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Kelson (129150) writes "Have you noticed that there haven't been many updates to Gears in a while? That's because Google has decided to focus instead on similar capabilities in the emerging HTML5 standard: local storage, database, workers and location cover similar functionality, but natively in the web browser. Of course, since Gears and HTML APIs aren't exactly the same, it's not a simple drop-in replacement, so they'll continue supporting the current version of Gears in Firefox and Internet Explorer. I guess this means the long-anticipated Gears support for 64-bit Firefox on Linux and Opera are moot." Link to Original Source top
Kelson (129150) writes "Google has released the source to what will eventually become Chrome OS, and will begin developing it as an open source project like Chromium. The OS differs from the usual computing model by (1) making all apps web apps (2) sandboxing everything and (3) removing anything unnecessary, to focus on speed." Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "In 1984, Kenner launched the Super Powers line of DC super-hero action figures. The toys were tied to the Super Friends cartoon, and each had an action: If you squeezed Superman's legs, he would throw a punch. If you squeezed the Flash's arms, he would run. Each figure also came with a 16-page minicomic starring the character and others from the toy line. Today, fourteen websites join together in celebrating this landmark toy line." Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "Most people these days know the Flash as that super-fast guy in a red suit. (Or else they confuse him with Flash Gordon.) But back in the 1940s, the Flash wore a costume based on classical depictions of the Roman god Mercury, complete with a winged helmet and boots. Winged helmets, of course, aren't exactly easy to track down, so here's how to make one if you ever feel the need for speed." Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "As the first major web browser to reach a double-digit version, Opera has been testing out alpha releases of version 10 for months now. One of the early problems they encountered was bad browser detection scripts that only looked at the first digit of a version number, concluding that Opera 10 was actually Opera 1, and therefore too old to handle modern web pages. After extensive testing, they've concluded that the best way to work around this is to pretend to be Version 9.80. It'll be some time before Firefox or Safari runs into this issue, but with Internet Explorer 8 in wide release, you have to wonder what Microsoft will do when they get to IE 10." Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "Amazon's new Kindle DX has a screen size comparable to a typical manga page, and the device itself is about the size of a typical trade paperback. It's black and white, but it could easily handle print-formatted comics without chopping them into individual panels or zooming and panning. Imagine 30 years of Spider-Man or Justice League of America in the space of the latest trade." Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "Google's Mountain View headquarters has fields that need to be kept clear of fire hazards. This year instead of mowing them, they took a low-carbon approach: they hired a herd of goats to eat the grass for a week. "It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers."" Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "Fifteen years ago, two computer scientists sat at their desks in a research lab in what is today Telenor, Norway's telecommunications incumbent, itching to begin a new project. They were going to build their own Web browser. Those first keystrokes would become Opera, the browser that has set — and continues to set — the standard for browser innovation. Today, about 40 million people use Opera on their Windows, Mac and Linux computers." Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "Information Today analyzes last week's #AmazonFail, and how it involved books, metadata, sex, search results, traditionally disenfranchised groups, a possible hacker, the Kindle, the absence of institutional response, and the emergence of Twitter for sharing information very quickly on a massive scale." Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "the Wall Street Journal profiles Vincent Connare, designer of the web's most-hated font, Comic Sans. Not surprisingly, the font's origins go back to Microsoft Bob, where he saw a talking dog speaking in Times New Roman. Connare pulled out Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns for reference, and created the comic book-style font over the next week." Link to Original Source top
Apple patent claim threatens to block or delay W3C
Kelson writes "No, not the Flash — Based on pre-release buzz for the return of Barry Allen, who died in 1986's Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC Comics has decided to bring back Vibe, a character from the 1980s Justice League series who became the first Leaguer to die in battle with the team — way back in 1987. The "Rebirth" team of Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver return once more, picking up on Vibe: Rebirth as soon as they finish Flash: Rebirth. The first issue of the Flash miniseries hits stores today." Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "As the release of Internet Explorer 8 approaches, Microsoft's IE Team has published a list of differences between IE7 and IE8, and how to fix code so that it will work on both. Most of the page focuses on IE8 Standards mode, but it also turns out that IE7 compatibility mode isn't quite the same as IE7 itself." Link to Original Source top
Kelson writes "More than two years after the last release, Dillo 2 is now available. The open-source web browser was launched in 1999 with the goal of enabling access to the web without massive hardware or software requirements. Eventually, its reliance on GTK+ (GTK2 was deemed too heavy for its goals) and lack of funding led to a development freeze in 2007. The project relaunched with a port to FLTK, and has caught up with features such as tabbed browsing, multiple character-set support, and major improvements to rendering, UI, and memory usage. The project is currently seeking developers." Link to Original Source
Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 yesterday, for Windows XP and Vista. So if you (or your friends, co-workers, or family) are still using IE6, it's once again time to think about upgrading or switching. (Assuming, of course, that you're not locked in by corporate policy or another piece of software.)
IE6 is now two versions behind the current release.
IE6 is almost 8 years old (it was released in 2001).
IE6 is lacking in many capabilities that all other modern web browsers have, in web technology, in security, and in features you can use.
If you're still running Windows 2000 or some other old version of Windows that can't run IE7 or IE8, I'd absolutely recommend Firefox or Opera. Either will be much better than IE6, both will run on Windows 2000, and Opera will even run on Windows Me and Windows 98 (but you really ought to move to something more current than Windows Me.)
Back in July(?) 2006 when Microsoft issued an update to the Windows Genuine Advantage tool, I figured I may as well install it (I'd be forced to eventually) on my one Windows box. So I installed it, and rebooted, and the login screen proclaimed loudly that Windows was not genuine. (Well, not literally loudly, it didn't shout over the speakers or anything -- which would be an interesting deterrent, now that I think about it.)
This came as something of a surprise, given that:
This was a Dell, not some no-name computer.
It still had the original OS install, and no hardware had been changed.
The previous version of WGA had reported no problems.
I logged in, did some searching on Microsoft's knowledge base, and found a link that said something like "Validate here." I clicked on it.
To my surprise, it told me my copy was perfectly valid.
I eventually concluded that Norton Internet Security had blocked the initial validation attempt. Because there was no desktop shell, there was no opportunity for it to pop up a notice and ask me if I wanted it to let the data through.
After that experience, I can't say I'm surprised that Microsoft found many of their false positives to be the result of security software. Admittedly, they were looking at registry changes, crypto problems and McAfee, rather than a transient error with Norton.
(Reposted from this comment, mainly so I can find it again easily without searching.)
I used to do it simply: I'd just surround the pasted text with <i>...</i> tags, and let Slashcode fill in the paragraph breaks. It served as a visual cue. In fact, since most people quote at the top of the comment, it's more aesthetic than a plain, default indent-and-nothing-else <blockquote>.
Since the CSS redesign implemented a visual style for <blockquote>, I've actually started using the <blockquote> tag. Sure, it's longer to type, easier to misspell, and means I have to add all the paragraph tags and switch from "Plain Old Text" to "HTML Formatted" -- but it looks enough better that it's worth the effort.