I must apologize... 10084
I must apologize... 10085
snips If they wanted "Windows" - and buttuming that most folks like to keep reasonably current - why were XP boxed set sales so miserably bad? Now, sales of XP shipped...
I suspect you meant ActiveX. An amusing little page on the subject starts off "ActiveX or how to put nuclear plants in web pages".
I must apologize... 10086
Well, if you just working on Windows machines randomly then that still would likely be true. :) Windows machines, due to malware and registry rot if nothing else, do tend to break down a lot more...
Basically, ActiveX allows a web monkey to write a binary executable (very much the same as compiling and linking a typical program) such that it can be automagically retrieved from the website and run on the local machine. Unlike some web-based enhancements which live inside "sandboxes" where they're kept reasonably secure, ActiveX components can merrily do anything any other program on your system can do - and it runs with the same privileges (i.e. full administrative rights, typically) that the user runs with.
little test of ActiveX riskiness. I loaded it and got "Unknown" across the board... until I realized I was running FireFox. Loaded up IE and *pow*, I have a mess of "Not Found" plus a "Medium" and an "Extreme" - apparently my setup of IE is less than totally secure. Big surprise.
Basically, ActiveX appeals to anyone who thinks it is a good idea to randomly click links to anywhere, download everything they see, and run it all - the sort of person who *still* opens e-mail attachments without bothering to chech what they are, first.