Over the last few weeks, I have completely rebuilt GaSP (both the front and back ends).
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With recent changes in Privacy Laws here in Massachusetts, I have become more aware of when and where customer data lives on my computer. This, in turn, makes me more hesitant to work from the local coffee shop on their WiFi. How do I know the connection is secure? Is there a way I can guarantee its security?
By using a VPN service (like the one provided by my office), I can be assured that my data is encrypted. But, what can I do about my personal work? What happens while I am traveling? In both of these situations, I can use HideIpVPN to protect my data from local prying eyes.
HideIpVPN offers other benefits as well. My bank’s website requires me to have an IP address that originates in my home country. This can be inconvenient when traveling abroad. HideIpVPN offers to mask your IP address with IP addresses from the US, the UK, Germany, and Canada giving you access to local services in the country you choose.
The service is also useful for Web Application Designers. Recently, I used the service to check if an application I wrote picks up what country someone is connecting from so it can display prices in their local currency. I seamlessly moved back and forth between US Dollars and Great British Pounds simply by turning on and off the VPN connection.
It’s simple to configure for Mac OSX. The built-in VPN supports HideIpVPN just fine. So, whether you are protecting your connection, connecting to your Bank, or longing to watch TV programs that can only be viewed if your IP is in a particular country, the easiest way that I have found to do all of this, is a HideIpVPN account.
Since the ranks of Windows XP will not be diminishing any time soon, this means that IE8 support in websites will be around for a very long time to come. This is not a bad thing actually. In fact, IE8 does a pretty good job being standards compliant.
I do hope that this move in some way accelerates the decline of IE6 market share. IE6 support is being dropped by many large players in the web application space these days, most notably, YouTube. But, many developers like me don’t have a choice of what browsers we support.
In an ideal world, I would only like to support the latest version of any web browser for a particular operating system (IE8 for Windows XP, Safari 3 for Mac OSX 10.4, etc). In a very straight forward way, this makes an incredible amount of sense.
Why then, do we all worry about IE6?
Simple really. There are lots of corporate users who are not allowed to upgrade the browsers on their computers. So, they are still using IE6. So, though I am not a Windows user, every day I hope for a faster Windows 7 adoption rate. Every person who realizes that 7 is not the new Vista, potentially reduces the ranks of IE6 users.
Get it right this time Microsoft, make IE9 just irresistible. Help bury the IE6 monster that you created.
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