Well, today is the day I removed Internet Explorer’s icon from my desktop. I have to admit that my capitalist principles were trembling a bit as I relegated the little ‘e’ in its orbit to the trash bin. Surely a well-run corporation can make a browser that is more complete, better tested, and more reliable than a bunch of guys working for nothing! Oh, well. The fact is that I have had Firefox’s icon on my desktop right below IE’s for a couple of years now. If you’re a developer then testing scripts and pages under both is a requirement, and Firebug, a “peel the onion” web forensic tool that runs as a Firefox plug-in, is probably the most useful web development tool I have ever downloaded. But FF was my back-up browser.
So, out with the old, in with the newer. I changed the file associations in the registry for .htm and .html files. I visited all the news sites and forums where I have perma-logins and established the cookies in Firefox, and then deleted the IE icon as previously related. I’ll give IE another go when 8.0 is released, probably, but for the moment the team at Mozilla is doing a much better job. I read recently that some young Aussie Microsoft developer had the nerve to ask Steve Ballmer at a conference why the company continued to invest in IE when open source renderers like Webkit were much better? Ballmer didn’t fire the guy, and actually seemed to be listening. It was a good question. Perhaps they will come up with the right answer.