Sheriff’s new crime map might not work for you

The county Sheriff’s Office has released a cool new online crime map to show calls to its communications center.

It’s free if you go here. It’s the latest example of how government finds itself “competing” with the media in providing information on the Web.

But there’s a hitch. The map depends on some Microsoft software called “Silverlight.” Silverlight is not compatable with all operating systems and browsers, however.

The warning is here. Click on “system requirements” to see the details. 

Microsoft has a habit of wanting to support its own operating system — now Vista — and its browser, Internet Explorer, rather than its competitors, such as *some versions* of Apple Computer. A lot of people don’t like Microsoft for this reason.

Most PCs are Microsoft, but Apple is gaining share.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “Sheriff’s new crime map might not work for you”

  1. Of course MicroDross makes it look like they are playing fair. They even have a column marked “Firefox” and they indicate the versions they support. Of course those versions are all outdated and nobody uses them. As soon as the sheriff post that he has complained to MS about this, I might bother to put silverlight on my copy of Explorer, which I use only in desperate cases, like learning sites where I’ve alredy paid for the class and then the instructor says, “go here.”

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