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OK… It’s Sort of IE Ready

July 30th, 2006

happy face.gifAfter a LOT of screwing around, this blog now displays (almost) perfectly in IE.

Those of you who have had the “pleasure” of designing for the IE browser know how much fun this was. IE does not use the “normal” HTML set of commands, so stuff like this happens a lot. As more and more people use Firefox and other more compliant, secure and state-of-the-art browsers, making web sites work in ALL browsers become really important. But there are always the holdouts!

So IE users rejoice! And when you finish rejoicing, by all means go here and download a good browser! It will make you happy!

4 Responses to “OK… It’s Sort of IE Ready”

  1. Mark Reinhold on August 1, 2006 2:07 pm

    My Friend, Robert Scoble, just left Microsoft. Microsoft is not the big bad evil empire, but since they are so big, it takes time for them to do anything.

    So I use Firefox, Outlook, IRC, etc.

    I have a XP 64 bit machine, and a Freebsd machine. I was worried about computers, internet and Costa Rica. But since you are here, and 5 or more websites my fears are gone. How is your speed? I have 6M a sec here in San Francisco, and I certainly dont expect that, but some sort of broadbaand would be nice.

    Yes I should ask this in the ARCR forum since I am there all time.

    also replying here I have black type on a green background which is kind of hard to see, so maybe you could change it a lighter green.


  2. Tim on August 1, 2006 3:33 pm

    It is not that Microsoft is big and bad, it is that they simply do not care about their customers.

    The current IE browser has not been upgraded in 7-8 YEARS (other than the 10,000 or so security upgrades). It is SLOW and terribly outdated and quite frankly dangerous to use. It is NOT state of the art, does not honor or use the correct HTML codes (instead, arrogantly using their own!) and is generally a high risk product. I KNOW they are big… and 1-2 years for a re-write I could understand, but this several year wait is just inexcusable.

    Speed is not an issue if you live in the central valley, but as you leave this area service availability falls off tremendously. If you must live at the beach, better check availability FIRST before you buy or rent.

    You are right, this is covered in detail in the ARCR Forums at http://forums.arcr.net in the Technical area as well as in the REAL Costa Rica.

  3. Aimee on September 9, 2006 3:46 pm

    This is a little off topic but Tim, my nephew tells me that internet on his celular phone is free in CR. Do you know if there is any truth to that? Maybe I misunderstood him. Stranger things have happened.

  4. Tim on September 9, 2006 6:36 pm

    Hiya Aimee

    He is correct for now. You can get Internet access on properly
    equipped (bluetooth) GSM cell phones and if you have a bluetooth equipped laptop, you can get service… though it is quite slow and at time not reliable. It DOES exist though.

    This IS going to change however, and there will be a charge added to the monthly bill. I am not sure it has been firmly set as yet.. but as I recall it will be an extra $7.00 – $10.00 per month for the service.