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Rest in peace Netscape

I started graphical web browsing using NCSA Mosaic 14 years ago. Version 1.0 was released in November 1993, the first graphic-oriented browser which reached widespread popularity. One of the developers called Marc Andreesen started his own company Netscape to develop a new browser.

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After IE7 comes IE8

Microsoft are infamous for their product names. My latest favorite is “.NET 3.0”, which really is the .NET 2.0 framework with a few addons. I wonder how they come up with these names? Locking themselves up in a conference room and starts to brainstorm? “What do we call our Flash killer? How about Blue and white electromagnetic discharge? No, something shorter. Silverlight?”

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IE6 die hard

IE6 is harder to eliminate than John McClane but now it seems to get a push towards the gorge by Microsoft themselves. It appears that IE7 will be classified as a critical update in Windows Update, meaning that it will be installed on even more machines than before but more importantly, even users with pirate versions of Windows may install it without the need for validating their license.

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Unleash Firefox today

A friend asked me why I use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer 6. For a few seconds I was kind of baffled. Is there a reason not to use Firefox? IE is infamous for its inadequate web standards support and it is constantly a thorn in my side, but that’s probably an issue that doesn’t concern end users, only us web developers who have to struggle with it every day. But even apart from standards, there are several things to Firefox that improves the browsing experience.

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Reactions on CTP versions of Vista and IE7

Like it or not, but most people who develop websites using Microsoft technologies will suffer from the benefits and pitfalls of Vista and IE7. Since the avalanche is unavoidable, it’s better to getting used to the idea and learn more of what’s behind the corner. Just as with a real avalanche, your knowledge and preparation (maybe even a proper portable jetpack) will save you from a lot of trouble.

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