Raymond Chen <a href="http://weblogs.asp.net/oldnewthing/archive/2004/09/01/223936.aspx" title=""How to find the Internet Explorer binary">takes "some people" to task</a> for "[going] to enormous lengths to locate the Internet Explorer binary". The linked poster-child? IE View.
Yikes. I read Raymond's blog religiously, so I have mixed feelings about this -- kinda like when Paul Westerberg told me to "shut up" during a Replacements show (I kept yelling for "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out". "Shut up" was nicer than I deserved. And then they played it.).
There are some reasons I probably couldn't follow Raymond's advice, at least not without devoting as much effort to forcing Firefox to make system calls it would rather not make as I currently devote to finding IE. Still, I feel so ashamed and dirty.