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?


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Is The Evil Empire's Browser B0rking My Blog?

  1. Darr says:

    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.

  2. anonymous says:

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

  3. JPS says:

    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”

  4. Ian says:

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

  5. Sam Spade says:

    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.