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August 7, 2003

Oh look. Internet Explorer.

I can remember speculating last year about when AOL would replace IE with Gecko as its web browsing engine. “AOL 9.0 with Netscape 8, anybody?” I said. Well, after the events of this summer I think it’s pretty obvious that it’ll never happen. But, now that AOL 9.0 is in public beta, I can say for sure that they’re still sticking with IE for now.

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; AOL 9.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.0.3705)

That’s one prediciton wrong!

Web Design Postcards

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Groaners

Newswriting.com has a list of 100 “groaners”. What are groaners, you ask? Well, in their words,

A groaner is a hackneyed, overblown, stuffy or just plain silly cliché that turns up time after time in news scripts. Groaners show laziness on the part of writers, disrespect for the folks watching, and a general contempt for lively English.

Some of the groaners, particularly ones I’d like to see banished, are:

  • Area Residents
  • Campaign Trail
  • Clinging to Life
  • Lay the Groundwork
  • Major Breakthrough
  • Reduced to Rubble
  • Team Coverage
  • Threw His Hat Into The Ring
  • Wreak Havoc

Would we really know what to do if news anchors stopped using these clichés? It’s kind of the crutch they lean on when they know the news isn’t that great.

No Respect

Bruce Tognazzini starts out this article by ridiculing the fact that interface designers seem to come up with a new name for themselves every week, and then goes on to come up with yet another one, Interaction Architect. Molly Wright Steenson calls him on it, and Jeffrey Veen referees.