Standards-Compliant Wrongly Used

While checking out Internet Explorer 7’s (beta) ability to render webpages, I’ve found that GoDaddy won’t let me use their site without telling me that my browser is old, and isn’t standards-compliant.

The first mistake they made, is assuming the browser I’m using is old. The second mistake is that they claim it’s because the browser isn’t standards-compliant. It may not be fully compliant, but the whole reason why standards existed was to prevent websites like GoDaddy from using a browser detection script and selectively feeding data to the browser you’re using. Since the script doesn’t recognize the new IE7 browser, it had no idea what to do except to give that default page saying your browser is old and non-standards-compliant.

Here’s a screenshot of the page they gave me when visiting with IE7 beta:

GoDaddy Screenshot

Update: I wrote to GoDaddy using their form on that page about this, and got a response. Read more to read what I wrote and what their reply was.

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New AOL Explorer Browser

Just saw that AOL has just released their AOL Explorer browser for download. As a web designer, I’m surprised to see this out, especially since it’s just a Internet Explorer 6.0 shell. With IE7 beta just around the corner (August 3rd, last I heard), this makes the announcement unexciting and disheartening, as both a web surfer and a web designer.

I do have to admit the UI design is very slick (see screenshot), I really like it. The features it has are nice too, it’s just a shame that it is being held back by the inferior IE6 engine. AOL should’ve used the Firefox codebase, and slap on this UI on, and it would’ve been a lot more exciting, not to mention more secure.

Update: If you install the IE7 beta, you’ll find that AOL Explorer will use that, and since the UI on IE7 beta is horrible, it works out to use AOL Explorer as the shell, since its UI is a lot nicer and usable. Never thought I’d actually use an AOL product again, but Firefox is still my main browser, for obvious reasons.

Blinksale | Online Invoicing

You may remember that I had posted my personal Top 10 Web Apps, listing some of my favorite web applications that enhances my life.

There’s a new one opened up today, called Blinksale, which is an online invoice application that is very slick. Heavily inspired by the design philosophies of 37Signals, the app is full of functional features, good design decisions, and is very easy to use.

It looks like it’ll actually make billing clients a fun process for once, whereas it used to be a chore before. Definitely something I plan on using for our new project at NuclearLime.

Tunes Taken Down, Up on August 9th

The tunes have been taken down as the bandwidth limit has been reached for this month. It lasted longer, thanks to the kind people that donated to help keep them up longer. Over 15,000 people enjoyed the tunes since they went up this month; that’s a lot of people. All the donaters should have an email now with download access details, which is my way of thanking them for donating to my bandwidth bill.

I hadn’t expected the tunes to be as popular as it has become. I’ve learned a few things. Mainly that bandwidth, and lots of it, isn’t easy nor cheap to come by. Also, my upload speed is very slow (40kB/sec max). I knew that before, but now it’s highlighted as of late.

I had found another host, HighWirePCs, that claim to give 400GB worth of bandwidth (in comparison, my host gives 192GB), however as of last night, HighWirePCs has disabled my account, as I can’t log in to it, and I had nearly 7GB worth of tunes uploaded. I’ve emailed them and hope to get a response.

I’m hoping that by the time August 9th comes around, when the tunes will be back up, I’ll have some ideas to help get the tunes to stay up for a whole month, or at least get everyone the chance to enjoy them.

I got a response back from HighWirePCs. They actively monitored my account, and they claim that the mashups are illegal and violates their TOS, so they deleted my account without seeking clarification. Which of course, is their right, although mashups have not been deemed illegal, and falls under fair use rights. I’ve learned my lesson, however, and that is if a service sounds too good to be true, then chances are it is. Thankfully, my current host, Dreamhost are a lot more understanding and courteous.