Is The Evil Empire's Browser B0rking My Blog?

Hey everyone, it seems that Microsoft's Internet Exploder (IE) is at it again: it is making life difficult for some of you because IE5.5 and older versions cannot load many of the ScienceBlogs sites, including this one. This occurred because sitemeter changed the coding for their widget yesterday (but didn't mention it to anyone) and this made it incompatible with older versions of IE. I have installed their newest MT-compatible sitemeter code to (hopefully) make things work for you, so I would appreciate it if you let me know whether you can see my blog. All the other browsers apparently work fine (Firefox, Safari, Opera, OmniWeb and even IE6.0 and higher).

I know you haven't asked for any advice, but if you are using an old version of IE, would you please download a different web browser and use that instead or if you must keep IE as your main browser, at least upgrade it?

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Just FYI - I have IE 7.0 and I was having trouble yesterday because of that widget too. 2/3rds of my favorite blogs wouldn't fully load yesterday.

Great blog, by the way.

I too was having trouble with IE 7.0. Everything's fine now, thanks.

By anonymous (not verified) on 02 Aug 2008 #permalink

RealClimate was having similar problems and this is what they wrote:
"It appears to be a bug in IE (v 5.5,6.0 or 7) that has been triggered since Friday by a change in the SiteMeter code. Sitemeter has now apparently fixed their code, so you should be ok. It just goes to show you should be using Firefox in any case. - gavin"

Firefox users have had no problem. I've been able to see scienceblogs with both browsers.

Ok, let me get this straight. SiteMeter updates their code, but doesn't test it before sending it live, and it is IE's fault? Go figure.

By Sam Spade (not verified) on 04 Aug 2008 #permalink