October 10, 2002

Speak O’ Da Devil

Just yesterday I was gabbing about AOL 8.0, and the new article that was saying it was definitely using IE as its rendering engine. And then today, what do I wake up to? Today we’ve got this article saying that 8.0’s been released, for current subscribers only. I rushed out and downloaded it just to see for myself. (38MB? Cripes!) And, indeed, Netscape is nowhere to be seen. There’s not even an “Install Netscape 7.0!” icon on the desktop or anything. Timothy J. Luoma opined that there must have been some money exchanged behind closed doors, but I’m still sticking with my earlier analysis, that it’s because so many developers code exclusively for IE now. If AOL 8.0 were bundled with Netscape, and suddenly sites all over the Web started breaking in that browser, who would get the blame? Not the sites, not the developers, not even Netscape. A chorus of “Piece of crap AOL!” would rise up across the country, and everyone would either go back to 7.0 or, as I’m sure is the worst fear of the AOL execs, switch to MSN. AOL has to keep using IE because they just can’t afford to have sites break in their latest and greatest product. It might happen someday, with enough developer and user education, and if Netscape 7 is a big enough hit, but it would have been foolish for them to do it now. A wet dream for all of us Mozilla freaks, maybe, but still foolish.

Filed under The Computer Vet Weblog

Comments (1)

Comments RSS - Write Comment

  1. Tetin says:

    Hi I was wondering if you can talk to me about my Guinea Pig he is very sick. My dog bit my Guinea Pig and I think he hurt his jaw because he is not eating anything and I have been giving him an apple that got whipped and he ate only a little bit and I think he is going to die his eyes are all watery and he is very sick and we can’t aford a vet to see him so can you tell me some stuff I can do to help him so he doesn’t die. Please e-mail me Back ASAP. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted February 23, 2005 @ 5:52 pm

Write Comment