Posts Tagged ‘Browsers’

IE’s future or Firefox’s present?

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

On the "IEBlog" (Microsoft’s web journal which Internet Explorer developers post about the Microsoft browser), a list of most requested features has just been posted. Do the requested IE features seem familiar at all? It’s pretty much a 1:1 IE request to Firefox feature.

If you’re using Internet Explorer, you really should switch to Firefox and benefit from these features today.

Snow today!

Friday, December 19th, 2003

It snowed here in Raleigh today, so I decided to make the snowy "Wintertime" theme available and set as the default. Hopefully it looks fine in Internet Explorer for Windows (I haven’t checked yet).

I was going to redo the logo to fit in a little better and tweak a few things (as well as test it in IE/Windows somehow), but I just hadn’t had time.

Anyway, I wanted to make this theme available before the season is over. *smile* You can select it (or any other) from the dropdown of themes.

Update: The snow is gone (it was GREAT when it was here — none stuck though) and so is the Winter theme being the default. It’s still in the dropdown for the time being, but it is horked enough that I’m not going to have it by my default for now. (:

Multiple versions of Internet Explorer on Windows

Sunday, November 9th, 2003

Wow, this is something that has been long overdue. It takes a bit of work, but one can have multiple versions of Internet Explorer on one box running Windows. There’s even another site which has pre-packaged versions of 5.01 and 5.5 available for download.

This is great news for people who have to check how websites render in multiple browsers.

Internet Explorer RPM for Linux?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2003

A guy named James Gregory made some spec files for packaging up Internet Explorer (and some dependancies) as RPMs intended for running on Linux through the use of Wine.

Pretty wacky stuff. This may help with things like testing, although fonts would probably be rendered a little different, even with the Microsoft TrueType core fonts on Linux.

Revised site look

Saturday, August 16th, 2003

I have updated my website’s look. It now has more random thumbnails at the top, and I have added icons to the side area. There are also some font changes and a few other things were altered.

It should also look great on Internet Explorer, but even better on Mozilla, Safari, etc.

Note: You may need to hold down shift and click the reload button to see the site properly.

Let me know what you think of the changes. (:

Update: I’ve made it so that you can have up to seven random thumbnails displayed on a page. The number displayed depends on your resolution. I styled up some nifty CSS-fu in order to display as many as possible within a given area. Also, it displays a higher frequency of recent images towards the right, with the left becoming more inclusive of all the pictures in the gallery.

The image drop-off feature basically means that my site is works better at higher resolutions, yet it is still fully compatible with 800×600 — and even 640×480 and below. You’ve gotta love CSS. (:

Internet Explorer for the Mac is pretty much dead too

Saturday, June 14th, 2003

Microsoft is killing off Internet Explorer for the Mac. The company already pronounced the Windows version of IE dead not but a short while ago.

In other Microsoft-is-killing-something-off news, the company has bought a Linux-based anti-virus company and has killed their product too.

Discontinuing the two products also will play into competition and influence, simply because Microsoft has a very large presence within the world of computers. The impact will not be as great as with Internet Explorer for Windows being shelved, however.

The death of IE for Windows is a huge blow to web standards. We’re going to be stuck with a broken browser for around seven more years (if Longhorn makes its estimated debut in 2005), as it takes a few years before a browser can be considered "phased out". Think of Netscape Navigator 4.x. The old Navigator browser is just now going away — and only after tons of effort.

At least Mac OS X has Safari and does not have to rely on Internet Explorer any more. Thankfully, the lack of IE on Linux has furthered Mozilla’s development over the years. As Mozilla is available for all platforms, we can hope that adoption might be increased over time. With more people raving about it, hopefully more and more will install it on their computers. We can hope. Still, even if 75% percent of the web browsing population suddenly switched to Mozilla overnight (a very optimistic number), there still would be around one-in-four using Internet Explorer. Such a dwindled number would still be a large enough percentage to care how sites look in Microsoft’s non-compliant browser. That’s quite a bit of market influence to be tied up in one company, especially one determined to be a monopoly by the courts of the land.

More site stuff sooon

Friday, June 13th, 2003

I’m thinking of updating my wesite over the weeked to play a little bit nicer with Internet Explorer on Windows, for all those people who haven’t upgraded to Firebird yet. We shall see.

…Of course, I might just go out and take pictures instead (if it doesn’t wind up raining).