Beemer (dr_tectonic) wrote,

IT grumbling

So somebody should tell the sysadmin here at work that if he's going to put effort into disabling people's vulnerable browser installations and swap them for a newer Mozilla version, that he should send out email about it before he does it, and not the afternoon of the next day, because otherwise what happens is clever people like me come in to work, discover that their normal setup is behaving strangely (starting up mozilla 1.7 instead of 1.3, so it doesn't have the right chrome or antialiased fonts and uses the wrong start page), spend time tracking down the cause of the mysterious misbehavior (Why does /usr/bin/mozilla not have executable permissions? How come /net/linux/bin is now before /usr/bin in my path?), and then proceed to undo all of the changes he made and put things back the way they were before.

Of course, it won't be me, because I realize that they're actually all working crazily to try and get this massive pile of security policies applied before the end-of-the-month deadline, and now that I know what's going on, I'll be undoing my workarounds, and I don't want to add to their stress.

But I did want to gripe about it.

I'm trying out firefox to see if it's a good replacement for mozilla, since I don't want my browser to read email or news anyway. It has the flavor of chrome that I require (skypilot), which is good. It imported all my mozilla settings seamlessly, which is better. It's pretty good. I have to see if it can be made to open a new window instead of a new tab when I middle-click, because that's what I'm used to. And it doesn't seem to sort the URLs in the bar when you do the drop-down for something you typed in recently, and I don't know if we can be having that. But it does do the pretty anti-aliased fonts, which makes me v. happy. So we'll see.

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