I admit it; I've been a little behind in my mail. That's just what happens when Steve Jobs makes yet another miraculous resurrection and Google turns your world upside down. So here's a quick sampler of what the residents of Cringeville have been telling me lately.
Though it seems to tick off some Microsoft fanboys no end, I continue to get letters from Cringesters who've been upgraded against their will (or better judgment) to IE8 and want to turn back the clock. Like this one, from G. B. up in Canada, who writes:
There I was in my ignorance, stumbling along and having a great time using IE7, unaware that I was about to be spoon-fed by Microsoft an urgent upgrade that I simply MUST have in order to survive. "Download IE8 NOW", or else. Did (like a fool). What a mistake! A clutter of new features I don't want, and won't ever use, anyway. Annoying pop-ups. Complications with using my Favourites List, etc, etc. This is the worst mistake I've ever made (having successfully avoided being sucked in by Vista). I tried to revert to using IE7 but MS tells me I can't do that. (Can't download an older version over IE8). Am I trapped? I'm almost ready to throw the whole thing in the pond.
Microsoft actually provides instructions for how to revert to IE7 here. (I cannot vouch for whether these instructions actually work, so proceed with the usual caution. If your PC ends up looking like a stromboli as a result, please do not send venomous snakes to me in the mail.)
D. L. has this to say about file-swapping mom Jammie Thomas-Rasset and the $1.9 million she now owes the RIAA ("Don't stop believing in the RIAA's capacity for evil"):