Re: Using Google to read RMMGA
- From: "Mitch" <MK7_at_comcast_dot_netspamnyet>
- Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 21:30:24 -0600
Sorry for top post. Thanks Tor et al. Very informative post(s).
"Tor" <tausenet@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> In article <_MGdneof74iWKwjenZ2dnUVZ_s2dnZ2d@xxxxxxxxxxx>,
> "Mitch" <MK7_at_comcast_dot_netspamnyet> writes:
>>You guys are peaking my interest here.
>>How much would it rock my world to
>>switch over to something like Mozilla
>>from the standard IE/OE setup? I have
>>a new computer running all the typical
>>Microsoft related stuff with XP.
> First, a disclaimer: I don't actually use Windows much. I have a dual-boot
> laptop where I just occasionally (once a month) switches over to Windows
> to run some special application, then I also do some maintenance on my
> sister's family's Windows XP box.
> However, on the latter I installed Mozilla Firefox and my sister and her
> family seemed to like it instantly. Apparently there's not much of a
> learning curve at all but you get several benefits right away - like
> blocking (and you're told about it the first time a pop-up is blocked, and
> shown the configuration page which you can visit and fine-tune later).
> Obviously I also have Firefox (as well as the older bigger Mozilla) on the
> Win2000-partition on my laptop.
> On the Windows systems that I touch I use IE for just two things
> - Windows Update. It's made for IE and it's safe to use IE there too.
> - Some Microsoft web pages need IE, in particular some download stuff they
> have are using some weird Active-X - based download mechanism instead of
> the normal standard HTTP way (go figure!).
> And very rarely:
> - Some terminally ill web designers are infected with something that
> we can 'optimize' for it", which in practice means "oh, you're not using
> bail out here". Fortunately this happens less and less these days (one
> them was my bank - it allowed only two browsers and I complained and
> explained them the error of their ways - and the feedback I got was that
> I was completely correct in all my observations and they would rectify
> this and gave me the date for when it should be completed too! I had
> to go and have a sit-down..)
> Another piece of software you might be interested in if you're wary of
> what gets through to your browser is the 'privoxy' junk filtering proxy
> (http://www.privoxy.org is the web site I believe). It's simple to use:
> Install it, then configure the browser to use a proxy (it's explained
> in the privoxy docu and on the web site probably, but the proxy is
> or 127.0.0.1 and port 8118) and suddenly a lot of annoying stuff goes away
> (like moving banners.. you can force it to show it though by clicking on
> the little pattern where it "should" have been). The browser (at least
> Firefox) can be configured to pass some sites directly through instead
> of going through the filtering proxy, useful for special sites.
> If you're on dial-up it'll help a lot to have this proxy for performance
> reasons, because a lot of non-essential big pictures and stuff won't be
> downloaded at all, and everything becomes more snappy (my old father uses
> the proxy on his dial-up internet connection, he doesn't use Windows but
> privoxy works on other operating systems too).
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