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Bogus Tax Plagues IE7
Upgrade cycles need to chill. Personally, I see no reason to modernize until software no longer works for me.
Apparently, Australian online retailer Kogan is taxing Internet Explorer 7 users. The rationale is that it costs too much money to make the website actually work on IE7 and someone has to pay for it. I can only imagine what would happen with IE6.
If you hit Kogan’s site with IE7 you get this message:
“It appears you or your system administrator has been in a coma for over 5 years and you are still using IE7. To help make the Internet a better place, you will be charged a 6.8% tax on your purchase from Kogan.com. This is necessary due to the amount of time required to make web pages appear correctly in IE7.”
This is lame, pretentious, and stupid for too many reasons to discuss. The company claims to be doing its part to improve the Internet by making people upgrade their browsers.
In the United States, if you claim to be charging a tax, then it better be going to the government.
Personally, I see no reason to upgrade software every five minutes if it works the way I want already. In fact, upgrading is very annoying.
Recall the days of the RealPlayer. What a nightmare. It never worked and constantly required an upgrade to some other, newer version. It was the worst. Why was it constantly changing? It wasn’t for any security reason. It seemed arbitrary. Perhaps whoever was running the development was a maniac, compulsively needing to tweak the codec. It was never explained. Then, it had some sort of premium paid version and I had no idea how that ever worked.
The latest program to make our lives endlessly miserable is Adobe Flash. How many times do I have to upgrade this thing? I had to do it yesterday. And earlier I did it. It seems to only upgrade one browser and no others.
What’s the point? Why does this new video require a new version of Flash? Who is coding these videos?
When Flash first came out, it looked like a great solution. We’d download it once and our browsers were enabled forever, or so we thought. Wow, were we fooled by that.
For some reason, in the Firefox browser, I now get a dialog box in front of my Flash videos asking me if some crummy site can use my memory for something having to do with the video. Half of my friends get this message, the others do not. It apparently has something to do with the weird and awful Flash cookies. Anyway, the box makes the cursor disappear and strobes the screen.
What kind of software is so ill-mannered as Flash?
I was told years and years ago by my very tech-max pals that Flash sucked and I should rebuke it. I pooh-poohed their complaints, arguing that it was great. Well, it seems they were right.
Looking back on the whole Flash era, which should end in the next couple of years with improved HTML5, I now have to agree. It was the next iteration of the RealPlayer misery. Good riddance.
From this perspective, maybe modernizing your browser is a good idea after all. But it ends there and any tax is still bogus.
By John C. Dvorak, PCMag