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I PROGRAMER ^ | 31 July 2011 | Janet Swift

Posted on 07/31/2011 6:36:07 AM PDT by KyGeezer

Results from an online IQ test taken by over 100,000 people have been reported as indicating the users of Internet Explorer have low IQ and have provoked some IE users to threaten legal action. But the study's findings are valuable ammunition for web developers.

A Canadian company that designs, validates and publishes psychometric tests for recruitment, career guidance and staff development, released its report Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage and found itself at the centre of a storm.

The survey findings were reported by Jared Newman on PC World with the headline "Internet Explorer Users Are Kinda Stupid" and as his story spread AptiQuant started to receive hate mail from IE users.

In an attempt to defuse the situation Leonard Howard, AptiQuant's founder and CEO said,

"I just want to make it clear that the report released by my company did not suggest that if you use IE that means you have a low IQ, but what it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer."

And if a quick look at the chart below shows that this is indeed the case. There are three clusters - a below average one comprising all the versions of IE, one that is slightly above average comprising Firefox, Chrome and Safari, and a final one that is again significantly better with three minority browser choices, IE with Chrome Frame, Camino and Opera.

(Excerpt) Read more at i-programmer.info ...


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I've used Opera for years and have used Firefox too. Past iterations of Opera have had trouble with some web sites. Also, Netflix doesn't work with Opera.

I've thought I was dumb because the latest version of IE is so difficult for me to use.

1 posted on 07/31/2011 6:36:16 AM PDT by KyGeezer
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i’ve used firefox for years, altho’ i have ie and chrome available.

the latest editions of firefox 5 and 6 do not properly install.

opening a second window results in a window with two task bars and no google to type into.

fragments of previous windows remain on the desktop.

previous editions of firefox did not do this.


2 posted on 07/31/2011 6:40:28 AM PDT by ken21 (dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: KyGeezer

Thanks for a feel good story. I have never used IE. I’ve even tried to have it removed from my computer, but people technically more advanced that I am have said they couldn’t do that. I use Firefox. No complaints.


3 posted on 07/31/2011 6:42:26 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: KyGeezer

I was an IE user for years.

The first step was admitting that I had a problem.


4 posted on 07/31/2011 6:42:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: KyGeezer

IE is evil lol


5 posted on 07/31/2011 6:43:19 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: KyGeezer

You must be smarter than most of us then. *shakes head*.


6 posted on 07/31/2011 6:43:46 AM PDT by McGruff (Hold The Line!)
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To: ken21

I’ve been using Firefox 5.0 (Windows 7) with no problem. I have IE because it’s integrated, and only use it when I’m testing a new web page. Firefox has been my browser of choice for some years. No plans to change.


7 posted on 07/31/2011 6:44:15 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: KyGeezer

What if you’re using Mozilla Firebird 0.7?


8 posted on 07/31/2011 6:45:41 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: ken21
the latest editions of firefox 5 and 6 do not properly install.

Install? On what platform? I am running Firefox 5 on Xubuntu 11.04 and it works fine. Have had one upgrade on it since the system was installed and I like it like all the other Firefox versions I have used. Have been using Firefox since the first Windows version came out. Seldom use Windows though.

9 posted on 07/31/2011 6:45:50 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: ken21
opening a second window results in a window with two task bars and no google to type into.

fragments of previous windows remain on the desktop.

That is odd. I am using Firefox 5 in Windows 7, having no problems. Seems to be working very good.

10 posted on 07/31/2011 6:46:45 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Fantasywriter

Why are people using other Browsers? I admit I am not at all tek savey. So why go to others....


11 posted on 07/31/2011 6:47:49 AM PDT by caww
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on win 7.

the same computer that i had previous editions on.


12 posted on 07/31/2011 6:48:38 AM PDT by ken21 (dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: KyGeezer

Right....

Just like the studies that show FoxNews and Rush listeners are more stupid than the enlightened.

IE is the most commonly used browser so you’ll find all kinds of users using it.

Internet Explorer 9 is now available for Windows 7 users.

It’s great. Check it out:

http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/


13 posted on 07/31/2011 6:48:52 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: caww

Are you asking why people don’t use IE?


14 posted on 07/31/2011 6:50:31 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: ken21

I have the same problem. It’s nothing more than a minor nuisance, no big deal, but it’s definitely a glitch with this version of Firefox.


15 posted on 07/31/2011 6:50:42 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The only thing still propping up the GOP is the dwindling illusion that it's at all conservative.)
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To: KyGeezer

Can’t be any dumber than people who use AOL as I.S.P.


16 posted on 07/31/2011 6:52:25 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Simplistic answers to complex problems never work and are only proposed by simple people.)
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To: KyGeezer
Sigh...what a crock. The 'Browser War' has always been about the players leap frogging each other with features, speed and security.

With Internet Explorer you usually see the most stability, with Firefox speed and some new features and Chrome with spying on you (lol).

These always change when new versions are released.

17 posted on 07/31/2011 6:55:07 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (I'm called a 'teabagger'? Well, get over here liberal and I'll show you what that means.)
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To: Fantasywriter

No...I use it because it’s all I am familiar with. My computer is an HP Vista. I am not familiar with why others use other browsers though I’ve heard the names used.

What is the purpose of using other browsers...do they do something IE doesn’t?


18 posted on 07/31/2011 6:57:19 AM PDT by caww
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To: Incorrigible
Internet Explorer 9 is now available for Windows 7 users.

And, let's not forget the most awesome part of Internet Explorer 9: World's Biggest Pac-Man

http://worldsbiggestpacman.com/

19 posted on 07/31/2011 6:57:27 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (I'm called a 'teabagger'? Well, get over here liberal and I'll show you what that means.)
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To: EternalVigilance

thanks.


20 posted on 07/31/2011 7:01:36 AM PDT by ken21 (dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: caww

For me it’s two things. First, a visceral dislike of anything related to Microsoft. I was married for many years to one of the smartest guys who ever graduated from MIT—and that’s saying something. After listening to him talk about Microsoft with dripping, ***dripping*** disdain, I have done what I can not to rely on their products.

Secondly, I have a friend who is extremely tech savvy. Some years ago he raved to me about Firefox, and offered to install it on my computer. I jumped at the chance, and have loved it ever since. It’s just a very good browser, but I can’t compare it to IE because I have never used it.

Correction. I did use IE twice at the public library. It seemed clutzy and irritating, but then, I’m used to Firefox.


21 posted on 07/31/2011 7:02:19 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Fantasywriter

clutzy = klutzy

More caffeine, please.


22 posted on 07/31/2011 7:04:06 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: caww

Firefox just works better than IE. That’s the bottom line. It’s free, so there’s no reason not to download it and try it for yourself to see if you agree. If you don’t like it you can dump it.


23 posted on 07/31/2011 7:05:54 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The only thing still propping up the GOP is the dwindling illusion that it's at all conservative.)
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To: KyGeezer

Obammy uses IE.....just saying...


24 posted on 07/31/2011 7:06:21 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Incorrigible

I use IE 9. More stable than Firefox.


25 posted on 07/31/2011 7:09:45 AM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: KyGeezer

Been a Firefox user for years, and currently run the latest version on all my computers, except this one. I also use the IE Tab 2 addon when visiting sites that display correctly only with Internet Explorer.

(For those who don’t know, IE Tab 2 allows you to switch to the IE rendering engine, effectively running IE from within Firefox.)


26 posted on 07/31/2011 7:13:51 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (How's that change workin' out for ya, Obama voters?)
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To: KyGeezer

It’s Hip to be square - so sez Huey Louis & the News.,br>
Sent VIA FIREFOX


27 posted on 07/31/2011 7:13:51 AM PDT by DeaconRed (RL Burnside sings : "It's Bad You know" & Everything Is Broken". . . . So true Today! ! ! !)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

The only problem I’ve had with Firefox is it won’t import my Opera bookmarks. The motherboard power supply in my laptop died a couple of months ago and I got a bargain on a Lenovo at Best Buy.(Love it! And made sure it had an AMD processor. I put up with a piece of shit Celeron for years.) I had saved Opera bookmarks on a flash drive and was able to import them.

My major irritation with Win7 is Windows Explorer. I’m sure I’ll end up paying for Total Commander. I want to be able to see a damn directory tree.


28 posted on 07/31/2011 7:14:03 AM PDT by KyGeezer
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I've used IE, Safari, Firefox and Camino. I use whatever seems to work best for the platform and operating system that I am using at the time.

One common problem with “studies” is the prescence of “confounding variables” that have not been accounted for. I skimmed the article and ran across the following:

The results would look very different if one labelled the browsers not by name but by date. IE6 which has the worst IQ performance is now a very outdated browser and IE7 is also out of date. Chrome, is well up to date and users of IE who also use Chrome Frame are in the top group which tends to confirm the idea that users who take the trouble to upgrade their browsing experience are brighter than those who put up with a below par browsing experience.

My next purchase may be a state of the art tablet. But I will also keep hold of my old Apple IBook running the ancient system 9, even if I have to buy another through EBay. I run system 9 because it runs system 9 applications that Apple orphaned. (Don't try to "educate" me on this, I've been through this before, and there's lots you don't know.) So, with new and ancient browsers, will I be "smart" or "dumb?"

29 posted on 07/31/2011 7:17:03 AM PDT by ChessExpert (The unemployment rate was 4.5% when Democrats took control of Congress. What is it today?)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Yes, same here. Firefox and Windows 7, and no problems.

And, I think the results of their “study” are really easy to explain: those with less intellectual curiosity don’t feel the need to understand and find the “best” ie system, especially if they have to go out of their way to do so; researching the options and how to install and individualize them. They just use what’s already on there. And, it’s almost always IE.


30 posted on 07/31/2011 7:19:12 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: ken21
the latest editions of firefox 5 and 6 do not properly install.
I've used Firefox 5 on two machines since it's release w/o as problem.
FF 6 is still only a Beta version.
31 posted on 07/31/2011 7:28:39 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: caww

MSIE is THE target browser for every crack pot in the world. Look at the zillions of security updates for MSIE. I only use MSIE for microsoft updates. That’s it. For everything else I use Firefox or Chrome. I have a household network of 7 XP Pro computers and they all run Firefox flawlessly. Only loaded Chrome 3 weeks ago on one of my machines and it has been fine so far.


32 posted on 07/31/2011 7:30:41 AM PDT by halfright (My presidents picture is in the dictionary, next to the word, "rectum".)
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To: Dallas59

>>>>Obammy uses IE.....just saying...

Post of the thread! Nuff said!


33 posted on 07/31/2011 7:32:54 AM PDT by halfright (My presidents picture is in the dictionary, next to the word, "rectum".)
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To: SuzyQue

Another Mozilla program you might like is Eudora OSE which is a really good email client. Mozilla recently took it over from Qualcomm after Qualcomm quit supporting it back in ‘06.

Qualcomm got 40 bucks for it with the first iteration for Win3.1.


34 posted on 07/31/2011 7:34:34 AM PDT by KyGeezer
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To: KyGeezer

If you really want to start a flame war
Rejigger the stats by OS
/duck


35 posted on 07/31/2011 7:35:08 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: ken21

Firefox won’t let me install it in any drive other than C:

I can download the install package into the drive I want, but it insists on installing into C: and won’t let me change the destination drive no matter what I try.

I decided to let it install into C:, knowing the drive was full, and got error messages (imagine that!).

I suppose I’ll have to learn a new browser, since my fave won’t co-operate...

Anything from Google is out, though. I don’t trust them as far as I can throw their headquarters building. I suppose I will try Opera next. IF it’ll let me choose its destination.


36 posted on 07/31/2011 7:35:16 AM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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My major irritation with Win7 is Windows Explorer. I’m sure I’ll end up paying for Total Commander. I want to be able to see a damn directory tree.

I just got a new laptop with Win 7 (my first experience with 7). I agree that File Explorer is crap.

I downloaded a few 'freeware' replacements, but most were 32-bit. I did, find a few that seemed adequate, as I want one that allows double panes:

Dual Xplorer [I like it best, easy EXE, some configuration options, old -- no recent updates, but it does run.]

Xplorer2 Lite [It was okay.]

Win Double Explorer [It was okay, also.]

They are available on several 'freeware' websites.
37 posted on 07/31/2011 7:35:22 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: oh8eleven

I finally took a chance with FF5.

FF has had a back and forth history. Some updates created massive havoc; others were great.

With FF5 I lost a couple of add-ons that weren’t that important. They seemed to have cured the severe memory hogging problem. I do like the SYNC feature — as now, I can sync passwords and bookmarks with my desktop and two laptops.

Also, Firefox 5 does load faster than previous versions.


38 posted on 07/31/2011 7:38:53 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy; KyGeezer
KYGeezer - I just saw this morning that Multi Commander is now available as freeware.
39 posted on 07/31/2011 7:42:26 AM PDT by willieroe
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To: caww
Why are people using other Browsers? I admit I am not at all tek savey. So why go to others....

It's the "I'm cooler than you" syndrome.

Closely akin to "Mac users rule" complex.

Back in the 60's it was Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge.

40 posted on 07/31/2011 7:45:42 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: KyGeezer

The IQ survey may be correct, but the need to use “the very best and most advanced” browser IS NOT a burning necessity for the vast majority of users.

The majority of users have a consistent and limited array of browsing requirements that the “middle best”, like a Firefox, is “best suited for them” and still better than IE. That is well good enough for most people.

The geniuses can spend their time with “more advanced” browsers, and unlike most of us they probably have the time to play with them.


41 posted on 07/31/2011 7:46:16 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: caww
I admit I am not at all tek savey.

Nor orthographically savvy, but we're laughing with you, not at you.

42 posted on 07/31/2011 7:49:42 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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43 posted on 07/31/2011 7:52:06 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: SuzyQue

I’ve been a software developer (database systems) for more years than I care to say. I started with desktop applications for PCs. Every now and then, I would run into a Mac user and they would ask why I didn’t write for a Mac. Simple... I like to eat.

As years passed, I began developing for web applications. I bought a Mac (MacBook) for testing on Safari-Mac Version. I had IE, Firefox, Safari and Chrome on my PC as they became available. It took all of 30 minutes using the Mac to find out a HUGE difference with a PC. What is that difference? Oh, the three keys you have to press to force a re-boot when it locks up.

In my contracts, I support IE (Windows) and Safari (Mac). When people call that use one of the others, I simply direct them to the browser that came installed on their PC/Mac. To support them all would be a foolish waste of time (money).

My personal preference is anything that displays the site I need to see... when I HAVE to. Other than that, I’d rather be fishing offshore with no computer other than my Garmin units and far, far out of cell phone range.

CC


44 posted on 07/31/2011 7:53:13 AM PDT by CapedConservative (Stop Obama)
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To: KyGeezer

I’m pure dummy material, still using the upgraded version of Netscape called Sea Monkey.


45 posted on 07/31/2011 7:56:21 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

I know....it’s embarrassing... but I figure if I’m ever going to understand this stuff I have to ask questions and look like a fool....and the shoe does fit.


46 posted on 07/31/2011 7:57:39 AM PDT by caww
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To: Don W

I am not tech savvy, but my son installed Opera and I love it.
It’s very easy to use.


47 posted on 07/31/2011 7:57:58 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: CapedConservative

I like your attitude!


48 posted on 07/31/2011 7:58:23 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: KyGeezer
I used to use IE, but since they won't make the new editions available for XP, I went to Chrome, which is good once you turn off all the invasive things (that you can). I hate auto-updates as they always interfere with whatever you're doing on your PC at the time. Plus, I want to know what my PC is doing and when it does it (I check Event Viewer every day). Ccleaner is also a good thing to use to check and see what is going on in your PC.

I'm not a fan of Google (hate their politics), but the product is good. And Gmail is easy to use.

49 posted on 07/31/2011 7:59:13 AM PDT by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: KyGeezer

The funny thing is, most developers like me, develop on Firefox despite the massive memory leak and make exceptions in code for IE. It’s funny because IE is by far the most used browser. I personally prefer Safari for browsing.


50 posted on 07/31/2011 8:01:26 AM PDT by numberonepal (Palin/West 2012)
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