Famous Last Words

Johnston wasn’t confident that Microsoft would ever be able to make inroads on Firefox’s growing share. “Once someone gets used to Firefox, especially its extensions, and unless they think IE 7 or IE 8 or whatever comes in the future is so much better, they’re going to stay with Firefox,” says Johnston.

“Maybe Microsoft’s met its match with Firefox. Maybe it just can’t compete against open-source and the whole world [as developers].”


If I was Microsoft, I’d mothball Internet Explorer proper and take the best parts – the web browser control (the object that encompasses the HTML rendering engine), the scripting host, and few other components and start over with a brand new casing and extension model. IE’s various extension models are based on COM, which is cumbersome to develop with. Note though I think these models are the primary reason why IE was able to crush Netscape, which had a very limited and buggy extension system. IMHO, Firefox’s rendering engine isn’t as ‘smooth’ as IE’s, but their extension model and the design of their customizable user interface is excellent, hence I think this is why they’ve made inroads on IE. (Developers, developers, developers!) If Microsoft wants to compete, they have to one up their competition again. The only way to do that is scrap the parts Firefox has improved upon, while keeping those components that continue to surpass Firefox.

Blog FOB

One of the author of the blog HotAir, Bryan Preston, recently took a trip to Iraq with Michelle Malkin in an effort to get a perspective on what’s going on in Baghdad. Regardless of how your politics sway, I think we can all appreciate the idea of citizen journalists on the scene detailing “what’s going on”. Check out the the first post here, it’s interesting, and in a number of places highly critical.

I’ve seen Hillary Clinton and Gearge Bush visiting with troops, I’ve seen a few sound bites, and I’ve seen a little video of troops being shot and IED’s going off, but I’ve never seen long chunks of video footage, detailed analysis of what’s going on, or interviews showing what people are saying (on both sides) from the “main street” press. A simple example – in all the conventional coverage I’ve seen, I’ve always had the impression American forces were hunkered down in the “Green Zone”. As it turns out, they have “forward operating bases” in various parts of the city. I found that to be interesting. Again, regardless your politics, I think this is significant.

I”ll point out again I know HotAir tends to be more conservative, so like all citizen journalists, your going to get a particular perspective in the views of the reporter. But I’d also love to see Markos Moulitsas Zúniga and John Amato over there doing the same thing. I don’t have any trust in the MSM, and I’m sure most us feel the same. They do not shed enough light on the situations they report on. HotAir’s reporting from Baghdad is another great example of how the Internet is helping to change things by bringing us information we’ve not had in the past.

Citizen Journalism, it’s here to stay, it’s only going to get more pervasive, and that’s a good thing.