough ram. Even after opening a couple of browser windows each containing dozens and dozens of tabs of heavy browsin'. Lots of plugins and bookmarklets. Sweet. Thank you F/OSS volunteers!

The only semi-valid justification for even subconsciously thinking about maybe possibly using IE is for CorpWare: Intranets, Locked down machines, etc.

Seriously, try Firefox if you haven't yet and are still using IE. If you've pretty much only been using IE since, say, 3.0 or 4.0, you won't like it at first. Then you'll get used to Firefox, and think back and realize it was just IE teaching you or forcing you into bad browsing habits. And then you'll loathe IE. Because it's, like, stupid and broken and shit.
posted by loquacious at 10:45 PM on May 28, 2005


mischief : "So, we IE 'idiots' are supposed to trade our particular set of problems for Firefox and its particular set of problems, or worse still, Opera?"

Yeah, that would be like a patient trading cancer for an upset stomach: just switching problems around. Stupid.
posted by Bugbread at 5:36 AM on May 29, 2005


mischief writes "So, we IE 'idiots' are supposed to trade our particular set of problems for Firefox and its particular set of problems"

Well, enjoy GATOR, Comet Cursor, CoolWebSearch, etc. etc.
posted by clevershark at 7:37 AM on May 29, 2005


"Well, enjoy GATOR, Comet Cursor, CoolWebSearch, etc. etc."

I have never had a problem with any of those, and my diligence has been minimal. Perhaps your problems with IE are not with the browser, but with the user. ;-P
posted by mischief at 7:44 AM on May 29, 2005


I've got to go with mischief on that. I love me some Firefox, and I think it's much better than IE, but when I was using IE, I never had any problems with Gator, Comet Cursor, CoolWebSearch, or the like. Getting infected by one of them is a problem with the user, not with IE.
posted by Bugbread at 7:52 AM on May 29, 2005


Well, congratulations, mischief, on your unlikely story. Incidentally I don't have problems with IE (not using it is a great way to avoid those) but I am the kind of guy people will call when they start having spyware and trojan problems, and those in my experience are ALWAYS related to IE. I was a little surprised myself to see that my 57-year-old aunt had ended up with three sets of spyware on her system, especially as she's about as far from the adventurous type as it gets, but it certainly goes to show that one doesn't have to go looking for trouble to find it.

Anyway, it's your computer so do what you want. It's not like I'm going to have to book time in my schedule to disinfect your PC anyway.
posted by clevershark at 7:57 AM on May 29, 2005


Also, have fun having your computer pwned and zombified, then used to DDOS online casinos or spam unsuspecting email users around the world.

Not being interested in switching is one thing, but publicly declaring that IE is safe to use is like saying that people probably won't get hurt when emulating Jackass. It's irresponsible. IE is bad, as are Outlook and Outlook Express.
posted by dammitjim at 8:14 AM on May 29, 2005


Well, congratulations, mischief, on your unlikely story

We've never had any problems with IE at my house either. Using it from 1994 to early 2004 not one single virus, and a piddly amount of spyware removed by Ad-aware. We only switched to Firefox because of the potential for security problems with IE, and because the tabbed browsing is nice. Unfortunately for the last few months we can't use FF without it crashing at some point during every single session. It's maddening to have to switch over to IE because it's more stable than FF :( I mean, WTF?
posted by zarah at 9:16 AM on May 29, 2005


dammitjim : "publicly declaring that IE is safe to use"

Who said that?
posted by Bugbread at 9:17 AM on May 29, 2005


zarah:

As bad as it is, IE is pretty stable.

But if Firefox is crashing on you, I'd guess that your install got borked somehow. I build computers, and am forever tweaking, testing, and adding and deleting programs (a surefire way to make Windoze eventually wig out), and Firefox has been nothing but stable since v.9.

Try uninstalling and reinstalling Firefox (make sure to use the newest version).
posted by Benny Andajetz at 9:48 AM on May 29, 2005


I concur on the Firefox uninstall and reinstall. I've installed Firefox plenty (4 computers at work, 3 computers at home (one computer twice, due to deciding to reinstall XP for separate reasons), 2 computers elsewhere. One computer at work was just acting buggy as hell with Firefox, and updating (over the old one) made no difference. I eventually uninstalled it, deleted the Mozilla Firefox folder from My Docs / Application Data, and reinstalled it, and it's worked fine ever since. Still can't imagine what made it act wonky, considering the other work computers are running the same OS on the same hardware and everything worked fine.
posted by Bugbread at 10:03 AM on May 29, 2005


I bought my first PC May 1999 (yes, I know that only makes me a wannabe nerd). In the time I have used Win98, Win98SE, and XP. I have never had a BSOD. There has been an occasional crash due to screwed up software (non MS and not since going to XP). I've never had a problem with Outlook Express. I would get viruses through IE, sometimes due to operator error and sometimes due to the crappy product.

Thanks to the mefiosos I switched to Firefox a few months back. Although it took some getting used to, I now prefer it over IE. I still get an occasional pop-up (maybe twice a week). When I downloaded the most recent MetaFilthy, Firefox decided it didn't like it and would crash every hour or so. I removed MetaFilthy and Firefox is fine.

I am not lying about the above. I have no vested interest in any of the above mentioned products. (Although I was once called a liar on MeFI, the accuser never responded to why he thought I was lying. Why would I lie? Why?! It doesn't make sense. Oh well, nevermind. That's a tangent for another time.)

*ahem*

The point to all that being is everyone has different experiences with the same product(s).
posted by deborah at 10:40 AM on May 29, 2005


mischief : " 'Well, enjoy GATOR, Comet Cursor, CoolWebSearch, etc. etc.'

I have never had a problem with any of those, and my diligence has been minimal. "


Hmm..sounds to me like you don't have enough porn in your diet. That'll getcher Gator goin'.
posted by graventy at 11:24 AM on May 29, 2005


for the last few months we can't use FF without it crashing at some point during every single session. It's maddening to have to switch over to IE because it's more stable than FF :( I mean, WTF?
I have had the same situation - a routine FireFox update went pear-shaped and I am now unable to uninstall via control panel or any other way I can find. I was unable to get FF to work at all until I deleted all the files and copied a set from another computer on the network. Now, when I try and update, I get a message saying it is trying to update to version .08 or something and the install crashes with the same end result. Fortunately, I need to do a re-install soon anyway, which will fix it, but there is not doubt that FF is far from perfect and does have its own set of problems.

I never had any real problems with IE, but tried FF out after the raves here. I now use IE maybe once a month and only then if I have no alternative. I even use Portable FireFox (which I heard about via MeTa) to run FireFox on my locked-down PC at work, so I am definitely a convert. Even so, I can understand why some people use IE - it is the path of least resistance if nothing else and is a product that you can ask people for help about.
posted by dg at 4:48 PM on May 29, 2005


I like FireFox but I highly suspect it'll be game over when IE7 comes out as MS will just simply copy the most popular features from FireFox and incorporate them into IE7.
posted by bandersnatch at 9:41 AM on May 30, 2005


OK we uninstalled every trace of FF last night & then installed it completely fresh, and today it's crashed 3 times. Arrgh! When is IE7 going to be ready? Soon I hope!
posted by zarah at 1:36 PM on May 30, 2005


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