Stephen R Laniel steve at laniels.org
Wed Jul 13 23:04:53 UTC 2005

On Wed, Jul 13, 2005 at 08:21:46PM +0100, Norman Silverstone wrote:
> I sent them an email protesting at this discrimination and I would like
> to hear if anyone else has come across sites with anything like this. 

::snicker:: Yes, all the time, in fact. I think two good
options come to mind:

1) Complain like you did, and keep using your non-IE
browser. The website will see more and more hits from non-IE
browsers over time in its access logs, and will have to
respond appropriately.

2) Use something like the User Agent Switcher for Firefox to
make the site think you're using IE. Quite often you don't
*really* need to be using IE -- they're not making heavy use
of ActiveX, say -- but the site pretends that you do. As
soon as you change the user-agent string in your HTTP
request, the site lets you through.

I've found, after years of using Linux, that the only sites
that really give me trouble for not using IE are ... sites
run by Microsoft, like windowsupdate.microsoft.com. That
site doesn't come up much in my Linux work. I never find
myself *needing* IE.

Stephen R. Laniel
steve at laniels.org
+(617) 308-5571
PGP key: http://laniels.org/slaniel.key
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