In just 2 days time, it will be the first day of the new Chinese Year, the year of the Earth Ox.
If you’ve found yourself amused, confused or both by the crisis of confidence that’s ravaged equities, commodities and property values, and have given up hope in the advice of financial analysts armed with their MBAs, Charts and Spreadsheets, you owe it to yourself to read the latest in the FengShui Index series published by CLSA.
It’s available from the CLSA website, but be warned – you need Internet Explorer to download the PDF of the Index. (more on this later)
The CLSA website is at http://www.clsa.com/index.php
If you visit the page soon enough, you’ll find the download link on the bottom left.
Here’s an exerpt from the early part of the PDF:
Well, despite it shaping up as a Cow of a year, the index shows there’s no cause for udder despair. Admittedly, we’ll all have to plough hard for our pennies during this Year of the Brown Cow (‘brown’ because of the prevailing earth element and ‘cow’, rather than bull or ox, because of the yin, or female, influence this cycle). However, there’ll be some terrific money-making opportunities for the sage and the swift.
The BBC recently ran a story in their business section on the release of the index that gives a nice summary that you can start with, if you’re too busy with spring cleaning, cooking up the reunion dinner or hopping from one relative’s home to another. But get to the actual CLSA document eventually – it’s definitely worth a read.
Now, on to the Web aspect of this story.
I mentioned earlier that one requires IE to get the PDF. After clicking the download link on the main page, one is lead to another page with a legal/disclaimer statement that one must accept by clicking into a checkbox. Only after clicking in does a “Yes I accept” button become un-greyed and clickable.
With IE, this works well.
With Firefox, my default choice of web browser, clicking on the checkbox does not make the “Yes I accept” button clickable.
With Chrome, clicking on the checkbox makes the “Yes I accept” button clickable, but after clicking it and waiting a while, you get an error saying that there’s a problem opening the page.
with Firefox in Linux (Ubuntu 8.1), I get the same result as Firefox on Windows. The other browser that’s installed by default in my Ubuntu setup is Epiphany, which like Firefox is gecko powered.
With Safari on a Mac, the checkbox and download button work well. Firefox on the Mac has the exact same problem as Firefox on Windows and Linux.
There’s a pretty good chance that most of the people accessing the FengShui Index from CLSA’s website are using IE so CLSA’s download metrics won’t suffer from their Firefox/Windows and Chrome incompatibility. But one wonders how the web guys could have let the page go up without at least getting it to work on Firefox.