the time has come

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of carpenters and kings. And why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings.”

I love that stanza from The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll. It almost always trips through my mind when I have to tell someone something they don’t want to hear. I’ve had to do that several times over the past couple of weeks, as we’ve upgraded to Blackboard 9. Probably the most troublesome news for many has been that Bb9 and certain browsers, including Internet Explorer, do not play well together.

The answer has been to use a different browser, which can be daunting. If you’ve always used Explorer or Safari, for example, you may be suspicious of attempts to switch you to some other software. We do get set in our ways: I started off with Netscape Navigator/Communicator “back in the day” and I swore I’d never switch to Internet Explorer. Now I’m entrenched in “IE” and have been reluctant to try FireFox, which I’m told by so many people is “better.”

And, indeed, Firefox is the browser that Bb9 seems to work with the best. Using Firefox rather than IE or Safari fixes problems such as file and media access. And, I must admit, it certainly runs faster and smoother than IE on my computer. I’m still grumpy about that, though.

Although we’re working with Bb to find out what’s being done on the browser front, the time has come to seriously consider downloading and using Firefox, even if only for Bb9 interface for the immediate future. (If you decide to do it, download here).

For those who have never used Firefox, I really do kind of hate to tell someone to download new software so that they can use other new software. I will tell you, though, that I’ve done it myself, and it didn’t take up loads of space or cause me to have to take a course in browser utility. And I can still make choices about which browser I want to use for what. I prefer to still have some choices left to me. Hey, if I’m going to cry, I’d rather be the Walrus than the oysters.

“I weep for you,” the Walrus said. “I deeply sympathize.” With sobs and tears he sorted out those of the largest size, holding his pocket handkerchief before his streaming eyes.

One Response

  1. I have since learned that Firefox comes from a company that was also under the Netscape Navigator/Communicator umbrella. Now that I’ve used Firefox, I’m not surprised by that.

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