Wanna help your Girl Scouts? Not unless you have Windows. :-P

My wife is the "cookie mom" for our twin girls who are in Daisy Scouts. She was very surprised when she logged in to the regional Girl Scouts cookie site (URL withheld in case any rabid fanboys do something stupid), and discovered that apparently, she needs to use Windows and Internet Explorer.

Their user documentation says: "We do not provide Mac support," and "Use any (non-Mac) computer at home or at work or at the local library." Does this mean they support OpenSolaris, Linux, or \*BSD? Naaah, didn't think so.

We're a no-Windows household. We have three Macs, one work-issued OpenSolaris laptop, and a homebuilt OpenSolaris server. Especially in this age of people understanding vendor lock-in as a Bad Idea (TM), I'm shocked and appalled.

I'm going to forward this to a few Mac sites, and maybe slashdot. I'm sure nothing's going to change, but at least this should be discussed a bit, no?

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I've dealed with some (unnamed) unprofits/NGOs that I, my stepdaughter, or friends have been involved in. Let me assure you that they often can't afford the best and brightest staff. They may be honest and hard working, but are sometimes barely keeping their head above the water. Restrictions such as testing/supporting only one (horribly insecure) web browser is par for the course. The best you can do is volunteer your services or provide some gentle reasoning why it's a poor choice and refer them to some help.

Posted by Dan Anderson on January 20, 2010 at 04:40 PM EST #

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