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BlizzardFly - John C. Kirk

Mar. 9th, 2010

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From:bazzalisk
Date:March 11th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Does anyone on your firendslist actually use IE?
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From:johnckirk
Date:March 11th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I don't know, but I'd guess that a couple of people do. There may be other people who don't use it themselves, but do tech support for friends/relatives who do use it.

If you mean "Why am I posting something that will be irrelevant to everyone who reads it?" then there are a couple of reasons. Firstly, as I mentioned above, I couldn't find any information about BlizzardFly when I did a Google search. So, by posting this, it may show up in future search results for other people who investigate that add-on. This has certainly been the case for some of my other tech posts, e.g. I posted about HP printer drivers in Feb 2006 and got comments from random people in August 2007, October 2007, and March 2008.

Another issue is that I can refer people to this directly. For instance, if my colleagues encounter a similar problem then they can look at this to see how I solved it. Also, if I'm job hunting then I can use this as an example of technical writing.

I have thought about setting up a separate tech blog. However, it's then a question of how far I take it - do I have separate blogs for cooking and comics too? For now, it's simplest to keep everything in one place, but I use cut-tags so that it's easy for people to scroll past if they're not interested. One of these days I need to update my main website, so I'll copy some of these posts over there.
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From:bazzalisk
Date:March 11th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I wasn't meaning that, I was just curious. I know very few people who use IE, with most people I meet seeming to use the Windows or Mac ports of Firefox (and it's not like there are still websites which only work in IE, or at least I haven't encountered any myself in about five years now, anyway). Now, my sample is very biased and not representative of the general public, but I would have expected that your circle of acquaintances to be similarly selective.

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From:johnckirk
Date:March 11th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Ah, fair enough :)

I move in different circles, and some people I know are more techie than others. For instance, most of the people I know in SJA will still use IE, although they probably don't read my blog.

Regarding websites, I can think of a few examples off the top of my head. I'd prefer it if they were compatible with other browsers, but for now it's a choice between using IE and not using the website at all.

* Outlook Web Access.

This has two options: the "light" version and the full version. To quote the blurb: "The Light client provides fewer features and is sometimes faster. Use the Light client if you are on a slow connection or using a computer with unusually strict browser security settings. If you are using a browser other than Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, you can only use the Light client." For instance, if you use the Light version, one restriction is that you can't open extra mailboxes.

* ADP.

This is a company that offers payroll/HR solutions. They only support Internet Explorer - if I try to connect to their portal using Firefox then it says "Incompatible Browser". So, if your company uses ADP, and you want to book annual leave or view your payslips, you have to use IE.

* Immediacy CMS.

This only supports IE6 and IE7 (or at least the version I'm using does). No IE8, which means you're out of luck if you use Windows 7, and no other browsers.
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