CNET Chimes In, States IRC Will Compete With Instant Messenger
Thursday September 9th, 1999
News.com's Paul Festa has an article regarding the new IRC and Jabber clients in development, and claims that the IRC will be "in direct competition with AOL's own messaging software", although it's not clear how that would happen. The article also states that Mozilla's beta will be occurring in 4 weeks, which is off by about a 3 to 4 weeks, according to a news post that came out today. There's still a lot of work to be done, but they are making good progress.
Thanks to Kovu for the news.
#10 Basic version (like IE5's but better)?
Friday September 10th, 1999 3:11 AM
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IE5 appears to have a *very* rudimentary "download manager" - in other words, it can occasionally manage to resume file transfer from the point it left off, if the download screws up or your PC crashes, and you click on the same thing again.
This doesn't work very often (don't know why), but it *is* there and it's a *very* good "usability feature" because it dramatically reduces irritation. ("Oh dear, my browser crashed, I'll have to click that link again", vs "Oh dear, my browser crashed, I'll now have to download the first 6 megabytes of that file again over my modem".)
Are there plans to include that feature in Mozilla? It could be as simple as including "Resume" / "Overwrite" / "Cancel" options, to replace the "File exists, are you sure you want to overwrite" dialog. The actual resume is very easy in http 1.1.
*shrugs* I'll live without it - I just wondered. That might be an easier task for somebody to program [sorry, not volunteering - no time to learn Mozilla codebase, & too busy with work and my own projects anyway :(] in the event that a full download manager proves impractical.