My parents navigate the Internet by clicking the arrow next to the address bar, and clicking the webpage they want to use. The last time I tried converting them, they also used work-related webpages with ActiveX controls, which no sane browser would ever support. Tech is slow outside of the tech industry.
My parents' Chrome usage would be a play in three Acts:
Act 1: Confusion. "Where did my Sites go? The ones that were on top. I used to click something to click the sites, but now that's gone. There's no arrow! I have to open History? I didn't have to do that before. Where did my Homepage go? What's a 'tab'?"
Act 2: Judgement. "I had this the way I like it before. I don't think I can get used to using this. And I couldn't use the Work system, so I have to keep switching between things."
Act 3: Trashbin. "That Google thing? I uninstalled that. We didn't like it. And we couldn't use it for Work."
As they say, the best user interface is the one you already know how to use.
I hopefully installed Chrome and set it as the default browser on my mom's new Windows 7 machine. Things seemed fine for a while, until I got an e-mail from her saying that whenever she clicked a link from her e-mail (Outlook, unfortunately), she'd get Chrome's "Aw, Snap!" error message -- which, incidentally, she found obnoxious.
Sure enough, it turns out that this is a common issue that occurs when a link in Outlook is followed and Chrome isn't currently running. (Things work fine if it's already up.) Whether this is a Chrome issue or an Outlook issue is unclear to me, but the bottom line is similar to above.
Installed a fully secured suite of FF in a law office w/IETabs. Forms wouldn't load in it. Chaos ensued.
None of them ever used FF again and now tell everyone it's "that crappy program tech support installed".
Now I didn't uninstall IE but I hid the icon. Lesson learned. Just leave the icon in their quicklaunch with FF on the left of it. Instruct them to use the orange icon because it's safer and faster. If they don't use it and their computer gets fubar'd you can just tell them that you told them so and fix it up for them.
The web developer in me loathes IE for obvious reasons which will not be reiterated here for the billionth time. The son in me kind of wishes my mother just had a simple netbook running windows xp, IE, and nothing else.
I don't have any problem viewing WMVs and doing whatever with them on Linux. Is VNC or mplayer available for Mac OS?
Just enabling Unity for MSIE doesn't work well enough?
They will marvel about how you "made their internet faster." I like to make it even easier for people by making two different links: one called "Internet" which takes them to Google, the other called "Email" which takes them to their web email. The results are instant simplification, security improvement, and general betterment of the web by migrating more people to the Webkit rendering engine.
Then install the following extension to change the titlebars: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/57/?id=57
Finally a bit of desktop shortcut renaming and icon-customisation, and mother will never be any the wiser!
Irony at its finest
One of the biggest annoyances for me with new windows laptops is that many of the manufacturers no longer send the windows cd to reformat if they send a cd at all it is to recover back to the condition with all crapware installed.
HP now has a recovery manager to create recovery disks for you and the last hp computer I saw had to create 5 dvds in order to recover to that state (which would probably require something like a 6 hour reinstall).
It is a sad state if you ask me that you get this now because it allows manufacturers to take away cost by bundling shareware with the computer, just a few years ago toshiba was still shipping legitimate windows cds which allowed you to reformat to normal windows.
And you can only create one set of recovery discs. I was creating recovery discs one time several years ago and the burn process failed. I had no way to start over. I never needed Windows on that computer, but if I had, I'd have had to fork over another $50 to Lenovo to get a set of discs.
That's why these days I just use Clonezilla to image the entire hard disk before Windows can even boot up for the first time. From that image, I can always restore Windows to its exact original state, and it's generally a hell of a lot faster than installing from optical media. Not to mention I can make as many copies of that Clonezilla image as I want, and store it wherever/however I want (local backup vs. offsite backup, optical media vs. hard drive vs. tape drive).
I've never seen a Linux system running Flash as "smoothly" as Windows do. That's on Arch, Fedora and Ubuntu on fairly modern computers with decent specs. 32bit seems to be better than 64bit but it's still slow and buggy.
Today found a great write up about how to exploit it here: http://www.breakingpointsystems.com/community/blog/ie-vulner...
I have no idea what any of it means. If anyone has any good links that teaches newbie concepts to these things, please do share. Thanks.
I think not.
All major browsers on all common operating systems have exploitable vulnerabilities often enough that switching browsers will not solve the problem.
So, even if Microsoft releases a patch for this latest IE vulnerability today, millions of PCs will remain unpatched for months. Valuable targets -- members of the next botnet.
By comparison, Chrome is much more aggressive about updating itself. For example, consider Chrome 6.0's short lifespan:
Also, Chrome's sandboxing is designed to assume the browser will have exploitable vulnerabilities, so there are two hoops that the exploit must jump through instead of just one. In this latest IE vulnerability there is only the one hoop and then on most machines the exploit has acquired administrator privileges.
2. Install latest version of firefox, use IE themes.
3. Make a shortcut to start firefox, but change the icon to internet explorer, the retarded blue 'e' symbol.
4. Make sure you get all the bookmarks copied over.
5. Make sure any buttons, keys or special behavior moved to equal features on firefox.
6. Also put some firefox shortcut icons around the start menu and desktop.
They won't even notice anything is different, and if they do, tell them they had to radically update it so that it would be more secure and faster.
If they were tech savvy enough to notice what you were doing, they would have the skill to change it back, and most likely would be already using firefox.
One thing that I have noticed is that Mozilla tends to push Firefox fixes out as soon as they are ready, rather than waiting for a monthly patch cycle. For a home user, that's probably good (but annoying). For a corporation, it's royal pain.