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November 19, 2006



Have you tried Firefox? It's really great, easy to download (http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/), easy to use and very stable. Our IT guys at work recommend it over either IE or Safari (the Mac browser) and I'm using it both at home and at work.

Cop Car

You probably don't want to hear this; but, you can temporarily disable the thingy that keeps you from auto-linking (or, at least, what I think you mean by "auto-linking"). When you hit the "Link" icon, a message should appear above the toolbar (?) that has the stars on it. The message will say that it won't let you do that for security reasons, or some such. Click on the message. A two-choice pop-up will let you choose to temporarily allow the linking (it doesn't call it that). Then, you can merrily click on the link as many times as you wish--during that TypePad session. Yes, it is a pain, but not huge--to me.


CC - it is not working for me. I have turned off the pop-up blocker, cliced on allowing scripted stuff , as well as other things, and it is not working. That is my curse in life - things just don't work the way they are supposed to!

Jackie - I haven't tried Firefos - I've heard stories from some people about having to tweak it - and for as little as I use it, tweaking is not what I want to do. Not to mention, with my luck, tweaking would just make it worse.


Hmmm. Must be something in the way TypePad does its link script that's triggering your security settings. I've never used TypePad so I'm no help.

IE7 blocks MT linking too, but like CopCar says, you can override it temporarily. I understand the security reasons for it, but it's still annoying. It would be nice if you could allow scripts on just one page like you can popups.

FireFox, meh. I tried it for a couple of weeks and uninstalled it. Not impressed and it has too many security issues.

Light & Dark

Hiya Bogie... a couple of bits of information you might find useful.

First regarding Firefox. It certainly has the capability for lots of tuning, but none of it is necessary if you just want the browser to work more or less like IE.

As for the comments about Firefox and security, well... In general, Firefox developers are vastly more open about admitting issues as they come up, and are light-years ahead of Microsoft in how long they take to fix them. Firefox also now has an automatic update mechanism like IE's. For plain usability, Firefox, for me, beats the snot out of IE (although I haven't yet used IE7 and have no intention of doing so, except to learn it well enough to support my clients who I can't pry off it.)

All that being said though - you're not stuck with the upgrade. Although utterly counter-intuitive and typical of Microsoft's "well it's there, if you could just read our minds about its existence" approach to the user experience, going to the Add/Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel presents you with the opportunity to Remove IE7. What doing so actually does is uninstall IE7 and reinstall IE6. My feeling is that IE7 isn't much more "secure" than an adequately protected (good antivirus, antispyware and firewall) system running IE6. And for how little you say you use it each day, the pain hardly seems worth it.


PS If you want a quick hand setting up Firefox, let me know. It can be used in tandem with IE until you decide which one you like better, so it's not all-or-nothing to try it.


I've been running both Firefox 2 and IE7 at work for a couple of weeks now (and I had to get special dispensation from the IT gods to run Firefox).

Over all I prefer Firefox. I haven't noticed any of the Firefox security issues that Rita mentioned. I've been running Firefox and its predecessor, Firebird, at home for a few years now. I found it has far fewer security issues as compared with IE6, and those that do pop up are quickly fixed by the folks at Mozilla. I haven't found that to be true of IE6. I don't know yet about IE7 other than I did notice it had the annoying habit of blocking access to certain websites due to security concerns, even websites internal to our company.

If you truly want to use IE7, I strongly suggest waiting until the first service release. Out IT gods have decreed that our company will not be switching over to IE7 until then.


Glad to see you back Paul! I may try out Firefox - if so, you may be hearing from me! As for uninstalling IE - I just got word from someone else that the update is considered a critical and they were informed that they have to install it.

I should have some time this weekend to see if I can tweak IE7 to do what I want to do.

Light & Dark


Under NO circumstances is IE7 something you have to accept - unless your employer decrees it of course. You can simply uncheck the box that offers it via Live Update (assuming you have manual updating on), or click no to the start of the install if it's happening automatically. There's even a tool from Microsoft that will make it stop offering itself.

As I said, a properly protected system likely won't be much or any less secure. As DCE implies, there are going to be millions of corporate users who won't be seeing IE7 allowed onto their computers for a considerable amount of time as corporate IT waits to see how it all washes out, and gets time to train their users on the new version.

Microsoft has done a shitty job of letting the average user know that they have options in this situation.



My mistake, I guess the mandatory install is not in affect yet. The word, from a reviewing magazine, was that it would eventually be a mandatory update, but not yet.

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