The web is 20. Is it still relevant?
As it the case every year, the attention of the Mac world focused on the Apple World Wide Developer Conference with high hopes for new products and exciting new development from a company that has managed to showcase a high cool factor while remaining one of the smallest players in the computing field. The news of banners poking fun at Microsoft made people think that the new operating system would be something to contend with. With statements like “This should keep Redmond busy”, one would expect some radical improvement to this new OS… but most of the changes were under the hood and most of them showed a company that seems to be on the defensive. Let’s look at what they offered and what are the hits and misses in this new OS: the Dashboard will probably be the feature that most people talk about as it is the most visual new component to the new version of this operating system. Put simply, it is a collection of widgets that can sit on your desktop, similar to the third-party produced Konfabulator, a company that will now have a hard time competing with Apple. It also seems to be a defensive…Read More
I’ve been working on cleaning up my webalizer.conf file in order to get better statistics. Since I haven’t seen anyone posting the following information, I figured I would, since it might interest people who are using the Webalizer stats tool. Adding the following lines to your webalizer configuration file (webalizer.conf) will allow you to get much cleaner reporting of user-agents. GroupAgent Check&Get Program: Check&Get (Bookmark Manager) GroupAgent eXactSite Program: eXactSite (HTML authoring. stupid user!) GroupAgent FavOrg Program: FavOrg (Bookmark Manager) GroupAgent Fetch Program: Fetch (Offline browser) GroupAgent GetRight Program: GetRight (Download Manager) GroupAgent HTTrack Program: HTTrack (Website Copier) GroupAgent Lachesis Program: Packet Loss Report (ftp.intel.com) GroupAgent lachesis Program: Packet Loss Report (ftp.intel.com) GroupAgent MSFrontPage Programming: Microsoft FrontPage (stupid user!) GroupAgent Offline Program: Offline Explorer (Offline Browser) GroupAgent Powermarks Program: Powermarks (Bookmark Manager) GroupAgent SuperBot Program: SuperBot (Web Site Copier) GroupAgent Teleport Program: Teleport Pro (Offline Browser tenmax.com) GroupAgent WebStripper Program: WebStripper (Offline Browser) GroupAgent WebZIP Program: WebZIP (Offline Browser) GroupAgent Alcatel- Device: Alcatel Mobile Phone GroupAgent AvantGo Device: AvantGo (Offline Browser) GroupAgent Blazer Device: Blazer (PalmOS browser) GroupAgent DoCoMo Device: I-mode Compatible Mobile Phone GroupAgent Elaine Device: Palm browser GroupAgent Ericsson Device: Ericsson Mobile Phone GroupAgent MOT- Device: Motorola Mobile…Read More
Today’s release of Beta 2 of the Safari browser heralds the introduction of tabbed browsing in the much talked about browser. This is an interesting development which shows that sometimes, the influence of a particular browser goes beyond its existing market share. Safari’s tabbed browsing is a result of an implementation that first appeared in Opera, a browser used primarily by developers. Mimicking the Opera tabs, the Mozilla project introduced a browser which popularized the feature (the browser is Mozilla, and also serves as the core engine for the Netscape browser). When Safari was introduced, there was an outcry from the developers’ community over the browser’s lack of tabs. With this release, Apple shows that it is listening closely. All these developments are happening among browsers which have a combined market share equivalent to one fourth to one fifth of the one engine enjoyed by IE, the leader (in browser market share) offered by Microsoft. However, they point to an interesting scenario about how new features go from being enjoyed by a small but vocal minority to a wider audience. Tabbed browsing was one of the big innovations that Opera introduced in the marketplace but it wasn’t until Mozilla’s implementation…Read More