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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Problems viewing BeldarBlog from particular browsers?

Personally, I use Firefox 3 — free, fast, less buggy and less of a memory hog, and with cool plug-in apps that are also free — almost exclusively, and I love it. I only use Microsoft's Internet Exploder Explorer on those few (and increasingly more rare) occasions when I'm effectively forced to because someone's written an IE-only web app.

But to each, his own. I'm happy to have you browse BeldarBlog on whatever browser tickles your fancy.

Which brings me to ask: Has anyone had any problems viewing this site that might be the result of the reported conflict between Sitemeter and IE 7.0? If so, please let me know in the comments to this post.

(I rarely use tables in my posts, but I did notice a problem using IE 7.0 to view the post just before this one, in which I'd originally published blurbs about McCain and Obama side-by-side in a table format. Other than dispensing with use of the table for that one post, I'm loath to do any major re-coding of my blog, since I figure Sitemeter will surely diagnose and fix the problem shortly. Indeed, they may have already done so, since older posts that use tables appear to me to now be displaying properly.)

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(1) SlimGuy made the following comment | Aug 2, 2008 2:52:24 PM | Permalink


SiteMeter IE Issues Resolved

Dear SiteMeter Users,

We have become aware of a compatibility issue with our SiteMeter tracking code and IE 7 (possibly IE 6) browsers that started sometime last night.

The problem was related to some work we were doing on the backend system for our upcoming website launch.

We’ve identified and resolved two separate but related issues -

1 - IE Users viewing pages - There was a problem with users who placed their SiteMeter tracking code outside of their HTML Body Tag. Because of the changes we made this created a failure for visitors viewing sites using Internet Explorer 7.

2 - Accessing SiteMeter and Stats - Individuals trying to access or view their SiteMeter stats by clicking on their SiteMeter logo/icons were unable to gain access. This again appears to have affected only individuals using IE7.

At this time both problems have been fixed and our services are fully operational.

For those who removed the SiteMeter code from your pages please be assured that the problem has been resolved and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

The SiteMeter Team

(2) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Aug 2, 2008 6:40:54 PM | Permalink

Dear Mr. Dyer: I was, but have now followed the wiser ones and loaded Firefox and do not have trouble.

"Explorer" v. "Exploder"? Sure you have the correction right here? How Bill made all those billions with his cruddy overpriced insectifurious code is a big mystery.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(3) Jim Bender made the following comment | Aug 2, 2008 6:58:45 PM | Permalink

This is a report that I am looking at your blog using IE7 on my new laptop running Vista and didn't have a problem. I had previously looked at my Anglo-Dutch Wars blog, after reading Instapundit and Ann Althouse. I did not have a problem, so I concluded that the way I am using Sitemeter is not a problem. The same seems to be true of what you are doing, as well.

(4) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 2, 2008 9:06:27 PM | Permalink

Slimguy and Mr. Koster and Mr. Bender, thank you all for the info.

Mr. Koster: I'm not categorically opposed to Microsoft or its products, and I'd quickly agree that there are good and legal reasons for its domination of the market for many of them. But I don't doubt that its products are better as a direct result of the competitive pressures it still feels, notwithstanding that dominance. Many of IE 7.0's best new features, for example, are obvious rip-offs of ideas from Firefox.

I use Word and Excel and Microsoft's Office Live (which hosts my professional website) even though there are reasonable alternatives available for each of them; part of that is to match clients' or colleagues' practices, part of that is because they're the paths of least resistance, and part is because my satisfaction level with those Microsoft products is high enough. But for web browsing, I don't have to worry about what clients or colleagues are using, and IE 7.0 is bloated and slow, and still under-featured (at least with respect to features I want), as compared to Firefox.

I don't begrudge Gates or anyone else the fortunes they made off Microsoft. If anything, I'm more fond of Microsoft than its competitor Apple, a company that is just as avaricious and even more proprietary.

(5) Jim Brenneke made the following comment | Aug 2, 2008 10:25:01 PM | Permalink

Mr. Dyer,

I was unable to access several sites, including yours, using IE last night and this morning. I have not had any problems this afternoon or evening.


(6) AMac made the following comment | Aug 3, 2008 6:29:58 PM | Permalink

Using Firefox; no problems even during Sitemeter freeze.

Off topic, here's a snippet from a NYT Magazine interview of T. Boone Pickens (mostly about his wind-energy plan):

You helped re-elect Bush in ’04 when you gave $3 million to the Swift Boat campaign to discredit John Kerry’s Vietnam service. Do you regret your involvement? Why would I?

Because it’s such an ugly chapter in American political history. Oh, I see. Well, it was true. Everything that went into those ads was the truth.

Really? I thought it was all invented. I never did anything dishonest.

(7) Gregory made the following comment | Aug 4, 2008 3:38:49 AM | Permalink

Heh. I *loike* that interview :)

As for the IE/Firefox thing, I use both. You want power and flexibility? Nothing beats Opera. With the singular exception of NoScript, Opera is far superior to any of its competitors in terms of speed, standards compatibility and memory usage. I routinely have about 20 or so tabs open and on a 512MB RAM machine, that's an achievement, with another 9 applications loaded at the same time.

Of course, load a few more tabs and it will slowdown ridiculously. Load a few more beyond that and it will crash. But with session memory, I don't care much.

(8) Scott Jacobs made the following comment | Aug 4, 2008 8:14:53 AM | Permalink

I wasn't able to see any blogs. None.

I was getting "Waiting for res://ieframe.dll/dnserror.htm" in the bottom line of my browser...

I was very annoyed, as I couldn't get my fix of blogs...

(9) Milhouse made the following comment | Aug 8, 2008 4:19:10 PM | Permalink

You don't need to use IE at all, even for pages that won't work in Firefox. Instead, use IE Tab, a Firefox add-on that lets a Firefox tab behave like IE.

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