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Re: More fun (not!) with JRE

Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
On Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 05:22:31PM +0100, andy wrote:
Dear Debianistas

and it still doesn't work using an XP machine with IE6.

If it doesn't work with XP and IE6 then what the heck does it work
Go figure! I have no idea, but judging from the discussion forum that is linked to the page, many people with Windows are reporting problems. The typical response so far seems to be upgrade (!) your browser and JRE. One suggestion which even I thought was particularly smart was for the user to turn off their firewall!!
I am beginning to feel compelled to start an argument with the course admin about their reliance on this piece of software for their distance learning option,

There was a lengthy thread a few months ago about how to convince
professors to use non-windows-only formats for required reading
materials and class notes. I think the upshot was you can only be
courteous and hope to make an impression while preparing to be ignored...

In your case, you may not have much choice in that the professors may
not have a choice as to what they use. It may be dictated further up
the ladder. Certainly a polite conversation with the professor is in
order, but be prepared to be frustrated. Hopefully, they'll understand
you and maybe direct you to the right people to make a change. I think
you should expect a long battle though _and_ be prepared to offer a
viable alternative. That includes the possibility of setting up a
test installation to demonstrate your alternative (assuming you get
that far).
I can understand that and although I have not researched the thread you note, I have a nasty suspicion that any discussion with profs or techs that I do have *will* end in frustration. I was under the impression that JRE was supposed to be platform independent. Perhaps I have gotten the wrong end of the stick?
Or, alternatively, is it just me and I'm merely being a trifle grumpy in my old(er) age?

there's always that...

Hmmm, thank you Andrew! :D



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