Your Browser vs. Your Bank
But fear not Blognonyfriends, Kvatch has the solution to your dilema. You see all browsers attach a piece of information called the "user-agent" to requests for a web-pages, and in most browsers you can change that value. Now...is this the all purpose solution? Not really. A really savy web development team can employ "browser-sniffing" to try and figure it out, but most developers are lazy and rely on the user-agent. So here's the bullet:
Firefox (for power users):
1) Type "about:config" into your web address boxYou can find many, many more user-agent strings are here.
2) On the resulting page [ctrl]-click to get a menu that allows you to add a new entry ( "New->String" )
3) Name the entry "general.useragent.override" and for a value use the user-agent string of a browser compatible with the site you want to surf.
Try this for Windows (if you want to masquerade as Mozilla):
"Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7a) Gecko/20040123"
Safari (for power users):
OK, this is a bit more complex...And if you're not a power user, why not try the User Agent Switcher plug-in for Mozilla and Firefox?
1) Quit Safari
2) Paste into a terminal window "defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1"
3) Start Safari which now has a new "Debug" entry for changing the user-agent
(For Sothis (Chasing Orion) who asked me for this information.)
[ctrl]-click must be a Mac thing. Right-click works on windows.
Thanks for the info!
Abi, I think it's part of the Patriot Act.
Cartledge, the cross that a user of a "real man's" operating system has to bear, eh?
Lukku, I run three...PowerBook, HP Laptop (WinXP), and a Linux server, but...then it's my job.