Should Microsoft Change Internet Explorer’s Name?

Should Microsoft Change Internet Explorer’s Name?

feature -ieApparently, Microsoft recently looked at the possibility of changing its famous browser’s name. Then, after due consideration, decided to leave it as is.

This makes a lot of sense to me on both levels. Firstly, a re-branding may well help overcome Internet Explorer’s negative public image. Let’s face it, much of the negative attitude is a hang over from earlier versions and doesn’t really apply today. Releasing new versions under a different monicker would tend to distance Microsoft’s browser from the old Internet Explorer brandname.

So why drop the idea? Ironically, this also makes sense. For many less technologically savvy users, Internet Explorer isn’t a browser, it is the Internet. That’s to say, lots of folks don’t get that their browser is something that can be changed. And I suspect that the people who use Internet Explorer simply because it is just there and [for them] synonymous with the Internet, would make up a substantial portion of Internet Explorer users.

Personally, I’d welcome a name change for Internet Explorer, but it looks unlikely to eventuate.

Twitter’s 23 million Bot Accounts

twitter-logoTwitter raised eyebrows last month when it suggested that many of its active users aren’t actually human, now we know how many.  By Twitter’s own admission, 8.5% of its accounts are BOTS. amounting to 23 million out of a total 271 million user base.

As a report from Quartz points out, not all these automated accounts are spewing out spam. Let’s face it though, many of them would be.

The 8.5% of automated accounts have since been described by Twitter as “having automatically contacted our servers for regular updates“. A bot is a bot by any other name. <source>

I had to chuckle at one of the reader comments submitted in response to this story…”8.5% are bots and the rest are mostly just “twits

Lavabit Creator Announces New Secure Email Concept

Lavabit-LogoLadar Levison, creator of the now defunct Lavabit encrypted email provider, has emerged from the ashes with a new project called Dark Mail. The Dark Mail project is developing Dime, a set of new email protocols its creators hope will revolutionize the way the world communicates online.

Dime uses multiple layers of cryptography to protect an email’s content and metadata from beginning to end as an email is passed through the Internet from sender to recipient(s). The idea is to create an email system in which no service provider has all the information about a message, so there is no entity (such as Lavabit, for example) for federal authorities to put pressure on.

Dime’s creators hope that, if enough people begin using the service on their own, a major email service provider, such as Google, Yahoo or Microsoft, might adopt it and everything will snowball from there.<source>

Robin Williams to be Memorialized in Popular Games

robin-williamsFollowing the shock of Robin Williams’ premature passing comes news of moves to honor the popular comedian/actor by memorializing him via in-game characters. Robin Williams was not only a a very funny comedian and great actor, he was also an ardent gamer.

One such push is coming from the WoW (World of Warcraft) community to create a non-player character in Mr. Williams likeness. This seems to be pretty much confirmed as a done deal if the following Tweet from Blizzard is anything to go by… “Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world. We’ll see you in-game”.

Robin Williams was a great fan of the iconic Nintendo game, Legend of Zelda, so much so that he named his daughter “Zelda”. A fan based petition has been started at to name a character after the much loved actor in an upcoming Zelda game. At the time of writing this article, the petition has 80,000 signatures.

Comcast at it Again – Man Struggles to Cancel Subscription

Chicago resident Aaron Spain was kept on hold for more than three hours after calling to cancel his Comcast service. The call was placed following a month of unsuccessfully trying to get Comcast to fix his service. After going through the interminable automatic menu process, Mr. Spain was eventually transferred to the retention department, but didn’t actually get to talk to anyone because they kept him on hold for so long, the office finally closed.



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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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