Aug 18, 2009

NCWise - not just for Internet Explorer, anymore...


As a North Carolina Educator I am forced, privileged to use NCWise daily to assist me in keeping up with Student Attendance and Grades. While this is a requirement of my job, the geek within just can't stand to use Internet Explorer. Especially not Internet Explorer 6, which my school system provides for me.

I had been happily using Firefox 3 for my NCWise needs up until the recent update to Firefox 3.5.2. After the update, Firefox quickly crashed upon launching and it was back to using IE for me...

A quick Google today helped me find the solution, though. Thanks to http://support.mozilla.com/tiki-view_forum_thread.php?locale=de&forumId=1&comments_parentId=410610 I found that all I needed to do was copy jvm.dll from my JRE install to the \bin\hotspot\ folder of Jinitiator. Hoorah, I'm back to NCWise in Firefox again.

It actually feels like NCWise runs better and faster in Firefox, but, I can't prove that....

That also got me wondering what other browsers might support Jinitiator.

A quick check tells me that Google Chrome doesn't, and maybe never will. (http://blogs.oracle.com/appstech/2008/09/chroma_for_applications.html) However, I did discover that Opera plays very nicely with Jinitiator, and surprise, surprise, it even works in Linux!!

So, goodbye Internet Explorer. I guess I just won't use the big blue "e" anymore. Now that I've found a way to use my Linux machines.... well, that just opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

1 comment:

J. M. M. Blake, Jr. said...

We use Macs in our middle and high school. We have experienced a similar issue with accessing "NC_WHYS?" wink wink. We noticed an "expired" security certificate causing Safari, which worked perfectly for three years, was not allowing teachers to login. Teachers that logged in last school year had no problems accessing the portal this school year. However, teachers that experienced hard drive failures or reformatting could not use Safari on MacBooks this year. We have devised a "work around". I do not want to post the work around online for obvious reasons. But, if you have a MacBook user that can not get on their NC_WHYS? account, tell them it can work, if you know the tricks. Got to love technology....