Rumble on Frozen Lake

Opinion: The responses to a column on my troubled installation of Internet Explorer 7 accuse me of everything from being anti-Microsoft to the decline of Western Civilization.

When I wrote a piece on my experience installing (or trying to install) Internet Explorer 7 on my IBM ThinkPad, I expected a strong response from both the pro-Microsoft and the pro-Firefox parties. I wasnt disappointed.

However, there was some useful input. Read to the bottom of this article to find out how one reader was able to overcome the frozen pad problem by making a few regedit entries.

One caveat here, making changes in regedit can get you into a whole lot of system problems if you dont know what you are doing. Ive edited the comments for length, taken out the profanity and Ive taken out the names of the writers and contact information all in the name of harmony.

Heres a letter that manages to accuse me of everything from being anti-Microsoft to the decline of Western Civilization. It almost made me wish the install had worked.

I am sorry that you are so anti-Microsoft that it literally drips thru all of your writings, but to complain about Microsoft actually confirming that you are legally upgrading a legal copy of a product that they manufactured is just a bit too much for me.

If one elects to run illegally obtained software then do they have any right to complain about the vendor not wanting to support them with yet further upgrades of said illegal products?

Gee, wonder of wonders. An obvious anti-Microsoft writer/editor cant even get Internet Explorer installed properly and he wants to bitch about Microsoft and attempts to fight the growing problem of Piracy. Sorry, but I have hundreds of non-technical (almost computer illiterate) clients who have managed to install that very same Internet Explorer update without nary a problem... Hmm...

Perhaps you would be better at writing about and supporting the "freeware" marketplace instead of the Microsoft marketplace... Whats that, you say there arent enough people willing to pay to support your writing about freeware? Hmmm, and not enough manufacturers willing to buy ads in a publication touting only freeware to pay your bills?

Can we say "HYPOCRITE", or how about "BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU". Either describe you to a "T".

And we wonder why so many young people today have only contempt for the law and certain manufacturers...

/zimages/5/28571.gifMicrosoft releases IE 7 as a free download. Click here to read more.

Thanks but no thanks, with you as the eWEEK editor in chief I can no longer support eWEEK by recommending it to my clients. I would be too worried that they would start believing all your anti-Microsoft anti-anti-piracy rhetoric and put themselves in danger of violating copyright laws at your behest.

Heres a letter along the lines of the first one, but it at least give me an option of blaming my laptop rather than simply accusing me of bias and incompetence. I wonder if laptops can have hurt feelings?

Regarding your eWEEK article that I read on Sunday the 22nd, you are …

Blatantly anti-Microsoft, your computer is sub-standard, or you are incompetent. Reading your silly report about IE 7, Im not sure which.

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