Internet Explorer for / on Mac: Test Bed Edition

Sometimes you have companies that use and rely on dinosaur software archetypes. When you end up working for one, using a MacBook Air, iPhone or iPad just makes life that much more difficult. In this example, Microsoft's ASP and Sabre Corp's reliance on IE.

Good thing there's Google. Looking up testing platforms and easy to use one click solutions that enable you to run Internet Explorer resulted in OS X Daily's post. From the looks of it, it's been properly maintained a dis current. Along with the amazing people contributing on GitHub, we have the answer you've been waiting for.

I chose NOT to install every iteration of IE but instead went with IE 9. One of my classmates with a PC was still running into a compatibility problem with IE 11 but I guess that's not surprising. The over reliance on "Compatibility Mode" is out of proportion these days. What's the point? It just doesn't work.

If your interested in the full details, head over to OS X Daily or just follow these shortcut instructions.

  1. Download & Install VirtualBox.
  2. Launch the Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities/)
  3. Since I decided that IE 9 works well, copy and past this into the Terminal Window and the download will begin.:

    curl -s | IEVMS_VERSIONS="9" bash

  4. Launch VirtualBox and boot the Windows & Internet Explorer partition.

There are lot of little details that are left out e.g. Admin Password = "Password1" [without the quotes] and the fact that the installation takes 11GB for a single instance / version of Internet Explorer. Have fun but I guess I wouldn't associate this process with "fun."

I wanted to call this article "ASP is the new Flash", but being that ASP will continue to be used in the foreseeable future, we'll have to endure. 1

  • The use of ASP pages with Internet Information Services (IIS) is currently supported on all supported versions of IIS. The use of ASP pages will be supported on Windows 8 for a minimum of 10 years from the Windows 8 release date.

  • Opera Mini 4.1b & JVM for Treo 650/700p/750/755 (part 2)

    Due to the overwhelming flood of requests, I have posted a direct download for the Java Virtual Machine PRC file on my webserver.  Now you will be able to download the install file directly to your mobile Palm device enabling instant satisfaction.  You'll also be able to enjoy a more complete mobile HTML browsing experience with Opera Mini. 


    I've been using Opera Mini 4.1 beta for a little while now and all the little upgrades that they did over 4.0 are definitely worth the trial.  Get it now at

    Below is an excerpt directly from their website.  Happy Mobile Browsing!

    New in Opera Mini 4.1 beta


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    Even though scrolling to your Web content is already easy with Opera Mini, the new Opera Mini 4.1 beta lets you search for text within a Web page so you can get to the information you need even quicker than before.


    Get to your Web sites faster

    Now you can stop wasting time typing in full Web addresses more than once while browsing. When typing Web addresses, Opera Mini 4.1 beta will recognize and suggest completions for you based on your Bookmarks and browsing history, making address input faster, easier and much more intuitive.