It seems yet another reason to not use Internet Explorer has presented itself. It seems that for quite a time now, many people have not been able to read my site from IE because they are presented with an error message that reads “Internet Explorer cannot open the internet site… Operation Aborted”.
I spent a few hours messing with the existing template to try and get the script in the right place, so IE would not have an issue – but it all became too much. So now, here we are with a new look and feel. Nice and simple… until I get some more time on my hands.
…welcome back IE users. Can I recommend Firefox next time?
Google Hosted Applications and Mail is Offline
Annoyingly it seems that the Google Hosted Services have suffered yet another major outage. In speaking with the support center they have only just become aware of it, and are currently investigating.
What I find most annoying about this is that we pay for the premium service, but somehow when ever there is an outage of all the unpaid customers, the premium customers also experience that same outage.
Google are still yet to update their status page about the issue, and it seems like they have been taken a little by surprise.
[UPDATE 20:21 8 May] It seems that this has rapidly spread to all of gmail. Not just hosted applications, gmail itself seems to be completely offline.
[UPDATE 20:28 8 May] And we are all back and happy again. Still no information on the Google Status page as to the cause of the outage though.
The Firefox Beta About Window
With the release of the new Firefox Beta (3.5b4) announced recently I thought I would give it a spin. I know it’s a beta, and I shouldn’t be expecting too much – but it can’t crash more then their “stable” version does – so I don’t really think I am in for much of an issue.
So far I am enjoying the experience. The only real change I can notice is that they have stolen the ” + ” tab from IE. I don’t really see the need for this, I am more of an “Apple/Command + T” person (Ctrl + T for those PC users amongst us). I am however really missing Google Gears
It seems that disabling the version protection (by going to about:config
in the address bar and adding a boolean value set to false for the key “extensions.checkCompatibility”) doesn’t get Gears to work. I tried reinstalling it, simply to end up in a loop of installs.
I am not going to roll back versions, I am actually finding this beta a great deal more stable then the current release version of Mozilla Firefox. I am however looking forward to more extensions becoming compatible with the 3.5 stream.