I tried to sign up for Revenue Online’s service over the last week. However, I failed to get it working because of a problem installing KCrypto (a custom Java application) onto my Mac. The Kcrypto appears to be required for download of a digital cert.
Ringing the Helpdesk I was told that ROS only supports OS 9 on Mac! (and even then, the woman told me – the trainer they had training them on OS 9 last week couldn’t install it on an OS 9 machine!). Seriously though, only supports OS 9? Isn’t that a bit like telling Windows users that it will only work on Windows 95, not Windows 2000 or Windows XP?
And also, wasn’t this whole Internet and Java thing supposed to be about platform independance? Sun seem to think so, according to the Java section of their website “Running across all platforms … Java technology unifies business infrastructure to create a seamless, secure, networked platform for your business.”
I took another tack. I have Virtual PC 6 installed on the Mac and Windows XP SP2 installed on that. I tried to get ROS working on that OS – However, I still get the “Problem installing KCrypto” page appearing in both IE 6 and Firefox 1.0.
It is probably that the Revenue Commissioners don’t want people enlightened enough to own a Mac to be bothering themselves with such lowly tasks as paying tax. Us Mac owners are off to eat cake!