Scripting News for 3/26/2008

Why can’t we all just get along? 

It was a friendly meeting today, but not without the usual competitive spirit between the Mozilla camp and the Microsoft camp.

Mozilla engineering VP, Mike Schroepfer explained that Microsoft tends to implement technology already approved by the standards working groups, in a different way, and then says their implementation is the standard. Sounds like something Hillary Clinton would do, until you realize that the Mozilla guys do it too. Basically everyone does it, when they feel the competitive technology is implemented by someone smaller or less significant than themselves. And since this is a very immature business, everyone feels that way about everyone else, so it’s something of a miracle when interop happens.

It has always been thus.

When Netscape, the company that spawned Mozilla, wanted to implement a format for content syndication in 1999, they did it outside of the W3C because they were sick of the dirty politics bigger companies that felt more significant had been using against them. There was prior art, but they trampled it, because (you guessed) they felt more significant than those that came before.

The trick is to get over that feeling, and to adopt something specifically because it comes from someone you feel superior to.

Be the change you seek.

I pointed out to Mike that three real religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, religious causes that great wars have been fought over, for 2000-plus years, are just forks of the same religion and bible with emphasis placed on different characters, they are basically compatible. Isn’t that amazing?

In tech, where wars are between nerds who drink Jolt and read Microserfs, and couldn’t fight a real war if our lives depended on it, why can’t we at least agree to use the same names for elements of our XML that do the same damned thing?

Something to think about!

End of editorial. 🙂

Almost 11 years old 

Here’s how old Scripting News is, in years.

double ( () – date (“4/1/97”)) / (60*60*24*365.25)


Pretty close to 11!

Hot dam.

Block-with-Timeout for Twitter 

I need a new command in Twitter — a temporary unfollow, or viewed another way, a block-with-timeout. Same idea.

I need it when someone is at a conference I don’t care about, live-blogging every detail. After 30 or 40 updates, I gotta stop it, it’s interfering with other posts. But I don’t want to complain. I just want to go silently. But tomorrow when the event is over, I want to (silently) resume the follow.

Problem with normal unfollow, is that: 1. I have to remember to re-follow and 2. When I do, they’ll get an email. This is confusing and can cause hurt feelings. Not my intention. I just don’t want all the details of this conference (or someone live-blogging an event I’m watching live or on TV).

Live-blogging from Mozillla press meeting 

If you have questions for the people at Mozilla, post a comment and I’ll try to ask it.

About 1/2 hour into the meeting I don’t really have any overall idea of what they’re doing with Firefox 3. I know other people are using it, I’m still using v2. I tried v3 beta but found that it was too awkward a transition. (Wish I remember what it was that was so awkward.)

“Better faster safer” — the slogan for Firefox 3.

They put up some screen shots and I recalled clearly what the problem was — they moved the Home button.

They call the new address bar The Awesome Bar, which is very Steve Jobs-like in my humble opinion. Boom! 🙂

They’re talking about Weave…

I believe this is Asa Dotzler world-famous Mozilla blogger.

Why Clinton supporters might flock to McCain 

According to a Gallup poll, 28 percent of Democrats who support Hillary Clinton say they will vote for McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

Two reasons this might be so..

1. Clinton has been campaigning against Obama, and for McCain. It’s working with some of her supporters.

2. So far no Democrats have been running against McCain, exploring his weakness. He still looks relatively good. That’ll probably change.

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