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Internet Explorer 9 – Tips & Info
Wednesday, May 04th, 2011 | Author:

We have been using IE 9 now for a month or so, and it works really well, but it has a few little differences and as we all know, some differences can be annoying or aggravating. IE 9 is not available for XP, only Vista and Windows 7.

IE9 is supposed to be more secure and have better security built in and it does, but it comes with a few differences in the way the browser works.

The biggest difference for me, is when downloading a file. They have radically changed how the download confirmation button looks and where it is located. For years, we would see a pop up window in the middle saying “DO you want to download this file?” and Yes or NO buttons were right there. Then they moved it to the top of the window in a long yellow box asking if you wanted to download the file.

Now you have to look at the bottom of the window, and there is a long strip across the bottom that asked
IE9 download notification
Normally you will click on the save button. But if you just click on SAVE, it will save it to the last location you saved a file to, and when done, it will ask if you want to run or go to the location where the download file is. You also have the choice to SAVE AS (rename it and put it where you want) and to Save it and then Run the file. This is much more Firefox or Chrome like in the way you download. There is nothing wrong with it, I am just having a hard time getting used to that, and I download a lot of files.

The other key difference is a security feature, but a bit of a pain if you are not used to it. IE9 will pop up on the bottom of the screen after first installing it, or after you install a tool bar or other “add on” to your browser. It asks, do you want to enable this add on? And you can decide whether or not you want it to load.

Why does it do this? So when you accidently, unknowingly download a stupid toolbar for Google or whatever, and then it installs it, IE is asking if you want to run it. If you don’t have a clue, just say no or disable it. It will ask a few times, if you do nothing, it will finally stop asking you, after 5 times.

Another tip is the word menu across the top. It is not there when you start up IE9. So if you put your mouse in the top bar of the window, right click and a menu comes up, and if you click on “Menu Bar” you will get the old “File, Edit, View…” Text buttons across the top.

I like the clean look, not a lot of junk to clutter up the screen, and also it seems very fast.

Yes they are at it again.

Last week a US Senate committee has approved a huge cyber security bill that some people say will give the President the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyber attack.

Sponsors of the Bill, Including Joe Lieberman refute this and explain that it gives the president a “kill switch.”

Section 249 (a) 1.

“The President may issue a declaration of a national cyber emergency to covered critical infrastructure.”

This bill was introduced earlier in the month and would create a White House Office for Cyber Security.

This is just another power grab by the government to control more things in our lives.

The bill says that the government’s jurisdiction would be over the “critical infrastructure.” It is not defined, and very open ended what it really includes.

It goes on to say that the term “Cyberspace” includes “communications networks, computer systems, embedded processors and controllers in critical industries.”

The part that scares me, is that with power like that, an “emergency” can be declared, and if the President wants to shut down the Internet he can. Of course, this is all tied in to the department of Homeland Security.

With much of the talk that I have seen in this administration about Silencing Conservative talk radio, and wanting to regulate blogs and news online. I would say this is a bit unnerving.

Cyber Security is very important, but giving the President all of that power, without any consultation or approval of Congress or the Senate is dead wrong.

Am I the only one that sees that the government (both Democrats and Republicans) are doing things that are continuing to give them more power and us less freedom?

If you would like to read the bill for yourself, here is the Link, just click on the Full text and you can download the .pdf file.

Cyberspace Act of 2010

Earlier this month a company in Johannesburg tested whether a DSL connection could transfer data faster than a carrier pigeon could.
The 11 month old pigeon flew 1 hour and 8 minutes to deliver the data 50 miles with a memory stick attached to its leg.
The Download on a DSL line was the looser at 2 hours and nearly 7 minutes.
Reuters reported that the South African Technology company did this stunt to show how slow the DSL connections are in that country. They do have underwater fiber optic lines planned for next year.
The bird won by quite a margin and it just goes to show you, slow connections are not EVEN for the birds….
Is The Internet Running out of Bandwidth?
Sunday, May 03rd, 2009 | Author:

When the Internet first started up, it really was used as a government and Educational resource to store and gain access to research material. It was never originally designed to do what we do today. It is like creating a wagon for the kids to play in, then eventually it turns into an aircraft capable of flying across the State!

A few years ago it was becoming evident that the Internet was running out of Internet addresses. This is a lot like our phone numbers, how we run out of prefixes or even area codes, because we need more numbers for more people. The Internet experts planned ahead and now they have added the possibility of bazillions of new Internet addresses for websites.

The next issue with the growth of the Internet is bandwidth or lack of it. Bandwidth is the size of the “pipe” that the internet uses to send information back and forth. The Internet originally was touted as the information super highway, and that is really a good analogy. There are big pipelines, like telephone lines or cable lines that stretch across the country, and world. Those connections only have so much space for information to travel on, just like on the roads.

If you have even been on the I5 near Portland or any big city during rush hour, you know what I am talking about. One traffic reporter I used to listen to years ago would always say, “too many cars, not enough pavement,” during big traffic jams.

Well my friends, experts seem to think that is going to happen to the Internet. From the computer just working slower online, to actual brownouts that could last for periods of time where the computer “freezes.”

The Sunday Times of London recently reported that the Internet may run out of bandwidth which could cause brownouts that will freeze user computers. They claim that the capacity for the amount of people and the amount of things they are doing, is taxing the Internet.

A report done by an American Think Tank Nemertes Research, says that “the web has reached a critical point..” They also say that more people are working from home and this is taking a toll on bandwidth.

Everything you do on the Internet takes bandwidth. Just like your electricity in your house. Some things in the house take much more electricity, and others take much less. If you are sending an email, it takes a small amount. If you send a huge attachment, that takes more. If you are just checking a website for plane tickets, that takes very little bandwidth. Watching your favorite network TV show online takes a lot of bandwidth.

Some of the things that take up large amounts of bandwidth are things such as YouTube and streaming movies or TV online. Those all take tremendous amounts of bandwidth, and it all adds up. Other things that many do not talk about are people who fileshare (or illegally download movies, music, software) and many Internet providers have taken action to minimize the filesharing by customers.

The current administration is putting huge amounts of money into infrastructure and the Internet and to give people access to the Internet, so it is hard to say how that will affect things.

The thing I do not like about this report is that if it got that bad, and the internet slowed down or just stopped working for periods of time, it makes it sound like your computer will stop working, your house will collapse on you, and your wife and dog will run away. I think it is a bit of fear mongering, because it would have nothing to do with your local computer, only things you are trying to do on the Internet.

We do a lot on the Internet today. Here I sit putting up a blog on the Internet, sending out email, and working on my website this afternoon. A lot of my business relies on the Internet, as many of your businesses and personal lives do too. So many of you are without jobs and looking now. Big business also relies heavily on the Internet. The Internet is critical to many people for a lot of reasons.

So maybe there could be some problems in the near future if something is not done. There is definitely need for the experts to work on solutions, but there is no need to panic as the article somewhat suggests.

Here is a link to the original Sunday Times of London Article