It keeps happening. I go on a website to do a particular thing – e.g download Real Player onto a different computer or visit a website for a specific purpose – and the site makes assumptions and decisions for me which are completely erroneous.
Look, just because you have decided my IP is in xyz country it doesn’t mean I am suddenly fluent in that language, or want whatever local version of software you decide to dish up.
Google is a prime offender on this one. I type “Google.co.uk” whilst sitting in the US and what pops up? Google.com with all search results optimised for my current location, regardless of what I was actually seeking. Try getting round it and it takes several goes before you can ‘con’ the website into believing you may actually know what you want – it took ages to evict google.fr from my iThing.
I’ve had to set up VPN tunnels before now to spoof a UK IP address just to do a really simple search or get software.
I don’t mind being asked whether I want the mobile or desktop version because the site has detected I’m using a mobile device. But I object to being served up a site in a furrin language just because I happen to be sitting there right now. Luckily, I can handle French, Spanish and German, but gawd knows what will happen when I finally make it to Korea to check out their fibre. Or Mongolia.