Now, I recognise that I might only be a small subsection of a small subsection, but even so I get annoyed to go to sites like the Australian Open to try to see what’s happening, and click on the “scoreboard” , which would let you watch a live scoreboard, when I’m using Camino 1.1alpha-something, I get
The content selected requires features of Flash 8, at minimum, that are supported on the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher
Netscape 8.0 and higher
Mozilla 1.7.5 and higher
Firefox 1.0 and higher
Safari 1.3 and higher
Please use one of these browsers to see this content.
at which I simply respond “I’m using Flash 9, you gizmos, and the version of Mozilla that this is built on is far beyond Firefox 1. What do you think I am, prehistoric?”
The problem though is that there’s absolutely nowhere on the site where you can point out this failing. IBM claims responsibility for building it, but isn’t entertaining any complaints either (although interestingly if one clicks on its “Technology” link at the bottom of the Open page, one gets a very busy advert all written in… Flash.
A site you can’t complain about? Which doesn’t want to listen to how it could improve? Which won’t let you use it in your favourite browser?
As I said, Camino may be one of a tiny minority, but we’re the ones who’ll find the big, gaping flaws in the system. Sure, I could hack it to pretend to be a different browser, but life’s too short.
But don’t you love the idea of all that money spent on the site, and nowhere to enter what you think of them? It really reminds me of the whole pro tennis culture.