What about willing?

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Yeah, I’m ready. Are they? And more important, what about my mom and dad?

So one morning after Windows completes its automatic updates, launching Internet Explorer causes this strange looking beast with no File menu or Go button to take over the screen. And where is the Favorites list? After typing in the URL for a Favorite, the site loads but something doesn’t look right. Things aren’t lined up correctly and the type seems blurry.

It’s a big change. I’m thrilled though. And the fact it’ll arrive automatically makes it even better. While I can see a lot users being a bit confused, it’s nothing that can’t be adjusted to after a short break-in period. Plus it is probably a bit of a nice warm up for Vista and Office, both of which will take some getting used to. Microsoft needs developers to make sure their sites work with IE7 in order to keep people from giving up on it completely. Worse than not being accustomed to your everyday software is having it choke on content you can’t control.

Or maybe those that don’t want to deal with it will get Firefox. I’ve been running the latest release of 2.0 with mostly positive results. The tab close button not being sticky in the right corner of the tab bar was a little bothersome but the new drop down for open tabs made up for it. In addition to the inclusion of some useful extensions (Session Saver, for example), the new chrome is an improvement (I’m actually using the default!) and inline spell check has finally made an appearance. Given Gaim 2.0 also marks its inclusion of spell check, I’d say Web 2.0 is all about dictionaries. And gradiants. Err, gradients.

Update: FF2.0 includes line and column numbers for cursor location in view source! That’s been a bug since 1999.

Oh, right, IE7, that’s what this was about.

Comments

  1. matches 20061011

    I’m stoked about IE7 and I still have yet to even open it up. I just need to get this Vista install going…

    It sounds like it’s fixing a lot of problems, and if that’s truly the case, we designers should be partying it up thanks to its auto-update tendency.

  2. majafa 20061011

    I hate change. Change = bad. We should all still be using Apple IIe computers and playing Oregon Trail.

    I also hate when programs update themselves automatically without telling the user. Thanks for the warning…I’ll never use computers again.

  3. waytoocrowded 20061012

    What happened to Opera?

  4. puddingcups 20061012

    OREGON TRAIL!!!! whoooooooooweeeeeeeeeeee! that’s the sweetest computer game ever to exist…. except the only thing that i hate is when you put people you don’t like for the names on oregon trail… and you’re really hoping that they catch malaria and die….. but they always live… always! dang!


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