Friday, April 18, 2003

Windows XP | Status Bar | will not comply

As a recent user of Internet Explorer (version 6.0.2800.1106.xpsp2.021108-1929 [for a possible interpretation, check the following paragraph) Windows XP, I've been, as may be expected, wasting precious time on trivialities, in my case, getting the browser to display the status bar. Even though I respect the need for information hiding, this is not a good example of the same. Turns out that this is a registered annoyance. Kevin Donahue's blog has a fix that worked for me. As is characteristic of other fixes, it includes registry settings, repetitive GUI operations and a feeling of "mission accomplished" satisfaction.

Understanding the IE version number: the last four digits indicate the viability of the current build. Do not be surprised if this is a year in the distant past. You are free to interpret that any way you choose to. The other blocks are easier to understand, so I'll leave that as "an exercise to the reader" (a quote from the zillions of useless textbooks out there) {For example, xpsp2 may mean either "XP Service Pack 2" or "eXtreme Pressure Should Prevail Too"}.

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