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Browsing with Flock

July 8, 2006

Testing out a new (to me) browser called Flock. Interesting. It is similar to Mozilla/Firefox in terms of the interface design. In fact, I am quite sure Flock is a part of Firefox.

I am composing this blog post in it and it will be my test case. As a tech junkie, I tend to tryout any new, innovative software. After downloading IE 7 Beta 3 and not having any success in getting those tiresome security controls under control, I thought I would try to unassimilate from IE “world” a bit.
So far, not so bad. Flock has an interesting feature of allowing users to blog with their accounts (mine is WordPress) but others are supported as well as adding Flickr images at the top of the browser window (haven’t investigated the usefulness of that but I’ve been adding more images to my Flickr account).

I have not been unimpressed with this new browser although I have to admit, despite the security paranoia with IE 7 Beta 3, I really enjoyed the graphical user interface. Too nice! I’ve had some unfortunate experiences in the past downloading BETA versions of software, wiping out my entire computer back in the mid-90s at UAB and earned a reputation amongst the IT guys, whom I loved but they also used my disaster as an example to the other library staff. Good thing I don’t shame easily by my tendency to engage in tech-related risk behavior.
What can I say? I worked as a systems admin person back in the 1980s, before Windows, programming in DOS. I know just enough to screw things up really well and, on the bright side, I also tend to stay current with the technology side of the library world. Something I have found in my job search that not all librarians are doing, well, at least the ones in my age group.
Alright, let’s see if I can post this.

Aach. It did not work. So, cut and pasted into a new entry. Interesting little aside here. When I googled (yo, it’s an official verb now) IE7 Beta 3, I got the Microsoft page but the URL in the Flock bar had this as the address thesource.ofallevil.com/ie/default.asp.

Clicking on the link now takes one to the MSDN page.

Hmm. Hijack? Just what the hell was that?

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