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11 hours ago, JP48 said:

The form that is drawn to do the puzzle simply failed to draw. 

Sounds like the puzzle uses either a Flash or Java plug-in.  Flash is a very insecure technology and is being abandoned.  Chrome was one of the first to stop supporting it, so that's likely what the original issue was.  I suspect while you were using Edge on the old laptop, the puzzle people got around to rewriting their programs to use something other than Flash.  that would explain why it works on Chrome now.

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20 hours ago, JP48 said:

Since then I have read a couple of articles that suggested that most browsers (and specifically Chrome) were not particularly secure, and that the most secure was Firefox (apparently they store less data about you that is in turn sold to companies that want to sell you stuff based on your browsing history - don't know if this is true, but I read it on the internet, so it must be true, right?). 

I believe Chrome and Firefox should be roughly equally secure in terms of actual cybersecurity - minimizing the risk of hackers or viruses getting into your computer. But it's probably true that Firefox is a little better if you're concerned about privacy concerns. Firefox is developed by a non-profit organization that makes a point of prioritizing the rights of its users, while Chrome is developed by Google, which...makes most of its money by analyzing your behavior and using the information to serve ads to you.

You can probably achieve almost equal privacy on both if you know which settings to change, but Firefox tends to emphasize that for you a little bit more. They even have a mobile version (Firefox Focus) that's in permanent "incognito/private browsing" mode and blocks websites from tracking you or serving you ads by default (the downside is that some websites don't work perfectly on it, and if you close the window, it won't remember what webpage you were on when you start it back up again).

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9 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Sounds like the puzzle uses either a Flash or Java plug-in.  Flash is a very insecure technology and is being abandoned.  Chrome was one of the first to stop supporting it, so that's likely what the original issue was.  I suspect while you were using Edge on the old laptop, the puzzle people got around to rewriting their programs to use something other than Flash.  that would explain why it works on Chrome now.

Interesting point about Java/Flash.  There is an option to use Java there, but I don't think many use it.  I don't know what is used in the option I choose.

 

45 minutes ago, BarbetSmith said:

I believe Chrome and Firefox should be roughly equally secure in terms of actual cybersecurity - minimizing the risk of hackers or viruses getting into your computer. But it's probably true that Firefox is a little better if you're concerned about privacy concerns. Firefox is developed by a non-profit organization that makes a point of prioritizing the rights of its users, while Chrome is developed by Google, which...makes most of its money by analyzing your behavior and using the information to serve ads to you.

You can probably achieve almost equal privacy on both if you know which settings to change, but Firefox tends to emphasize that for you a little bit more. They even have a mobile version (Firefox Focus) that's in permanent "incognito/private browsing" mode and blocks websites from tracking you or serving you ads by default (the downside is that some websites don't work perfectly on it, and if you close the window, it won't remember what webpage you were on when you start it back up again).

You are right. I did not use the proper terminology here.  I meant privacy and not security.

To get back to the point, there are a lot of variables, apparently, when it comes to being able to use a site.  I think everything on the new eBird works for me, though I didn't see the 'Manage Media' button until I went back to a list where I had included media.  Logical, but had me confused for a minute or two.  To me, it's appropriate to use the latest version of whatever software you prefer, and figure out what's going wrong from there. 

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5 hours ago, JP48 said:

To get back to the point, there are a lot of variables, apparently, when it comes to being able to use a site.  I think everything on the new eBird works for me, though I didn't see the 'Manage Media' button until I went back to a list where I had included media.  Logical, but had me confused for a minute or two.  To me, it's appropriate to use the latest version of whatever software you prefer, and figure out what's going wrong from there.

Yes, unfortunately there are a lot of variables. The major browsers are all definitely aiming for you to be able to use their latest version for just about all of the things you can use any other browser for. But it still ends up varying - they interpret the website code in slightly different ways (sometimes with a major effect on what the user ends up seeing), or have slightly different priorities as far as which modern web design techniques or technologies they put the most energy into supporting. A web designer on their best game will test the site in all the major browsers and find a way for the site to work in all of them even if they behave differently. But in practice, it's not always easy and not always successful. This, of course, is all in addition to any issues caused by interactions with add-ons or plugins, which are coded by third parties and are too numerous for the web designer to specifically work around.

 

4 hours ago, JP48 said:

Interesting point about Java/Flash.  There is an option to use Java there, but I don't think many use it.  I don't know what is used in the option I choose.

Yeah, using Java "applets" in webpages was already considered old-fashioned when Flash was at its peak (but I think not for security reasons), so people might be phasing that out too.

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