Behold, the Power of Email

Well I am absolutely squealing with joy.  I got a response from the webmaster of the Baltimore County Government web site that I was upset about just the other day.  They took my suggestion to make their site not only for Internet Explorer.   It is now accessible to those using Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Opera.  I am absolutely thrilled to see them make this change and include more than just Firefox.   My hat is off to Baltimore County Government’s webmaster.

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Amendment to the Bill of Rights

I hereby suggest that my country’s Bill of Rights be amended. If the Bill of Rights is about freedom then there is one amendment seriously lacking (no offense to our forefathers they could not have seen this coming). Freedom of browser, web browser that is. I am not one of those open source fanatics that insists you only use Firefox or Opera but I do insist you allow me the right to choose my browser and have your site work correctly in it.

Gone are the days of only one name in the game. It is time for the web-so-called-masters to wake up. Code to web standards and not only will your site work in the browser of my choice but it can be accessible by all. It isn’t that hard to do. Why on earth would you limit the audience you are trying to reach? Are you that ignorant to think that only Internet Explorer is the only choice out there? Come to the Howard County Library and you’ll find it isn’t even an option. We prefer a much more secure (but not completely invulnerable) Firefox, Flock or Opera. Try convincing all the Mac users out there that use Safari or Firefox on their Macs. If you still think that IE is the only game in town you haven’t been looking lately.

I am completely frustrated by sites that “work best in ….” or “must use Internet Explorer only” (like the Baltimore County web site).   If properly coded your site will work best in ANY BROWSER!  I find it insulting that in this day and age of enlightenment and choice there are still those who think that limiting a site to a browser (or god forbid an operating system) is making the right choice.  Keep on making sites that only work in one browser and I’ll (among others) will keep not using your site.

Endangered Species

I don’t like to think that another species might be in trouble of surviving on this planet but this time it might be a good thing.  Internet Explorer, all versions, are in serious danger from the latest unpatched security hole.  IE is no longer the only beast of the jungle nor is it the best.  Firefox still has better security and functions much better than IE.  You also have other contenders such as Google’s Chrome (love how if a website for whatever reason crashes your browse it only takes the tab with it not the whole browser), Flock (the social browser), and Opera among others.   Time has come for the ol’ IE to move along to the great browser graveyard in the sky.


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A Little Behind the Times?

Good ol’ Microsoft jumps on the band wagon ….. finally!

Opera 9.5 and Firefox 3 already have anti-malware protection so I guess MS thought it was a good idea too.  I absolutely refuse to use that browser at work and at home.  I even forbid the Comcast guy who came out to trouble shoot our internet connection from using it.  He’d probably freak now when he saw that I have Ubuntu and Firefox nothing MS related on my home desktop.

Flock Me Baby One More Time

Cool news from the folks at Flock – Flock2 is released and it has the Mozilla’s Firefox 3 technology to thank. We liked Flock so much that we’ve added it to our new staff and public computer images. So now folks here will have a choice of Firefox or Flock (and possibly Opera).

I love how Flock keeps track of everything for me and I don’t have to have a tab open for Twitter, a tab opened for Facebook, a tab open for my RSS feeds, a tab opened for YouTube, a tab opened for Pownce…..you get the picture. I use the side bar and then leave the main part of my browser for what I need it to do.

Thank you Flock folks…I’m still in love.