From: Mark Fowler Date: 13:13 on 12 Oct 2003 Subject: Autodetecting Web Sites It's not that I mind that websites detect what browsers I'm using, and change what they show me. It's that most sites don't seem to let me override it. Who came up with this stupid idea? Look, trust me, my browser _can_ cope with the website. It's considerably less useless than your detection software. Oh, and today, the classic. Trying to download the Java runtime for a windows PC, and I'm using my mac. The webserver detects that I've using a Mac, and offers me the mac version, but _won't_ let me manually chose the windows version! Damn, I'll guess I'll have to go find a Windows PC to do this download this on. GAH.
From: peter (Peter da Silva) Date: 13:24 on 12 Oct 2003 Subject: Re: Autodetecting Web Sites > Oh, and today, the classic. Trying to download the Java runtime for a > windows PC, and I'm using my mac. The webserver detects that I've using a > Mac, and offers me the mac version, but _won't_ let me manually chose the > windows version! I can do one better than that. I'm using Safari on a Mac, I'm trying to view the Quicktime version of a film at Atom Films. Their detection software fails to detect that I have Quicktime 6 installed and demands that I download it before it'll let me. It does think I have Realplayer, but it won't let me just open a URL that Realplayer will handle, no, it insists on running it embedded. Which doesn't work, because Realplayer doesn't want to embed in Safari... so why did it think I had Realplayer? What was it detecting? In fact... the only embedded player I have installed is... Quicktime 6.
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