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World's first 'tax' on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7
BBC News ^ | 14 June 2012 | Staff

Posted on 06/15/2012 8:11:39 AM PDT by ShadowAce

Illustration of Internet Explorer 7 tax from the Kogan.com website

According to Ruslan Kogan this is the world's first Internet Explorer 7 "tax".

The Australian online retailer Kogan.com has introduced the world's first "tax" on Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) browser.

Customers who use IE7 will have to pay an extra surcharge on online purchases made through the firm's site.

Chief executive Ruslan Kogan told the BBC he wanted to recoup the time and costs involved in "rendering the website into a antique browser".

The charge is set to 6.8% - 0.1% for every month since the IE7 launch.

Shows the 6.% charge added on to price.

Every month the surcharge will rise by 0.1%.

Too much effort

According to Mr Kogan the idea was born when the company started working on a site relaunch.

Mr Kogan said that even though only 3% of his customers used the old version of the browser, his IT team had become pre-occupied with making adaptations to make pages display properly on IE 7.

"I was constantly on the line to my web team. The amount of work and effort involved in making our website look normal on IE7 equalled the combined time of designing for Chrome, Safari and Firefox."

Mr Kogan said it was unlikely that anyone would actually pay the charges. His goal is to encourage users to download a more up-to-date version of Internet Explorer or a different browser.

Mr Kogan told the BBC his customers were very happy and he had received a lot of praise for his efforts.

"Love your IE7 tax. I hope it becomes effective" was one of the messages posted to Kogan on Twitter.

IE7 was launched in 2006, but since then Microsoft has released two major updates to the software.

The launch of Internet Explorer 10 is due in the autumn.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: bloatware; ie; internetexplorer; tax
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To: Hodar

Firefox.


51 posted on 06/15/2012 4:50:18 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Lazamataz

Great! Come visit my IIS 4.0 run site!


52 posted on 06/15/2012 4:56:55 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I don’t reward companies that ignore the first rule of customer service, because they don’t deserve to prosper. That isn’t actually for the sake of nothing, it’s for the sake of discouraging bad business practices.


53 posted on 06/15/2012 5:54:50 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman
I consider discouraging the use of IE to be a good business practice.

The thing is so insecure they have to patch it every fifteen minutes.

And getting AJAX to render correctly in it is a nightmare.

54 posted on 06/15/2012 5:59:07 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“I consider discouraging the use of IE to be a good business practice.”

Well, there’s where you reveal your personal bias that is clouding your understanding. Discouraging the use of IE is certainly a good business practice for Microsoft’s competitors, but for a webstore that is completely unrelated to the browser market it is “mission creep” that can only hurt them.


55 posted on 06/15/2012 6:09:27 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman
Hmm, but can I play MUDs on that?

I don't know.

However, I notice there turns out to be a package that enables w3m to show images in character mode. On Ubuntu, you can install both packages with sudo apt-get install w3m w3m-img.

You can even exit your X session and type w3m google.com on your system console, and it still works!

There is also supposed to be a w3m-js package in the works to allow JavaScript to run in w3m.

56 posted on 06/15/2012 6:13:52 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Boogieman
Evidently they are willing to accept your disapproval.

I bet you get that a lot.

57 posted on 06/15/2012 6:14:26 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: cynwoody

Pff, if I can’t play antique multi-user text games on it, I’m sticking with Telnet :)


58 posted on 06/15/2012 6:16:14 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You get used to it when you are surrounded by idiots.


59 posted on 06/15/2012 6:17:03 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

You gotta ask yourself what kind of idiot surrounds himself with idiots.


60 posted on 06/15/2012 6:23:30 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: ShadowAce
I'm totally in favor of getting rid of IE7 whatever it takes.

Just don't go ripping my Firefox 3.6 out of my hands.... :)

61 posted on 06/15/2012 6:34:26 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It’s not voluntary, I avoid them as much as possible, but the world is what it is.


62 posted on 06/15/2012 6:36:40 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

I’m sure you tell everybody what idiots they are.


63 posted on 06/15/2012 6:42:32 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Lazamataz

Do you keep the install CD with your collection of AOL install discs?


64 posted on 06/15/2012 7:06:28 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

It’s a very small percentage of users, and they were spending more time that it was worth to them maintaining compatibility with the browser. They’ve gotten a lot of PR with this move.

Seems pretty smart to me.


65 posted on 06/15/2012 7:10:00 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Boogieman; Lazamataz

I’m using Crosstalk over a 300 baud Smartmodem talking to a BBS that is in turn connected to the Internet.


66 posted on 06/15/2012 7:13:19 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: ShadowAce

This is a general question for the FR “Geek Squad.” Anyone have the lowdown on Uniblue ResistryBooster2012 Registry Cleaning Software that’s supposed to clear out the clutter and speed up the computer’s performance? Should I use it?


67 posted on 06/15/2012 7:26:35 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Seems like you just want to start a flame war, so I’m done here.


68 posted on 06/15/2012 8:27:09 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: PapaNew
Never used it, but there are a lot of shady "Registry Cleaners" out there, so it's good to be careful. I'd use CCleaner, it's safe and effective.
69 posted on 06/15/2012 8:30:11 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: FreedomPoster

Man, 300 baud, you lucky bastard. I bet it only takes you 18 hours to download Leisure Suit Larry!


70 posted on 06/15/2012 8:36:47 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: ShadowAce

I find this interesting following a recent statement by another company saying they flat-out won’t support IE7 since they estimated an additional $100,000 to design their site to support it.

I have an IE7 installation in a VM, and you wouldn’t believe how slow it is on any modern site using heavy JavaScript, and how incompatible it is with any site using heavy CSS. Basically, you can’t make an advanced site that fully supports IE7 with the same user experience. Not paying this fee will be the least of the benefits of moving off IE7.


71 posted on 06/15/2012 8:43:02 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Boogieman

Bye.


72 posted on 06/15/2012 8:54:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Boogieman

Seconded. CCleaner is the gold standard for this, these days. Even if anything else isn’t crapware, chances are it’s not as good.


73 posted on 06/16/2012 4:44:38 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (WTB new tagline, PST!)
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To: ShadowAce

Chrome, IE, Firefox but no love for Opera.

A pox on all of you....


74 posted on 06/16/2012 8:18:21 AM PDT by stylin_geek (Never underestimate the power of government to distort markets)
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