SouthGeek Daily Ramble #1

Use IE 7 and get taxed an extra 6.8%

Australian electronics dealer Kogan is going to tax you an extra 6.8% if you are using IE 7 to purchase merchandise from their online store.  At the time of checkout, the user is presented with a popup if they are using IE 7.

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Does this make sense?  Kogan states that they keep their prices low by using technology that makes their business more efficient.  IE 7 requires a lot of maintenance hours to make the website workable in IE 7.  IE 7 represents 2.99% of the browsing public.  That’s .3% behind Safari 5.1


Skype for Linux released!

Version 4.0 of Skype for Linux has been released.  The list of changes include:

  1. We have a new Conversations View where users can easily track all of their chats in a unified window. Those users who prefer the old view can disable this in the Chat options;
  2. We have a brand new Call View;
  3. Call quality has never been better thanks to several investments we made in improving audio quality; and
  4. We’ve worked on improving video call quality and have also extended support for more cameras.

If you want to upgrade or try it for the first time on Linux, you can download it here.


iTunes Match can now stream music without downloading

Wait, what?  I thought this was already happening?  In my own personal tests a few weeks back, I started streaming a song on my iTunes on my laptop – one that I knew for certain was not on the computer.  The song started and then I stopped my network connection.  The song stopped.

Well, apparently this “new” feature will be available in iOS 6, so maybe that’s the rub.  Streaming doesn’t work on mobile devices but does on laptops and desktops.

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