Hard-to-believe OS advice ...

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I reproduce here, for your amusement, the advice the CS folks at
MyPoints.com offered me yesterday in response to my report of a browsing
problem on their site:

: For best results, visit the site using Windows 98/ME/2000/XP.

Aren't we deep enough into the 21st century for such advice to have become
passé by now :-) ? And should I really expect Win 8, Win 7, or Win Vista
(not to mention Linux, MacOS, or Solaris) to provide inferior results?

Cheers, -- tlvp
Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.

Re: Hard-to-believe OS advice ...

On Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:27:56 -0400, tlvp wrote:
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It was passe when it was written.  From Day 1, a competently designed  
Web site would not care which operating system a visitor runs.  Of  
course, competently deigned Web sites quickly became a minority.

Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
HTML 4.01 spec: http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/
validator:      http://validator.w3.org/
CSS 2.1 spec:   http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/
validator:      http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/
Why We Won't Help You:

Re: Hard-to-believe OS advice ...

On 08/12/2013 06:27 AM, tlvp wrote:
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  Huh! I always thought a browser was needed to visit a website.
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James Moe
jmm-list at sohnen-moe dot com

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Maybe the site uses some client side windows-proprietary code
from that set of OS versions, and they can't be bothered to update
their system to work with anything more modern or cross-platform?

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In comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html,
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I've used telnet many times.

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A quick look at the MyPoints site suggests that it is a sell-your-soul
-- err -- sell-your-privacy business. An operating system that is
easy to compromise will help them with their goals.

soul-harvesting evidence: they have a "toolbar" to install

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David Stone wrote:
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Or more likely a combination of ignorance and a tell-tail sign of when  
the site was originally constructed. Sort of like those sites with "Best  
viewed with Internet Explorer 4" tags.

Or maybe it is more nefarious like the *absolute lie* perpetrated by  
Intuit which recently "stop supporting" the OS Linux for their tax web  
app TurboTax Online... Really now? Funny how if you just teak your user  
agent string then magically access will be granted!

Take care,


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