Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Aug 2009 22:06 UTC
Internet Explorer Let's continue the browser talk for a while. Let's move from the pinnacle of browsing, all the way down to the very drainage pit: Internet Explorer 6. To me, Internet Explorer 6 is that annoying zombie that just won't die that chops off 80 of your health in a grueling midnight Left 4 Dead expert session. Microsoft may not say so outright, but they seem to be implying they agree with me.
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RE: Ahead of its time?
by google_ninja on Fri 14th Aug 2009 00:08 UTC in reply to "Ahead of its time?"
google_ninja
Member since:
2006-02-05

Yeah, Thoms editorial reads like he wasn't actually using computers when XP came out. IE6 was fantastic compared to IE 5.5, which was a significant part of the reason why windows ME sucked so bad when it first came out.

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RE[2]: Ahead of its time?
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 14th Aug 2009 06:14 in reply to "RE: Ahead of its time?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yeah, Thoms editorial reads like he wasn't actually using computers when XP came out.


...? This article is about IE6 *now*, not IE6 8 years ago.

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RE[3]: Ahead of its time?
by malxau on Fri 14th Aug 2009 21:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Ahead of its time?"
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

...? This article is about IE6 *now*, not IE6 8 years ago.


Yes, of course.

But is IE "forever tainted"? Will we "point and laugh"?

I'm no fan of IE (or the circumstances surrounding it), and have spent most of the last decade avoiding it.

However, it has spurred the development of high-quality alternatives by creating a relatively high minimum bar for newcomers. It enabled me to choose between good browsers, rather than make do with poor ones. Even for a longstanding IE-hater like me, I'd view the demise of IE6 more like, "farewell, and by the way, thanks for founding the modern Internet." It will never be zombie to me.

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RE[2]: Ahead of its time?
by Eddyspeeder on Fri 14th Aug 2009 22:49 in reply to "RE: Ahead of its time?"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

Indeed, I even recall that with IE6.0, you were able to upgrade to 128-bit encryption, though you had to do that yourself somewhere.

Despite all my hassles with Windows XP in the pre-SP1 days (the very days that made me turn my back on Windows altogether), I actually found IE6 to be "better" than IE4.x or IE5. Sure, it had a slow loading time, but so did every other application. Sure it had leaks, but Windows Update was adequate at that time.

Of course, Microsoft has moved on after IE6, but I agree with the above author that IE6 was not "bad" or "evil". It was just another Microsoft product, that (just as Vista) is bashed and trampled in retrospect. Get over it and update your browser. Or switch.

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