San Mateo County levies a serious punishment for traffic violations: Internet Explorer

Why should governments force a technology decision on their inhabitants?

Today I received word that Microsoft owns a small piece of the California government.

I, um, rolled to a near-stop on a right turn at a red light and Mr. Traffic Camera sent me a ticket. Spoiled my day.

Even worse, however, was when I went online to try to pay the ticket. I have to use Internet Explorer to do business with San Mateo County, apparently. What a complete joke.

Use Linux? Mac OS X? Or even Firefox on Windows? Sorry.

This sort of rubbish web design speaks ill of San Mateo County. I may be forced to stop getting tickets there. I'm taking my criminal activity elsewhere. No more cruel and unusual punishment for me.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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