Proprietary browsers built on proprietary browsers: the blind leading the blind?
Sep 15, 2009, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"This all came to my attention because of a specific
issue my friend was having. Prior to that they had soldiered on in
a world of fudge and making-do because they figured that's how it
was with "the Internet". The issue that finally got to them was
that every time they went to a particular section of the BT/Yahoo
home pages, they were presented with an error message. It turned
and most of us know what to do with them (ignore them generally)
but to a non-techie end-user it might as well have been written in
martian. After it kept happening they called me in.
"After some careful monitoring I realised that the error was
caused by a particular advert in a banner above their BT/Yahoo
webmail client. I couldn't fix the bug in the script but I could
find where it was. Now on my system this would be easily resolved
with AdBlock. A single right-click and the problem is gone. On this
one it's not so easy. Firstly Microsoft's browser has never really
been suited to blocking advertising — even with a plugin.
Recently an I.E. ad blocker plugin has appeared but of course this
isn't IE, this is the BT/Yahoo browser so the plugin doesn't work.
because the settings dialog is identical to IE's one you can never
be sure which browser the changes will have effect on."