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Which is also probably proof of how bad IE was because users were finally forced into shopping around.
I used IE for many years with nary an issue. I only recently switched to using Chrome because a web site that I frequent often did not work with IE. Now I suppose I could say the same for Chrome. while I use it exclusively at work, I can't use it at home. I've been told it may have to do with DNS hijacking, but I've not fully researched that.
For outlier cases, IE may not have been the tool for some folks. Not because it was so bad, necessarily, but more than likely they needed it to do one very specific thing that it either did not do or just didn't do as well as another. Put 100 people in a room with IE, and you'll have 100 people tell you they hate IE, maybe because it does not do something they need, or maybe peer pressure. People judge on the 1 thing software can't do rather than the 99 things it can do.
"One man's wage rise is another man's price increase." - Harold Wilson
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People judge on the 1 thing software can't do rather than the 99 things it can do
I agree with that 100%. It's not right. It is also a factor that seems to be making software a commodity.
There are billions of apps.
This one doesn't work.
It doesn't work either.
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Popular and widespread? I had never heard about it until now.
I know. I was building an iOS app and all of sudden I learned I absolutely had to have some cocoapods thing. I was like, "what is this infection?" at the time. Then you install the stuff from some cryptic command line and you just say, "Ok, I guess that is the way to do that???"
It's a weird package managing system. I remember there being some other thing involved too.
I googled to remember. It's called HomeBrew. An infection on top of the infection.
You gotta admit, it's actually a very much valid reason, at least if you're targeting end-users. If your app can't be easily deployed after development, then you pretty much failed from the get-go.
Although I too think that the main reason shouldn't be that, but something tangible.
Think of it the other way around: If it was next to impossible to install, and a RPITA to maintain, would it be likely to become a very popular and widespread application? Or desktop OS?
Years ago, I made a two serious attempts (months/years apart) to install an alternate OS on my home PC, without success - I am a Comp.Sci Master, but the OS was delivered without a hacker, and I simply couldn't make it work. My third try, a couple of years later, did succeed. But at that time, I had obtained so many really great Windows applications - certainly not of OpenSource quality, but made by professionals in the application domain. My home PC activities so much depend on these tools, that even though the alternate-OS machine was sitting there, it never could solve my real home issues better that the Windows applications. Not for my photo/video hobbies. Not for my music/sound activities. Not for my writing. Not even for my hobby programming (because that very often relates to my other tools; cross development for Windows, or even dotNet, never was a strongpoint of the alternate OS.)
OpenSource developers make similar great quality in their own application domain - superb compilers, version control systems, networking libraries etc - but when you move out of the software development domain, over to, say, media production or general office tools or economics, the OpenSource communities are not at a competitive level. Sure, some professional developers in other domains sometimes make the source code available, but for all practical purposes, it is more like documentation than for collaborative work towards the next version. Publishing the source code doesn't make it into "an open-source project". The first two OSes I worked with, Exec-8 for the Univac 1100 mainframes and Sintran for the Nord 16-bit mini machines, were distributed in soure code form to customers (although for Sintran only in a hardcopy version) - noone would claim they were open-source projects.
IBM was king for 20-30 years because they had their people out in the customer environments and knew the needs of the customer. Windows has been king for 30 years because you can use it even if you don't have a 14 year old hacker nephew. The smartphones succeed because the user interface is so that even your old aunt can make sense of it. Ease of use, and the ability to solve the customer's problem as well as (or better than) it solves the developer's problem, ARE keys to success.
It was a while ago, but I seem to rember Patrick Stuart & Jonathon Frakes being interviewed when it came up something to do with Bush Senior cutting funding to NASA but still wanting to get to Mars,
in the 60's the Original Series was influential in getting recruits to NASA. The script was a on the table of the Network but they couldn't stump up the full amount so the CIA (who needed a space win against the Commies) put the rest in. As I said it was a little while ago I saw it so maybe a few details are out but I think thats the basis.
Patrick Stewart: Very few people know this. but Star Trek the Next Generation was actually funded by the American government and the CIA. Why? To distract the United States attention away from the fact that we were no longer spending any money on space.
Brian Cox: Now that is a conspiracy theory, isn't it?
Patrick Stewart: If you say so, Brian.
Quite possibly, but if so I was unable to find it. While the premise is suspect, I was curious if there might be a nugget of truth to it (e.g. perhaps a PR effort). I found a few obvious conspiracy theories, one of which misquoted the piece I referenced.
The only site I could track down to a reputable report, or in this case original material, was the Patrick Stewart quote, which was quite obviously intended as a joke.
Clearly our robot overlords are obscuring the facts
All I need was an up to date version of a document. I had it saved on a stick that then got formatted for another use and so I was under the impression the back on the 'cloud'. Now I had cleared that out as I needed the space for some other use. Eventually I needed the document, now I can find all the not quite up to date version. Checking all the awkward places only able to find a version from 2015 panic bad language. Spot my recently retired Win 7 desktop under my desk last night think it won't be on there, but for completeness I try it. Find the dang file on the desktop! breath again. Lesson learned. Back up everywhere. Keep them constant, do not assume it's some where...