To all those folks out there who are still on the rather old version of Apple’s operating system known as Mac OS9, why are you still using it? Nothing is being developed for it. What things that exist for it aren’t terribly stable. And lastly, isn’t the machine you’re running it on about to die? I’ve seen a lot of them go, so I only ask out of concern.
Mac OSX has been around for nearly six years now. I think it may be time to consider upgrading, because it’s been stable for at least like maybe two of those years. Sure, there are still bugs in it and probably a whole slew of new ones with the shift to Intel processors, but OS9 certainly has its fair share of bugs, including that little bomb thing that would always hose the last thing I was working on.
I only bring this up because I still see a couple of hits to various sites that I run which come from OS9 machines. Invariably these folks are all using Explorer 5.23 which was the most stable browser for OS9, but also incredibly poor in how it implemented HTML. I don’t develop for it. I don’t test on it. I refuse to use it due to how poor it is. The reson being that in the past I would struggle countless hours to get a site working on it that pulled up fine on Explorer for Windows. Naturally, Mac Explorer was never as bad as the horrid Netscape 4 series, but it was close. And… oh yeah, it’s not even available from Microsoft anymore. It really is dead software.
So I beg of all you OS9 people, please, for the sake of the web, upgrade to OSX, or Windows XP, or hell, Linux. If for nothing else, than to use Firefox which does a brilliant job with sites.