Bye Internet Explorer

An article, posted more than 3 years ago filed in ie, internet explorer, windows, Edge, Chromium, chrome, browser & Firefox.
Bye Internet Explorer

It is easier said than done: "just stop supporting Internet Explorer (IE)". There are large organizations that require IE for some of their legacy often in-house applications. If you serve these organizations, you might be required to support IE. Even though, globally, roughly only 2% of the users still use this old browser.

For versions before IE the argument has been easy: "We don’t support a browser Microsoft is not supporting," but support for IE11 doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon (see the update below!): The latest IE (IE11)will be supported as long as the last version of Windows that supports it. That means untill support for the current version of Windows has ended.

With the launch of Edge, [Microsoft initially went along with popular demand not to bring support for older engines to their new browser Spartan](…

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Total cost of ownership valt niet te generaliseren

An article, posted more than 4 years ago filed in software, samsaffron, performance, ruby, windows, linux, macos & support.

Om de zoveel tijd komt de term weer terug: 'TCO'. Total Cost of Ownership. Hoeveel het allemaal bij elkaar kost. Het werd in het verleden ondermeer uit de kast gehaald door Microsoft om te waarschuwen voor de kosten die de conversie van naar opensource software met zich mee zouden brengen. Onder TCO wordt dan ook gekeken naar o.a. opleiding, de kosten van licenties, wat de onderhoudsmedewerkers kosten (linux beheerders zouden duurder zijn dan mensen met een microsoft diploma). Wat willekeurige observaties.

Jaren terug genoteerd:

> Grappig om te zien hoe hij met het bijna niets kostende stukje software (van een grote speler) vele uren bezig is om via de complexe interface iets relatiefs simpels voor elkaar te krijgen: een factuur te printen. Straks gaat het zich terugbetalen, zo gaat het argument… maar ik heb er weinig vertrouwen in. Niet in dit geval. Wanneer je werkt met relatief grote bedragen worden er niet zoveel facturen verstuurd. Automatische koppelingen met de bank is …

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Internet Explorer End Of Life

An article, posted almost 7 years ago filed in ie, internet explorer, support & windows.

The information in the article below is outdated: I posted an update on this article

A short note (to myself), because the information is shattered:

Internet Explorer 11 is the only version of Internet Explorer to be supported after April 11th this year. Until then IE9 might still be running supported on machines on Microsoft Extended Support program.

The facts:

Should we worry?

According to the [Wikipedia usage stats](https://analytics.wi…

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An article, posted almost 8 years ago filed in portablerails, ruby, rails, ruby on rails & windows.

Making Ruby + Rails portable for the Windows platform (in other words, work without command line unfriendly installers). Updates below, code and readme on Github

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Save icon 💾

An article, posted almost 8 years ago filed in file, save, skeuomorphism, icon, design, os, ios, windows & mobile.

Not so long ago I was back in an organisation that was using Outlook Webmail. It may not have been the latest & greatest but I noticed this server (semi-cloud) based e-mailing app still used a floppy as a save icon. Being a mac user for years it felt weird…

As you can see the icon that the webmail client features is a floppy

I didn't pay much attention to the issue, until my friend lent me his Windows-phone:

Is that a floppy?

This total redesign (Metro-style) of how a phone could work and look still featured a floppy icon(!). And even though I'm not a skeuomorphism-hater, I prefer the simple label "Save" that Apple uses in iOS. The floppy icon on a Windows telephone is completely alien to the device. I guess you've all seen the joke about the 3D printed save icon somewhere?

Still, do a [simple Google image sea…

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Een update voor PortableRails

An article, posted almost 11 years ago filed in windows, ruby, rails & portablerails.

Ik ben wel een beetje fan van Ruby on Rails. Het (Rails) stelt mij in staat om snel en gemakkelijk zaken te realiseren in een zeer mooie programmeertaal (Ruby). Op Mac- en Linux-systemen komt de taal standaard meegeleverd, maar helaas is het op Windows-systemen wat lastiger. PortableRails3 maakt het gemakkelijker. En het bijzondere is dat er geen installatie voor nodig is. Onlangs heb ik PortableRails volledig bijgewerkt.

Ik heb PortableRails in de eerste plaats voor mijn klanten samengesteld. Veel systeembeheerders zijn huiverig om gebruikers meer rechten te verlenen. PortableRails vormt hiervoor een mooie 'workaround' :) . Maar het is natuurlijk ook handig wanneer je eens wilt experimenteren met Rails: wie weet is het een leuk begin van een nieuwe carrière?

Wat is er veranderd ten opzichte van de eerste versie van PortableRails3? Eigenlijk is het opnieuw opgezet. De w…

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A picture, posted more than 11 years ago filed in mac, windows, problem, email, mail, outlook &

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Mac OS-X Lion and the stuff I like

An article, posted more than 12 years ago filed in mac, windows, update, interfaces, interface, calendar, os-x, lion, natural, ical,, instapaper, dashboard, spaces & apple.

I got asked: “So what do you think?” Here’s my opinion after 1.5 days of working with it.

Gestures for spaces and etc.

I never used the dashboard, spaces etc. But now its easy. Not an upgraded function key to press, or some key combo, but a nice gesture: a three finger slide to the left, a three finger slide to the right… yeah. Just have a peek at the right most widgets of the dashboard, and release, defaulting to where you were. I like. Switching between Windows in a VM is now also a lot easier: my VM (VirtualBox) disables Cmd+Tab when you enter the VM, as most other key combinations, but the three finger swipe still works.

Not having to think about saving files anymore

It doesn’t work yet for all apps, but its easy to get addicted to I guess: close a text editor and no dialogs anymore asking me whether I wanted to save what i just typed. Actually, this was the primary reason I downloaded the upgrade. I’ve lost too much work during the years. Sadly, it is somet…

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Ubuntu vs. Mac

An article, posted almost 14 years ago filed in design, usability, interaction, mac, applications, future, os, ubuntu & windows.

Preamble: This post was lying in my Google Docs account for almost a year. Its time to publish it, because it may soon be obsolete. The traditional OS, that focused on managing files on a disk is disappearing. Mac OS X and Ubuntu are becoming old generation OS'es if they don't adapt to the task focussed applications we see today.To the Dutch readers: Anders dan mijn laatste posts, een Engelstalige… deze lag al een tijdje op de planken en was geschreven in een periode dat ik nog twijfelde of ik nu in het Nederlands of het Engels zou moeten bloggen ;)I'm not the average Joe. I've studied Interaction design, and a graduate in Human-Computer Interaction (about the same as interaction designer, but with an extended theoretical foundation :) ). I'm interested in what is going on in the software world, and somewhat of an open source enthusiast, am even able to edit configuration files to some extent, not afraid of searching

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