So local Indian laws requires tenders to be filed online. This required buying a 3000Rs (!!), about 60$ USB dongle that has a "Class 3 Platinum" certificate signed by the CA E-Mudhra. There's zero documentation online on setting it up, and sites that process tenders work on "IE6 or IE7 only". They do not work with Windows 7/IE8 by default. Below are the steps on how-to get things working on Windows 7, followed by a rant.
Setting up E-Mudhra on Windows 7/ IE 8
Why the hell do the Indian government website designers choose the most lax practices of the lot. They need to be strung up and given a lesson on webdesign after the year 2003. Jesus fusking christ.
And what's behind the REQUIREMENT to use e2gov.in for digital certificates. There's free ones, or others with a nominal fee available. One which don't bloddy require you to add a FRIGGING ROOT CERTIFICATE to your machine.
And activeX?!!!@!!!!!! Microsoft has basically disavowed it. And I counted 2-3 different controls that are loaded. May I introduce you to much more modern alternatives, like perhaps a reasonable java applet, or even better, a native app? Or just don't require a login process that requires a friggin digital certificate. There's simpler way of digital identity that what's currently setup. Like squishing out the fluid from my eyeballs and mailing it out to you.