This is an angry blog entry. Read no further if that offends you.
Internet Explorer 8, or as I call it, “Aiyeeeeeee-Hate,” has completely screwed up my Internet experience, resulting in my messing up Firefox in an attempt to find out what was screwing up IE8. Now I’m having problems with both browsers. I am so frustrated!!! Four days of effort and still no joy! And everybody keeps giving me the same worthless advice.
“Hey, your wagon isn’t working right? Let’s try to reinvent the wheel all over again. Go back to the very beginning — take all the wheels off and start anew. Then we can put a whole new set of wheels on your wagon and it will go again.”
F**k you, Microsoft, and the horse you rode in on. The problem lies in IE8 — something you changed!
1) IE8 cannot seem to display web pages I have been going to for the last 4 or 5 years (or more). WTF! Why are we having a problem suddenly after updating to IE8?
2) IE8 seems to have been sent out without all the security certificates it should have included, because suddenly since updating to IE8, I cannot log in at my bank (a secure site). I get a message that roughly indicates that this may not be the site I think it is, and the safest thing to do is just close the web page. (But it’s my bank, the address is correct, and their VeriSign security certificate seems to be in good order.) There is another secure site that behaves in the same way, but not all secure sites are warning me off. [Have you ever locked yourself out of your house or apartment? Doesn’t it make you furious? Doesn’t it make you want to scream and dance up and down and wave your arms about! I’m doing that now! My husband is busying himself in another room until I cool down.]
3) Trying to publish a blog article has become so excruciating that I just want to throw something, and I’m really not that kind of person. I love my things way too much to want to break something. In both IE and Firefox, trying to upload a file to WordPress.com is next to impossible. You follow the directions and it looks like it might accept the upload after a very long time, but then it throws a blank, white page in your face and you don’t know if the upload was successful or not. If you try Refreshing the page, it takes you back a page to the beginning of the upload process. Then you have to start the upload process over again. [Insert scream here.]
One night this last week, I sat in front of my beloved computer with a stopwatch in one hand, the mouse in the other hand. I finally got a picture uploaded and in place in the article and pressed the Publish button. By the stopwatch it was 13 minutes and some odd seconds before WordPress announced success, that it was actually published in the wee hours of the morning. I had been working on it since about 10:30 in the morning.
What this experience has taught me so far is that I REALLY don’t like Microsoft’s attitude toward the typical user. They seem to say, “You’re too stupid to manage your computer by yourself, so we’re going to do it for you. Just ignore the men behind the curtain. While we help ourselves by gathering information from your machine, we won’t hurt you — MUCH!”
I am not a rank beginner. I am not a child. I am a free woman, old enough to be someone’s grandmother. I will not be folded, spindled, torn, stepped on or shoved into a corner!
I bought the computer. It belongs to me. I reserve to myself the right to control what happens to my computer and to veto any suggestions made by a well-meaning advisor if I think that is appropriate. I will listen to advice. (May not take it, but I will listen.) I am open to being taught by a teacher or mentor. But I will NOT be treated like an errant child.
Time to shop for a new browser! The reviews say Opera is blazing fast….