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Saturday, April 15, 2000
We've got Deepleap doing any number of things, actually, but they all hook around around this one main idea, and all trying to demonstrate the same thing: that you should be able to do things with the information that you care about on the Web.
Friday, April 14, 2000
Within the high-tech industry, it is known as "getting Netscaped."
Microsoft said its engineers included a secret back door including the phrase "Netscape engineers are weenies!"Also read: ZDNet: News: MS admits planting secret password
Microsoft's proprietary tags don't even work as advertised. "Internet Explorer's own proprietary LEFTMARGIN and TOPMARGIN attributes to the BODY tag fail randomly in IE5 for the Mac," reports Jack Miller, webmaster for As the Apple Turns. "Your page might work, and then when you click 'Refresh,' it might not. It's a wonder to behold." The only fix Miller has found consists of "violating HTML syntax principles by enclosing the <BODY> tag in another open-close tag pair (like <B>...</B>)."
Thursday, April 13, 2000
The Mike Figgis film is comprised of four intertwined stories that unfold in real time over the course of 93 minutes. During production, the actors zigzagged from one story into the next, followed by four cameramen and their lightweight digital cameras, for the entire 93 minutes. They repeated this exercise seven times on seven different days.
Wednesday, April 12, 2000
Your betrayal of Web standards is an almost unparalleled event in cyberspaceYeah, unparalleled. That would be because no one ever released a browser committed to standards support before MS released IE5 on the Macintosh.
"There will be some people who will probably lose their lives because they pass out at the top of stairs or are operating a car" when they faint, warned Philadelphia cardiologist Dr. Peter Kowey, one of the FDA's scientific advisers.
"This drug is clearly going to kill some people," agreed Dr. Robert Califf of Duke University, saying most at risk are men with serious heart disease who take other medicines that lower blood pressure.
The WaSP organized a petition drive, collected thousands of signatures, and helped persuade Netscape to build the next version of Navigator/Communicator around this standards-compliant Gecko rendering engine.This link from Ed's Weblog. Are you starting to wonder if this log is all about Ed?
I discovered today that, at least for CSS with IE5, the order in which you specify styles of a, a:visited, and a:hover matters. If you define a:hover before a:visited in your CSS, then a:hover will not be applied to visited links. If you specify a:hover last, a:hover is applied to the link, regardless of the visited state. I'm not sure if it is supposed to work that way. I didn't think that it mattered where in the css file that a class was defined.
Microsoft claims, wearing a straight face, that delivering "most" of a given standard does the job. Wrong! Putting up "most" of a fence does not protect your privacy. Putting up "most" of a firewall doesn't keep the crackers out.
Tuesday, April 11, 2000
Now on Harmony Central you can collaborate with anyone, anywhere, for free. All you need is a computer (either Mac or Windows) with an audio and/or MIDI interface and an Internet connection. Emagic, Harmony Central and Rocket Network will supply the rest!Soon, I will try this out. Sorry for the delay, J.
Second of all, I am sympathetic to Ed's other arguments, but I think we still disagree fundamentally. We may both want to see IE improved with full standards support, but we don't agree on what should motivate that improvement. Ed says:
Microsoft is under no obligation to do anything for the good of the greater internet. It would be great, even smart if they did. Their only obligation is to their shareholders.But by what criteria can we label it "smart" for Microsoft to do something for the good of the greater internet? Based on Ed's comments, I assume he means "smart" as "good for business." If that is our only hope, then we can forget full standards support in IE. Microsoft, like Netscape, has shown that they will use browser exclusivity as a weapon in the browser war. Too much common ground between browsers lessens any advantages Microsoft has garnered; standards effectively level the playing field.
And here is what I don't understand about Ed's argument: he says that they have no obligations but to their shareholders, which implies a sort of ruthless business philosophy that holds everything subjugate to profits, but at the same time dismisses as "malarky" a suggestion in the release that Microsoft is pulling back from standards support now that Netscape finally has a new entry in the browser field. It's good business to lock us in; it's bad business to open up. By Ed's own description of Microsoft's "obligations" it makes perfect sense. Hasn't history shown that they are a ruthless and predatory company?
I admit it: I was naive in thinking that MS was moving towards standards in a move of benevolence. It seems now that they were only doing so when it was safe, when they lost no competitive edge. Now we have nothing to look forward to from MS but more browser specific features which further fragment the web, and in all likelihood, make Microsoft and their shareholders more money. And how can we blame them, if that is their only obligation?
So it seems to me that the only thing that would get Microsoft to really commit to standards support would be a recognition that IE is first and foremost an internet tool, and that the internet is bigger than Microsoft. Think of it as internet environmentalism. To go back to a metaphor I used yesterday, we expect logging companies to be responsible in their harvesting of timber; can't we similarly expect Microsoft to be responsible in how they do business in the internet environment? We can and we should!
while holdonThank you V.
while (EXPR) BLOCK holdon (EXPR) BLOCK
This works like a standard while loop at first, but at some point the function realizes it's been bringing personal issues into the evaluation in an inappropriate manner and begins to evaluate the expression named by holdon instead in an attempt to appear reasonable.
Here is the Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-006) which will take you to the hotfix.
Monday, April 10, 2000
The consensus seems to be that the old Netscape code base was really bad. Well, it might have been bad, but, you know what? It worked pretty darn well on an awful lot of real world computer systems.This is where Joel is just plain wrong. Netscape 4.x does not work well at all. It crashes on Macs, it crashes on PCs, and its html rendering engine is a piece of crap.
Gnutella can withstand a band of hungry lawyers. How many realtime search technologies can claim that? Not Napster, that's for sure. Just to emphasize how revolutionary this is: hungry lawyers are probably more destructive than nuclear weapons.I can't link directly to the page where from this quote came, because they are using some lame publishing system that creates unique URLs per user session.
On the one hand I know that some companies do violate reasonable privacy guidelines, but I also know that there are completely legitimate uses of cookies. Should we boycott their usage just because some people abuse them? I can't convince myself that is a reasonable conclusion.
And then they went and lost...
It is entirely legitimate to call for Microsoft to support standards of its own volition, and ridiculous to suggest that critics of Microsoft's current browser offerings need either to get an MS job or develop another browser. The internet is bigger than Microsoft, and MS should therefore be developing their browser with the interests of the greater internet in mind (standards support!) and not only their own interests (proprietary lock-ins). It is no different than asking logging companies to be responsible in their harvesting of timber, or imposing zoning restrictions on commercial developments: everything exists in a greater context.
Users are losing patience? Huh? Users don't care about browser compatibility. Period.
Every time a user complains about some site not working in their browser, or that the text on a web site is too small, or any of the countless other problems caused by browser incompatibilities, they are complaining about the lack of standards. They may not even know what a standard is, but they know that the web doesn't work like it should, and we know that is because there is not enough standards support!
I use IE almost exclusively on the PC because I agree with Ed that it provides the best user experience. But that doesn't mean that it can't be improved.
"This is a technology that has bandwidth to burn," Dalton told reporters gathered at the University of Washington.
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