Sometimes, I surprise even myself.

First, do no harm.

Is it my imagination?

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Am I mis-remembering, or did Internet Explorer formerly produce more helpful error messages than this one when failing to connect to a website? Is this another IE7 “feature”? Why would you display the exact same error message for no network connectivity, a DNS failure, and a site that doesn’t respond?

Given that it’s trivially easy to distinguish each of these three from the other cases, why not at least tell me which is actually the problem?



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