If you’re a Maximum PC reader, there’s a good chance that you’re the computer geek that relatives call when they get infected with a nasty piece of malware. With it being the day after Thanksgiving, there’s also an above-average chance that you might be over at your folks’ house at some point today. It’s time to strike and make things easier for your future self! Leave Black Friday to others and hop on the new post-Turkey Day bandwagon: Update Your Parents’ Browser Day. You’ll be glad you did.
The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal dreamed up the new nerd holiday a few days ago in a post that was heavily tongue-in-cheek
. But lying in the center of all that sarcasm was a glistening gold nugget of a great idea, and other big names quickly took up the call to arms.
Google’s search guru Matt Cutts tweeted a reminder
in the midst of feasting yesterday, and Microsoft’s IE blog
created a list of the top ten times to update your parents’ browser
(Number one being: “When they’re distracted by grilling you about when you’re going to get a real job, when you’re going to settle down, and when you’re going to give them grandchildren. “) We’re just going to say you should do it to save yourself some future headaches.
Madrigal offered up some tips in his original post: “Don't switch brands on them. No putting Chrome instead of Firefox or Internet Explorer. Keep it simple.” Sounds good to us. So what are you waiting for? Get to updating and put your blissfully unaware parents out of their IE6 misery!