Friday, December 17, 2004

A young brain behind the web browser

Well, what do you know? After I bragged around the shop for days about the new Firefox browser, a colleague discovers that someone in Our Town helped write the code. That's at least two software geniuses to come out of our local schools. (Jeff Bezos of Amazon was the other.) Maybe one of them can think of a way to diversify our tourist-dependent Florida economy. Key Biscayne teen is brain behind web browser

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Beat the IE blahs

I've been looking for years for an alternative to Microsoft's browser, and the more I learned about IE's vulnerabilities to malice the more inclined I was to try something new. Three versions of Netscape disappointed me, despite attractive features. Opera runs nicely but I never much liked the interface. And now there's Firefox, from the Mozilla open-source project. What a great experience!

After less than a week I'm ready to recommend Firefox without reservation. It loads all kinds of sites with delightful speed, has tweaked the bookmark folders to a more usable format, and it has vanquished those popups that annoyed me at popular sites like CBS Marketwatch. I can't comment yet on the oft-praised tabbed browsing, but I'll try it soon. Meanwhile, if you want to download, buy a CD or just read more, here's where to go:

Firefox - Rediscover the web

Monday, December 13, 2004

Moyers bowing out with last big story

Bill Moyers has one show left in his PBS series, Now, and in that show he'll present what he calls "the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media [have] become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee." You might want to set your Tivo, VCR or alarm clock to catch this swan song.

It airs most places on Dec. 17. You can find the schedule in your town from NOW with Bill Moyers | PBS -- a site rich with discussions, reading lists and video archives.

Here's more of what Moyers told the AP's Frazier Moore about his topic: "We have an ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don't have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people."

The show, by the way, will survive its founder's departure. Co-host David Brancaccio will be taking over.