Saturday, August 02, 2008

Internet Explorer and Sitemeter Fallout.

I have been getting an increasing number of browser errors recently, I thought it was a problem with IE7. I also use Firefox it depends on the task I am doing which browser I use. So if I ever have a problem like many I Google it and this is what I found.
Traffic measuring tool Sitemeter is blocking users of Internet Explorer from accessing sites using the service.
According to a number of web reports, the problem happens when anybody using Internet Explorer tries to open any sites with the Site Meter code present, and thousands of websites/blogs have been shut off from IE users.
Users of Internet Explorer receive the following message when visiting any site with Site Meter installed:

Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site http://www.nameofsite.comOperation aborted

A search using Google Blog Search found that the issue is widespread, and the only known solution at this time being to remove the SiteMeter embed code from the website or blog. Notably users of Firefox, Safari and other browsers are not affected by the issue.
So far, Sitemeter has made no official statement.

And yes you guessed it, I use sitemeter to keep track of the traffic visiting my blog.

While we are on the techie stuff some of Google's staff have left the company and started a new improved version designed to compete with Google, its called it seems pretty good so far although the different layout is awkward. I think they will have an uphill task knocking Google of it's perch.

"It's a well known fact that computing devices such as the abacus were invented thousands of years ago. But it's not well known that the first use of a common computer protocol occured in the Old Testament. This, of course, was when Moses aborted the Egyptians' process with a control-sea..." Tom Galloway


Sabine said...

Hi Steve, you might find this link interesting (sitemeter explaining what's happened)!

Steve Holmes said...

Thanks Sabine, that has answered a few questions and prevented anymore head scratching.