Before Firefox I had used CrazyBrowser and MyIE2 that had tabs. I found them to be worthwhile alternatives for sure for those who want to stick with IE.
However everytime I read about tabs and IE, the response from MS appears to be that Tabs are not needed. No one seems to be saying, "oh we missed the boat, lets add that feature". Why is MS so afraid of adding a simple feature like that? A feature that could
easily be turned off by the user.
Sure the security issues drive others to use something else, but tabs was one of those features that immediately drew me to use another browser besides IE. I'm one of those who use Alt+Tab to switch windows, but it is too difficult to locate which page is
which using that method with separate windows for each webpage.
I realize there are those who don't like tabs (which I cannot understand since to me that help contain things and make it much easier to manipulate multiple windows). I think for many though they simply haven't had the opportunity to give tabs a try and find
out how much better they are to have around.
I'm still interested in what IE might bring to the table in the future, but in my mind and I believe in the mind of more and more users, it is believed that MS doesn't care about IE, or at the very least doesn't care what features users want.
I don't currently have Windows Update on automatically, but do visit the site from time to time. And it is because of the annoying interruptions that it can cause to have it on automatically. I might not want to be checking at that time. Its the same
with my virus scan, no matter when I set it, always seems to end up being the wrong time.
Perhaps there should be a way for it to silently show the dialog, that would be visible if you minimized all windows, then it would show up. Or perhaps a method where you can suppress those kinds of interrupts for a specified amount of time, and after that
time they would be turned back on.
I believe though that many consumers will need the more forceful method since many don't realize that a PC to run its best should have regular mantainance. Just a balance needs to be in place. A way for those with experience to choose how Update performs.
I've tried reading on a PPC and it was just too tiresome, too small for reading long periods. Yes you can enlarge the type but then you are changing pages every paragraph or something. I think perhaps the future might be in electronic paper. Where a whole book is stored or can be uploaded to it and you can comfortably read that wherever you choose. Prior to that method, Tablet PC's of some kind could do it I suppose. Naturally many of us do quite a bit of reading on monitors due to blogging, message boards, e-mail, etc. I think ClearType has definitely made a difference. When I first turned it on I really noticed how much sharper things appeared. Even so I can't see
reading a book at the monitor. It is not a natural state to be looking up to read. Nor is my chair meant for reading, its meant for computing. Of course if Longhorn can provide improvements in the clarity of text for reading in long stretches in combination with hardware that can evolve for just that purpose (perhaps swiveling down for reading) then I think bookreading on computers stands a much better
chance of becoming mainstream. Although there is something about having a book in hand and reading that computers I don't think will ever mimic well.