Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The difference between IE and a virus

Via Fake Steve (and the article is a year old), Kurt Cagle ponders the difference between Internet Explorer and a virus.
What do you call a program that gets loaded in surreptitiously and without your approval, has the potential to lock down your computer so you can’t get access to it, takes up significant system resources and promptly crashes upon running. Normally, I’d call it a virus, except for the last part... viruses are usually stable (and well written) once they start. On the other hand, it’s a perfect description of Internet Explorer 7.0.

That's a fair comment, methinks...


Budgie said...

Use Firefox (free).

Michael said...

Oh yeah, and FF doesn't fuck your computer up either?

red said...

utter bollox i've been running IE7 on vista business for over 3 months and have never ever had a problem.

once you anti-microsoft boys get hold you never let go do you?

matgb said...

To be fair to the POS, I have to use it for work currently, we use M$ sharepoint and some of the functions only work in IE.

So while I've always got Fx booted up for personal stuff and research, IE is used as much as Fx.

While my customised Fx install is much better, I've never had a problem with IE as such, it's never crashed on me (whereas Fx has a few times, probably conflicting plugins).

It renders sites badly, the search is buggy, and bits of the UI really annoy me, but it works fine at a basic level. It's a damn site better than IE6 that's for sure, had to use that for a bit in the beginning.

Rob said...

I'm having to use IE6 to post this message and I hate it.

The whole IE brand is the computer equivalent of AIDS.

KG said...

Well, Firefox has it's problems too.
Mostly I use Safari, but the problem there is Blogger doesn't like it much for composing posts.

FlipC said...

The problem with IE isn't per se with IE itself. Remember IE is really just a wrapper to the Microsoft HTML engine and that can be used by other programs without you even realising it.

That means security flaws in the MHE can propagate to other programs, better yet when (if) they fix those holes it may cause these apparently unrelated programs to lose functionality or stability.

Oh and the final problem is that MS just don't give a shit for standards despite at one time being the instigator of such. Holding back the entire developing community because they don't support a standard tag or function in the same way that every other browser on the planet does, but where said browsers only account for 10% of the market.

Tim Almond said...

I'm more a Firefox fan, but I've had few IE7 stability problems.