Posts Tagged ‘#ie9’

Dirty Tricks – IE9

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis August 13th, 2011

Well, just about the time that Microsoft FINALLY got all of us trained to look for the drop-down status bar AT THE TOP of Internet Explorer, THEY CHANGED IT!  Now every time there is ANY kind of notification (pop-ups, slow add-ons, downloads, etc.) they show up AT THE BOTTOM instead!  (See pciture) All the features seem to be working flawlessly so far (knock on wood) and I’ve been fairly impressed with the security and speed of the new browser.  But I just gotta ask;  Why change it now?  It took almost a decade for people to watch for the drop-down notifier.  <sigh>  Oh well. 

Internet Explorer 9

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis July 19th, 2011

The add-on timerIf you bit the bullet and decided to install IE9, then you may have been surprised at the results.  First thing you should know is that it strips the browser down to almost nothing.  No toolbars, no menu, tabs, nada.  To get these back try right-clicking on the space below the title bar.  You can pick and choose features from here.  The other thing that’s irritating everybody is the Add-on warning system that will show up down below, and force you to respond.  This is a really good feature, because it tells you exactly WHAT is slowing you down.  The problem is that it needs a little tweaking.  You should set the time warning to at least one second (or more) so that it will quit bugging you.  This is a GREAT new feature to help eliminate stuff that is choking IE.  Happy surfing!

When to update (or NOT!)

Helpful Hints, Warnings | Posted by Dennis April 15th, 2011

People get frustrated trying to figure out when to update which software.  As a rule of thumb, we don’t buy into brand new issues of software until they’ve been out for at least 6 months.  So, for example, right now we’re warning our clients to stay away from Internet Explorer 9.  Microsoft is notorious for throwing their software out there half-baked.  BUT there are lots of cases where you SHOULD update, and that includes normal windows updates, driver updates, other standard security updates from vendors like Adobe, Java (Sun), etc.  WATCH OUT because a lot of times they bundle some crappy package with it, like McAfee Security Scan.  To avoid it, look for a checkbox along the way and UNCHECK IT.  Another good reason to buy new releases of software is for your database(s).  If you have critical business or personal info on a database (like Quickbooks, for example), you should get the new version every 2-3 years to insure that your data gets converted to the latest, greatest.  Otherwise, if you wait too long, you might not be able to upgrade.