to mikel.org this morning. First up, I’ve ditched the “cam” link from the main navigation at the top right. It wasn’t really a webcam per se anymore – it was just a popup with a static picture. I’ve replaced it with “msg me” – through which you can send a short message to my cel. I added the cam link on the side, along with a link to the Oh Candy Land weblog I’m having fun with now. I also split off the different categories of links from one another a little bit more – although I didn’t bother to add category text because it seems to me that the differences are more or less self-evident. The first group of links is to projects I’m involved in or things I’ve done on the site. The second set (only two links) are to things I’ve been involved with for some years. And the bulk of the links are to other weblogs.
although Netscape 6 does work in broad terms – and what it does well it does very well – it is so rife with bugs I can’t even think of any commercial software or shareware that I’ve ever used that is as unfinished.
Luckily few of the bugs are crashing bugs, and my machine hasn’t frozen due to any of them. But they drastically affect the usefulness of Netscape as an alternative browser. Some examples of bugs I’ve found:
- text entry boxes are flaky (text jumps around, spaces and soft wrapping is wonky);
- it uses its own interface elements, not widgets from the UI, and so is very slow at rendering certain things, and when it does, they don’t conform with the OS under which it runs;
- changes to preferences don’t always take;
- new windows are quite slow to open;
- some of the program’s other behaviour deviates both from what one would expect from the OS and from older versions of Netscape;
- and the whole thing takes at least twice as long to load (in spite of having fewer plugins in my case) than IE;
- the whole thing takes up twice the space (browser only, no email stuff included on my machine) and more memory than IE5;
- and I can’t seem to drag and drop URLs or links onto the favourites bar.
Add to that the fact that I can’t scroll with the wheel on my mouse and their own skin updating/loading procedure doesn’t seem to work and it’s a mess. The worst though? They’ve buried their release notes so you can’t even make a reasoned judgement for yourself without downloading the installer. It should be online, and prominent. [I found the release notes after posting this]
Ivanov Flies Into Belgrade, Due to Meet Milosevic. I have a feeling this is going to work out. I studied the Balkans under a former (pre-breakup) Yugoslavian senior diplomat who is now a professor at McGill. Prof. Crnobrnja was just on the radio and his assessment is that Milosevic is done. Kostunica isn’t necessarily an ideal President, but they seem to be on a positive arc now. I’ve been following events using Yahoo’s Full Coverage, which is excellent – stories, links to other news sources, a good photo library – it’s all there.
but interesting note on MacInTouch today. It seems that a guy named Drew Thoeni (look for his name on the page – there are no permanent links) has unconvered a possible privacy hole in Explorer.
illegal is not terribly surprising, even if it’s a potentially flawed decision. But as Declan McCullagh wrote in a Wired News article called Only News That’s Fit to Link, that the judge went as far as saying that links to the download sites are illegal is way over the line, for me. The DMCA suggests that ruling, for sure. But the only thing I’m left with is that the DMCA is trying to treat copyrights like drugs – with trafficking, and (more tenuously) seeming to support trafficking (whether true or not) considered to be equivalent to doing the infringement in the first place.
At least Emmanuel Goldstein (aka Eric Corley) has approached it with some cheek and confronted the craziness of the issue… he left the addresses, only in text format, not as links.