Showing posts with label firefox. Show all posts
Showing posts with label firefox. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

IE7: "A little over a year". Lots of CSS bugs. Still no bug tracking.

IE7: A little over a year. Lots of CSS bugs. Still no bug tracking.

Well, yes, it has been a little over a year since "they" released IE7 on Windows XP and for Windows Vista, so IE7 Group Program Manager Mr. Tony Chor, who is also an avid blogger, thought "it would be worthwhile to talk about where we are after the year." Why? because of "the positive impact IE7 has made" for Microsoft users, because "as you know" Microsoft "focused a lot on improving security in IE7" making "IE 7 the safest Microsoft browser released to date" and because - yes - "IE7 had both fewer fixed and unfixed vulnerabilities in the first year than the other browsers" they compared with.

Also, says Mr. Chor, "according to internal Microsoft research based on data from Visual Sciences Corporation "over 300 million users are experiencing the web with IE7" making it "the second most popular browser after IE6." I'll save you the rest of the exciting new features and reasons specified by Chor. You can read them all here if you like. The point here is that many angry folks seem to have been waiting a long time for such an opportunity to express their real feelings towards IE7 as well as Microsoft's approach for how to handle their interaction with Internet developer community. I quoted up some of the best onces for you as there are just too many of them. Enjoy.

"Sorry, I can't get past the all-too-frequent IE 7 crashing or hanging at seemingly random times to appreciate anything you just posted." (Internet Explorer has stopped working)

"...It would be sad for IE to fade away in its own delusions of grandeur and support its own misguided standards of how the web should be. Good luck and hope to hear about IE's future developments so I can properly hack my sites to work with its arcane developments." (Joshua)

"From the horrifically god-awful (IE6) to the merely depressingly buggy, nonstandard, and incomplete (IE7)... congratulations!" (Joseph E. Davis)

"... 1 year, still no bug tracking 1 year, still no updates on IE8 features 1 year, still no updates on IE8 bug fixes 1 year, still no ETA on IE8 release 1 year, still no ETA on IE8 Beta release(s) 1 year, still no ETA on IE8 Alpha release(s)" (Sam)

"...Every single day, web authors of all experience, from amateurs to experts/gurus, experience difficulties (from minor to major) with bugs of all kinds in IE 7. When is Microsoft going to finally fix all these proven and testcase-ed bugs?" (Gérard Talbot)

"IE Team called out for biased numbers" (Concerned User)

"I wonder when will you release IE without click to activate..." (n-blue)

"... Let's see... six years for IE7, so you guys are on track to have IE8 by what, 2012? Your problem is you think in terms of years. Your problem is that your company sees the web as a competing platform. Do us all a favor and stop making IE altogether." (Paul)

A few words about my own view. After spending four years with Conceptis development team putting up a totally dynamic yet 100% standard compatible application server there are simply no words to describe how horrible is the fact IE is a closed undocumented software ignoring the fact Internet is not owned by Microsoft:

We had a professional top-gun graphic designer added to our payroll to have the most spectacular GUI ever seen. At least a year was spent on coming up with the basic layout look and language. Aiming to support everyone's Internet experience we took a huge effort to have all of it implemented using 100% W3C standards. We came to a point where IE is supported on the site and design look almost as it should - there is not a single line of code in this project containing the bad behavior of mixing graphic design with code and all graphic instructions are done exclusively via CSS, just as they should be "by the book".

In short, we did our part. Yet, most of the time we spent on CSS development went to solving IE6 particular bugs. There were times when we were certain that eventually we'll bump into all of them, a frightening thought in light of the fact there are hundreds. Now with IE7 around it looks like things are not going to be very different. It looks like we will probably just have to add a bunch of IE7 dedicated hacks to our IE CSS override pool. As explained by a fellow named Gérard Talbot the IE development team still has to fix -

"at the very least 700 bugs, incorrect implementations (all testcase-ed, all demontrable, reproducible) happening in HTML 4, CSS 2.1, DOM 2 interfaces and then implement more or less 500 properties, attributes, methods specified in official W3C Technical Recommendations, W3C web standards (HTML 4, CSS 2.1, DOM 2 interfaces, DOM 2 Core, DOM 3 Core)."

How lovely...

There is one particular comment on this thread which I thought should be brought in full as it pretty much sums up my personal feelings towards the subject discussed. Here it is, exactly as posted on the official IE blog by owner of a web development company Adam Tichy on Thursday, December 06, 2007:

"I'm a web developer, not a literary scholar, therefore I cannot quite find proper words to describe my total disgust with IE. I honestly can't wait long enough for that horrible thing to just crawl into the depths of forgotten projects and die.

"Most of my customers provide consumer or business internet services and they rightfully insist that the web applications work properly in all major browsers. Since MS packages this crap together with the OS it is a small wonder that in whatever diminishing numbers, the IE is still out there in force. It makes my life a living hell! I have to either seriously compromise the design and functionality or essentially build several variants of the sites just to make it work for the ignorant IE6/7 crowd.

And I'm not so sure the smaller number of support calls is something to boast. Judging from the stats on my sites, more and more people access them via the "other" browser(s). If this trend continues (and hopefully it will) you will be receiving even less support calls in the future. 300 million my foot."

[Above illustrative image courtesy of Alex who bumped up a confirmed bug by Microsoft. Confirmed since medieval ages of IE 5.]

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Redmond, fasten your seat belts: Firefox 3 Beta 1 now available for download

The Microsoft IE7 folks at Redmond must be fastening their seat belts at these moments, getting ready for their largest challenge ever as the world's most superior Internet communication software has just been released as a public Beta. Firefox 3 Beta 1, AKLA 3.0b1 is now available for download with 3 operating systems and more than 20 languages already in supported list.

The rumors about Firefox 3 have been with us for a long time and a lot has been written about the third version. This Internet tool is not going to be just another crappy recycled version of the previous engine with additional bells and whistles and a few "new exciting features" stolen from others and implemented badly (have you seen the exciting new tabs on IE7? how exciting). Firefox 3 is developed as a completely new software, with much of its core re-designed from scratch. The Beta 1 is the ninth developer milestone and includes many new core functionality features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3 (see 3.0b1 release notes).

New Firefox 3 Beta 1 features:

  • Improved security features such as: Better presentation of website identity and security, malware protection, stricter SSL error pages, anti-virus integration in the download manager, and version checking for insecure plugins.
  • Improved ease of use through: better password management, easier add-on installation, new download manager with resumable downloading, full page zoom, animated tab strip, and better integration with Windows Vista and Mac OS X.
  • Richer personalization through: one-click bookmarking, smart search bookmark folders, direct typing in location bar searches your history and bookmarks for URLs and page titles, ability to register web applications as protocol handlers, and better customization of download actions for file types.
  • Improved platform features such as: new graphics and font rendering architecture, major changes to the HTML rendering engine to provide better CSS, float-, and table layout support, native web page form controls, colour profile management, and offline application support.
  • Performance improvements such as: better data reliability for user profiles, architectural improvements to speed up page rendering, over 300 memory leak fixes, and a new XPCOM cycle collector to reduce entire classes of leaks.

Important notes:

The Mozilla folks say they do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 Beta 1 milestone release as it is intended for testing purposes only. In addition, If you blog this new further (you should!) please do not link directly to the download site but to this Firefox 3 Beta 1 milestone announcement so that everyone will know what this milestone is, what they should expect, and who should be downloading to participate in testing at this stage of development.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Traffic data analysis: patterns for October

You may say I am a control freak but one of the reasons I tend to prefer the online environment for the disconnected one (the things usually referred as "world") is that using the right tools you can have a pretty good idea about what is really going on in the online one. and with very little effort and no expenses. The Israel Railroad company, for example, still pay people to walk around the trains and count people so they can have the minimum clue about how many passengers are using their infrastructure during weekdays, different hours of the day etc. I have a few comments about this procedure but this is not the subject here so lets focus on what we are interested with - detailed specific information about what is going on in our online house, shop, blog or what ever we name it.

Soon after one starts using a professional tool for collecting and analyzing traffic a very common question is brought up: OK, this is my data, but how do I know if this is "good" or "bad". how do I know where do I stand comparing to others like me? That is not a simple question as it seems, first of all because people don't like sharing this data, but also because there are mega companies that make a lot of money selling this sort of information. Detailed benchmark reports per industry is available, but for high sums of money. not just like that.

So, I decided to Ignore the fact my blog is of the low-traffic scale as I am not such a big star (yet), and share my kitchen data generated with the kind free help of Google Analytics, with all of you. I think it is stable enough and the numbers are reasonable for low-traffic bloggers to make some conclusions from them. So, enjoy the ride and let me know if you think this was interesting. If it will be, I'll publish such report every end of the month. Note: Google Analytics use cookies to calculate unique numbers but as we know people can delete their cookies so there is always some inherited inaccuracy in every report.


1364 visits and 2390 page views were made by 853 unique visitors.

The most popular articles

Excluding the homepage following are the most popular articles this month:
burma-bad-guys-are-winning-but-so-does.html (213)
thomas-snyder-is-first-sudoku-national.html (82)
israels-airstrike-on-syria-imagery.html (53)
criticker-movies-taste-better-and-its.html (51)
movies-that-changed-cinema-jaws-first.html (47)

Where did this traffic came from?

Amazingly more people were referred to my blog from StumbleUpon this month than from Google organic search. I have two very interesting observations in this article and the first is that - at least for me - organic Google searches are great. I get a very nice and pretty steady figure (235 this month) but StumbleUpon is even better. Nearly 22% of all the referrals I had during this month were of StumbleUpon.

Visitor countries

This measurement is always nice to look at and everyone can look for the countries he is after. As an Israeli I do have a large number of Israeli visitors, which makes sense. Yet, I am satisfied from the fact that the largest portion of country origins - 515 of total visits this month - were made by North Americans. This is good for an Israeli. Here are the top 10 origins with the number of visitors from each.

United States 515
Israel 350
United Kingdom 95
Finland 92
Canada 56
Italy 42
Australia 24
Netherlands 19
Ireland 14
Germany 13

Browser types

I kept the best part to the end. If you know anything about browsers you know Microsoft IE should not be accounted as one as it does not support the world's standards. MS think they can continue with the game the played with all of us for years but they are missing - or pretending to miss - the trend. According to w3c FireFox is more popular than IE 6 as well as from IE 7 when standing alone.

Of course Microsoft still holds a larger market share than the Mozilla community as they own both IE6 and IE7. Yet, I agree with the claims that Microsoft's share of the market is with a newbies. The people who don't know nothing about the web. But people are smart. and soon after gaining some experience more and more of them are leaving MS IE (6 and 7) for a real browser. In my blog we are almost at 75% using Firefox. I like that and like what I believe it says on my blog. High quality readers.

If you haven't done this until now, get your FireFox here. Its very easy to install and can be used aside to your IE, if you really can not live without it.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

ASCII Art Linux Penguin

Here is a place for you to use when testing your browser capabilities for font resize (or if you are just bored and looking for something funny.) We stumbled this unbelievably cute ASCII art Linux penguin at

Don't ask what is he doing there, other than just evangelizing a better operating system than the one we - and probably you too - are using to write this, because we have no clue.

For those of you who wonder how have we managed to take such an extreme sized screenshot as the one at the top of this post check on this great Firefox plug-in named ScreenGrab.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Whitesmoke: your English just got smarter

As blogging becomes more popular so does this cool software tool from Whitesmoke Inc. - a small start-up founded in Israeli about four and a half years ago. Enabling plain English sentences look nicer and more professional the company recently launched a new feature to its software allowing enhancement of plain English text paragraph to a "smarter looking" one by a single click.

Using patented Natural Language Processing (NLP) technology, WhiteSmoke suggest context-based synonyms from their database and synonym dictionary. The software checks and corrects English grammar and spelling and enhance it with proper punctuation. Claiming to do that for all kinds of writing including business writing, legal, medical and creative whitesmoke also runs with both IE and Firefox as well as with Mac OSX.

The company has already raised "a few" million Dollars from the venture capital fund Evolution, ICQ and Dotomi co-founder and Dotomi CEO Yair Goldfinger and Finjan founder and Yoggie CEO Shlomo Tubul. Good luck guys. Commercial computerized language processing needs to get smarter since long time ago.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 toolbar is only one of many information sources

Is my blogging getting hotter or what? Following my post Alexa get is wrong: switching to Compete, and after getting quoted on ZDNet's Googling Google, Andy Kazeniac from just posted this comment telling me how they love stories like my in Compete (i bet they do :)) but also added this important addition about them using other sources of information in addition to their toolbar:
Although toolbars do contribute to the Compete community, they are only one of many sources of information. We believe that the variety in our sources helps eliminate any bias that shows up in a single source and helps to give a better representation of the average U.S. internet consumer.
Jay Meattle from explains in a follow-up email:
Compete aggregates data from Internet Service Providers, ASPs, opt-in panels, and Compete software – such as the toolbar and Firefox extension. We like to think it’s a better approach than Alexa’s, and pretty much any other provider of 3rd party competitive stats.

Cheers Andy and Jay.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dreamy hidden bay surrounded by cliffs

My Skype seems to be green again and the number of other green contacts makes sense. Could it be that the problem was solved for now? I haven't checked and of its communication features yet. Really don't feel like doing so. People felt as if they were kidnapped here… for example, not being able to get your contact list info was a creepy experience. I read about people who have some contacts in their Skype simply not available anywhere else. Back it up from now on, pals.

Putting an end to that subject, I truly believe this event will become a turn point in how people refer to Skype and open source voip clients from now on. It might not be a one day turn, but just as it happened with IE and Firefox: things will start changing from now on and i'll try to keep up with the news about it from time to time.


Dreamy beach

So, yesterday early evening we went out, visiting Zemah and Sisi in their new residence outside the village just 24 hours after their arrival. It's kind of a long story why they moved out of the family farm which is not for me to tell. I'll just say that for Carmel, a new location 20 minuets walk from the nearest beach with lots of nature in the way is a major upgrade. She still have all the other attractions where Nitsi's family lives and now she also have this. Good for her - good for me.

The sea was fantastic. Zemah took us to a small dreamy hidden bay surrounded by cliffs and we had the privilege of saying goodnight to the Friday sun. It was great fun for all of us. Nitsi reminded all of us how some people travel half a globe to get themselves at such a fantastic beach with the water being above zero. We just had to take a short break. Isn't it cool? check out this short video from on my Wordpress Video blog. Same as the above pictures it was taken with my mobile so technically they are not of the best but still get the story straight.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Microsoft(R) Firefox | We've Made it Better

Just stumbled this "amazingly going all the way to make its point" site with the strange eyecatching domain name of and could not believe my own eyes. I found myself clicking my way from the About page to the Download looking to see what is going actually on here. Then I had to keep my mouth shut with my palm to avoid my laughter moos from waking everyone at the house. Following is some text from this site about page. Don't miss the rest of it! There is even a Press section...

We provide tools for developing Microsoft standards content

  • Microsoft offers the best implementation of its web standards. Period.
  • By acquiring competitors left, right and center, we offer to to roll a plethora of core technologies into one - removing unnecessary compatibility issues and risks.
  • We utilize scare tactics such as filing lawsuits against companies who we deem as second rate or are providing low-key products to our more deserving users. Such techniques has effectively stabilized core security kernels within technologies such as Microsoft Windows.
We are a slightly open source community

  • We continue to be a leader and partner in slightly open source development, providing low cost*and alternative choices for technology. With millions of users already, we are one of the world's largest distributors of slightly open source software.
  • Our software development processes all take place in the public eye*. We have nothing to hide.
* Official US Civil Antitrust Complaint required