Using a pc at our university for me is the same as going to one of those family dinners; a lot of awkward silences when you wait until something happens and frustration because not everybody is up to date with how everything works these days. Why this analogy? It’s not because the computers are that much out of date, because the wi-fi connection sucks or because the library services are too limited. No, it’s due to the failure to upgrade to and , better yet, the use of a proper browser. Every time I need to do something that surpasses 2008 and actually needs secure software , like editing this blog, I get several warnings that indicate that I should upgrade to a newer browser.
I gave up on Internet Explorer (IE) a long time ago, when it became clear that Firefox was faster, easier to use and safer. I switched to Google Chrome after I was forced to use on another persons laptop for a while. I won’t go nerdy on you, for the sheer reason that my IT-skills are not that fancy, but even a retarded person can notice the incredible difference in browsing capacity with IE. I am duly aware of the restrictions a big university has with very expensive contracts, but upgrading your extremely shitty version of IE to a lesser shitty version shouldn’t be that hard?
So why not upgrade myself? We are kind of not allowed to configure anything in the system. Very logical (no sarcasm), cause that is the most idiot-proof solution you can do.Most people simply don’t know what kind of harm you can do to your computer when you start downloading random stuff. However, this gets me in agony every single time I am forced to use a pc at uni. So technological department of the uni, here’s my plead:
Would you be so nice to get on with the program and UPGRADE the university-wide browsers? Oh and install Chrome on all pc’s while you are at it. A case of beer for the inconvenience would be cool, but don’t feel obliged to do so.
I was born and raised in a town called Geleen, sited between the hills of the Dutch province of Limburg. I'm a 25 year old Psychology Master student and a member of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). I will enjoy shedding my critical light on life itself and share it with you while I am at it.