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An ode to IE 4

My cross browser machine runs 5 different versions of IE and is a great lad.

Although some of us thought that IE 4 was a bloated hunk of resource gobbling junk when it was released, it has stood the test of time remarkably well. I’m glad that it’s rare to see an IE4 entry in one’s site usage statistics, but I still like to test my sites in IE4 if possible. I’m generally happy how they come out too – a bit wonky, but usable and retaining the overall visual gist of the site. And we’re talking sites that are completely tableless and all CSS…. no browser sniffers, no tricks, and all browsers using the same stylesheet.

I never thought I’d say this – wait for it – but well done to the developers of IE 4 for their attempt at an implementation of a standards rendering browser. A shame that the momentum of this initiative was lost. Also, it’s too bad about the predatory business practices of Microsoft, but hey.

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

Browser testing machine is working!

I bought an old celeron on the most excellent trade me and tried the experiment again… so far so good – IE 3, 5, 5.5 and 6 all playing together. I’m a little worried about IE 4 – but I will check out its error message tomorrow.

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Browser testing part two

Yes, Windows 2000 runs OK on a Pentium 166, but don’t try patching it with service pack 4 or 6 – that will srew it. ‘Page down’ on a website took about 10 seconds…. Back to the drawing board!

Roseneath, Wellington, Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Browser testing

I’m setting up a browser testing machine on an old Pentium 166 (with a respectable 64 meg of RAM). Incredibly, I’ve managed to install Windows 2000 on it, and it seems to run quite well.

In terms of browsers, I initially went straight to’s browser archive, but then I discovered an article about running multiple versions of IE on a single machine.

I’m getting a network card for the PC today, and then I’ll ‘give it a go’. If it actually works, it should be much simpler than having a multiple boot machine with different versions of Windows 95/98…..

Roseneath, Wellington, Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Firefox takes the lead!

OK, it’s only half way through the month and no-one much visits this site, but so far Firefox is just ahead of IE (all versions) in the browsers used stakes. And who’s the weirdo using Netscape 4.7??

Maida Vale, London, Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Firefox: wired. IE: expired

Damn straight. The new Mozilla site is cool . Or, as they say, “Firefox: wired. IE: expired”. Yeah baby.

Maida Vale, London, Thursday, September 2nd, 2004


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