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Splash in your face comic

Got sent a link this morning. Thanks Jompe. I’ve been looking for some way to alienate the IE6 people for a while now, but most of the ideas I came up with ended up with a link to one of the gems of the internet.

So, when I landed on Joe Lifrieri’s post, I thought that would be the perfect way, bit funny, and rude, in one… and it links to GetFirefox, even tho I’m more of a Safari person ;)

Anyways, kudos to Joe, and I hope you enjoy it.

March 23rd, 2009 at 1:11 pm

and the link to getfirefox.com ftw

March 23rd, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Haha, works like a charm in the ol IE 6.

March 23rd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

IE6 image also appears in Opera. FAIL!

March 23rd, 2009 at 2:44 pm

yeah, big time…

March 23rd, 2009 at 3:02 pm

In OPERA!? OH NOHS!!!! :-P

.. wonder why tho.. does it somehow spoof user agent and set it to IE6? :-/

March 23rd, 2009 at 3:47 pm

there is a user agent thingy where you can set it to a certain browser, yes. mine is set to Opera.
Splashscreen shows no matter which setting used.

Mr. knowitall
March 23rd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Got Firefox 3.0.7. yet I see a spash screen.

Learn to code properly before you flip your fans off.

March 23rd, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Wow… thx… now i can’t read your comic @ work anymore. I Probably should be working anyway.

March 23rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I got Firefox 3.07 and I still see the splash screen as well. Also shows in IE7, and Google Chrome.

Epic Fail now!!

March 23rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

What about being FRIENDLY and FRIENDILY pointing out the risks of running IE6 to OBLIVIOUS people who can’t help that they’re computer ILLITERATE. This, and the message linked are just plain rude and insulting. If I would come across something like that I’d much rather just spit in the face of the site owner rather than to upgrade.

March 23rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Safari is the best, man.

March 23rd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

firefox 3.07 and opera
9.64 failing, Haven’t tried IE6, maybe it’s only working with this piece of shit.

March 23rd, 2009 at 10:24 pm

I admit, I didn’t try this out in Opera, but I tried it out in FF(mac/PC)/Safari/IE6/IE7.. and the splash only showed in IE6. I guess I’ll have to do it all over again, and do it right.

I hope you guys don’t think that today’s comic IS the splash screen? IF you see a entirely BLACK PAGE with todays comic on it, that’s the splash page… Help me out here :)

pbean – Well, that didn’t/don’t help. You can tell people that guns are bad for you, but most people won’t take the advice to heart until something bad happen with said gun.

Horst – What?

March 23rd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

March 23rd, 2009 at 11:21 pm

I found this insulting enough to remove your cartoon for the list of those I read. I am stuck using IE6 until my employer moves from the dark ages. At any rate, I just love of you all users without any real understanding of software thinking the your grand software world view needs to forced upon the rest of us that see computers as only tools they are and not the end all in themselves. Maybe you should return to school and finish your education on how to live in a world of differing opinions.

March 24th, 2009 at 4:47 am

It may be that they have less sensitivity. But I agree with them, not on the insult, but on the MESSAGE: IE6 is outdated and you should do something about it. You don’t have to give a flying fsck if your employer “enforces” IE6. Get a PortableFirefox in your Documents folder like the rest of us.

March 24th, 2009 at 6:14 am

Humour is offensive! There is not a single joke that isn’t deeply depressing inside. That is the joy of comedy! It is funny to see how people laugh about blonde, racist, ethnic or just plain stupid jokes but as soon as you make fun of their browser they get all bitchy on your ass!

March 24th, 2009 at 7:33 am

With this splash you will just repell (potential) visitors. A much more subtle and effective approach would be some kind of message kindly informing the visitor to upgrade or get a different browser. Implementations that come to mind are an IE-like information bar, a different (limited) style sheet combined with a (kind) message displaying what’s going in, etc.

Think of it, if you were just some computer illiterate chap (ie you bought your PC, make Word documents and browse the web, nothing more) and you come across this splash screen,… what would YOU do?

March 24th, 2009 at 8:56 am

stuckWithIE6 – You are entitled to use IE6, of course, but by choosing that, you chose not to read LG. You can’t have the cake AND eat it.

pbean – Nope, since if I still show the comic to the IE6 people + a message about “please update”, they won’t do shit about it. People are lazy by nature, EOL :)

I work for a living creating sites and designing them (among other things, like print and shit too), and when doing a site, 70% of that time is spent fixing so that it looks respectable in IE6. PEOPLE NEED TO DROP THAT BROWSER.. it’s old and can’t parse CSS for shit and is hell-a-unsecure. Does a browser really hold that much affectionate value to you or what?

Besides.. if you work somewhere where you can’t install a new browser, you should probably not be browsing webcomics during office hours anyways.

Roland van Ipenburg
March 24th, 2009 at 10:40 am

When Framfab didn’t hire you, they made the right choice.

March 24th, 2009 at 10:52 am

I’m beginning to think a lot of people really go out of their way to get offended. You might have struck gold on this one Madsen – Traffic should be way up! ;)

March 24th, 2009 at 11:30 am

Roland van Ipenburg – haha xD … Especially since blocking IE6 has much to do with my skills as a designer? :o

March 24th, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Well like stuck I at first was angry, I was forced to downgrade my home pc to 2000 because my copy of xp is borked and 2000 is not supported by IE 7. I am not wholely illerate, I know IE6 has issues, it just never occured to me that firefox would support a safer version whereas the company that actually made the OS does not. Long story short, you ticked me off for a half-second, then I went with firefox at home and upgraded my work pc to IE7.

Roland van Ipenburg
March 24th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

No, not your designer skills, but your attitude that you want to sell 70% less front end development hours by dropping IE6 support. That won’t help my stock options ;-)

March 24th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Aha! But as this is Madsens _own_ website, he is in fact reducing his “spending” on IE6 specific development hours. That’s just plain good business sense if the “cost” of maintenance is higher than the revenue brought by the IE6 users :D

March 24th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

ie6 has 70% of the market?

March 24th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

woops missread that

March 24th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

H. I. L. arious

I wish my work would get out of the dark ages and forcefully pressure people into upgrading from, not IE6, but IE 5.5

We have to support it because 2% of our users are still using it. (Oh yeah, we don’t have to support Opera, even though 1.9% of our users are using it, nor Safari, even though 2% of our users use it – makes no sense to me!) But these are the problems of dealing with an IT department that refuses to innovate.

March 24th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Speaking as someone who works in IT for a large company – I wish we could just upgrade right away, but that would require that some of the largest software vendors keep their software up-to-date. Case in point – ActiveX controls made by Nuance, GE, etc. When IE7 is installed, the irritatingly vital software ceases to function. So either we keep our workstations in a state that allows people to do their job, or we update them and break a bunch of stuff. People need to start directing their wrath at the big companies that refuse to keep up! That said, it’s your stuff MrMadsen, and I applaud you for embracing the future, unlike most of the people in the world! I’m happy with whatever you choose to do with your site.


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