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Do you keep your browser(s) and vid player(s) updated?

Type: General
Yes, always 48% 23 Votes
Yes, mostly 33% 16 Votes
Only sometimes 17% 8 Votes
No, rarely 2% 1 Votes
Other (see reply) 0% 0 Votes

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48 Votes Total

Aug 19, 2007

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Jay G (67) MY general rule still is, "If it's working don't fix it."

Too often "updates " have messed up a program's ability to function (at least the way I'm used to using it).

Just ask me, I had to play all kinds of tricks to keep using Microsoft Office '97 when my new Vista computer tried to force me to buy some newer version.

08-19-07  03:24am

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Drooler (220) I answered "mostly," but you can't win. Updated Windows Media Player and since then, there's always been a conflict with my CD burner program. Still works but the stuff that comes up on screen at restart/shutdown is a bloody nuisance.

Still not using Vista. Is it true that Office for Vista is not at all backward compatible? Thought I'd heard that; it relates to Jay G's problem, too.

08-19-07  05:49am

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Gazette Risque (55) Well it's usually safer to at least keep your browsers updated.

And the players... well, like Jay G said, the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" certainly applies imo.
Codec updates and what not can completely mess up your settings and programs.

So I'll go for the "mostly"

08-19-07  08:56am

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apoctom (145) I use open-source browsers and vid players. Therefore, when they release an update, I will usually download it. It's both a security issue (browsers) and a performance issue (vid players).
08-19-07  09:13am

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apoctom (145) REPLY TO #2 - Drooler :

With regard to Office 2007, the default file format is a new XML-based format. It is open to more compatibility with other "Office" software, like StarOffice. However, because all versions of Office before 2007 used a proprietary format, older versions of Office can't open Office 2007 files. (Office 2007 can open all older version files with no problem.)

Don't worry: you can save all Office 2007 files in a format compatible with older MS Office versions. (Save As... instead of Save) I've used this function a lot since I am sending files back and forth with people who are still using Office 2003 or even Office 2000, while I am using Office 2007 (on Vista).

08-19-07  09:17am

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Drooler (220) REPLY TO #5 - apoctom :

Thanks, that was a nice summary! It's the kind of thing we've all been through before, having to remember to "Save as ..." if you want to be able to use a doc on an XP system, etc. Either that or be up the creek with a deadline and unhappy bosses or clients.
08-19-07  09:30am

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pat362 (373) It's true that updating can cause problems, but a patch is usually issued rather quickly. If niothing else you can usually rollback to a previous version until a working pathc is issued. I'm affraid that in todays netsurfing it requires us to keep our systems up to date, if we don't want some hacker messing with it.
08-19-07  10:39am

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pr0n addict (9) updating can be good. but, it can be bad by introducing new problems to already working programs.
08-19-07  08:38pm

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jd1961 (95) REPLY TO #7 - pat362 :

That's why I always wait a few months to update....wait for the inevitable patches, especially the dreaded IE !
08-19-07  10:57pm

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exotics4me (463) I update when they give me no choice but to update. My winamp media player got to the point that it would hog my system resources trying to get update notification warnings on my screen. I don't fool with Windows Media Player. Firefox updates automatically, though it seems to do it at the worst times. I like an recommed Media Player Classic for those who like Windows Media Player. It is a little old looking, but it plays every movie file out there, wmv, mov, mpeg, divx, and it doesn't clunk up your system resources.
08-19-07  11:57pm

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Schnitzel (29) Yes, I always try to keep everything up-to-date.
Ranging from drivers to all software.

Athough this has been known to cause me problems in the past, I still think it's a good practise.

08-20-07  12:21am

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bbiillyy (34) Yes always and upto date specially xvid and divx as they play most of the stuff with no problem.
08-20-07  07:28am

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nygiants03 (162) I mostly do just because the updates are free so it couldnt hurt.
08-20-07  10:43am

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pat362 (373) REPLY TO #9 - jd1961 :

For all it's fault I still like my XP, and my IE. There might be some that are better, but that's often because they took the idea and built on it. That said, I have been burned a couple of times with the patches. Live and learn
08-20-07  07:36pm

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RagingBuddhist (65) I definitely agree with "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Been running WMP 6.4 and an later release of Winamp 2 for years. I also keep a copy of what's called Windows Media Player Classic for those rare instances when I need to run an .mov file. And, lastly, RealAlt for the even rarer instances when I run across an .rm file. But .rm files get quickly converted to .mpg with other software cuz I don't like to even THINK of anything associated with Real Player. The only thing I can't play are DRM protected files. The only time that would present a problem for me is if I were to join a site with DRM protected files, which I absolutely refuse to do. So... all's well here - without the need to upgrade to more complicated and usually more system resource gobbling software.

As far as browsers go, I think I've updated Firefox twice in the last few years. I update IE to 5.5 ONLY because I have one program that needs it upgraded that far. Otherwise, I'd keep it just as it gets installed when I reinstall my operating system.

08-25-07  02:27pm

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ramscrota (12) REPLY TO #1 - Jay G :

I totally agree, Jay G.

Once when I updated IE, I found that this annoying bar remained at the top, like a bad smell, when I pressed F11. It cuts into the top of the pic download, and annoys the fuck out of me. And then I found I couldn't revert to the old one. Wne I complained to IE, they fobbed me off with some bullshit.

02-14-09  10:45pm

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