“If you don’t have Flash(tm) we don’t want your business”

“If you don’t have Flash(tm) we don’t want your business”

Seems to about sum it up: http://www.ixlappliances.com.au/

Why anyone would turn away potential customers based on whether or not they have flash player installed is beyond me.

Native Instruments are even worse – flash player isn’t enough, you need the most recent version (ffs -ie using my eeePC with Flash didn’t help).  Note to NI: If you want me to spend $1000-$2000 on some of your software html wouldn’t be too much to ask in return.  Ironically, the only thing which doesn’t require flash is their online shop. [I sent them an email, they invited me to upgrade if I couldn’t see their site properly – sigh]


3 Responses to ““If you don’t have Flash(tm) we don’t want your business””

  1. 1 melissa 10 August 2009 at 8:20 pm

    It also perplexes me that certain Linux resellers have websites that are useless in anything other than IE.

  2. 2 John and Dagny Galt 11 August 2009 at 8:06 am

    We browse the internet using Firefox with java, javascript, and pop-ups completely blocked. Absolutely no cookies allowed either.

    We also use several add-ons:

    Ghostery(we can see them but not sure how to block or eliminate them yet)

    Ad Block Plus(works wonders!)

    Firebug(to have a quick and easy look under the bonnet)

    No Scripts(locked down as tight as it will go)

    Our commentary to anyone/everyone operating websites where they intend to generate revenue and promote good public relations would be to visit their own website with a sparse browser like Dillo and also with the same set-up we are currently using.

    What happens when you’re trying to attract more business in these difficult times and your website turns a potential big-time customer off to the point that they don’t even bother with your company?

    I’d imagine most upper-management types would be horrified to learn how their websites are seen, or not seen, by others.

    John and Dagny Galt
    Atlas Shrugged, Owners Manual For The Universe!(tm)


  3. 3 Craig Sanders 12 August 2009 at 11:14 am

    it always makes me suspicious to see flash only sites – i think “why the hell are you insisting on running code on my computer when all i want to do is find out if i want to buy something from you?” I just want to view data, not execute code…so the end result is that i find another supplier, one that doesn’t make such unreasonable demands. it’s their loss, not mine.

    i always used to think that the concept of ICE and especially Black ICE in Gibson’s Neuromancer and other cyberpunk novels was stupid – after all, who’d be dumb enough to allow their computer/”cyberdeck” to run arbitrary programs that could harm them?

    having observed the devolution of the web over the last 15 years or so, though, i have to admit that i was wrong. almost everyone is that dumb, it’s just paranoid freaks like me who are in any way squicked or even concerned by the idea.

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