Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jan 2010 22:00 UTC
Internet Explorer Ah, the security vulnerability that was used in the Google attack. It's been around the internet about a million times now, and even governments have started advising people to move away from Internet Explorer. As is usually the case, however, the internet has really blown the vulnerability out of proportion. I'll get right to it: if your machine and/or network has been compromised via this vulnerability, then you most likely had it coming. No sympathy for you.
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And where do the management get their advice? Do they ask their technical people for their opinion? Well, yes, if they value and appreciate their technical people. And no, if they don't value them or think that they would lose face by acknowledging their technical imcompetence. Instead such managers listen to .... marketing representatives from a large corporation who are *very good* at marketing. So, where did the idea of locking software to a particular browser with broken apis come from? Not from *all* those businesses who are now screwed, but the central corporation that marketed the message to write to their broken standards using their nonportable apis.

If management were to take advice from their supplier, then Microsoft themselves are now advocating that everyone drops IE6 and XP.

That much is very good advice, and the only real problem here seems to be that Microsoft advocate replacing WindowsXP/IE6 with Windows 7 and IE8.

Surely any manager worth his salt would see that this is just asking for the same lock-in and security problems all over again?

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