No love for Internet Explorer 6

…and rightly so!

It’s high time the world ditched the 8-year old IE6 for good IMHO – afterall it’s slow, notoriously bad for security and just plain horrible at rendering modern web standards.

Here’s a look at how a few “social” sites are encouraging IE6 users to upgrade to something (anything!) better,

Twitter posts a simple message “There’s a better way to browse the web!” and goes on to recommend you upgrade to the latest version of IE (pity they didn’t recommend upgrading to Firefox!)

Facebook suggests “you may want to upgrade” since “Facebook will work better for you if you upgrade or switch to another browser“. In addition to suggesting IE8, they also post links to switch to Firefox, Safari or Flock.

YouTube has by far the most compelling upgrade message in stating “we will be phasing out support for your browser soon” – in other words if you want to keep using the site, ditch IE6 now! Not surprisingly they list Chrome first up, followed by IE8 and Firefox 3.5.

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So there you go, three of the biggest (if not the biggest three) social network sites have spoken. If you’re still using IE6, shame on you and upgrade now!

Note: no PC’s were harmed in obtaining these screenshots. These were snapped on XP running safely sandboxed in a virtual machine – I’m a Firefox fanboy afterall!

Apple backs down, sort of…

Since my last rant about Apple attempting to push new software onto my PC via it’s “update” service, they’ve backed off a little with a newly released version of their software. Following an update to the updater, it now looks like this,

As you can see they’ve rightly split the list into actual updates and new software. However, as the astute among you will notice, the Safari selection box is still ticked by default. This is better behaviour than before, but still not “best practice” in my opinion.

Hey Apple! – despite not wanting your browser, I don’t have a problem with being offered new software, but I want to OPT-IN not opt-out. So yeah, shame on you – again! And don’t get me started on having to install QuickTime just because I want iTunes…

Shame on you Apple

Apple’s Software Update service is trying to install the Safari web browser on my computer.

Why is this bad? Because an “update” service should not be pretending that I should update this software which doesn’t actually exist on my PC! Yes I can opt-out of the install, but why isn’t the process opt-in? That little box should NOT be checked by default if the software isn’t already installed. Shame on you Apple.

If you run iTunes on your computer, you’ll see the same thing if you use Apple’s Software Update. Here’s how to disable it permanently so you won’t be bugged again,

Leave the box ticked for Safari, hit the tools menu and select “Ignore Selected Updates”,

Safari update be gone and don’t bug me again. I’m more than happy with my Firefox install (and I don’t believe the claims in the blurb in that top screenshot).

Ignore Safari. Get Firefox. Smarter. Safer. Better.