For the past six months or so, whenever a client has noticed a CSS bug in a site in Netscape 4 browsers, I often mention before I start coding workarounds that the browser “is almost five years old” because I vaguely remember playing with the betas in early 1997. I was curious to when it was officially released, so I went ahead and ponied up some dough at Google to find out
It turns out that the official release date is rapidly approaching, as Netscape 4.0 will turn 5 years old on June 11, 2002.
I’m just throwing an idea out here, but it’s probably something worth publicizing on your sites. Just this week I’ve spent a couple hours coding some redundant CSS to a site that passes the w3c validator, but Netscape 4 browsers refuse to inherit parent styles at various points for no reason.
Now, maybe it hasn’t sunken in yet, but It’s been FIVE YEARS since the browser was released and it’s still a pain the ass to work with today. I know there have been user upgrade drives at glassdog and the webstandards project, but maybe it’s time to do this again? I know the Mozilla party is the next day, I should probably talk to the organizers about perhaps burning an effigy of the 4.0 browser to celebrate the 1.0 release of Mozilla.
I’m becoming increasingly aware that the advertising market for the internet is hitting rock bottom. The daily links from MetaFilter often point to news sites, and in the past few weeks the tide has definitely shifted from a minority of newspaper sites having obnoxious pop-up or pop-under ads to a majority. I’m actually surprised now when I can find a news site that doesn’t feature annoying advertising. Banner blindness means giant flash ads or forced advertising breaks in the middle of stories, as the only advertising that anyone notices seems to be the annoying types of ads. The ads themselves have also shifted in content. Gone are the harmless computer company pitches or even the goofy sexist x10 camera ads, as the rock-bottom of the internet advertising world (aside from porn ads of course) is making frequent appearances in my browser: online casino ads. They’re not only legally questionable, they’re gaudy, ugly, and remind me of the mob.
In business, if you need money and don’t have it, and you can’t secure a loan from the bank, you call the mob for an emergency loan you’ll soon regret. Apparently the internet advertising business works the same. When all else fails, advertise for online casinos.
Some distressing news for fellow bay area readers: at a recent protest, Frank Chu got hassled by the police. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the harmless freak that touts a sign in downtown San Francisco 7 days a week.
Watching Do the Right Thing, it’s hard to believe it was just over a decade ago when I first saw it. The MLK quote at the end still seems rather apt today.
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destrous community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
After a few hours of tweaking (and losing email, if I don’t get back to something you sent in the last 24hrs, feel free to resend), I have finally got SpamAssassin up and running to filter my email. From the past couple day’s worth of messages, it has caught every spam, and the one false positive it found out of about 200 messages was for something I didn’t want to receive anyway.
I first heard about spamassassin from Bill Rini’s review, and my experiences with it mirror his. It tags spam with a special header and rewrites the subject, making it easy to filter tagged mail into a spam folder, and the remainder of all your email comes through clean. It is incredibly liberating to be able to read new email free of junk, though it sucks that the spam situation is such that people have to write applications like this.