RE: Help, Can't View Pictures Any More
The consensus here seems to be that your firm has installed "blacklisting" software to reduce Internet charges. Unlike home users, commercial customers usually have meters on their account. To prove this hypothesis, try downloading these (clean) pictures. I got the URL's from the pictures in the trip reports; one from each major hoster:
The one from Roadfood should come up since you can access this site from work. If not, try to find a website related to your work that does not load pictures anymore, and turn in the problem to your IT folks. I remember talking with a IT guy once who told the story about the time they first installed blacklisting software. A lot of dummies called up and gave the websites that no longer worked for them. They were usually porno sites. You really can't call up and say "I can't get Roadfood.com to work for me." Also, some firms now disable Active-X controls on their employees' computers, or at least prompt for permission to run them.
About other browsers, there are a few other software packages out there that can be used to surf the web, such as Netscape Navigator, Opera, and Firefox. If you put the names of these packages and the word browser, (e.g. Firefox browser) into Google you will come to sites where you can download them. However, I don't recommend doing this unless you have some sort of software support. I have seen no end of times when someone installed a software package on their computer and it never worked again. The problem with browsers is that they often change your defaults. People use alternative broswers because they have features that Explorer does not have, and also are more secure, or at least the criminals do not try to write software to hijack all the browser packages out there, just Microsoft's Explorer.