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Out of the Blue

Disclaimer: I have tried to switch to Firefox, but a couple of aspects of my work still work much better with Internet Explorer, so, knowing full well I'll be inundated with Firefox suggestions when ranting about IE (or perhaps in this case, GetRight suggestions), I am indulging myself in a rant nonetheless:

Things to hate about Internet Explorer, Episode 1000... downloading some file in the background, and that insipid dialog box that announces that the file has been downloaded and is now being copied from to the destination you selected jumps to the foreground, just as you are hitting the escape key or Alt-F4 or something that aborts the process in its final moments. This has happened to me twice in the span of a couple of days, each time ruining a lengthy download. Nothing ends up saved or cached, and redownloading the same file takes just as long the second time as the first.

MS spends millions observing the way users interact with their products... I can't believe this useless tidbit remains unaddressed. Am I missing a "don't ruin my lengthy download" checkbox or something?

On a semi-related note, for not the first time, a Mozilla user pointed out they were experiencing mysterious CPU load surges apparently provoked by a Flash ad here... I'd be appreciative is anyone could point the way to a possible cause for this situation as I try to address it.

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111. Re: Maxthon Feb 10, 2005, 06:29 Tango
 
I F$#%&ing hate tabed browsing.
Layeth the smacketh down on his candy ass!

 
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110. Re: North American No Rythym Feb 9, 2005, 10:31 xXBatmanXx
 

Waaaaaa! Somebody change my diapers!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I rest my case.
And ther is no way he is mature enough to be married.

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109. Re: Maxthon Feb 9, 2005, 09:32 Enahs
 
There are a few things in there that could really screw things up if you changed them to a stupid value.

Yep.

The only real reason I use it (as I did not know about that option in the config menu) is to turn off middle mouse click to new tab, and put it on new window.
I F$#%&ing hate tabed browsing.

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108. Re: Maxthon Feb 9, 2005, 09:29 Zathrus
 
but mine is more fun because you then see all the other cool stuff you can change.

Yeah, but I try not to scare people with all the stuff in about:config.

There are a few things in there that could really screw things up if you changed them to a stupid value.

 
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107. Re: Maxthon Feb 9, 2005, 09:25 Zathrus
 
I know it's still based on the IE engine and therefore must burn in hell

The only real issue is that it still has all of the security holes that exist in IE. It may help with user error, but it cannot stop the buffer overflow exploits and other "no user interaction required" problems that continuously plague IE.

If you have to stick with IE for some reason, then I'd certainly recommend it though. It solves the UI issues at least.

 
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106. Re: Maxthon Feb 9, 2005, 09:21 Enahs
 
Ohh and you guys are wrong. While FlashBlock is probably my most used extension, my favorite would have to be “Nuke Anything”. It allows you to remove anything form a page. Annoying add bothering you? Not flash but java or gif…nuke it! Stupid porn ad on a page while at work and you do not want to get in trouble, nuke it! Post by Joe…do not want to be scared for your life? Nuke it!

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105. Re: Maxthon Feb 9, 2005, 09:14 Enahs
 
Tango:

It's not a huge issue, in fact it's more of a tiny, irrelevant peeve. But since for the most part that is what browser comparisons turn into...


You can fix that…easily.

In url bar type “about:config” (no quotes of course).
And then change the
browser.tabs.loadBookmarksInBackground
To true

Problem solved.


*edit* Or use Zathrus fix, which he posted at the same time I did (same time stamp!). His is easier....but mine is more fun because you then see all the other cool stuff you can change.


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104. Re: Maxthon Feb 9, 2005, 09:14 Zathrus
 
If you do it to a link in your bookmark toolbar, it does for some reason.

Tools->Options->Advanced

Click off "Select new tabs opened from bookmarks or history"

That's the default. I'm not sure why they decided different behaviors for nearly the same action was the right thing, other than because that's how it was done in Mozilla/SeaMonkey.

 
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103. Re: North American No Rythym Feb 9, 2005, 07:50 Tango
 
Does anyone else post on your forums JoeBlow?

 
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102. Re: Maxthon Feb 9, 2005, 07:47 Tango
 
What exactly do you mean, Tango? That they load the tab in the foreground?
Yeah if you're browsing away and you want to load Blues, BBC Sport and IMDB while you're reading something else, you "mouse-wheel click" them (Mouse3) to get them to open in tabs. If you do this on any normal link then it just opens in a tab but doesn't steal focus (load in foreground, whatever). If you do it to a link in your bookmark toolbar, it does for some reason.

It's not a huge issue, in fact it's more of a tiny, irrelevant peeve. But since for the most part that is what browser comparisons turn into...

 
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101. Re: Maxthon Feb 9, 2005, 07:16 complicity
 
I wish Firefox favourites wouldn't steal focus when you middle-mouse them.
What exactly do you mean, Tango? That they load the tab in the foreground?

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100. Re: No subject Feb 9, 2005, 03:43 rocketpcguy
 
i don't see how anyone can bash dubai, ever seen that place? and they certainly don't hate the west, in fact there are a LOT of us living there.

'dubai' sounds like some fanatic village, but its really amazing and safe.

 
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99. Re: No subject Feb 9, 2005, 02:42 Camaro76
 
Firefox is nice, but its not perfect, and in many ways IE does handle some things especially css or dhtml stuff a bit better.

IE is actually pretty buggy with the way it handles CSS, and is more lax in its handling of sloppy HTML and CSS code. Other browsers are more strict and are better at following web standards.

http://www.positioniseverything.net/

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98. No subject Feb 9, 2005, 00:02 Beaner
 
Firefox is nice, but its not perfect, and in many ways IE does handle some things especially css or dhtml stuff a bit better. Still for those wanting an IE alternative Firefox is a good bet. Explorer (on the pc not the mac) is still an even contender.

For Apple users, the best browser is definitely Firefox because Explorer, Safari etc suck in terms of compatibility on Apple computers.

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97. Once again Feb 8, 2005, 23:09 Creston
 
if you feel that you need IE's compatibility with everything, put Avant Browser on top of it.

http://www.avantbrowser.com

It's Mozilla + Opera in one on top of IE. Works like the bomb.

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96. flash-caused CPU spikes Feb 8, 2005, 22:45 Ibidem
 
I don't have time to read through all of the comments that have been left up to this point, so I don't know if this has been mentioned or not... I'm a Firefox user and I've never seen the flash-caused CPU spikes in Windows XP, but I see it *all* the time when browsing under Mac OS X. It was especially problematic with that stupid "The Grudge" iframe ad below the Out of the Blue section.

 
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95. Re: North American No Rythym Feb 8, 2005, 22:23 Enahs
 
Ok Joe, this is just scary

Yikes.
Someone's got WAY too much time on thier hands.

Is it just a coincidence that he lives off a street called Judah?


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94. Re: CPU Temp Feb 8, 2005, 22:16 Enahs
 
my fan was messed up.. only at 1200RPMs. turning off the auto fan control in the bios boosted it to 3000RPM but thats probably still too low

If it is spinning at 1200rpm when auto fan control is on, it thinks it is not that hot. When you turn it off it jumps to 3000 rpm, just full on. 3000 rpm is about right for stock fan at full speed.

Does your case have good ventilation out? That is, do you have at least one case fan blowing out? They need to blow out to get hot air out, you always want more blowing out than in, and with modern systems you need at least one blowing out in my opinion?

Also, a big thing I know people do is put there computer in a “desk/cubby” and close the door, so the only outside air is already extra warm; if you are doing that leave the door open and see if it helps.


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93. Re: North American No Rythym Feb 8, 2005, 22:15 c r i s p y
 


Ok Joe, this is just scary

Yikes.

Someone's got WAY too much time on thier hands.
 
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92. Re: North American No Rythym Feb 8, 2005, 21:52 WarPig
 
Ok Joe, this is just scary

Yikes.

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