Someone please explain…

…why some apps can read the operating systems network settings and therefore automatically activate the proxy script when I’m behind the corporate firewall, and deactivate it when I’m outside? I would have never expected (perhaps unfairly) that level of user-friendliness on my Windows PC, but I did on Linux and even more now on Mac OS.

I tell you this is mighty practical – it is the reason I have effectively switched from Firefox to Chrome – no other.

Another example: why can’t Twitterdeck do that ? Is it the Twitter API or is there a secret handshake I need to perform?


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