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It all started when Amit Yoran's office came out and advised everyone to abandon Internet Explorer for Windows. Amit works within the US Department of Homeland Security and this was evidently considered a matter of national security.
Actually it started a little bit before that. Possibly at the turn of the year 2004 which has already seen dozens - hundreds - of excellent exploits of this fine web browser.
Actually it might have started even earlier - perhaps when Jim Allchin took the stand in Washington DC and grinned and told judge TP Jackson that one could no longer extricate Internet Explorer from the clutches of that fine operating system known as Windows.
But it probably started even before that, back when Steve Ballmer traveled to Armonk to tell IBM his company would be abandoning their joint venture. But then again, Windows already existed by then, so it probably started even earlier, at the 1983 Comdex in Las Vegas where Billy G3 was caught with his pants down and another company's demonstration of a PC GUI desktop stole the show.
But Bill was still there, so it started before that. Come to think of it, it probably all really started the fateful night when William H Gates II rolled over in his sleep on top of Mrs William H Gates II and made the mistake of his life.
Whatever - last week IE for Windows lost market share for the first time in over five years. Unbelievable but true - both that IE has eaten more market share all this time, and that the trend has finally turned. Mozilla Foundation are getting about 200,000 downloads a day, so things are changing - gradually.
At time of writing MS have lost a single percentage point, but things can get worse, and if they don't, IE users will only get bashed more.
Welcome to the IE Bash. Below you will find links to all the excitement that the peons on the PC side have had to endure these past years and weeks. Schadenfreude, say the Germans, is the ultimate form of joy. Swim in it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer Multiple Vulnerabilities [2004-07-14]
Vulnerability Note VU#713878
Time to Dump Internet Explorer
US-CERT suggests firms exit IE
Mozilla Gains on IE
Isn't Now the Time to Try a Linux Desktop?
Internet Explorer Is Too Dangerous to Keep Using
2004: Internet Explorer's year of shame
Another day, another IE flaw...
Abandon Internet Explorer
Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer - Lockergnome's Tech News Watch
Browser Hijackers Ruining Lives
Abandon Explorer, pros advise
IE is broken: can you fix it?
Pus From Every Pore
Microsoft Magazine Recommends Mozilla Firefox Instead Of Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer eaten by Mozilla
Rivals nibble at Microsoft's IE