Major Gecko Announcement!
Monday March 20th, 2000
Dave Hodder writes, "Yahoo has an article on Netscape 6, headed 'Netscape's Revolutionary Gecko Browser Technologies Adopted by IBM, Intel, Liberate, NetObjects, Nokia, Red Hat, and Sun Microsystems'. It also mentions Gecko, XUL and AOL TV."
Most of the names on the list shouldn't be a surprise to most Mozilla followers. MozillaZine announced the Nokia/Intel Internet appliance months ago, and there are well known developers from RedHat, Sun, and IBM making major contributions to the codebase.
Interesting, however, is the quote from Mitchell Kertzman, President and CEO of Liberate Technologies. Mitchell states, "Netscape Gecko fits well as a key component of our software, helping us create a better interactive TV experience and resulting in greater success for AOL TV and other partners using the Liberate platform". It looks like Mozilla's reach is going beyond the desktop, beyond the "Internet Appliance" and into the set-top arena.
#29 Stupid mouse questions
Tuesday March 21st, 2000 12:21 PM
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How can Win9x users scream and stamp their feet about "MouseWheel" support?
I had a mouse with THREE (count them) buttons for YEARS before Bill finally noticed that everyone has four fingers and a thumb, his OS barely worked with TWO of those buttons. So now he wants to sell hardware and he HARDWIRES support for a special rolling dingus into his Web browser and you're all treating it like the second coming...
Why should a cross-platform browser hack in support for an abitrary selection of input devices based on Bill's opinion from Redmond? Should we listen to some illiterate Bum in Cleveland too, and remove all the pretty-much identical alphanumeric keys?
This is a "nice to have", and if you're so obsessed by scrolling mice, get Bill to write an OS (not a browser, though he has the two confused) which provides what you want.