Goodbye IE6

My installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (version 6.0.2900.2180.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519) has developed the unfortunate problem of frequently (about once a day) trashing its ability to render correctly: painting its window contents at various places all over the display, rendering in the wrong font, leaving turds all over its window while scrolling. Once it starts I have to kill iexplore.exe to make it stop. I believe it is fully-patched.

In my mind the appearance of this problem is correlated with the appearance of two new aggressive JavaScript interfaces: The much-improved BlogLines feed selector, and the very-irritating Yahoo Finance streaming quotes feature (which slows down every refresh even when set to “off”). That may just be coincidence.

It does mean there’s some serious undiscovered memory corruption going inside IE6 somewhere.

It’s a good time to switch to FireFox and/or IE7.

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