Long Live Hyperlinking

Jessika at Home 9

The NY Times reported yesterday that AOL is pulling the plug on Netscape Navigator. I’m among the very small minority for whom that has been our preferred browser, most of us probably for historic reasons, as it was the first. I remember when I first saw Netscape 0.9 at an Internet trade show in 1994 — such a revelation for those of us used to FTP and all the klutzy techniques used to “browse” the web in those days. Especially notable was the fact that Netscape offered the first commercially viable implementation of hyperlinking, the technique invented as part of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, which in turn was based on theoretical writings of Vannevar Bush, in 1945. The history of these developments makes for fascinating reading, if for no other reason than that it shows that the basis for the immense commercial success of today’s Internet stems from concepts predating by decades (some would say predating by millennia) the invention of the PC.

So RIP Netscape. I’ll continue using it, although lack of security updates may eventually prove its undoing. My next favorite browser is Firefox, which fortunately seems to have a life of its own (Netscape currently is largely Firefox code, anyway). Its user interface is so much better than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

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A very nice introductory article in Univers d’Artistes this morning featuring my work. It’s a survey (aggregator) blog that goes the extra mile in showing multiple photos by individual artists, with more frequent appearances by its “contributing artists” and an occasional photographer-authored article. Check out the blog.

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Juno — this year’s Little Miss Sunshine. Go see it! (And not only because it was written by a Minnesota author, and is set in and around Minneapolis.)

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One thing done this time of year (a function of OCD, or at least having an anal personality) is pre-calculation of income tax. To determine if a final estimated taxes installment must be paid, and if so, how much. Good news! I’m way over-estimated this year. So I’ll coast through this last installment and look forward to a refund for a change. Which actually I don’t like, because any time you get a refund it means you’ve made an interest-free loan to the government(s).

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Jessika and I did some good, natural light work at her apartment.

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