If my bank tries to force me to use Microsoft products, I switch banks. The only fear now is some government service forcing me to use Microsoft products. The Swedish government is really in love with Microsoft, so the risk is imminent. The funny thing is, it’s usually terribly written homepages that forces you to use Explorer, and the only reason is that the web programmer used some silly Microsoft technology. And if they used something else, it would work on all platforms. I needed to upgrade a firewall from 3Com a couple of weeks ago, so I downloaded the new firmware and it was a self-extracting .exe file. So you needed a f…ing pc just to get to the firmware, when it was extracted I could upload it without a problem from a mac (or Linux, or what ever) So if they just compressed the file with zip, there routers and firewalls could be updated from any platform. Talk about stupid.
Update 12th of July 2014
I’m going over the blog, fixing broken links and stumble upon this post that I wrote a long time ago. How times changes (except that Office for Mac still is a stinker.)
After Apple released WebKit and other browsers have replaced Microsoft’s dominance, it’s nice to see that my nightmare didn’t happen. I guess we owe much to the iPhone and iPad when it comes to accessibility to web pages. Sometimes we make progress.