:Archive Of November 2002:

Thursday, November 28, 2002 - 12:52 AM -

Where are our flying cars? From a wonderful collection of aviation themed sheet music covers. Thank you, Smithsonian.

Monday, November 25, 2002 - 2:26 PM -

Yeah. ZVEX, handmade tube effects boxes with flash by MumbleBoy. (Refresh that intro a couple of times.)

Saturday, November 23, 2002 - 2:12 PM -

And perhaps, like me, someone in your own family is using Netscape 4...

Actually, it's worse. Dad is still using Hotmail, too. There's reasons for this. They include that he's as stubborn as I am, that he is retired and hasn't much interest in learning new computer crap, that his computer is an instable little cow that rejects almost every piece of software I ask him to try, and that he's a good distance away so i'm stuck with email when trying to fix things.

But after Hotmail started serving unresizeable tiny text to N4 users, I did get him to try Moz. That took a few attempts but it's installed now and he has most of his bookmarks imported. (That can be a tale for another day. Why don't browser makers make 1 click flawless importing? No wonder people don't upgrade.) And now he finds that Hotmail had less options than before.

Have a look.

Thursday, November 21, 2002 - 6:37 PM -

Salon has a very nice read on the other web development frontier, cellphones. And if that wets your crank, be sure to check out Howard's book.

Monday, November 18, 2002 - 3:48 AM -

Wherein CodeBitch shows us how to treat a troublesome browser. Yay.

Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 4:35 PM -

Everybody wants to talk about Opera 7 this morning. (Um, afternoon now. I work late; sue me.)

Folks, it's a beta, so I'm trying to not pay too much attention to it. I'm having plenty of fun with released browsers.

However, here's the official press release, and here's the specs they say it supports.

If you've got the time, test the heck out of it and help Opera make the actual release rock.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 10:06 PM -

So I just played with Opera 7 beta a bit, and now I'm going to ignore it until final release. I understand a beta is a beta, and was not surprised that a few items don't work. But there's a number of new issues with the CSS rendering. That is extremely disturbing.

- 9:13 PM -

Well, if CNET can link to it, I guess I can. Wanna try the Opera 7.0 beta for PC?

- 7:06 PM -

Oh and here's a Shockwave backhoe via Saen. (You remember him: the well-marked workplace hazard.)

- 6:44 PM -

One benefit of a reinstall due to OS corruption is I am reminded that Opera is not ready for prime time.

Opera comes with Flash, but not Shockwave. Click the proffered 'click' button on a Shockwave'd site and you will be swept to Macromedia to begin a pointless cycle of clicking.

Previously the real solution was to download the Netscape installer and select the 'other browser' option during install. Which no longer works. Once you enter the Opera plug-in directory, the Shockwave installer spits back that this is not a Netscape plug-in directory, and exits. (Makes you wonder why they have an 'other browser' button, doesn't it?)

The current method that works is this one, where you install Shockwave to Netscape and then copy the files to Opera.

Ridiculous. Completely absurd. Opera is great browser, and yet I cannot recommend it to the general public. There's no excuse for this in a version 6 browser.

Monday, November 11, 2002 - 1:17 AM -

Most nights, I fall asleep at the computer.

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