Friday, April 17, 2009

How to Scare IE Users into Upgrading with only ONE Line of Code


These older browsers are a swiss-cheese of security holes, allowing black-hats out there to take over computers, construct bot-nets, and even steal their victim’s identity, most of the time without their knowledge.

We can tell them they need to upgrade until we’re blue in the face, but how can we “convince” them to actually do it? Let’s face it, if they haven’t upgraded already, the usual tactics haven’t work and chances are they won’t work regardless of how much we “gently ask” them to upgrade.

Maybe we can use some “black hat tactics” to scare them into upgrading! It sounds worse that it really is, and no hacking/exploiting is involved.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

More IE6 Fixes

A couple more articles on fixing IE6-related issues.

10 Fixes That Solve IE6 Problems
IE6 CSS Fixer : Starter Kit

Have fun.

10 Cool Things We’ll Be Able To Do Once IE6 Is Dead

James Edwards at SitePoint talks about the 10 cool things that we will finally be able to do once IE6 is dead.

Update: Looks like this is very popularly retweeted.

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Firefox 3 market share crawls past IE 7 in Europe

According to Web analytics firm StatCounter, Firefox 3 has finally surpassed the popularity of Internet Explorer 7 in Europe. Internet Explorer's total marketshare across all versions, however, still exceeds that of Firefox.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Microsoft IE8 getting automatic rollout

Was slightly happy when I saw this piece of news that IE8 will be automatically pushed to users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008. However, according to Microsoft,
IE8 will not automatically install on machines. Users must opt-in to install IE8. Users will see a Welcome screen that offers choices: Ask later, install now, or don’t install.
Come on Microsoft, I am sure you can do better than that. Just make it mandatory for users to download it as if it's a big security fix. Things won't get better if users can opt out of it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

IE6 Upgrade Warning

Here's a nice little script which will display a nice message asking users using IE6 to upgrade to better browsers.

Stop Hanging on to Obsolete Software

I tell you this - if you stick with IE6 for a while longer, one day you will wake up, and all your favorite pages will stop working. Facebook will be all out of alignment, and you won’t be able to update your status. Google maps wont work, and etc. That will be the day when we stop giving a flying fuck about IE6. Think about it.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Top 10 reasons to switch from Internet Explorer 6:

Top 10 reasons to switch from Internet Explorer 6 (Extracted from the Unofficial Google Operating System Blog)
  1. Switch to a more secure browser.
  2. Get a faster browser.
  3. Web pages will look better.
  4. Use a browser that it's not closely integrated with your operating system.
  5. Try a browser that has native support for Ajax.
  6. Open less windows by using tabs.
  7. Get a search box without installing toolbars.
  8. Get anti-phishing protection.
  9. Web developers will thank you.
  10. If IE6 is no longer a popular browser, developers will spend more time releasing new features.

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Anti-IE6 Disclaimer

Found in Twitter Search: Interesting Anti-IE6 disclaimer over at
Hi, if you are coming to this site via Internet Explorer 6, you might not be getting the best experience possible. Honestly, I can't even begin to think about what your entire experience on the internet must be like? (...probably like riding a bike on the highway while cars blow by you on their way to Costco to get gallons of mayonnaise and 60-inch plasma TV's). How will you ever be able to use this website?????? You wont. You're an asshole and your browser is an asshole. So look, I'm going to be honest: I kind of hate you. BUT we c-a-n make this work. Here is what I am going to need you to do: fire up your Toshiba ShitBook© that weighs about 45 pounds, wipe the Cheeto dust off the screen, download Safari ( ), delete Internet Explorer from your computer, punch yourself in the face, and get me a pulled pork sandwich.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

8 Javascript solutions to common CSS problems

After so many anti-IE posts, let's have something positive. The catswhocode blog has an article on using Javascript to fix common CSS problems, most of which unsurprisingly affects IE.

6 html and javascript codes to crash IE6

If your website has enough clout, these html and javascript codes might be what you need to get your users to upgrade to a better browser. If not, it's still fun anyway. :)

Anti-IE6 sentiments on Twitter

Not long ago, I twitted about the desire to have a malware writer to write a malware which will replace IE6 with IE7. Apparently, I am not the only one.

Turns out @codepo8 twitted this a little earlier:
Wouldn't it be awesome if it turned out that conficker only removes IE6 and replaces it with Firefox with an IE skin? pleasepleaseplease
And @designorant twits:
Here is an idea: make a virus that will automatically upgrade your IE6 to IE7. Easy?
I am sure there are more. :)

IE6 Voodoo Doll

Do you hate IE6 enough to build this voodoo doll by Teresa Watts aka Chisa?

Easing the transition from IE6 to using newer browsers…

Christian Heilmann talks about a novel way to ease the transition from IE6 to newer, more capable browsers.