We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Update: I'm up in Homestead at the moment taking care of a computer meltdown at a business ($$), then, as long as I'm this far north, I'm planning on heading up to Miami Beach for a few days to visit a friend, so I'll postpone those two big pieces I've mentioned until next week.
In the meantime...
First, when I'm wrong about something, I admit it. That's how we grow.
As it turns out, I was wrong about the new Internet Exploder version 10. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
They did make an improvement.
Now, in my defense, I should note that they haven't made an actual, visible improvement in over a decade, so I admit I wasn't specifically looking for one, slacker that I am.
It now has a spell-checker. A real, live spell-checker, utilizing the latest modern software innovations, direct from the late 80's when the first spell-checker hit the scene. The fact that IE now utilizes this valuable late-80's technology speaks highly of the programming team.
Quickly going the other direction is Firefox. They've changed how the download box works and it's now a minor pain. Normally, it's an independent box, so you can do whatever you want with the browser, including closing it, and the downloads keep to themselves. This is also how IE does it.
It's now part of the actual browser, and if you click elsewhere, it disappears. And it's even more confusing with multiple windows and downloads going, so the whole thing comes across as kinda dumb.
The trick is to hit Ctrl-J, which will open the old independent downloads box. ('J' for 'Just the box') You can also open it from the Tools menu or the 'Download' button, 'Show all downloads'. They've eliminated the 'Pause' button for no known reason, but you can still pause the download by right-clicking on it. And, best, it means we don't have to worry about keeping browser windows open or not.
It only took four of us, but we finally figured out how to use your new update correctly. Yippee for us!
The programmers for both Firefox and Thunderbird have the "Congressional disease", the uncontrollable urge to "do something". As with Congress, the result is they are steadily making things worse. It is surely a sickness.
I simply don't understand why programmers in general and Mozilla's programmers in particular, CAN"T JUST LEAVE THINGS TO HELL ALONE!
I don't want new and completely useless "features", especially when I have to waste time learning how they work and when they make the program harder to use. Fix the bugs, protect against malware if necessary, then leave the freaking programs alone.
It seems to me that Mozilla is dead set on copying all of Microsoft's worst efforts. How long before we see Mozilla's version of Windows 8?
I usually view things like this as a form of 'job security'. Thinking of himself and his team, the Head Programmer tells the boss, "Honest, JB, demographic tests have repeatedly shown that our users want an integrated download box, rather than constantly losing track of some independent box, and we've got to give our loyal users what they want!"
"Well, Jim, you're the expert on the subject, so I'll leave it to your best judgment."
I think change to the downloads window in FF was done to facilitate the per-window private browsing mode FF also enabled with version 20. In case you'd like to keep up with the latest security updates while still having a separate download window in FF, there is a workaround. It requires a bit of work. Start a download, open up the little downloads popover and click the "Show all downloads" link. If you're not in private browsing mode, you'll get a separate window. If you are using private browsing mode (I always use it), the show all downloads link will open in its own tab which isn't detachable. This is done to ensure that the private browsing session stays private.
Control J doesn't work with a tablet (android). There isn't a control key...
I don't like Explorer either, but I have to use every 3 months or so when I order consumables for our church through Gordon Food Services. It is the only browser their clunky system recognizes. Talk about backward! Oh, and the recent upgrade in Explorer isn't compatible with their system. And the new system that GFS is promising isn't compatible with the USDA's system, which means that all the schools that order from GFS have to use the old system.