Wednesday, July 23, 2003

The Register is running a story saying that the Government want to make broadband available to 100% of the population of Northern Ireland in three years. That gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

I'm in a good mood on two counts at the moment. Firstly, we've now got ADSL being shared out on our home network and secondly, I'm going to be on holiday in just over twenty four hours from now. Hurrah!

Friday, July 18, 2003

I'm a bit late on this (consequence of still not having proper [read broadband] internet access at home), but on Wednesday, AOL announced that they would be laying off the entire browser development team at Netscape. I find this sad in two ways. Firstly, I've always been a user of Netscape or Netscape-related browsers. I started off with NS3 when I first gained internet access, and stuck with the 4.x series even during the four year drought while we were waiting for the much-mooted Netscape 5. I've never liked IE, both for its interface and the philosophy behind it (tying it into the operating system to gain a de facto monopoly). The other reason that I find these layoffs worrying is that we still don't know how it will affect the development of Mozilla. Netscape developers have played a key role in Mozilla's development over the past four years and without this large body of coders, I really don't know what will happen. Still, most opinion over at Mozillazine is positive and the creation of the Mozilla Foundation and a new end-user focus should make for interesting times over the next few months. So RIP Netscape and here's to a positive future for Mozilla!

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

The Great Move out of the Walrus Flat was completed successfully on Saturday. It was as painful as expected, but made an awful lot easier with the help of Dougie and Weeble. Many thanks to both of them!

Unfortunately, the new flat doesn't have cable so I'm currently waiting to see if I can get ADSL – and I wish they'd hurry up about it! Going back to dial-up is a painful experience after 18 months of broadband.

Ah well, at least I've still got access at work.

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