7:24 PM 101 things about Mozilla
12:13 AM More on that
- People seem to want to attach metadata to documents, when really we should be attaching documents to metadata. Actually, we shouldn't be using documents at all in many cases, as much content on the Web isn't a document. Go to the home page of most news sites. Those aren't documents, they're blobs of text and links.
- I want to be able to search for a movie and get info about it, and then using my Microcontent Client, indicate that I prefer to get ratings or reviews or trailers from somewhere else. From then on, when I see a result, I should get information from the original source except for the those things I want from somewhere else.
- I see articles with stock symbols after the company names mentioned. These links point to some specific third party stock info site. I can't use a different supplier. Why? Because there is no <stock> tag.
- The client doesn't need to do things like read mail, instant messaging or play games. People complain enough about all-in-one products as it is.
- Email is magic. DNS is magic. IP is magic. Do you know how they know how to get a message to someone located on a different continent, with only an email address? I don't. Some things aren't magic. Search engines aren't magic. We need a system for searching that is magic.
That is all for now. I must go to sleep now before I get more incomprehensible.
12:17 PM Introducing the Microcontent Client
Everyone working on Mozilla kept claiming it's a toolkit for building Internet applications, not just a browser? Yet, the first thing that was built was a browser suite. And then, once that came to version 1.0, they set about on a new project, and its goal was to build... a web browser.
I've been thinking about things discussed in this article lately, and I have shared some of the same ideas. I, too, think that the Watson style UI is better for finding the data people actually want. Web sites are very poor at this. They require search engines and extra tools to provide any kind of order.
Considering that Mozilla already supports RDF and XML and so on, there doesn't seem to be a Semantic Web Client in development. I'd start one myself, but I fear the way I would implement it would require destroying the entire Internet.
10:14 PM Unsubstantiated fact of the day
Since a banshee is a mythical creature much like a Phoenix and a Chimera are, could this mean that the Warcraft III banshee is actually some secret XUL-based browser in disguise?
The chances are not zero.
If I had to start developing a new commercial app I would seriously look at XUL.
- Joel Spolsky
3:19 PM Pizza Survey
Woman: From where would you order a pizza for delivery?
Me: I've never ordered a pizza.
Woman: But where would you order a pizza from?
Me: I wouldn't.
Woman: But if you did, where would you order it from?
Me: But I wouldn't order one.
Woman: Well let's say you did. Where from?
Me: I wouldn't order one from anywhere, because I wouldn't order one!
This went on for a while. Eventually I gave in and made something up. That was two years ago. Recently I ordered a pizza. I feel so guilty.