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While Microsoft Ends Support For Old Versions of IE, We Tell You Why To Still Use Them

While on Tuesday, Microsoft reported that they will be ending support for old versions of Internet Explorers this coming Saturday, the technology news cycle lit up with headlines such as: “Web Developers Rejoice!” “Finally!” celebrating that Microsoft will begin to nag all users to update their browser and end support for IE. I shed a virtual tear. For all you people still running Internet Explorer 4, I support you and stand behind you.

I installed it the other week. Some people say I have a problem. Maybe I can’t let go. Move on. Bigger and better. I have some news for you: this site still supports Internet Explorer 4.0. What? That’s right. You can download old versions using IE4 and hopefully even older. If you want to try it out, download IE4 from our page and have a ball. Then, you can navigate back to the same page using IE4 and download it again. How meta is that?

10 Hilarious Reasons To Still Use IE4:

1) You can get a ton more work done if you use IE4. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube…all those sites will not load. You cannot be distracted by the Internet so you will finally write that book or start the business you’ve always wanted to start.

2) Being a hipster is in. Being retro is part of being a hipster. You can be the ultimate hipster by using IE4.

3) You want to stick it to the man. Microsoft doesn’t support older versions of IE? You’ll show them. By using it. Yeah.

4) Your major was cultural anthropology, now you are writing a PH.D in some obscure field that no one else will ever invest 1000 hours of their life in. Having trouble coming up with an idea? IE 4. Research the type of people who still use it ;) . Start with yourself!

5) You want to relive Badger, Badger, Badger, Mushroom, Mushroom just like you experienced back in 2000. The origin of the Internet memes. Oops, that’s a Youtube link. Gotta find that old SWF file.

6) You have a problem with your kids viewing adult content at home. Just use IE4 and they won’t be able to view it anymore.

7) Your crazy ex is trying to contact you via a web messaging app. Sorry, there’s no “web apps” for you anymore and you finally have a good excuse.

8) Wikipedia wants you to donate $3 to their campaign? Sorry Wikipedia, you should have made your form compatible with IE4.

9) You’re a millionaire, but you pride yourself on being frugal. Don’t fix what ain’t broken. You still have that 166MHz P1 and you take pride in running it for all your millionaire duties (let’s say you made your money selling cows and not anything technical related).

10) Dennis Hopper called and told you that if your download speeds go over 10kB/s, your computer will blow up. (Okay, we are really stretching things here, but Speed remains one of my favorite movies).

In all seriousness, when IE4 came out; it was a solid web browser, although it still lagged behind Netscape. I remember trying to make web sites pretty with CSS hover-over texts and IE4 just wouldn’t support it like Netscape! What’s up with that, IE? Your download installer was pretty revolutionary as you tried to “download” the web browser from the installer, while common these days — it was completely obscure back in the day. Pioneering the way to auto-updates, Microsoft. Shame.

Do you still use old versions of Internet Explorer? If so, leave a comment and tell us why. For the love of God — answer the questions so many tech blogs are asking. Why?!

Oh my…What has Opera done?

I have been using Opera 11.64 for quite some time now and for the last week or so Opera has been nagging me to update to version 12. Well yesterday i finally gave in and said ‘why not?’. Today folks, I’m full with regret..and it seems from browsing the opera forums, I’m not the only one who fell into the trap of upgrading.

Opera seems to have headed in the same direction as Firefox, by making plug-ins as a separate process, so when one crashes or miss-behaves it doesn’t crash the whole browser. OK.. fair enough, sounds cool, but why oh why! does it consume so much more resources? Is this a trade off, stay secure but stay crippled? I tried watching youtube videos or playing online flash games (i love to play pool and letterblox on omgpop) and everything lagged to hell, to my horror i checked the task manager processes, and found the opera plugin container using 99% CPU, and over 200mb of memory!!
Here are some quotes from others who are experiencing the same problems with the latest version of Opera.

“Since the new Opera Version 12.0, whenever I open a youtube video this “Opera Plugin Wrapper” would appear in task manager and cause a high CPU usage…”

Regarding the plug-n container..

“As helpful as it seems, I don’t think the trade off is worth it. My CPU usage from the wrapper jumps to 70-80%…”

So what gives? you cant disable it, its here to stay..the only to downgrade! Some were also having problems with version 11 builds, such as having a lot of tabs open (over 50+) and they found Opera 10 to be less of a resource hog. But i for one will be going back to Opera 11.64, it gave me no problems whatsoever.

So until Opera decide to fix this problem, I’m not budging from using the older versions of Opera, what i don’t understand is, when something is working perfectly why break it?

Is older better when it comes to Firefox?

Husband and wife quarreling over Firefox

At, one of our most downloaded software titles is Firefox.

With rumors flying around that Firefox could possibly embed video chat in its future versions, it begs the question: are newer versions necessarily better when it comes to this web browser? Do we need Firefox 18.5 with video features and Facebook integration? Isn’t simpler better when it comes to web browsing?

Thus, I decided to embark on an experiential journey to test the progression of version iterations and how it affects system performance. In other words, I wanted to see if Firefox 11.0 runs as well on older computers as older versions do.

I did this on Dell Latitude D830, a fairly old system that has often benefited from running older versions.

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How to install and run multiple versions of Firefox

If you’re shrewd fox, a web developer or just a sweeping tech enthusiast that wants to run many Firefox versions – here’s how you do it [these directions were tested on Windows 7, but should work for other versions of Windows as well]:

1)      Go to our Firefox page and download your favorite version.

2)      Open the setup file and when the installation prompts you, select “Custom.” You are after all, an experienced user – right? ;)

3)      Change the destination folder to reflect the version of Firefox you are installing. For example, if you’re installing 3.01 have it install to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 3.01 — the goal here is to install each version of Firefox in its own standalone directory.

4)      Check the box that asks you if you want to have a shortcut on your desktop and don’t run the program when it’s done installing.

5)      Next, we want to set up a separate user profile for this version of Firefox that you just installed. To do this, go into the Start-Run prompt (hit Windows key +R ) and type in the following jibber-jabber:

“C:\\Program Files\\PUTDIRECTORYOFTHEINSTALLATION HERE\\firefox” -profilemanager -no-remote

Make sure you actually put the directory of the installation in the above notice. For instance, if you installed Firefox 4.01 in C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox 4.01 the above notice will be:

"C:\\Program Files\\Mozilla Firefox 4.01\\firefox" -profilemanager -no-remote

So, modify it accordingly. You should see a box like this:

Except, yours probably only has the default profile at the moment. What we want to do now is create a profile for every version of Firefox you’re going to run. Let’s start with the version you just installed.

1)      Simply click “Create Profile” and follow the simple steps. I suggest calling the profile the same as the version you just installed.

2)      You’re almost finished. What we want to do now is modify the shortcut to let Windows know that you want to use that specific Firefox profile with that version, so right click on the shortcut on your desktop (or wherever it is) and in target, input the following:

“”C:\Program Files\Change2Dir\firefox.exe” -P ProfileName -no-remote”

3)      That’s it – repeat all these steps for all the different versions of Firefox you plan to install J!

Generally, for our lay-audience we recommend uninstalling the new version before installing the older version. In fact, for most of the more ‘evil’ companies (yes, I judge a company as evil based on the version-control it wants to have), it won’t even let you install the older versions over a newer one (Skype). Luckily for you, the reader – Mozilla isn’t an evil company and allows you to have multiple installations at once.

If you want to debate with me on what makes a company evil or have any general comments or feedback, please feel free to leave a comment below.


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Opera v.11.01 / Mozilla Firefox 3.6 / Google Chrome 9.0 Comparison

The ubiquitous Microsoft Internet Explorer seems to have been around, in its various incarnations, forever and, perhaps because it comes with Microsoft Windows, it’s held the number one slot for web browsers for a while too. However, recent years have seen the rise of a whole gaggle of competitors to IE’s crown, all of which claim to be better than the Microsoft offering, and each other.

Firstly, it needs to be said that there is, and always has been, a great deal of product loyalty when it comes to software. Much akin to the eternal arguments about Pcs Vs. Macs, Windows Vs. Linux etc, these are arguments which you just can’t win, as some people who have been using one or the other for years, aren’t interested in the virtues of anything else; however, it’s worth knowing that, whilst IE has been around forever, and is still the most commonly used web browser, the competition, three of the most popular of which we will look at here, is, in many ways, much better. Continue reading →