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Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

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    Hi All,

    The federal governments is urging people to scrap Microsoft IE in favor of any other browser because of yet another flaw that could allow hackers access to sensitive information on your computer and Microsoft is NOT happy.

    What browser do you use? let us know so we can drop IE



    I have not heard about this Federal goverment request.

    Please back up your statement with specific references.

    I suspect you've been duped by an internet prankster.



      Give Opera a try.


        RE: ON THE RADIO

        Hi Melvin,

        No I have not been duped by an internet prankster like whats in the subject line for this I heard it on the
        RADIO this morning.



          RE: ON THE RADIO

          The warning was issued by US-CERT, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. However the only recomendation that I have seen is for users to exercise caution when enabling Javascript in their browser. See for the actual warning. I did find a couple of articles online that say CERT recomended not using IE, but I can not find this actual recomendation on CERT's site.

          The CERT web site ( is a very good resource for security related information and everyone would be well serverd to spend a while browsing it. They have several articles with details on how to protect your PC from many Internet attacks and viruses.


          Lenny Forziati
          Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
          Alpha Software Corporation


            RE: ON THE RADIO

            surfing with Mozilla Firefox 0.9 for the past week. I also avoid Outlook as much a possible, not because it is necessarily more flawed than other products, but because it is targeted more by folks looking to cause problems.


              RE: ON THE RADIO

              Hi Paul:
              I've heard great things about FireFox but haven't tried it yet.
              I'm also concerned about Outlook and thought Mozilla Thunderbird looked promising. Have you tried it yet?

              Comments from others??



                RE: ON THE RADIO

                Hi Melvin,

                Check this out-



                  RE: ON THE RADIO

                  Browser: FireFox 0.9.1

                  E-Mail Client: PocoMail 3.1

                  PIM: Palm 4 (even though I use a WinCE Pocket PC)


                    RE: ON THE RADIO

                    Installed and used it, but my email needs are rather modest. I don't know how more demanding users would rate it. Setup was a breeze, and it did what I needed.

                    You may want to check to see what the combined size is for the Firefox/Thunderbird downloads and compare that to Mozilla 1.7 which includes browser and email client in one package (along with a couple of other goodies.


                      RE: ON THE RADIO

                      Another browser to look at is MyIE2 - check the May 2004 issue of PC World ( for a review.

                      Dave Jampole

                      Women and cats will do whatever they want. The sooner men and dogs realize that, the happier they will be.


                        RE: ON THE RADIO

                        I tried Firefox. Worked great for about the first week; quick, fast, speedy. Then I started getting what looked like it's screen image mixed in with the background image and a variety of different screen repaint issues. So, I quit using and went to netscape.

                        As I understand, Firefox is Mozilla's "beta" browser. As stated at, "This technology preview of our award winning next generation browser is a sign of things to come from Mozilla." Then there's Mozilla 1.7, and I think Mozilla has something to do with Netscape.

                        Thank you,
                        Mike Konoff


                          RE: ON THE RADIO

                          Mike Konoff wrote:
                          As I understand, Firefox is Mozilla's "beta" browser. As stated at, "This technology preview of our award winning next generation browser is a sign of things to come from Mozilla." Then there's Mozilla 1.7, and I think Mozilla has something to do with Netscape.


                          Mozilla is a SUITE of programs (web browsing, email, HTML editing, IRC chat, etc), the famous Navigator, Messenger, and Composer components.
                          Netscape is a REPACKAGING of Mozilla with some minor changes. This is similar to StarOffice (Sun's answer to MS Office), which is a repackaged version of the free OpenOffice.
                          FireFox and ThunderBird are STANDALONE next-generation products that will eventually replace Navigator and Messenger in the Mozilla suite.
                          Also, be careful with other browsers that are out there. A lot of those browsers actually use Internet Explorer's engine to render web pages, so you will have all the associated problems with IE in those browsers.Dave