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!

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Sneak Peek Out Back

A week ago WordPress updated to v2.7 with a major overhaul of the backend interface for bloggers.

If you’re curious, here’s a sneak peek at a couple of screens I see and use behind the scenes…

The Dashboard,

And the “Add New Post” page,

For a complete list of features and changes, check out the WordPress.com blog and for a video introduction and some history head over to the WordPress.org Development blog.