the new site, so it was also the first time in a long while that I had
any face time with Internet Explorer version 6, the most current
release. I logged into our Web interface and was immediately greeted with a
popup ad that encouraged me to satisfy my urge for an attractive young
lady by clicking on a button within the ad. Now I'm not that stupid, so
I just clicked on the "X" to close the popup window altogether. Boy,
was that the wrong thing to do. No sooner had I "closed" it than I had
three more windows fighting for control of my desktop, offering me
everything from advice on home mortgages to a flashing banner
announcing that I had finally won a million dollars.
While scrambling to restore order to my system, I noticed a small icon
on the bottom of the Internet Explorer screen. I passed my mouse over
the icon and it proudly announced that "Internet Explorer has blocked a
popup ad" or something to that effect. It had? What about the other three
that I was fighting off at the moment? Apparently I must have wanted
those to appear or it surely would've blocked them too, right?
I asked one of my colleagues, a frequent IE user, if she
ever experienced this behavior. She replied that she hadn't because
"some kind of popup blocker got installed or something." I tried
logging into my Web interface from her machine and was assaulted again,
albeit with a new ad. She told me that, "Yes, I still do get a few, but
nothing like I used to." Wow.
Which leads me to ask: Do people actually use Internet
Explorer? I simply cannot believe that the majority of the Web surfing
public (62.2% according to
a survey done at W3
Schools) has become so complacent as to accept this bombardment as
normal. Although I didn't actually count them all, I am willing to bet
that I was assaulted with no fewer than 20 popups in the 30 minutes
that I spent using Internet Explorer -- with the popup blocker enabled
I spend a lot of time in front of a computer every day surfing the Web. I can't remember
the last time I saw a popup of any kind since I made the switch to
Mozilla Firefox. Why isn't everyone
using this browser?
Is it because it doesn't come bundled with every free promotional CD I get? I opened a box of cereal a couple weeks ago and out popped a CD. Along with the free
AOL hours on the CD was -- you guessed it -- Internet Explorer.
Or maybe it is because people are simply too lazy to download and
install a new browser. That could be, but if you're going to spend the time to
download the new "Star Wars" trailer, why not do yourself a favor and
enhance your Internet experience by downloading Firefox too?
My hat is off to the people at the Mozilla Foundation for coming out
with this software. I really hope they are successful. But, then again,
I don't see Firefox in my Wheaties yet.