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Skills & Equipment Required: Do I need any special computer skills or equipment to access PIPE?

Although no special skill set or computer equipment is needed to access the PIPE web site, you will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with internet access and the basic ability to use a web browser. You may have difficulties if you are using slow speed dial-up.

There are several things you may need to do, including disabling pop-up blockers to use the PIPE system. Most users will be able to use the site easily with no special adjustments. To learn how to prepare your computer and maximize the usefulness of the site, you may view a Using the Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education to Address On-Farm Issues video tutorial. The tutorial is available in both high and low resolution. To view the tutorial, please visit for the low resolution video or for the high resolution version.

Not all browsers will enable you to take advantage of the full functionality of the PIPE web site; so make sure you’re using one that can. Below is a list, by no means comprehensive, of supported and unsupported browsers for accessing the PIPE web site.


  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and higher
  • Netscape 7.0 or higher
  • Firefox 1.0 and above
  • Safari current versions (one minor issue with the month of January on the calendar may be encountered)
  • Mozilla
  • Opera 9.x


  • Internet Explorer 5.2 and earlier
  • Netscape 6.x and earlier

There is one more item to be aware of when viewing the PIPE web site; you must allow pop-us from this site to view all the available information. Please remember this applies to all the pop-up blockers that you may have installed on your system, stand alone or associated with your web browser. Although you can view the PIPE website using various connection types, this site was designed to work best with a higher speed connection such as DSL, Cable, T1 or higher. If you are using a modem, please be very patient. It may take some time to display the main web page and later to bring up new content as you navigate the web site.

The site is not optimized for use with mobile devices such as PDAs, smartphones, or blackberries. In order for the site to function properly with any of these mobile devices, the web browser used needs to be an html browser that fully supports AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML). In our experience, mobile devices running Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 5, or Blackberry OS were unable to display the site content properly with default browsers (not tested with Palm or Windows Mobile 6 ).

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