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Very funny...
Authored by: JesseGillespie on May 26, '05 02:05:33AM

Okay, now, who's the joker who answered IE?

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Very funny...
Authored by: Shawn Parr on May 26, '05 11:36:54AM

I am in charge of multiple computer labs at a university. You would be amazed how many people sit at a Mac and complain that there is not internet because they can't find IE! Usually some other student laughs out loud at them, then points to the dock and says something like "that's Safari, its the internet but its better" or some such.

I usually politely explain that Safari is the default on the Macs, and it is a much better browser on the Mac platform.

Still I will often go into a lab at night after all have left, and find multiple machines still logged on, all with IE running.

It is an interesting correlation actually, those who simply can not remember to log off also almost 100% use IE under OS X...

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IE Woes
Authored by: lullabud on May 26, '05 01:12:13PM
That is pretty funny. I have similar IE woes, but from mid level exec's at a major communication company. Another company that I do business with programmed an OS X cd that *specifically* calls IE to take the user to their website to finish some registration stuff. If IE isn't installed the App just goes to town eating CPU cycles. What amazes me is that whenever they find a bug in the way IE handles our gear they *require* us to fix it, even though IE has an infinitesimal browser share, but yet I can't get some more important bugs fixed without breaking arms. Some of the bugs flat out aren't fixable, or are a bug in IE itself. Of course, these are the same guys who still want us to be programming new software for Mac OS 9... That said, I was also curious to see who the IE user was. ;-)

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Alias it 4sng
Authored by: jasont on May 28, '05 07:51:13PM

This is why I put an alias of Safari called 'Internet Explorer' in the dock w/ the icon copied to it from ie. Those apps that are going to require IE (Ex: hp's image stuff that barely works) are still going to work, but when you get ppl who think the 'Internet' is an application called Internet Explorer it's worth it to smirk and keep your mouth shut.

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There are some things IE does best
Authored by: Bookman on Jun 01, '05 01:14:35PM

The one thing IE does better than other browsers is handle the printing process. As flawed as IE is, its print preview is still the best, and it's the one browser I tell people to use if they are having trouble printing a Web page in another browser. Almost always does the trick.

I sympathize with the other poster who observed how people will gravitate to IE if it is anywhere in sight on the desktop or in the Dock. I work at a public library, and we've tucked IE into a folder on the dock just to get it out of sight (Camino and Firefox are in the Dock--I can't use Safari, because I prevent the History menu from displaying any sites--the Earlier Today item persists even if the History is zeroed out using various 3rd party tools. I'm aware of the Private Browsing feature of Safari 2.0, but we have Panther here).

Anyway, as much as I'd like to eradicate IE from my Mac browsing life, I find it's still essential for those pages that just won't print in any other browser.


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