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August 29, 2002

Netscape 7.0

Today is a busy day in WebbyLand. Netscape 7.0 has been released. The half-decade long Mozilla project, which was started to build Netscape 5, has come to fruition with its first stable, big name-branded release. It’s basically Mozilla 1.0 with Netscape/AOL branding slapped on it, but that branding is its greatest asset. Hopefully the Netscape name can recover from the pre-release beta fiasco that was Netscape 6.x and flourish. Hopefully this will make at least a few web developers stand up and take notice of web standards, when their bosses start shouting, “Why doesn’t our site look right in this brand-new browser?” And hopefully it will one day grace the doorstep of AOL for Windows (I wrote a little about that earlier).

Until then, it’s a fun new toy to play with. Not that it’ll pull me away from Mozilla, though.

Early Life Crisis

David Weinberger ran an NPR commentary last week (audio link), in which he said “humor is becoming the format for intellectual discourse, just as dry sobriety and rigor used to be.” I think that’s one big thing This Site is missing: humor. (Well, it’s also missing wit, good writing, and insightful commentary – not to mention intellectual discourse – but we’re tackling one thing at a time here.) I’m not funny anymore like I used to be. I mean, I still don’t take life, myself, or anything seriously, and I’m able to see absurdity almost everywhere I look. But that doesn’t come across when I communicate. I’m not known as the office cut-up, and my writing here is as dry and bland as ever. I guess it’s because I’ve entered my early late twenties, also known as “The Boring Years”. Too old to go wild, too young for a mid-life crisis.

I gotta shake things up somehow.