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I’ve been playing with Win 8.1 for a few days now. I am NOT a fan. (Maybe I just don’t like change?) I have been avoiding this upgrade for months now; I don’t know what caused me to accept the notices that kept annoying me… I suppose I don’t like change for change’s sake; if you follow.

They (MS) are so proud that they’ve offered us back our “start button” in the form of a link that drifts you to their new ‘charms’. 

Photo of desktop showing MS 8.1

This is the new ‘START’ button… Yup, yup it is…

Charms are what used to be known as ‘program shortcuts’; or possibly a better term would be ‘program folders’.
I find them, or rather the NAME, highly condescending.
‘Charms.’ Was it chosen to ‘charm’ us into thinking they were cute? Was it chosen in hope that we would be charmed by them? In my case, epic fail. In yours? Who knows; you may find the name ‘charming’. So, basically the same as Win 8; NO START BUTTON.
Oh! But when you upgrade, they, (MS), offers you many new apps that make the heartbreak of losing all your files and photos and programs much easier to handle.

NOT.
Like a Recipe App. (Called ‘Food and Drink’.) Uh-huh. An app that includes ADS with your recipes. I want this WHY? It has all sorts of sections to categorise their stuff. Oh! Sorry, spoiler alert! Yah, it’s organised for the app not for you; sorry, should have mentioned there was going to be a spoiler. There’s oh, heck, check out ANY recipe program on the market, they’re all basically the same and MS doesn’t have anything new to offer with this app except their choice of ads. NEXT…

An app I MIGHT find interesting if I can get the bells to actually SOUND, is the Alarm app. An alarm; laps (???) and stopwatch. I seriously doubt I’m going to use a LAP timer, I suppose if it were in my phone it’s possible… OH! WAIT! I already HAVE one in my phone… Well, the alarm thing-y seem good; again, IF the bells will sound.

There were others. Let me think, (or cheat and peek). Right. The ‘Helps & Tips’ app.. Anyone have a good reason why this was included? I checked it out. I have to say that not even if you were the stupidest person on planet Earth could you find this app helpful. Really. Either that or I AM the stupidest person on the planet because I can find zero redeeming qualities for this app/program.

The Reading List. Can you say ‘redundant’? Say it twice and you’ll be approaching the waste of programming… ooops sorry…. waste of apping(since we don’t have programs any more, I suppose we don’t have programmers, but this is just a jump in logic that I have; not sure anyone else is on board yet…). I mean, find something you don’t have time to read now… Why were you looking for it for in the first place? But, still, I get it, you find an article you don’t have time to read, or want to reread and don’t want to bookmark the page, you can now stuff it into this app and it will hold it for you like an overstuffed trash can; and, as long as you install it on your PHONE (or mobile) you can share those bits that you saved. (Of course, if you are using your laptop, *sigh* or desktop *double sigh*, you can’t share. You’ll need to do it the regular way: bookmark the page and share the address…) App included, WHY? (They already have One Note to do this?)

Scan App. Not sure what this does at all. I have a scanner. Why do I need another one? Or an app that scans for me?

Sound Recorder. What’s wrong with the one I have already? If I am recording sound for any REAL purpose, I already have a sound recorder that is far superior to a ‘free one’ and, if I’m NOT recording sound, specifically, why do I need one? Another uselessly bundled prograpp…

(Like that? My newest word-invention. Prograpp… so they’d be prograppers… Hey! If MS can make up words, so can I!!!)

Printer Control. Uh-m… pretty sure I control my printers just fine, thank you; don’t see a need for an app to become the middle man.

Google something or other. Haven’t opened this one yet, just noticed it. I suppose I’m going to need it, right? Uh-huh. I’ll let you know… (waiting on pins and needles, aren’t you?)

And OH! forgot the Calculator App… so useless I deleted it first off! I mean, it didn’t even recognise the keyboard and only provided for the mouse… really? Really? *sigh*…

These apps and the trouble to traipse back through all the settings, because, OF COURSE! MS is CERTAIN I wanted all my settings reverted to their favourites, *sigh* (’cause it’s so much more polite than what I’m REALLY thinking…) drove me batty and are NOT helping the migraine I am still dealing with!

The single thing that has me worried though, is the little blurp, when you are finally allowed to take YOUR computer back; about not being able to ‘sync’ your files until you provide a security code. I screwed up and entered the wrong e-mail address for the code to go to and MS, in all its wisdom assumes that a mistake is as good as an attempt to circumvent procedures and does NOT provide for a correction. I have a double protection on my e-mail; do they ask for the secondary security measure? NOPE… they go straight to, “You “F’d” up go to jail, go directly to jail; do not pass go; do not collect $200.” (I wonder if my ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card will work here?)

As far as I understand things, because it won’t permit me to change the BACKUP address (not that I’m changing it; just correcting the one I entered) I have one option: Let MS shut my account down for 30-days. This apparently ensures that no one else is using my account.

It also ensures that I won’t be using my account. And, since MS insists that my computer be strangled… errr… tied to a hotmail/live/outlook/something they can trace… I am not at all certain if the warning; something to the effect that I would have 7-days to complete this directive before Bill Gates send minions to infiltrate my computer and render it useless until I comply with their extortion demands…; will actually render my computer useless for 30-days, something to which, I assure you, had it been included in the warnings before I downloaded 8.1, would NOT have resulted in my downloaded of the fascist operating system. (I don’t even really know WHAT 8.1 IS.)

To this end, I think I have one, maybe two days left before the proverbial stinky-stuff hits the spinning apparatus and flings odoriferous-pucks throughout the land, infecting everything with the unpleasant odour of bully-ism…

Fingers crossed…

*hugs*
~khrys…

PS: I’ve also just noticed that when I try to comment, occasionally the window freezes and I am forced to shut down and start again. I’ve no idea if this is a WordPress issue or a Win 8.1 issue; or, could it possibly be, something else???

So, once again I tediously try and figure out why my computer hates me… Enjoy your day! *smile* 

Insanity: When the law is so far from reality you shake your head and throw your hands in the air.
(Thanks to Tech Thoughts Daily Net News for this.)

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Okay, I got a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card today. (My husband wrote it for the Doctor; tellin’ him not to worry ’bout my BP.)

My blood pressure was spiking; I have a migraine that is ready to take the top of my head off and I had an appointment with the Doc.

I’m not sure WHY I did it yesterday; I really ought to have known better. When you have a Dr’s appointment, NEVER do anything to raise your blood pressure before going to see him or all he’s going to do is focus on THAT! *sigh*

(Of course, I have the type of blood that, as soon as it knows the Doc is going to put that cuff on me, shoots up and may as well become a flippin’ volcano!)

Anyhooooo…

Today’s blood pressure fiasco actually began yesterday (I started to tell you this…) when I, for some reason unknown to mankind, decided that FINE! If MS isn’t going to stop PESTERING me to upload/download/install 8.1 I might as well as get the deed over with.

(I seriously think the blood pressure cuff and MS are in cahoots; should check into what they donate to…)

So, I BACKED UP my computer. (Yeah, learned my lesson from the LAST update!) Then I backed it (EVERYTHING in my computer) up (again) to a removable drive. Then I disconnected the drive and told it to behave while I messed up the system; I hope it was listening.

Then I closed everything; performed the ‘checks’ as suggested. Found only one issue (or so it SAID.) Searched, the only way to mitigate the issue 8.1 ‘discovered’ was having to purchase a new program; not happening on my finances. The one I have works perfectly well and does not require updating or replacement as far as I am concerned.

Everything happy? Okay, read the agreement and policy.

Why do they bother? A simple,

“We will do whatever the h*ll we want with your information and if you want to continue using your computer just click ‘I agree’ and be prepared to have your life put under a microscope. Or leave; we don’t want you if you’re not willing to hand over your first-born,”

would suffice. Honestly, just reading what I was going to be giving away boggled my imagination! It’s not much WONDER MS is attacked so often. Maybe if they’d just STOP trying to be EVERYTHING?

So, yup, blood squirting from my ears, I pressed update. It tells me I can use the computer while the update is taking place and it won’t affect the download at all… SURE…

I chose to go lie down and relieve the pounding in my brain. Migraines are really no fun.

I peeked after two hours; four hours; six hours… At least my head was resting and I stopped vomiting. (TMI?)

After NINE hours it was shouting at me that, “if I didn’t hit the restart button NOW, it would do it for itself in 6:59; 58, 57, 56…” I clicked restart, then went back and laid down for another two-hours.

YIPPEE!!! It’s ready…

Or notNow it wants to VERIFY me as being the same person who created the e-mail address and has been the ONLY person using the computer for the past year. REALLY? (First-born gone, now they’re aiming for the second?)

  1. Okay, fine.
  2. Enter e-mail.
  3. Request “code”.

OH, SH*T.

Wrong e-mail for recovery. I know that; but it is too late, I’ve clicked okay already! Sh*t!

You know what? It’s nearly eleven pm; I started this sometime around 6:30 this morning; I have a raging migraine and damn it, this can wait until morning! How do I shut the thing down?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO SET IT UP BEFORE I CAN SHUT DOWN?!? Don’t you DARE!

Finally spotted the little, “I’ll do this later,” link and clicked it. Then, instead of just shutting down, as I KNOW I should have, I HAD to test to see what this 8.1 had done to my computer. Changes were/are everywhere. I tested one program; more by accident than design, and thought it was going to start up and everything would be fine. Then it stopped, refusing to continue without the disc; NOT the program I had been warned wouldn’t cooperate when the update was complete… What other surprises await?

After bleeding out (yeah, red computer now…) I couldn’t take the shock. I found shut down; shut down and went to bed, tears hovering. (Yeah, sensitive and EASILY upset… my head hurts, back off… *smile*). I decided there was nothing I could do. If everything was gone; it was gone. I have a backup. I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry over spilt milk. (But I swear I was ready to empty the damn cow!)

Today, my blood pressure has been riding the cusp of explosion and raging. I have managed to restore MOST of my settings and delete the new apps MS decided I MUST want. (Yeah, no thanks; well, maybe that alarm one…)

Nearly fall off my chair when I see the request to save everything to the web. MS’s ‘secure’ – yeah, right, space. I read the notice twice to be sure I was reading it correctly. The default selected to save everything to the web, NOT my computer. (Yeah, YOU are probably aware of this, I was not.) I chose the other option. I don’t require my documents to follow me around. I work on them using ONE computer. I don’t trust web-based storage. Too easily compromised. For now it’s free; what about after they’ve got all your documents and you cannot live without it? Yep, not going to get caught in THAT web.

So, now I have most of my computer back the way I like it. Still unable to do some things and it does p*ss me off. Especially when it tells me I don’t HAVE admin permissions. I AM THE ONLY PERSON USING THIS COMPUTER – WHO ELSE WOULD HAVE THE DAMNED ADMIN. PERMISSIONS?!? (Yeah, I know; I don’t operate in the admin. account all the time, but when updating or installing? I HAVE TO.)

Now, if I understand the world correctly, I have seven days before MS again gets its panties in a bunch and threatens to cut off my left arm. At this point, from all things I can understand and have read, I shall lose the use of my e-mail address for 30-days while they confirm my identity to use the account. Again.

I updated to 8.1, WHY?

THESE are the things I need to know before deciding to update. Not how much ram and whatnot. I’d feel far less stressed (and my doctor would be much happier) if updates would give HONEST, clear directions as to what the update is going to do.

I now have a prescription for happy-pills… they should knock me out, taking care of the migraine – unfortunately not MS! My blood pressure was surprisingly low… the doctor didn’t scold – much… (I’m keepin’ my get-out-of-jail-free card for next time…)

Anyone else have a horror story for MS 8.1I pray not…

*hugs*
~khrys…

Me again… Did you miss me? LOL…

I keep wondering how to increase the size of my plate. Or decrease the size of my order. One or the other requires slimming down. I am certain I have A.D.D…. and it’s adding up!

My newest thing this week (actually its all related to the new computer…) is testing this feature. (“What feature?” you ask looking around…)

Well, if I’ve done everything correctly, and you SEE this post, then THAT’S the new feature! “Huh?”

Oh, c’mon, it’s so simple…can’t you see it? *grin*…

Okay; okay… I’ll stop teasing. (Of course, if you read the title…)

Yup, trying this Windows Live Writer (or kinda). According to the information I found on it… which, ironically I had to use GOOGLE CHROME to get ANY useful info about it, all MS tells you is, ‘awesome program, you need it NOW!’ Yeah, that’s informative…

I open a program in my computer, type what my gripe… err information is today and click post… and (again, if I’ve done it all correctly) it posts for me!

I am dying to post this and then come in and see what it looks like! (and what bit of advertising they’ve attached, cause if I see ANY out this program goes!)

So, a bit of a useless post, just really testing my new toys… hope I didn’t bother ya too much…

Oh, BTW, if you could let me know if YOU notice any icky stuff… I’d appreciate it…

God bless,

*hugs*
luv khrys…

PS: What I don’t like: It’s impersonal. I don’t have to come in and peek around; read your creations. I don’t like that at all. (and this is before posting…. wonder what else will fail?) (PPS: This is the SECOND post… I checked the first, it didn’t handle the font too well… trying again…)

10/05/12, 8:08 AM

Okay, installed firefox. Wow, there are a lot of windows and places and options to set. Thank goodness they all

English: Mozilla Firefox word mark. Guestimate...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

seem to be in a kind of ‘useful’ layout. (So far.)

After installing and checking through options and setting what I want; at least for now, I began to use some of the features. (Good idea, no?)

WHAT I DON’T LIKE ALREADY

  • no back or forward button (had to add to toolbar along with zoom.)
  • position of the home button (have moved it to the more familiar place on the left.)

WHAT HAS ME BAFFLED

  • Trying to reinstall a program that is out-of-date and FF SAYS it downloaded, but even with ‘search’ I cannot locate it. Have decided to disable the plug-in. If I can’t find it, it’s obviously not going to work anyway.

WHAT I REALLY DO LIKE SO FAR

  • Lets me know what plug-ins are ‘out-of-date’ So kewl! (Especially since it took me TO THE SITES, when I clicked, and explained EXACTLY what I was supposed to do to rectify the issue! I REALLY REALLY like that feature! Too many times a program will inform you of a ‘kerfuffle’ and then TELL you to fix it, but not EXPLAIN WHAT or HOW to fix.)

WHAT I WOULD GLADLY REINVENT

  • so far, I can’t see what’s going to trip me up…
  • I think another thing I dislike about add-ons? The description NEVER REALLY describes WHAT the app is!

A few ‘apps/extensions’ I chose to install.

  1. My security bar (that goes with all of the browsers)
  2. A clock, Simple Timer 1.12; for the ten minutes I tried Vista I really liked the ‘wall clock’ this is nothing like it, but still gives me back my seconds, which I really like!
  3. I added Cheevos – more because it looked interesting than any other reason. I have NO IDEA what it’s supposed to so, except it promises to teach me about various parts of my browser in a fun way. Sure it will… we shall see… (Only after looking through THOUSANDS of add-on pages, did I discover this is a GAME! it may or may not be kept… I’ll let ya know.) I’m up 65-points. I have NO IDEA what I’ve done to stimulate my point growth. Every once in a while I see some brief ‘blip’ of a banner that says something, before disappearing. I THINK they have something to do with it because I noticed one, looked at it and up to the ‘score’ and it went up by the number indicated. (5-pts). STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT TAUGHT ME??? (UPDATE: I’m up to 155 points, and I STILL don’t know what it’s taught me; will disable when I remember how.)
  4. Film Info & reviews… ’cause it kinda promised all the reviews without having to search (Just enter movie name, choose the sites you want to return results and click ‘go’. And all the sites you chose open up in separate tabs (or whatever your setting do). It’s gonna get one shot at pleasing me. Eh, not as useful as I’d envisioned. I’d like all the reviews to pop up on ONE bill-board.
  5. A ‘theme’. Areos BIG. I love it! Except that it is, well, BIG. But not in an ‘out-of-scale’ way. It ‘feels’ right. I love the colour. (STILL liking the theme, going to be sad to see it gone and have to go to one of the other two.)

P*SSED OFF BY:

Peeked at my blog… a few seconds after opening it/loading Firefox: a warning bar at the top:  “A few extra plug-in’s are required to display all of the media on this page.
Available OPTION:  INSTALL MISSING PLUGINS…  EXCUSE ME???
WHAT ARE THEY? MAYBE I DISABLED THEM FOR A REASON?
SHAKING HEAD; either I’m about to sue Firefox when I click ‘install’, or it’s going to be okay and it’s just a matter of a few tiny fragments of code that are arguing who should have control. As long as the one that agrees I should have control wins; everything will be okay. Otherwise, FF ain’t even making it past the gate.
(Adobe Flash..?? Now, would it have been so hard to have either, included a drop down peek at what the MISSING PLUG-IN was, or, placed it on the message bar in the OPTION button???) (Still wondering why I didn’t get a message telling me to update; that’s what its supposed to do by default. (Maybe it’s as confused as me with all these new browsers!))

Still unable to comment on some posts in WordPress.

In conclusion, for today, I am not too fond of this browser either. What is going to suck, is that I am going to have to keep ONE of them. Or give up blogging. And, as you can tell, I’m waaaaay too chatty to give up talking.

So, I begin the week. I’ll send my thoughts at the end. Hopefully one will come out a clear winner. Other than IE.

*hugs*
luv khrys…

FOLLOWING UP AS I GOT REAL… BUSY, yeah, that’s it, busy…

Okay, at least the other two browsers didn’t flare up and come with warnings that what I had just installed (and handed my life over to) is a terrorist.

HUH??? (Yes, I anticipated your confusion.)

One day after deciding Firefox could have the same chance as IE and Chrome, namely to be the ‘default’ browser, Bill Mullins‘ blog, alerted me to a security issue.

Terrorist number one, take your seat please…

Just after I installed it as the ‘default browser’, OF COURSE.

“Yippee”, thought I… “5-seconds in and I’m already vulnerable.” Thanks Mr. Mullins…I think…

I read what I could find…not many were talking; (& when they did it was WAY over MY head!)

I chose to do nothing. Firefox was advising…nothing. I checked and rechecked the settings and I STILL don’t know what I’ve got. (I’m sure it’s a cold, not a virus…)

Follow up blog links… so it’s…fixed?

Okay, back to the choice

I’m actually believing I will try this Opera one… but in the interim, I shall vacillate between IE and Chrome. I do want to be able to see the postings in the reader, so I shall keep Chrome, not as default though, I don’t like the apparent security issues. I shall replace IE to its place as head honcho. Default browser. Firefox failed to impress me. It did have bells and whistles, and they were kinda kewl, but I need a solid foundation and I still believe IE has that. Just, apparently not for everything… So, Firefox will be relegated to the delete box… Until something else I do requires its unique ‘whatever’ to work.

Unscientific? ABSOLUTELY! Does it matter? Not to me. Who benefits? Me. Conclusion: I win!

English: Clocks in Europort

Clocks in Europort (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, it’s been a week.

For those who may not have read my article, Praise Those Helpers in the Help Forum!!!, you will be forgiven for not knowing what the heck I’m talking about.

Last week I listened to two-bloggers (TimeThief and MacManx) who were kind enough to TELL me to switch browsers. In doing so, I was able to see my reader and visit all the wonderful blogs I had been forced to live without while IE had a hissy-fit. (Bless them both!) As they didn’t say which browser to download, I chose to get the three top-rated ones and test to see which I could live with.

I decided to start with Chrome. For two-days, I did NOT allow it to be my ‘default’ browser. Why? ‘Cause I wanted to know if I could deal with it before I let it handle my life.

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Image via CrunchBase
(used via recommendations of WordPress)

The initial hours were terrifying. (I see you, stop rolling those eyes.) EVERYTHING was in the wrong place; or worse, NOT there at all!

After two days, I decided to install Chrome as the default browser.

Now, when it WASN’T the default, it searched and returned choices before I’d pressed start; after it had full authority to flaunt IE? It slowed and bogged down just like IE, except I could/can still see my reader. 

What I like about Chrome.

  • The ‘delete browsing history since the beginning of time’ feature is nice.
  • About the only other thing I liked about Chrome is that I can view other blogs on WordPress again.

What I’m not fond of, but it’s a design feature, so really, that’s taste, not functionality; still important, but not critical.

  • The slide and HUGE button-like configuration on the history profile. (I think it’s to mimic IE8?) I do not like. Personal choice, I get it. 
  • The address bar and search bar are one and the same. UGH!!!
  • Finding the ‘delete browsing history since the beginning of time’ feature. Would be convenient if it were located on the browser ‘bar’ and not hiding behind a button. 

What’s broke.

  • Delete history; it still assumes I want to have access to Google and to the Apps Store. MAYBE I do, but I want it to be MY CHOICE.
  • Junk mail in my inbox has risen a trillion-fold. I don’t know if I should blame Chrome or my e-mail scanner, but, the scanner always worked before.
  • I don’t like how Chrome blocks me from commenting on sites that, with IE I had no issue connecting to. (Except WordPress) (Maybe it’s a good thing, but, as I’m already on the page, the fact that I would like to comment and cannot bugs me.)
  • It also blocks certain video or content from playing. As I am not a tech-y myself, (I only read the articles to look smart – it ain’t workin’), I don’t know what to allow and what to block. IE was clear about this. (Was too!) I assume I have the same settings in Chrome (I did search high and low and I think I found all the spots that they hid the settings.)
  • The ‘incognito’ button. Excuse me? It hides me, but not from the site? How is that incognito?
  • The size of the search bar. You know; the place you enter the address you wish to go? It’s way too long.
  • I really dislike the way Chrome chooses whether it’s going to open a new window, or a new tab or use the one it’s in. Even though I have set the guide to open in a new tab and NEVER re-use the window.
  • Now, the possibility that I may like Chrome more exists, if I didn’t have to download an app for every/anything. 

What I despise and am willing to purchase a Jericho (Israeli weapon) or a Smith & Wesson to force the developers to remove/add if they wish me to consider keeping this browser.

  • Add a zoom button.
  • “Delete all” even delete’s what the developers consider crucial to my life. If I don’t want it. Delete it, thank you. 

Chrome rolls out very little indeed. If you want to do practically anything except search, you’d better ‘search’ their ‘apps’ to locate one that will do your biding. Over all, I’m not impressed. I think WordPress did something to the reader to make it incompatible with IE, but that’s just a conspiracy theory; right? 

If it’s a duck, stop calling it dinner. 

On to Firefox…if I can remember where I stored it…

Let ya know my initial reactions tomorrow. (If you care; guess what? I’m gonna let ya know even if ya don’t care! But I’m hoping you will…)

*hugs*
luv khrys… 

PS: Can ANYONE explain the reason Chrome needs to open THREE programs for me to have my ONE window? (all three called Chrome on the Task Manager; why?)

BROWSER’S RE-VISITED…

OR

THEY’VE BEEN OUT FOR A WHILE, WHAT ABOUT THOSE OF US WHO’VE NEVER USED THEM…

OR

THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE…

Ordinary things or hum-drum days can be the best for finding things to laugh about.
Take, for instance, yesterday. Nothing special, nothing pressing. So what do I decide to do? Hmmm… yeah, not that!

I decided to see WHY I was unable to access my blog (for the fourth or fifth month in a row.) I actually decided to try it the day before (?) by posting a HELP I’M DROWNING message in the Help Forum. I had a wonderful lady (I think, the picture looked feminine, please forgive me if I am as blind as my doctor keeps insisting I am!) whose online presence is TimeThief.

Now, I will admit to some skepticism here. I mean, TimeThief? You gotta wonder if what you’re being fed is just to waste your time. However, I enjoy clever names and assumed the name was chosen for the amount of time the computer steals from her, not what she steals from me… I could be wrong…

Anyway, after navigating the fiery dragons, ogres and minions who are intent on keeping me from enjoying WordPress, I found myself staring at the Help message I’d left, with TimeThief’s lengthy, but inclusive suggestions for ‘unlocking’ my experience. (IE: Getting my reader so I could read; getting my blog unclogged so I could blog and simply letting me back in to enjoy the playground.)

Unfortunately, I had, in the previous months, tried all of her suggestions at one time or other. Talk about frustrating. The next poster, Macmanx, begged me to re-try the other browsers out there. (Also one of TimeThief’s suggestions.)

Okay, fine. It didn’t work before, but, I am truly BAFFLED. (I mean, if a glitch is going to rear it’s ugly head; why do it mid-sentence, so to speak?)

So, yesterday I spent the better part of the day seeking and searching and reading reviews about various browsers. (A job that would have been made so much simpler if I could have search WordPress’s database of blogs, but I digress, again…)

There are WAY more browsers out there than I imagined! Even some that, while I had HEARD of their name, I had no idea THAT’S what it was! (In fact, if the reader promises not to roll their eyes; hey! I saw that! I will admit to having to re-open the e-mail to check what it was the engines were known, collectively, as. (Browsers.) Okay, you can roll your eyes if you must.)

After perusing several, I decided that IF the top three weren’t going to do it for me, then it just wasn’t going to happen. (I don’t recall which one I tried in the past so it’s anyone’s guess… No prizes; just guess…)

  • Chrome
  • FireFox.
  • I.E.. <don’t know, but when I searched, saw an attention-grabbing note from CNET download.com, that IE8 is only for XP now… interesting.>

  • Or, the link sent from MacManx, Browse Happy, which contains these and Opera.

Okay, I already have IE so I headed out to capture those elusive other two. Both are free. (Actually, I laughed so hard I had to go pee when I saw them comparing prices. NONE of them cost a penny. I began to have my doubts…)

Firefox downloaded and politely asked if I wanted to ‘Run’ or ‘Download’. I chose download. I am not the brightest person and for some reason, things don’t work the first time and it’s best if I have the tools on hand to re-start. (You’ll see I was right in a few minutes…)

It downloaded in less than 2-minutes. Woo-hoo.

Okay, now Chrome.

Click download, go to service agreement, (read agreement; yes, I read Firefox’s as well, but they didn’t make it a condition of downloading the product.) Click ‘start download’ in neat little box in corner. (Did I say little? I mean the one that took up half the page. No missing what you were supposed to do here!)

Waited; and waited; and waited; and waited; and waited. (Okay. Honestly? I made a coffee, returned a phone call; went to the bathroom, forgot what I went there for… LOL, ok, sorry…)

Finally, I shut down window, re-opened and re-started the download. Yep, worked, but still had to accept the agreement (which worries me, it is supposed to pick up right where it leaves off if a download gets interrupted); gee, I hope the agreement didn’t change in the few seconds it took me to re-start the download…

Chrome was far less polite than Firefox. It barged it’s way in and began filing grievances with all the components of my computer. It DID ask me if I liked the location it chose to call home. Looked like a good neighbourhood, so I agreed. It sent in contractors and builders so quickly, if I had changed my mind it would have been way too late. (I hoped they pulled their permits…)

Even still it took forever to install. (Okay, forever, for the purposes of comparison took approximately 5-minutes.) AND it placed an icon on my desktop without asking.

No, no, no. Very childish gesture; it’s like AVG’s taking over the default search engine. Really? C’mon now folks; those kind of pranks should be beneath you by now.

So, AFTER deleting the desk icon, I searched for Firefox. The little minx had hidden itself in the wrong darn folder. Can’t blame it though, darn! T’was my own fault. Drat’s! (See, keeping copies of stuff for a reason!)

I then installed Firefox. Very seamless. It asks a few questions; like where do you want me to go? AND Do you want the whole enchilada or just your choices? Very polite. I did something right, cause it installed.

Now, which one am I going to test first?

Well, if you’d been following my… hmmm, where did I write that anyway? Okay, so you could be forgiven for not following me; ever since WordPress let me down, I’ve been rather a loose cannon.

So, I’ll end the suspense. I am going to preview and use Chrome first.

For the next week I will curse my way around the web and see where I wind up. I must admit though, I’m already leaning towards IE. So shoot me.

What I like about Chrome.

  • Day one: So far, the ‘delete browsing history since the beginning of time’ feature is nice. (See note in ‘What’s Broke’.)

What I’m not fond of, but it’s a design feature, so really, that’s taste, not functionality; still important, but not critical.

  • The slide and HUGE button-like configuration on the, I think, history profile? Maybe something else, but whatever; I do not like. Personal choice, I get it.
  • The address bar and search bar are one and the same. UGH!!!

What’s broke.

  • Finding the ‘delete browsing history since the beginning of time’ feature. Would be convenient if it were located on the browser ‘bar’.
  • The fact that the delete all does NOT delete Chrome’s choice of favourites. I am stuck with them. I will NEVER use them (again) I did view them, had to know what they were, after all. But now I just want them GONE.
  • The ‘incognito’ button. Excuse me? It hides me, but not from the site? How is that hiding me?
  • Having to download ‘apps’ for everything and not having certified ‘safe’ and ‘functional’ apps? Not kewl. I really don’t trust those things. I mean, c’mon, if I can make one? Do you trust me? (I mean, I wouldn’t INTENTIONALLY create a virus, but I wouldn’t put it past me to UNintentionally create one.)
  • The size of the search bar. You know; the place you enter the address you wish to go to. It’s like the length of the Wall of China, for cryin’ out loud!

What I despise and am willing to purchase a Jericho or a Smith & Wesson to force the developers to remove/add if they wish me to consider keeping this browser.

  • Add a zoom button.
  • Delete all even delete’s what the developers consider crucial to my life. If I don’t want it. Delete it, thank you.
  • So, if you are interested, I will report back in a week and let you know what I think of this browser. (I might do it sooner if anything spectacular occurs!) Unless I get locked out. Again.

AND TO GIVE CREDIT FOR MY TRIUMPHANT RETURN:

PS: It worked! Thank you TIMETHIEF for taking the time to respond AND to push for staff assistance! I am in your debt! And thank you MACMANX ever so much for INSISTING I try the browsers again! I am humbled and in your debt as well.

Bless you both!

*hugs*…
luv khrys…

NOW, if this will work correctly, ’cause the pictures wouldn’t (Why do they insist on going where THEY want instead of where I place them? I mean really, Firefox next to IE??? what’s the point???) I will TRY and place a few of the suggested articles that WordPress feels are related to this topic… I hope they’re right. For YOUR sake…


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