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[Thursday 24th March 2011 at 9:14 pm]

[Feeling |confusedconfused]

Today's useful tool is a user-agent switcher for IE. Why is such a thing required? Because there exist websites that do user-agent sniffing and block Internet Explorer.

For some reason, this is acceptable. And yet blocking Firefox results in massive flamage.
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[User Picture]From: pleaseremove
Saturday 26th March 2011 at 8:22 am (UTC)
Of course if you used a modern browser (IE8 for you, 9 also has it) then you would have this tool built in. Under the development tools (F12) you can select to spoof a selection of browsers including FF and Chrome.

Not that I think sites should block based on user agent, Chrome's experiments page did this an age ago, as did the Safari tests... only reason it annoyed me was because actually IE9 frame for some time was beating the pants off the pair of them. Not so much now...
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Saturday 26th March 2011 at 8:54 pm (UTC)
It's not built-in in IE8 unfortuantly, and I'm still on XP so no IE9 for me.
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[User Picture]From: pleaseremove
Saturday 26th March 2011 at 9:19 pm (UTC)
Time to move on me thinks.... Win7 is more than just pretty....
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Saturday 26th March 2011 at 9:24 pm (UTC)
It'll probably happen when my XP install explodes in some spectacular fashion, or when I buy a new piece of software/hardware that outright refuses to run under XP. Incidentally, the latter is what caused me to upgrade to XP in the first place - the TV card didn't properly support Win2k.
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[User Picture]From: pleaseremove
Saturday 26th March 2011 at 9:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe this time it would be better to beat "it doesn't work" to the punch and upgrade on your own terms...

Given it always takes me about a week to do a full reinstall and a good day to get the core done, I would never dream of doing anything other than carefully planned upgrades.
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