AOL Kills Netscape

Okay, so first, Microsoft announced putting IE on the shelf for three years. Then IE for Apple is killed, and now AOL kills netscape (1) (2).

What’s next?

People has been saying that business is war. But I have never felt the pain being so real till now. It resembles some kind of serial killer episode came out of Hollywood. Problem is no one is out to catch the killer. We are all standing around and watch it happen. That alone makes me feel guilty and a little mad. Something is very wrong, but what to do? How can we fix it? Is there a way? Is this market economy? A forest fire? Will the Mozilla supported by a foundation really live and prosper? Will the forest recover, someday?

5 thoughts on “AOL Kills Netscape

  1. Hi Jean,

    I understand your concern but I’m wondering if because you and I work in software we’re seeing this out of proportion.

    I”m sure that the engineers who worked on Pez dispensers were annoyed when the evolution of their product line came to a halt. However, this was a minor thing in the big picture.

    Even though the browsers have their flaws and no improvement is in sight, can’t you say that they are good enough?

  2. To continue my rant …

    I’ve always felt that it’s a shame that my employer hires such intelligent people to work on such mundane products. I’ve always felt that the brain power that is harnessed here at work should be solving problems that are more closely linked to life’s big problems – disease, hunger, poverty, war – instead of esoteric business software.

    Of course, if you believe in the system and the market you could argue that we’re doing our part by supporting the infrastructure that makes solves the big problems.

  3. I see what you mean. You are probably right. When i told this piece of news to anyone who is not a programmer, their reactions were all like, “and? what’s the big deal?”


    Regarding your second post. FreshAir was recommanding this book by a physician who has worked in Africa for the past 10-15 years. Name of the book is A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories by John Murray. The author has stopped practicing medicine because he found it futile. During his interview with Terry Gross, he gave an example. Once he spent five years to help the local villiages build up a medicine distribution system. He trained the local people, set up small clinics. Everything was destroyed in one night when the civil war started and half of his trained staff was killed and the other half fled.

    I’m not sure what point i’m trying to make. On one hand, I guess I’m agreeing with you that lots of brain power has been spent on futile and trivial pursuit. That is a pretty depressing thought. On the other hand, I’m really really interested in reading this book! That got me excited. 😀 What does it say about us as humans? I don’t know, but i think i’m going to check if my local library has this “A few notes on tropical butterflies” book! 🙂

  4. What does it say about us humans? It seems that writing can have a greater impact (number-wise, anyway) than practising medicine. Didn’t ³Ѷ — that Chinese writer who created AQ — came to that conclusion and decided to give up medicine for writing? If you’re worried about the “important” stuff and you can’t imagine becoming a politician, becoming a writer will be your best bet.

  5. But there are not many writers who are like ³Ѷ. My speculation is being a writer will prevent you from thinking you are trying to save the human race as most doctors tend to think. That way, the pressure is off, and you are more selfforgiven if you are doing trivial things. You would be, probably, less critical of your life. heehee…

    What can we say about the social value of Harry Potter? Aren’t most books we read remain a form of entertainment?

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