I know this one isn't about Active Directory, but every now and again, I feel the need to share something outside the little world of Active Directory. For example, a few days ago I received an update for a non-Microsoft program that is an add-on to Internet Explorer. Immediately, I noticed that it took a really long time to load any Web page. I thought maybe my Internet connection had slowed, but I tried a different computer and it was just fine. I was using Windows Vista, so I ran the Internet Explorer No Add-Ons (see http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/07/25/678113.aspx for more on using that) and things were just fine. In IE 7 on Windows XP, you can click the Tools menu and then select Manage Add Ons and then Enable or Disable Add-Ons to see and then selectively disable add-ons. So, I disabled the program and my Web access sped up considerably. I eventually uninstalled the add-on program. Unfortunately, you will sometimes have to choose between seeing that cool animation or video and having the pages load faster. You can selectively enable/disable add-ons until you are able to find the right mix of performance and features that works for you.
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