There must be some connection here

1. Trini’s out of town for the next eight or nine days.

2. I just installed Internet Explorer 8 on my notebook.

So far, the only noxious thing it did was reposition the Language Bar, which I don’t much need, on the Windows Taskbar.

Justifications I plan to offer:

  • I wanted to see if you could install IE 8 directly over IE 6 without ever going through IE 7. (Answer: Yes.)
  • It never hurts to check out one’s coding in other browsers, and, well, I already have Safari.

Then again, she also warned me against Windows XP Service Pack 3, which I have now installed on three machines without incident. Maybe she’s just more cautious than I am — or maybe she’s sufficiently disillusioned by end users that she doesn’t trust anyone to be able to deal with this sort of thing. Having met some of those users, I can certainly understand why.


  1. SnoopyTheGoon »

    6 June 2009 · 5:43 am

    Installed IE 8 a week ago. Aside of new problems with some Hebrew sites, it behaves almost indistinguishably from the 7. Which is not saying much.

  2. McGehee »

    6 June 2009 · 10:27 am

    I installed IE8 the other day, and promptly began having trouble with Firefox. When rolling back to IE7 didn’t fix it, I eventually discovered the culprit was some other update I’d downloaded and installed at the same time.

    Apparently the wrong display adapter driver can make Firefox respond painfully slowly under certain circumstances, such as typing a comment in the textarea of the comment form at

    So you can see why I needed to address this problem.

  3. Brian J. »

    6 June 2009 · 2:34 pm

    If you’re worried about browser compatibility, remember some larger corporations have yet to upgrade from IE 6 because they spent bajillions writing in-house applications that run on them.

    As for XP SP3, I have installed it correctly on one machine, but on another it forced the machine into perpetual reboot mode because it didn’t play well with Norton Go Back or something. Norton Go Back, on the other hand, solved the problem for me.

  4. CGHill »

    6 June 2009 · 3:51 pm

    I had no issues with SP3, a fact which startled even me. Then again, I do strive for, as McCartney said, a “clean machine.”

  5. Kay Dennison »

    6 June 2009 · 4:16 pm

    I installed both with no problems but IE 8 doesn’t like some URLs — especially Blogger. I’d use Firefox but it doesn’t like some other apps that I use frequently. Sigh. Sometimes I want to go back to DOS commands.

  6. McGehee »

    6 June 2009 · 7:24 pm

    I don’t even remember installing SP3, so I must have had no troubles with it. Of course, I avoid Norton products almost as vehemently as I avoid mayonnaise.

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