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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 6 September 2001

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: jamie
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: IE Redirection on 404

This feature wouldn't bother me if it could be turned
on/off and turned off by default.

I can see how it could be useful with 404 errors, but as
you mention if the server's busy then that's hardly fair.

Remember nobody's forcing you to use IE, or any MS product -
 if you don't like it, use something else!

my 2 cents

From: Kane
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: 404 hijacking

I guess for now (until they remove it) to get arround the
Microsoft 404 or DNS lookup fail hijack, you could turn
off 'Show frendily HTTP error messages' in your IE browser,
under tools, internet options, advanced.

From: Camryn Brown
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Kumara Is Back

The Kumara is back with some fresh content.

I'd say the iceberg thing was a stunt, or just a nice

From: Chris Cookson
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: 404 etc

I generally want people to see error pages on my sites. People make typing
mistakes, or pages move, and a well made error page can display more than
just an unfriendly error message. It can often send people on in the right
direction. I wonder what would happen if AOL made Netscape so it did the
same thing anytime you typed in a URL on Microsoft's site that doesn't

From: David
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Redirection

After reading your article & the one from CNET I can
confirm that, the redirection problem is indeed not just
confined to "newer" versions of IE eg IE6 - I am running

If you input an invalid web address eg www.2b2b2u.com
the results arrive back from the xtramsn search engine from


My results aren't quite as complete, I am not offered the
portions that begin "did you intend" or "you can also" that
are illustrated on the CNET page - but the rest is there!

These results are even connection independent as I tried
out my ADSL via Xtra, and also Clear & ICONZ dialups with
exactly the same results

So I went trawling through my Win98 registry, & came up
with the following interesting results (portions are
abbreviated for ease of illustration)


hkcu\sw\ms\ie\main\searchUrl\default key value


hklm\sw\ms\ie\main\Search Bar

hklm\sw\ms\ie\main\Search Page




From this it can be seen that I have the "autosearch"
referred to & this is "alive & well
& functioning"

It MSN does get in!!!

Sorry this was so long, I wanted to give enough info for
others to dig through their setups & compare

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