a brilliant article in his Letters From Ground Zero series: Annihilation and the Ways of Peace. “The world is sick. It cannot be cured with America’s new war. The ways of peace–adopted not as a distant goal but as a practical necessity in the present–are the only cure.”
Archives for October 2001
today when the story broke that MSN.com shuts out non-Microsoft browsers. Their stated reason? “‘For browsers that we know don’t support those standards or that we can’t insure will get a great experience for the customer, we do serve up a page that suggests that they upgrade to an IE browser that does support the’ standards.”
Well it might seem like that’s what this is about. But it’s not. They’ve clearly taken on similar tactics – but wrapping themselves up in W3C standards? It’s BS. Utter bullshit.
Fact is, for all their hemming and hawing about web standards, MSN works fine in Netscape 6.1 for OS X, Omniweb, and even Netscape 4.7x (well, it displays, if only minimally). No, this isn’t about web standards. This is obviously about trying to get people to upgrade to a particular standards-compliant browser.
I’m not surprised or angry with MS though. I expect this sort of behaviour from them. But to pervert the work of people legitimately trying to support and encourage web standards? Bullshit.
. An inquiry into lameness by Ed Hawco in Blork Blog: “Curious, I Googled that exact phrase, and it returned 108,000 hits!”
: User to User Support in Web Techniques. I’ve just about given up on “official” support for anything I’ll buy now. If I can’t find a good discussion group about a product or family of products, it’s unlikely that I’ll buy it. I learned how much I liked User to User support a long time ago through Apple’s and MacFixIt’s sites. But it really sunk in when I went by IBM’s site to find something out about my work-supplied ThinkPad. Uh, no. It’s practically impossible to find actual information about anything in particular. Specs? Sure. Trying to figure something out? Never.