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Self-made? [27 Apr 2005|01:47am]


The truth is that hardly anyone is "self-made." Every day, we use sewer systems, ride on Interstate highways or subways, surf the Internet and send kids to schools that we created by investing in our society's public life.

- Ruth Rosen, The Nation, 2005 April 11

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Reviewing the Reviewers [27 Apr 2005|01:49am]

Critically reviewing a review of Firefox.

This review of Firefox v. Internet Explorer is embarrassing in its inaccuracy.

Example 1:

Also, if you use the keyboard to move through links on a Web page, Firefox does not remember the last location that you were on if you leave the page and return via the back button. Internet Explorer does.

I'm not going to defend Firefox as a wonderfully keyboard-friendly browser. As someone who maintains a healthy distance from the mouse at all times, I've noticed a lot of shortcomings in Firefox's keyboard support. But this isn't one of them. This guy obviously tested this on some goofy web site with code that borked his back button. Or, maybe he opened the link in a new tab and couldn't figure out that the browsing history from one tab does not transfer to another tab. Either way, he should have been more thorough, unless the point of this review was to illustrate what you can get from Firefox in a brief encounter.

Example 2:

Don't expect everything to be rosy with Firefox, however. This is still new software, not as mature as Internet Explorer, and you're bound to find behaviours that you did not expect.

"mature" is Microsoftese for "fucking ancient." Irresponsible to say this in a review without any supporting details.

And finally,

Firefox renders graphics differently on some sites, for instance. While Internet Explorer rarely stumbles over formatting, Firefox apparently still has some issues to work out occasionally when formatting graphics-laden locations on the internet.

"rarely stumbles over formatting"?! Assuming that proper formatting has something to do with web standards, this is very misleading. It only takes about 5 minutes of research to discover that Firefox is far ahead of IE in terms of being standards-compliant. And I don't know what type of graphics these were, but they obviously weren't PNGs with transparency, which IE does not support.

The review does say some positive things about Firefox, but these little gems caught my eye. It didn't help that they are from the concluding paragraphs.

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