The Steiners on the floor above Of breakfast were partaking; Crash! came the rocket, unannounced, And set them all a-quaking! It smote a catsup bottle, fair, And bang! the thing exploded! And now these people all declare That catsup flask was loaded.
IE6 won’t die off. In fact, it’s pretty hard to kill. Like some retro-revenant it plods onward, mercilessly fouling the experiences of those who want to enjoy what the internet has to offer. Apparently, IE6 is going to be around for a while longer. According to Yahoo’s Christopher Null, even Microsoft can’t destroy it. That’s not surprising as Maggie Shiels over at BBC News reports that Microsoft will support IE6 until 2014. Oh, the horror!
Why? For starters, it’s 2009. IE6 was released back in 2001. You’ve had 8 years. C’mon! Move forward. Besides, there are better browsers available–Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Konqueror, and even IE8. Take your pick and start using one. Secondly, using Internet Explorer 6 slows down everyone’s online experience because the outdated browser is not standards compliant. Yep. IE6 does not follow CSS and HTML specifications. Even Microsoft recommends that you leave it behind. Finally, your students, those young people you’re preparing for the life in the world beyond school, need 21st century tools for learning. IE6 is hopelessly outdated and will keep pupils from experiencing the best the internet has to offer.
As Mark Twain once remarked, “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Even though it may seem as if I’ve passed away, I’ve just been consumed with a some personal, offline endeavors for a few days. As much as I’d to stay connected to the internet, even I occasionally drop off the web.
Just in time for April 1st: There are no hoaxes here, just a funny little site that can provide teachers with an engaging way to present content. It’s called the Newspaper Clipping Generator. I like to think that there are teachers out there reading this blog who’ll use the Newspaper Clipping Generator to create some humorous and patently fake clippings about the content they’re going to be exploring/teaching in their classroom. Think of this as an educational spin on hoaxing that highlights the need for learners and educators to employ higher order thinking. If nothing else, it should spice up normally dull PowerPoint presentations. Here’s a fake newspaper clipping I made while playing around with it.