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bilky asko5,495 posts since 9 Sep 2006
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Guess they want to give you the truest experience?


Needs to cut you off the internet at the worst possible moment, take five minutes to get reconnected (at a slower speed) and then have to download the entire cowing page again because Internet Explorer decided not to cache any of it.

Of course there were other browsers around in 1998 (Netscape was dominant until Internet Explorer took that crown until 2012 when Chrome snatched it) but back then most people just used Internet Explorer because, well there it was looking at you on the desktop.

Chrome took until 2012 to overtake Internet Explorer ?!


Consider that they will be international figures and will include businesses that tend to be more cautious at changing software. Firefox was the alternative browser for a long time, but never really made waves on mobile. Chrome launched around the same time as Android in 2008, so to become the dominant browser in just under 4 years is pretty impressive.
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Neil Jones5,417 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
For a very long time a lot of business stuff only ever worked on Internet Explorer for various legacy reasons and if you moved away from it that stuff stopped working primarily because it would use technologies that only Internet Explorer used - ActiveX was the main culprit here.

Chrome will be 11 years old next month and predated "Android 1.0" by about three weeks, though Android had been tooted for years previously. For completeness: Internet Explorer dates from 1994, Firefox as we know it now dates from 2004 but it was forked from the old Netscape Navigator project. Netscape and Opera date from 1994 but Netscape now lives on under the name of Seamonkey after Mozilla decided to throw their weight behind Firefox. The oldest web browser still going is Lynx, a text/line based browser, having started in 1992!
DVB Cornwall8,390 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
For a very long time a lot of business stuff only ever worked on Internet Explorer for various legacy reasons and if you moved away from it that stuff stopped working primarily because it would use technologies that only Internet Explorer used - ActiveX was the main culprit here.


I still use an aggregator that's welded to ActiveX and IE.
james-20015,066 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Which is what loads and loads of people did, sadly. Including my sister, the amount of times I had to get rid of the crap she kept installing. It was hard for me to find a computer that didn't have Gator or some other crap that slowed it down to a crawl installed in the early-mid 00s. The way IE worked didn't exactly make it hard to install that crap, especially for inexperienced users.
dosxuk4,202 posts since 22 Oct 2005
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
ActiveX, the wonderful way many viruses made their way onto people's computers.


Was it ActiveX that caused the viruses, or was it because IE was the most used browser that it's plug in technology was the better target. The plug in format for netscape was just as much of a security hole as activeX, but gets none of the criticism...

Both were designed in the days of the internet being for geeks though and the idea that you could use it for nefarious purposes was generally ignored.
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Neil Jones5,417 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
ActiveX, the wonderful way many viruses made their way onto people's computers.


Was it ActiveX that caused the viruses, or was it because IE was the most used browser that it's plug in technology was the better target. The plug in format for netscape was just as much of a security hole as activeX, but gets none of the criticism...


ActiveX was designed primarily for Intranet use where R Sole and Son could set up an applet on the intranet that their corporate users could use and install as and when. This was fine on an intranet where you could control who had access to it and what it did, but when that technology was introduced to a public web browser that could install crap like Bonzibuddy by clicking a single button as opposed to having to download, run the installer, run through the installer, omit all the other junk in the process... you can see why it was suddenly appealing, backed by the fact somewhere like 97% of all internet users were on Internet Explorer...
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Neil Jones5,417 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
IIRC search needs manual intervention from Asa because it doesn't start with the server. For some reason. Once Asa's noticed and given it a proverbial kick up the backside to get going again it'll be happy.

In the mean time:
Type "site:tvforum.uk" into Google followed by what you're searching for - "site:tvforum.uk bbc news" for all posts that mentioned BBC news.
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Rexogamer84 posts since 25 Jan 2018
London London
IIRC search needs manual intervention from Asa because it doesn't start with the server. For some reason. Once Asa's noticed and given it a proverbial kick up the backside to get going again it'll be happy.

In the mean time:
Type "site:tvforum.uk" into Google followed by what you're searching for - "site:tvforum.uk bbc news" for all posts that mentioned BBC news.

Thanks for the info! Very Happy
Arqiva, just switch to DVB-T2 already...