Your Browser is Too Modern

What is it with websites in Israel and browsers whose names do not start with the words "Internet Explorer"? Though there is lots of web connectivity and presence, it seems that all of the web developers here were just never told that using Javascript that only works on IE is not a good way to leave your customers happy. Case in point: I just saw the following on the website of a Jerusalem Hotel while browsing with Flock/Firefox:

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In case you are reading in a text-only browser, It reads (my emphasis):

Error ! The current browser is either too old or too modern (usind DOM document structure).

This is followed by the header of a calendar, with no days showing, set to January 2000.

If it really was still January 2000, maybe I could understand (wait, no I wouldn’t – Netscape was still alive and kicking back then). But in 2008, to consciously choose not to support browsers used by a large percentage, if not majority of potential customers, simply boggles the mind.

Firefox, the Memory Hog

I like Firefox. I really do. But I am really getting sick of seeing things like this in my Task Manager:

Task Manager Screenshot

For all of its faults, the amount of memory that FF2 uses to perform simple tasks compared to IE7 is simply unacceptable. If they cant figure this out in the next few releases, I am think that they will lose me as an every day user (I will still keep it installed to use FireBug and the WebDev toolbar when I need to).

Running Two Versions of Internet Explorer Simultaneously

Multiple versions of Explorer for Windows on a single computer have revolutionized CSS bug testing for websites, but sadly the different IE browser windows appear identical to the eye, potentially leading to confusion and testing mistakes.

Although Internet Explorer 7 (which your Windows XP computer should have already automatically downloaed and installed) is definitely a step up from its predecessor, some people (ie: web designers and developers) will still have a need to run IE6. If this is your case, read Taming Your Multiple IE Standalones (reference from Robert Nyman)