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My old version of IE used to break at least once a day. That is, I would get an error or something, some fatal error, I don't know, and I'd have to close it and start over. At least once a day.

That was 6.0. So when my buddy Mitch sort of wiped my hard drive and put a new operating system on (2000 instead of 98) the IE was 5.0 and I've left it like this. I didn't want to upgrade to 6.0, but I was pretty sure that you couldn't get 5.5 or 5.51 or whatever, not on the MS site, anyway.

Here's how THIS version of IE breaks

  • As I mentioned once before, when I hit "Back" after reading comments on a post, it brings me to an old Friends page, not the current one. I have to refresh. Every time. Every single time. Every single goddamn time. And though people helpfully suggested I change the settings to Check for newer versions of stored pages: Every visit to the page, I had already done that, since I'm at least pretty good at TRYING to figure stuff out on my own. It does it anyway. Every damn time.

  • Yahoo doesn't work correctly. If I hit "Most Popular", or any of the other News topics, I get a "The page cannot be displayed". If I click the Ask Yahoo thing from My Yahoo (which happens to be my homepage), I get a "The page cannot be displayed". I can get a location from the Yahoo Maps module, but when I click Driving Directions, I get a "The page cannot be displayed". Etc.

I downloaded Mozilla a few weeks ago, but it seems slower than IE (do you think maybe it just seems that way?). But I guess I have to remember to keep using that. Unless you guys have some better ideas.

WHOOPS! No, scratch that. Mozilla has the same problem with Yahoo. (It doesn't do the Friends page thing, though). Except ITS error is a gray Alert that says "The connection was refused when trying to contact rd.yahoo.com". Awesome. It's ME. Fuck you, Comcast! Whether it's my cable connection or my computer that you fucked up, it's your fault! Sonsabitches!


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 7th, 2003 05:26 pm (UTC)
Well here I was about to tell you to use Moz since that's what I use, but you've already tried it. It's not slower for me. Well, it's a bit slower to open the actual browser if it's closed, but no slower once going. Not like Netscape which used to take YEARS to open.

As for your browser problems ... I can't help. You've done everything I can think to tell you.

Try Opera! Or try Phoenix (which is a lightweight and fast Moz).

Or just call Comcast and tell 'em to suck your wang.

I dunno.

I just felt like typing.
Feb. 7th, 2003 06:06 pm (UTC)
i can highly recommend phoenix for windows. IE is of course faster than mozilla, since IE is part of the operating system, it is always in memory, even when you re not browsing the web. mozilla and pheonix have an option to keep it in memory as well, which improves things highly in terms of speed.

about the friends list page not updating correctly? i have seen this as well. and of course i won t ever use IE. i have seen the friends page not updating properly in phoenix for windows, chimera for mac, safari for mac, konqueror for linux, etc.. you get the idea. it is not the browser that breaks. i conclude the LJ web server does not send the correct time update whatever, so any web browser that complies with HTTP will sometimes use cached friends page even when it should be reloaded.
Feb. 7th, 2003 06:26 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, IE may load pages faster than Mozilla from sites that run Microsoft's Internet Information Server, due to some non-standard-compliant stuff they do.
Feb. 8th, 2003 01:49 am (UTC)
yep, that is true. IE bypasses the HTTP protocol and gets pages faster from IIS servers. but who the fuck uses IIS servers? no one, that s who.
Feb. 8th, 2003 08:47 am (UTC)
I sure as fuck don't, right? Apache, baby. I mean, IIS? Are you crazy?

Feb. 8th, 2003 07:53 am (UTC)
I had that problem with old friends pages and somehow through various upgrades it got fixed. I know that isn't helpful at all, but what do you really expect from me?

Do you have KazaaLite installed? That's most likely the problem with the Yahoo! most popular stuff. When you install it it adds a few entries to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts that point rd.yahoo.com to your local machine. This is to prevent ads and crap from Yahoo!, but it has the side effect of making a lot of Yahoo! inaccessible. If you edit that file and remove all of the "rd.yahoo.com" lines it'll work again.
Feb. 10th, 2003 05:28 am (UTC)
AWESOME. Yes I do have KazaaLite. Thank you, Kevin, I will fix that and let you know how it goes. You're my hero.
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