Many people are familiar with computer case modifications
, thanks to the photogenic nature of mods
. On the software side, most operating systems feature some potential for customization, though this is often limited to tweaking the colors and sounds. For some, this isn't enough. Enter "skinning
," the casual term for interface customization. To a degree, the history of the media player Winamp
(YT, 7:03; transcript with pictures
) mirrors the history of skinning. From a version 0.2, a visually dull app in June 1997, to easy user customization in version 2 in September 1998, and the complexly customizable Winamp3 in August 2002. Wired captured something of the excitement at its peak
in an article from 2000, before computing began shifting to more closed devices. Now approaching a post-WIMP (windows, icons, menus and a pointer) era
, where skinning is done with alternative launchers
. But for those still using traditional computers of one sort or another, it's not too late to modify your interface. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 17, 2012 -
Microsoft has agreed to purchase a big chunk of AOL's intellectual property for a big chunk of cash. Left unremarked
in most business news coverage is a little matter of history: A closure of sorts for the fiercest -- and possibly the most expensive -- tech rivalry of the dotcom era. Microsoft will own Netscape
. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee
on Apr 9, 2012 -
When releasing the Mozilla source code, Netscape's lawyers insisted that the code first be sanitized. In particular, "any text containing vulgar or offensive words or expressions; any text that might be slanderous or libelous to individuals and/or institutions," had to be removed. Here
is a sample of what it looked like before that occurred.
posted by Obscure Reference
on Sep 22, 2010 -
Perhaps AOL isn't that bad.
I've never liked AOL
, but this recent article
makes me want to give the company a big hug. Finally, people are stepping up to the Microsoft
juggernaut and deciding to use other means to deliever content and run their own machines. AOL is trying to cut costs by migrating from UNIX and Windows to a Linux
environment on the server-side. On the client side, they will apparently be pushing the use of Mozilla
instead of their previous default browser, Internet Explorer. This has the potential to impact the web enormously, as AOL's 30 million subscribers will soon be using Mozilla as their browser. Web designers will have to start sticking to w3c specs
instead of using MSIE-specific coding, which will hopefully force Microsoft to follow the specs more closely. Begun this browser war has. (via /.
posted by Hammerikaner
on Mar 11, 2002 -
Netscape 6 Pre release is Official. . .
Looks like Netscape caved in and released the leaked version of Communicator 6. I got it and it's identical to the leaked version posted here earlier. Which is almost identical to Mozilla M14.
BTW, does anyone else have a problem with AOL/Netscape having the entire internet develop it's newest browser through the Mozilla effort while they plan to profit from it? Especially with Mozilla's ardent open source position. Or, is it just me.
posted by Dean_Paxton
on Apr 5, 2000 -