So it has finally come to pass. Almost 20 years after its debut in Netscape Navigator, the blink
tag is being removed from the latest version of Firefox
. Will other browsers follow this bold new path? [more inside]
The end of
, the beginning of Blink...
The Evolution of the Web, in a Blink
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]
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]
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.
One of the first uses of a graphical throbber
was in NCSA Mosaic
. Command line versions did exist, but most were a spinning slash
. Nowadays, with Ajax
, they have become nothing more
than variations of spinning gray wheels
to indicate loading or buffering
. Gone are the more creative ones like, Netscape, whose throbber is a condensed loop of how the dinosaurs became extinct
, the creator of the JSLint
data-interchange format, talks about what he says is simultaneously the worlds most popular
(sadly video linked by the FPP is down, try here
). Previous Maniac Mansion
. More video from MIX Online
. A similar, more in depth talk at Google
[1h25m Google Video] is a 2001 documentary which traces the history of GNU, Linux, and the open source and free software movements. It features several interviews with prominent hackers and entrepreneurs (and hackers-cum-entrepreneurs), including Richard Stallman, Michael Tiemann, Linus Torvalds, Larry Augustin, Eric S. Raymond, Bruce Perens, Frank Hecker and Brian Behlendorf. [more inside]
Welcome to Mosaic Communications Corporation!
It was 1994, and the World Wide Web as we know it today was about to be born. [more inside]
Is Google the new Netscape?
With GOOG having taken a tumble Wednesday and falling more than $12 so far today
, it's not unreasonable to ask... also why is Gmail still in beta when I've been using it for over a year now?
Imminent job openings at CNN...
Open the link and right click the picture of Bush and wife, click "Save Picture/Image" and look at the filename!
In the words of a certain Denis Leary, "He's an asshole, asshole, asshole-e-o-oe-oh".
I suggest someone mirrors this ASAP!
AOL Kills Netscape
AOL "has cut or will cut the remaining team working on Mozilla in a mass firing and are dismantling what was left of Netscape (they’ve even pulled the logos off the buildings)." According to some former Netscape employees
, "everybody in CPD
is getting laid off." Meanwhile, Mozilla goes on
at the new Mozilla Foundation
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
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).
The wicked witch of the net
is five years old
today. "That's like 236 in Web years. Ancient. The Methuselah of browsers, kept alive on an IV drip of tag soup
". (via scottandrew
Netscape 7.0 PR1 is out
and includes goodies like tabbed browsing, ICQ and AIM in sidebar panels and P3P cookie management. Seems to be based on a mid-May Mozilla
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
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 /.
Netscape Phones Home
Yet another major software vendor snoops on users. Netscape, the former darling of the anti-Microsoft movement, captures search terms that users enter on third party sites if users have set the search tab in the sidebar to load a site other than Netscape's own search engine and sends information back to Netscape. Can you trust your own system anymore?
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.
coming soon. Why do they insist on keeping that build alive? Netscape 6.x is finally at a point when it's almost as good as IE 6.0/IE 5 Mac, if not better, so another 4.x release is just very odd. [Netscape 4.79 FTP
Have you tried it? Do you like it? Should we get Mikey?
When last we heard, president of Netscape Jim Bankoff was saying that "six months from now, you won't consider Netscape to be a browser company." Many took that statement, coupled with the lack of acceptance of Netscape 6, to mean that the Netscape browser was dead. But Wired.com
is reporting today that rumours of Navigator's death have been exaggerated
My God, how I've loathed them over the years for their heart-stopping mix of hubris, brilliance, clueless, utter lack of any discipline whatsoever and oh, the sheer arrogance
, but after all these years, it's with a distinct sense of ennui that I read that Netscape is throwing in the towel.
the CSS that "coulda been". This brief read offers up an explanation as to why
CSS support in Netscape 4.x is Quite Awful.
Apparently someone at Netscape/AOL thinks they can polish a turd. KILL IT ALREADY
, and end this sham. NS4.x just isn't viable anymore, and continually repackaging it fools no one.
The W3C opens a can of whoopass on the browser manufacturers with this detailed list of bugs they'd like to see remedied
. Will this result in any changes whatsoever, or will Microsoft and Netscape continue to ignore what they should
's a little smug when he says "Netscape Goes Bonkers
and I'm very thankful, because Netscape 6.0 has been a terrific illustration of so many of the points I've made in Joel on Software over the last 6 months. Unfortunately, it's usually an illustration of what not to do." Too bad he's right.
what will be supported
now that browsers are a-changin' again? handy resource from a Netscape product manager.
It's here, it's queer, get used to it. (Actually it pretty much rocks.)
Netscape 4.76 is available for downloa...
oh, to hell with it, why do I even bother?
interesting freenet newsbite
at wirednews -- but could something so (potentially) powerful really get folded into IE and netscape? i assume this would be something like setting up your browser to launch the app from a freenet:// link ala hotline. or would microsoft and aol actually work to integrate a file sharing app? i tend to doubt it.
Netsape 4.75 released
as an answer to brown orifice, not the WSP...
two words : $|<1|\|Z C0|\|T3ZT !!!.
whoo! so 3||3t3, you'll spray your shorts.
In other news, microsoft announces a wallpaper contest. Microsoft commented that they're "fuckin tired of seeing that sky thing, We want all those design kiddies to create us some cool shit, like with that small danish pixel font, aww yea..."
AOL's Netscape division is being sued by an NJ photographer
over their SmartDownload feature, which allegedly allows surveillance of activity between websites and you. He claims "[SmartDownload] secretly transmits to Netscape the file name and location, along with an identification string unique to that Internet user.''
"...we've never used or accessed any information about SmartDownload users or files..." - AOL
WaSP! blasts Netscape.
Good, good, good... about f**king time. All of my Netscape cronies are now using I.E. because of exactly what this letter says.
Netscape Communicator 4.74 Final
has been released. This is reported to be the last in the 4.xx series browsers before Netscape 6 comes. Warning: this time it finally tips the scales at just over 20 megabytes for the Win32 version, wow. It's supposed to be a better Linux implimentation.
could we have expected
anything less? man, visualize whirled peas (one whirled, one browser)...
A day after a MSIE bug, a Netscape bug.
I figured I had to post this here, since the anti-Microsoft crowd always posts about the MSIE bugs, but seems to stay reeeeeal quiet
when a bug is found in their chosen browser. I wish that people would just acknowledge that all software has bugs, and that discovering them is a helpful link in fixing them.
Did you know that math is hard
? Apparently this is true for windows applications. Thank you Microsoft, the best truly is yet (if ever) to come.
I already have plenty of reasons to not buy from buy.com, but this is the latest, and perhaps most bizarre
. I do a search for "Phantom Menace," but it instead searches for "KIT MAN POON," which I take to be a Klingon anagram or something. No wonder its stock is wallowing
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.
For all the early adopters out there, here's the early Netscape 6 beta
which is 16 Mb and runs on Win32 systems. The real beta should be out April 5th, and I hear it will be around 5 Mb.
Code Rush Documentary
Did anyone get to watch the Netscape documentary on PBS. In my area, it aired at 2am. I fell asleep trying to catch it...