-- HTML5 permits websites to store considerable data on your local disk. It was originally expected that the browsers would impose a ceiling on this, but IE, Opera, Safari, and Chrome do not. A properly coded HTML5 site can completely fill your hard drive. [more inside]
- The movement to rid the world of the Flash Player plugin [more inside]
! Hotkeys! Get yer hotkeys
! Steaming hot and ready for your Windows, Macs and Linuxeses
! Even more for Macs
! We've got some for your Microsofts
and Open Offices
! For yer Adobes
, Internet Explorer
, and Opera
! And for the baker's dozen, DOS Shortcuts
and a lot more shortcuts
that also work for modern Windows systems.
Google set up a sting operation to prove that rival Microsoft search engine Bing is cheating, using Internet Explorer to track users' Google search results and mining that data to improve Bing. Here's the proof.
Microsoft’s IE turns 15.
Starting as a licensed version of Mosaic
, it is now up to version 8 and a platform preview of version 9 was recently released
. Don't expect everyone to migrate over to 9 in a hurry though: It's for Vista and Windows 7 only. Meanwhile, despite everyone's best efforts
, IE6 grimly hangs on to life.
Internet Explorer 9 will support the CANVAS tag
, making support for the tag ubiquitous across major browsers.
BBC: Users of the world's most common web browser
(good old IE
!) have been advised to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw
has been fixed. Microsoft Security Advisory 961051
. [more inside]
Mozilla Bug 97284: Allow page to make arbitrary elements user-editable in browser (contentEditable attribute)
Make the Metafilter you always wanted by flipping your browser into
Revamping the browser
Browser add ons such as Browster
for IE and Firefox or entirely new browsers such as Flock
(limited info) promise to rework the way browsing has been done during the IE only years from 1997 to 2004. More inside...
Google pays $1 for every IE user converted to Firefox
- but why? Google don't own Firefox, so is this only to piss off Microsoft?
Don't let the copyright office REQUIRE IE.
Take a break from email and Web surfing to send a real, paper letter (with five copies) to the U.S. Copyright office and tell them that REQUIRING use of IE
for online preregistration of copyright claims is not acceptable.
Read the request for public comment and then send an original and five copies of your public comment to:
Copyright GC/ I&R
P.O. Box 70400
Washington, DC 20024-0400
Internet Explorer has not been updated for some time and competing browsers
have improved on its ageing feature-set. But there's no need to ditch IE. Maxthon
provides tabbed functionality and a lots more besides to give you a taste of what is likely to be included in IE7.
Internet Explorer - We discovered the web.
Check out this humorous parody site created for Microsoft's browser Internet Explorer. Something tells me this won't be up for too much longer though.
Internet Explorer 7 announced
We've heard about it for a while
and it's been discussed here before.
Will the new version of I.E. be able to hold its own against open source browsers like Firefox?
Internet Explorer 7. Dean Edwards
does what a team of developers with billions behind them
apparently can't -- update IE to work with modern standards. Almost, anyway... as he says, it's still in alpha, and has its quirks, but check out the Pure CSS Menus demo
, for example.
With its latest security update Microsoft has disabled the ability to pass username:password
pairs in URLs. If you usually use this format for connecting to your site via either FTP or HTTP, it will no longer work after you install this update
Microsoft's IE team is calling for input
into the future of their browser. Over lunch with Robert Scoble
they communicated that they're working hard on security patches. So where do you come in?
"The team is looking to work with community members to improve Internet Explorer. That means blogs. That means taking harsh feedback. That means having a dialog about the future that's frank and as open as possible."
With an opportunity like this we should forgo mere whining and name calling, and participate.
A new MS Internet Explorer vulnerability is discovered.
Most digerati already know about the spammer and lamer trick to publish URLs that look like legitimate hostnames to fool people in to trusting a malicious site. This trick is frequently used by spammers to steal people's PayPal accounts, by tricking them in to "resetting" their password at a site owned by the spammer but disguised as PayPal.com.
Today's new IE vulnerability is significantly worse. By including an 0x01 character after the @ symbol in the fake URL, IE can be tricked in to not displaying the rest of the URL at all. Don't expect a patch right way, the guy who found the hole released it to BugTraq on the same day
he notified Microsoft. (via Simon Willison)
Eolas® Technologies Inc. owns the plugin concept.
Meet US Patent 5,838,906
: "The patent claims to cover mechanisms for embedding objects within distributed hypermedia documents, where at least some of the object's data is located external to the document, and there is a control path to the object's implementation to support user interaction with the object." Eolas sued
Microsoft, was awarded $521 million
, Microsoft is appealing, and the W3C held
hosted) an ad hoc meeting on the recent court decision and launched a discussion list
. Microsoft plans to promptly make changes to Internet Explorer. If this follows through, what are the negative and positive implications?
Microsoft to discontinue development of IE for the Mac...
Surprisingly this apparently isn't being done because of the low market share for Macintosh, but rather as a side effect of the increasing integration (whether real or alleged) between IE and the Operating System, which on the Mac is closed, so MS can cease development as support for their claims of mandatory integration between browser & OS. I await the next step, mandatory integration between email & OS? IM? Media tools? Net access?
AOL and Microsoft settle AOL's Netscape lawsuit.
AOL gets $750 million and keeps IE as its default browser for seven years. Is this the death of Netscape
While MS-bashing is often too easy, this statement about recent security holes
seemed especially astounding: "Outlook Express ships with every Windows system, or rather as part of IE, so it's on every system. But unless it is configured to receive mail, you are not at risk," said Scott Culp, manager for Microsoft security response. Interesting. Unless it is configured to receive mail
, like, you know, an email program.
Netscape market share at an all time low?
Not according to Heise Online, a major news site here in Germany. In their very substantial weblogs, Microsoft went from 66,9% down to 65% from March to August of this year, while Netscape/Mozilla rose from 21,3 % to 22,6 and Opera from 7,8% to 8,4%.
(Warning: Link in German, but you will understand the tables at the end of the article easily).
Using Internet Explorer, Outlook, or Outlook Express on a PC? There's a new hack in town
, ready to exploit cross site scripts like nobody's business. Do yourself a favor and disarm ActiveX on your settings.
One browser to rule them all...
Looks like IE's win in the browser wars is strengthening its position as the de facto browser as more and more developers code to IE and IE only. I know a lot of MeFiers are developers. What do you do when you develop your sites?
Microsoft has designed
a Windows XP patch that will trick computers into behaving as though IE, Outlook Express, and Messenger aren't there, though not removing them, per the requirements of its antitrust settlement. They demonstrated a working version to the AP yesterday.
Oh yeah, and they're releasing it as a 40 megabyte download. In August. And it's other primary function will be to potentially sabotage the operating system.
Good ol' Microsoft.
Like they say, it really is "indubitably the most astounding web-based email application on earth." I was skeptical, but their drag-and-drop interface is so clean and functional that comparing it to Microsoft Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail is like comparing a Frank Lloyd Wright house to a birdcage made of Tinkertoys. All DHTML, so it requires IE 5+ on Windows. Netscape, Opera, Mac, and Linux users are out of luck. (Welcome to the effects of market share
Microsoft must include Java with XP and IE.
Sun sues Microsoft for including Java, then sues Microsoft for not including Java. Fascinating.
AOL's Netscape sues Microsoft
for damage done to its Netscape Internet browser by violations of antitrust law found in a separate government case against the software giant. "I don't see this case as primarily about money. I see it as primarily about injunctive relief,'' said Steve Salop, a Georgetown University law professor.
"MS releases mother of all IE security patches"
Per the article:
Microsoft has released a cumulative patch for Internet Explorer which the firm says is a "critical" security precaution against crackers which should be applied "immediately".
Time to update/upgrade boys and girls. :)
This is cool...and fun...and bizarre!!!
I stumbled across this on ScriptingNews
-- so take a look here first
. It's weird -- to say the least-- but it's very cool too... like playing and chatting while you browse (sorta). Anyway, you have to be running msie 5.5 for it to work... and there's a limit of only 15 concurrent users [just beta].
So if you get in, don't hog it! =) And if you can't get in, go dig the demo instead.
Internet Explorer 6 final is out
for windows. Hopefully they've worked all the bugs out from the public beta. They're claiming full 100% standards support for DOM level 1 and CSS 1
(it only took five years!), though time will tell how accurate that claim is.
Is it just me, or is anyone else having trouble looking at SAAB's US homepage in IE 5.0?
Microsoft Kills IE6 Smart Tags "External feedback" was one of the factors that led the company to remove the feature, although he indicated it could be resurrected in later versions.
Perhaps the constant barrage of complaints worked on this one? They've got it working, now they are back peddling. I for one am glad, "No Squiggly Lines".
MSIE leaves the door wide open on your Windows OS...
I can't believe that the myriad "security holes" are coincidental... maybe we should call them back doors
. I mean, really... who do they think they're kidding? We all know who
really wants surreptitious access to our systems. [via Glish
IE 6.0 beta?
It looks like they leaked a copy (Win 2000 only). Many screenshots. More integration with MSN, sidebars (explorer bars), media player, etc.
To those who are interested in such things, IE 5.5
is out, with all kinds of new and not that important features
, including those great colored scroll bars.
MS Cookie Patch
Breaks Some Images - We noticed something odd today. Those of us with IE 5.0 who installed the patch to close the cookie security hole can no longer see many of the images on the Washington Post
site. People who installed the patch on IE4 still can; and IE5 users without the patch also can. [More inside thread...]
Any server can read all your IE cookies.
From any domain. Anyone. I was just explaing to my folks that the reason cookies are (generally) safe is that this was NOT possible. Well, it's possible now.
You know their server isn't particularly secure; well neither is their browser
More from the WSP on IE5.5,
"a browser that strikes out on complete support for any standard." Things are getting ugly.
The Web Standards Project
blasts Microsoft's "arrogant" break with standards in IE 5.5/Windows Edition. Please read the press release
and, if you agree, post it to your favorite mailing lists and news groups. This must not stand.