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Another organisation that doesn't know about Linux

Postby TonyLB » Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:13 am

I've been using the Britannia building society for some years. Finally they have got round to an online banking system. I tried to use it only to be informed that the site only works with M$. An additional note stated that a version suitable for Apple users was in development. Not a word about Linux!

I've written to them and complained. If the major banks and other building socs can make a non M$ specific site, why can't they? The more complaints they get the better.

I've also threatened to close the account and move to a more sensible BS.

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Re: Another organisation that doesn't know about Linux

Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:34 pm

TonyLB wrote:I've been using the Britannia building society for some years. Finally they have got round to an online banking system. I tried to use it only to be informed that the site only works with M$. An additional note stated that a version suitable for Apple users was in development. Not a word about Linux!

I've written to them and complained. If the major banks and other building socs can make a non M$ specific site, why can't they? The more complaints they get the better.

I've also threatened to close the account and move to a more sensible BS.

Tony

I would move your account and tell them why.
I would also point out that you are not willing to use Internet Explorer for "security reasons"
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RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby candy » Sun Sep 24, 2006 6:22 pm

Agree with the OP's course of action. It is not that difficult to design a site that is multi OS. Wyliecoyoteuk's comment on raising the security issues of IE is good but I am wondering if the person it is to be sent to would just ignore it not being up on computing. Perhaps a copy should be sent to the person responsible for running the Home Banking system so they would respond to that point. Like most of you I run Firefox, having learn't the hard way IE can't be trusted.

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RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby linuxgirlie » Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:11 pm

I must admit, though they are crap with sending credit card/loans spam (I don't want any!!!) .....barclays is very good with multi-distro /browser support for online banking.
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RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby M0PHP » Mon Sep 25, 2006 7:41 am

I use NatWest online banking successfully using Firefox on Windows and Linux, even over proxies. :)
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RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby nelz » Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:01 am

Barclays have always made multii-platform support a high priority (I spoke to one of their senior managers about this some years ago).

I get less snail-spam from Barclays than anyone else, probably because they know how overdrawn I am already :(
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RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby DavidMcCrossan » Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:53 am

I have used Smile Bank for years, both in the UK and from Spain. I use Firefox and there are no probs.

Try them also.

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RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby Nigel » Mon Sep 25, 2006 3:22 pm

FirstDirect works with Firefox on Linux & Windows, and also Safari on OS-X. HSBC's business banking works fine with Firefox on both Windows & Linux.

Really, a bank/BS that still only supports IE doesn't deserve any customers.
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RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby jjmac » Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:09 am

Funny how companies/businesses see MS as an actual industry standard, which they arn't of course. So a service to the public should at least be standards compliant. It' s just bone ignorant lazyness on there part really. and a lot of the 'ol who gives a hoot, so to speak.

:idea: Just had a potentially brilliant idea ...

Go to their bank with a 4 foot long by 3 foot, 1/2 inch thick, piece of ply. Made out as a cheque. As long as its' got the appropriate tax stamp on it they will have to accept it.

Not sure what kind of tax/duty stamp it requires, will have to look in to that ...

hmmmm, i think iv'e just given my self a good idea :evil: :evil: :evil:

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RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby donoreo » Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:20 pm

I have not heard any North American banks actually checking on the OS, just doing a browser check. I do not have a problem at mine, TD-CanadaTrust (merger of Toronto Dominion Bank and CanadaTrust) since they were mutli platform already. Up until just a couple of years ago they ran OS/2 in house!
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RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby TonyLB » Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:51 pm

I've had a reply from Britannia customer services saying that they are passing my comments on to a 'senior developer', whatever that means.

I'll report back on their reply once I get it.

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Re: RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby alloydog » Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:56 pm

jjmac wrote:Not sure what kind of tax/duty stamp it requires, will have to look in to that ...


IIRC ir doesn't need anything.

It just needs the usual details, bank A/C, sort code and your signature.

I remember years ago in a paper, a bloke paid a cheque to a charity writtenon the side of a small shark.

All a cheque is a promisory note issued by an individual.
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RE: Re: RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby towy71 » Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:13 pm

There used to be a stamp duty on British cheques abolished sometime in the sixties, perhaps Australia still have such a statutue
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RE: Re: RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby jjmac » Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:08 am

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perhaps Australia still have such a statutue
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We've had John Howard for around 10 years, so, any thing that is rediculous is possible over this way ...

hmmmm, i will have to look into it further. Not an original idea either (damn), though i wish it was. I think i saw it on tv once (grin) (who knows when).

4x3 feet x 1/2inch, hmmmm that would look a bit funny. Probably better would be 4 feet x 2 feet x 1/2 inch (hehehe).


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RE: Re: RE: Re: Another organisation that doesn

Postby MartyBartfast » Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:37 am

As well as the fish cheque there have also been cases of people writing cheques on a door(so that would be about 6.5 feet by 4 feet by 2 inches), and one disgruntled farmer wrote a cheque on the side of a live cow.
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