[thelist] Whither IE for the Mac

Dennis Lapcewich dlapcewich at fs.fed.us
Mon Dec 19 17:51:30 CST 2005

Microsoft is officially halting distribution of Internet Explorer for the
Mac at the end of next month. You'll probably want to archive a copy or two
now for testing purposes, as well as to use with sites like the Proximus
wireless "access" point at Javapolis last week that wouldn't let anybody in
unless they were using IE. This had more than a little to do with the
silence of my sites over the last week, as well as the paucity of reports
from what was a quite interesting show for those who were there. Poor
wireless access (the IE requirement was not the only problem) meant
relatively few people were able to chat about or report from the show in
real time.

Putting such blatantly bad design on display in front of an audience of
2000 alpha geeks, almost every one of whom could probably explain in
intimate detail exactly what Proximus did wrong, is not exactly the
smartest viral marketing a company might do. In fact, that's an idea. Next
year let's do a reverse keynote where the CEO and CTO of Proximus have to
stand in front of the convention and listen to everyone in the audience
tell them how to fix their broken system. It used to be that only internal
users suffered through such brain damage and poor design; but with web apps
everyone gets to see just how incompetent your team really is. Hmm, there's
another idea. How about a mutual fund that makes investment decisions by
analyzing a company's public web applications to figure out which companies
hire the pointy-haired and which don't?

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