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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Friday March 10, 2006
02:24 PM

Bad banking software

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I recently logged into my online banking service. I get the following error:

an exception occurred: Unable to complete your request at this
time, ReferenceID = "****-*********-**"

So the next day, I tried again. Same error. A few days later, I tried again. Same error. It's not something critical I needed to fix, but I assumed they knew they had a problem and were working on it.

Today I called to find out what was going on. I found out that they do not support Firefox. Rather than have their app say "We only support the following ...", their app crashes and burns.

So I had Firefox lie and say it was Internet Explorer. Then everything worked fine. Grr ...

If this was someone's home-grown site, I wouldn't care that much, but banking software? That's scary.

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  • Quite an amusing story! Of course, it's hard to tell whether it's more funny or sad.

    There are some Israeli banks whose sites do not support Firefox, or have some out-of-the-way support for it. I switched banks so I can use Firefox to manage my account. The client-side code of some of the Israeli banks' sites is reportedly full of typos and bugs.

    Did your bank's site used to work well with Firefox in the past?

    • Yes, it's worked fine with Firefox before. Actually, I "cut down" the story a bit to avoid rambling. I can log into the site. It's when I go into a special "bill pay" section that I get the error. That's why I didn't start out thinking "hmm, maybe it's an IE/Firefox thing".

      In a remarkable coincidence, I was recently chatting with a gentleman who does security for this bank's online software. He told me that he's struggled with the company to get them to take care of some of their more egregious secur