November 30, 1998 - Newsletter #4

By Joe Burns

G O O D I E S T O G O ! (tm)
November 30, 1998 - Newsletter #4
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I hope you all stuffed yourself silly last Thursday. I spent the Thanksgiving holiday sitting on a curb in New York City watching the MACYs parade. Luckily I didnt get hit in the head with a giant inflatable Spiderman. My dinner was turkey on a stick from a street vendor. At least I think it was turkey. Im kidding of course. I ate pizza. Turkey pizza. Kidding again.

H T M L G O O D I E S B O O K S I G N I N G !

If you live in NYC and program in HTML you're in

Joe Burns, renown HTML Guru will be appearing in
person at The Internet Cafi, Wednesday, December 9
from 7:00-9:00 pm to autograph copies of his new book
"HTML Goodies." So hit the bookstore and bring your
copy of "Goodies" to the event for an opportunity to
meet Joe Burns and talk a little HTML in person.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at
the event.

What do you think about AOL talking about buying Netscape for around 4 billion dollars in stock? Wow. Some really rich people are going to get stinking filthy rich. So, does it mean anything to us Web designers? Maybe a couple of things.

It used to be that you could write for the AOL browser by simply staying around the Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 (IE) browser level. The AOL browser was modeled after IEs browser. Thats one of the reasons that IE was able to take such a large bite of the browser market so quickly.

Now what? Will AOL abandon its browser and go with a Netscape Navigator style browser? And if so, which version? If they go with the next version to come out, 5.0, then that might slow AOL down even more than it already is. 5.0 is going to be a mammoth program. IE 4.0 already is.

Will this allow Netscape to once again be the dominant browser in the market? Its doubtful. AOL is the largest Internet service provider today and theyll probably trumpet that little "N" on the horizon logo everywhere, but AOL doesnt install operating systems like Microsoft. And until the government stops Microsoft from requiring manufacturers put IE on new computers, Netscape will continue to have a fight.

But even if the government does allow manufacturers to stop putting IE on their computers, by this time it may be too late. Say what you will about Bill Gates, but IE is a pretty darn good browser. I dont know that Netscape has kept up.

Strictly from a web designers point of view, wouldnt it have been better if Microsoft bought Netscape? (I would have suggested that Netscape buy Microsoft, but that seemed a bit absurd). That would make one browser for all where the same commands work all around and we could stop all the error codes.

But that would mean no competition and thats not good either.

What does this mean for the business of the Net? Netscape Net Center is one of the most popular sites on the Internet. AOL is the biggest Internet service provider. Millions upon millions of eyes will pass over advertising banners with the profits all going to AOL/Netscape Inc. I think its a safe bet that they wont having and trouble meeting the cable bill at the end of the month.

Does this mean the end of the anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft? Maybe. The Microsoft lawyers will certainly argue that now there is a computer giant equal to their strength thus there is now a true choice. I think its a viable case, but I dont see the case being dropped. I do see the government being more apt to cut a deal at this point though.

Finally, what will happen with the company names? Hopefully nothing. Or will we all be forced to pronounce Naolscape?


Until next time Goodies to Goers. Keep coming around the site. Youre always welcome.

Joe Burns, Ph.D.

"And Remember: The only professional sports team in America where both the city and team mascot names are from a foreign language is the San Diego Padres."

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