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Submission + - Websites that require a specific OS?!?!

zastard writes: I hate dealing with web hosting companies. Occasionally, though, I'll make an exception for the purposes of helping out my mom. Her site is hosted by She wanted me to add another email address for her, right? No problem. So I go to this site, attempt to log in and I receive the following error message:

Please Use a Compatible Computer. You are using a computer that is not compatible with Homestead. To access the Homestead website, please return to with a computer running:
  • * Windows 98, 2000, Me, NT, or XP.
  • * Mac OS X running Firefox 1.0 and above
My questions: What year is it, 1997? How do people get away with this still? What other sites are out there (besides MSFT) that REQUIRE a particular OS? I thought we invented W3C Standards for a reason.

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