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Amusing moments in online banking

Yes, I know that's an oxymoron if there ever was one...

After recently switching to Mozilla Firebird as my default browser, today I had to phone up my bank and get my login details sorted so I could use the online banking service. They're good and secure, and make sure you can't move accounts between PCs and browsers without reauthenticating.

Once I'd sorted out my authentication codes and was in and moving the money I needed to pay the last cheque to the builders, the chap at the other end of the phone asked what I was using. So we had a little chat about browsers, and alternatives to IE. He was thinking of trying Opera, so I gave him a little overview of Firebird - he'd been keeping away from Mozilla browsers after a bad experience with Netscape bloatware.

Could be another convert...


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Jul. 22nd, 2003 11:22 am (UTC)
I was just about to reply to this when IE6 crashed again. Actually, that's OK because I have a bug in IE6 SP1 which means the Back button is mysteriously disabled until the inevitable crash (following a few hours use), after which it behaves itself up until the next reboot when the BBB (Back Button Bug) re-asserts itself.

I've gone as far as re-installing W2K to try to correct it, but nothing works. Some users have had similar, but not identical, problems with IE6 - usually resolved via sfc or the IE Repair tool. But no dice for me.

I've been using Netscpe 6.2 for my general browsing, occasionally Opera, but with the imminent demise of Netscape it's probably time for Mozilla. Ideally, I'd like to fix whatever's wrong with IE6, but the search for a solution has taken years out of my life...
Jul. 22nd, 2003 12:09 pm (UTC)
Avoiding Mozilla
I'm still avoiding all the Mozilla-a-likes after just too many bad experiences.
Jul. 22nd, 2003 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Avoiding Mozilla
Mileage varies. I've been using Mozilla as my default browser for more than a year, and it gets slicker with each upgrade. The popup killer alone is worth the minor occasional hassle. If I didn't want the mail and news components, I'd probably move to Firebird.
Jul. 22nd, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Avoiding Mozilla
Given that I'm on a Mac, Safari gives me all the popup-stopping lovin' I need, and it feels a damned sight faster and slicker than any version of Mozilla I've tried. But I'll admit, I haven't bothered with any of the recent Moz offshoots.
Jul. 23rd, 2003 12:36 pm (UTC)
I'm downloading Firebird now for the XP machine. Why do these things not exist for MacOS earlier than OS X though? (the iBook runs OS 9).
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