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Netscape in the News

Tuesday September 15th, 1998

George Giannukos writes in with a link to an article at News.com discussing the latest pre-release of Communicator 4.5.

George correctly points out that the reporters fail to mention that many of these new features can be disabled -- a lack of exculpatory evidence which leaves the story decidedly one-sided.

I'll leave it to you, dear reader, to draw any parallels to current events. Me? I'm keeping my mouth shut!


#4 Re:Netscape in the News

by Joel Caris <joel_caris@iname.com>

Wednesday September 16th, 1998 4:14 PM

You are replying to this message

I also emailed the author of the C|Net story on 4.5 PR2. If you're interested, here is his reply:

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Thanks Joel--it's a good point that another reader brought up as well--and one I'll be sure to include in the next go-around.

But I would be willing to bet a lot that the vast majority of users (who would never read a News.com article anyway) a) don't know they can turn those features off and b) wouldn't know what to do with that information if they had it. I think it's easy to underestimate how clueless people are in general about the software they use--they are no more likely to change their preferences than they are to give their own car a tune-up. I'm just thinking about people like my mother here, who probably make up the majority of browser users.

But your point is well taken, and thanks for writing.

Best,

pf