Okay, I took a bit of poetic license. What it actually says is, “To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this webpage from running scripts or ActiveX controls that could access your computer. Click here for options…”
It’s so bad that, if I type a path to a local file into the address bar, IE won’t even open it in the same window. It has to open a new window. Opening a local file involves opening IE, typing the path, clicking OK to its “sky is falling” dialog, letting it open its new window, Alt+Tabbing back to the original window, and closing it. All to open a file that’s under my complete control, completely trusted, doesn’t even require a network access.
Oookay. I guess I get it: IE is a claustrophobe. It panics when it feels the four walls of the local hard drive closing in on it. The remedy, obviously, is to let it out, and make it feel like it’s actually accessing the network. So I installed IIS, set up a virtual directory, and browsed to the web server on my local machine.
FireFox works fine. Chrome works fine. IE runs screaming in horror. “Oh noes!” it cries. “You’re trying to access an intranet! Oh, will nobody save me from the unspeakable dangers lurking on the private, firewalled network?”
Yeah, yeah, poetic license again, but honestly, that boy could use some Prozac*. Or heavy drugs. Or group hugs.
* Actually, anti-depression meds aren’t a good fit for the symptoms. Anti-anxiety might be better. Or possibly a good anti-psychotic.
Can’t we treat a Web page like a Web page and just open the damn thing? Is that too much to ask?
(Apparently not, because everybody but IE can do it just fine…)