Ubuntu and Google Chrome

The last few days, I’ve been repeatedly getting the following when I do an apt-get update on my Ubuntu Desktop (14.04, if that matters).

W: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/Release  Unable to find expected entry 'main/binary-i386/Packages' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)
 
E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

Some light reading and specifically this post on OMGUbuntu, coupled with some instructions in the comments section, led me to the following solution which works for now.
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Pre Windows Vista, you could find the version of Internet Explorer via WMI using the following method:

strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & _
    "\root\cimv2\Applications\MicrosoftIE")
 
Set colIESettings = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
    ("Select * from MicrosoftIE_Summary")
 
For Each strIESetting in colIESettings
    Wscript.Echo "Version: " & strIESetting.Version
    Wscript.Echo "Product ID: " & strIESetting.ProductID
    Wscript.Echo "Cipher strength: " & strIESetting.CipherStrength
Next

The MicrosoftIE_Summary object does not exist post Windows XP though (Why Microsoft, why?), so to find your browser versions, you could use the following VB Script, which essentially just checks the file version for you.

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