How Internet Explorer 6 Saved the Day

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"I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me...guaranteed."
Eddie Vedder / Guaranteed

Posted on April 09, 2006 10:35 AM in Browsers
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

For about a week now I've been anxiously awaiting the presale for Pearl Jam's show at The Gorge this coming July. It began at 10am Pacific this morning, and luckily enough for me I woke up on my own volition at about 9:15am. At around 9:45am I loaded up the band's website and logged in to my fan club account. The fact that I did so in Firefox should go without saying, but I'll mention it here just for the sake of the story.

As 10am approached, I started to refresh the list of presales in hopes that maybe the one for The Gorge would show up a little early. When 10am showed up with no change in the list of presales...then 10:01...10:02...10:03...I started to worry. Was Firefox displaying more of its naughty caching tendencies? I thought it was a long shot, but just in case I decided to surf to the page in Internet Explorer 6. Sure enough, once I was able to get there (pearljam.com had slowed down significantly at this point, presumably because of the sheer number of fan club members located in the Pacific Northwest), I saw an entry for The Gorge in the list of presales. I went back to Firefox just as a sanity check and the list still had not updated. I tried reloading the whole page, just the frame, nothing.

Long story short, I ended up buying my presale tickets in Internet Explorer 6. I'm ashamed, but not so ashamed as to miss out on an opportunity to see my favorite band up close at one of the best, if not the best, venues in the United States.

So let this be a lesson to all. It's not a bad thing to have a backup browser on hand. Even if it is Internet Explorer. I have a few, and if IE would have failed me, Opera would have been next in line.

Comments

Jason on April 09, 2006 at 1:46 PM:

I recently had a similar experience. I was on Ticket Master waiting for pre-sale tickets. The server booted my IP for refreshing the page too quickly.

Always use IE for situations that don't allow for human / browser error. Otherwise, you may find yourself in the nose bleed section. : )

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