Scott Thompson, a member of our programming team, passed along this (author unknown) comment: “OSX is proof that it is easier to make Linux pretty than Windows secure.” (OSX is the short name for the Macintosh operating system, that now runs on Intel chips!) It was a timely comment, as we sent out a notice to our clients yesterday “announcing” the arrival of a nasty new Windows virus.
It is set to attack Windows (or as we affectionately say, “Windoze,” as in doze, as in asleep at the wheel when it comes to security, ease of use, etc.) computers on Friday. You can read more about it here (link has expired).
We just launched a new web site yesterday, San Pedro Overlook and as with every web site we build, there is about 5-10% added to the programming costs, just to make it work right on Windows computers and the Internet Explorer web browser. IE in particular does not play well with others, or to state it more bluntly, does not adhere to the W3C web standards.
Whats the W3C? To quote them:
“The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 400 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide.”
In some ways it boils down to one of those “so last century” concepts that I like to talk about here in the blog. Having a proprietary system that creates barriers for others (like IE) is so last century! Having consortiums supported by loads of really smart people most of whom volunteer their time to help us all have a better web surfing experience, well that is very here and now!
If you want a better web surfing experience, get Firefox or as the bumper sticker says, “Friends don’t let friends use IE!”
If you really want to immerse yourself in this topic, check out any of the headlines on this page over at “eWeek”:https://www.eweek.com/category2/0,1874,1476468,00.asp.