There is a common saying among Geeks that Internet Explorer is only good for one thing… downloading a different Internet Browser. While it is an elitist viewpoint, it is also fairly accurate. Far too many of our customers are adversely affected simply because they are using the worst choice for browsing the internet. Some aren’t aware they have a choice, and some just
like to stick with what’s familiar.
- Market Share. Internet Explorer is the most widely used Internet Browser. The “Bad Guys” aim their malware at the largest targets possible. Why willingly put yourself in their cross-hairs?
- Buggy. Microsoft fixes bugs (“Internet Explorer has stopped working” sound familiar?) in Internet Explorer on a fixed schedule. But, bugs are not discovered on a schedule which means IE users remain vulnerable to known bugs until the next scheduled bug fix roll-out. Neither Firefox nor Chrome (my preferred browser) are locked into a schedule.
- Flash. The topic of bugs in popular software brings Adobe’s Flash Player to mind. Internet Explorer users with Flash enabled in their browser get notified of new versions of Flash using a very flawed (annoying) system. And, when they are notified, they need to manually install the new version of Flash. Chrome does this by itself without every bothering you.
- Chrome. My favorite browser by a mile. Safer. Faster. It takes you to the exact same internet. You can install chrome on ANY computer running ANY operating system, as well as iPhones, iPads and Androids. The newest versions of Internet Explorer don’t even work on all versions of Windows anymore. My favorite feature of Chrome is the bookmarks. It automatically syncs bookmarks I add, edit or remove across every computer and mobile device I own. For instance, if I add a bookmark to www.supergeekslubbock.com on my computer at work, that bookmark will automatically be added to every device I own with Chrome installed.
Some online services don’t work in Chrome (it’s becoming rarer). We have an online Work Order system that we have to use in Internet Explorer. But that is ALL I use it for. I have a shortcut on the desktop that opens that site in I.E. and all of my other browsing is done in Chrome. This also keeps random searches, cookies and downloads done in Chrome from effecting our Work Order system.
If you are using Internet Explorer, I urge you to at least test drive a different browser. A few options (click to download):
Safari (it works on PCs too!)
If you give Chrome a try, please let me know what you think about it! Also, if you have ANY technology related questions, send them to us or just come by the shop. I would love to do a Q&A Newsletter soon!
So you have Windows 8 and the statistical chance of you not liking it is high. “Classic Shell” is a great free program that might just make Windows 8 more user friendly for you. Once you download and install it on your Windows 8 PC, it will put a start button back where it belongs. (a real start button, not the fake Windows 8.1 type) It has a host of other features like disabling the corner pop ups, booting straight to the desktop, and much more. I still highly recommend learning Windows 8, as you will still need to understand the new interface to accomplish certain tasks (class Monday!), but Classic Shell can be a great transitional tool while you get used to the new features of Windows 8. Download here for Windows 8 devices.
If you ever use PowerPoint presentations, or you are looking for a great way to present information to a group or potential client, check out SlideShark. It’s a free PowerPoint presentation app for iPhone and iPad. You can easily navigate slides by tapping or swiping, display the presentation through your iPad (will work with TVs/Projectors using appropriate connectors) and control the slideshow using an iPhone. It has many cool and easy to use features and is much better than lugging around and setting up a laptop for a presentation. -For iPhones, iPads.