Happy Memorial Day!

To me, the concept of uprooting HTML rendering capability from the operating system is bullshit. Saying that Microsoft should have to do this is like saying they should have to separate file system browsing, or printing, or even display rendering from the operating system — sure, it’s theoretically possible, but it’s complete crap. If Microsoft has chosen HTML as the format for their help and other support files, they shouldn’t have to rely on someone else to build the renderer.

You would figure that someone aspiring to be President of the United States would jump at the chance to be briefed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff on military issues… but you’d be wrong. Yet another entry on the list of why Dubya is an ass.

The first .GOD zone file is available; I wonder how they plan to integrate this into the mainstream DNS system (if at all). (After a little more reading, though, I see that .GOD is primarily meant to be an affront to ICANN — an unrecognized TLD that is being used to try to expose ICANN as a political body with little logic or reason to its policies and decisions.)

Good try: a group of people tried to buy $50 million worth of Russian arms and various military uniforms for the nation of “Sealand,” in reality an aircraft platform 11 miles off the coast of Spain. A British businessman is claiming independence for the hunk of concrete.

Last night’s pitching duel between Boston’s Pedro Martinez and the Yankees’ Roger Clemens may well have been the best game I’ve ever seen. The two came to play — through the end of the eighth inning, Pedro had eight strikeouts, and Clemens had 13. Every pitch had me on the edge of my seat. But with two out in the top of the ninth, Clemens threw a high fastball to Trot Nixon and he hit it out of the park, scoring two runs. The Yanks managed to then load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but Pedro got out of it, and the Sox won 2-0. Amazing game.

And in other New York sports news, Latrell Sprewell has an fractured metatarsal in his left foot, and will probably have to sit out of game four. The Knicks are hurting badly…


To me, the concept of uprooting HTML rendering capability from the operating system is bullshit.

Hmmm. Hard to debate that. To you it’s complete bullshit. It’s also complete crap. Got it.

• Posted by: Dave Winer on May 29, 2000, 10:16 PM

Didn’t ask for a debate… merely stating my opinion, take it or leave it.

Of course, I do agree with you that the statement that you quoted is hard to debate; that’s why I actually said more than that, gave that statement a few sentences of context. Thus, if you want to debate it, a good starting point would be the entirety of the posting, not the 15 words that you chose to highlight.

BTW, I find it interesting that extending Manila Express to the Mac is in the spirit of your Ask Not philosophy, yet extending HTML to the operating system isn’t. I can’t imagine a more powerful thing to do for the Internet than the largest operating system manufacturer making HTML a native language to that operating system.

• Posted by: Jason Levine on May 29, 2000, 11:32 PM

I was and remain a big supporter of HTML rendering in the OS. I also urged Microsoft to show restraint wrt Netscape. I was pretty sure it would end up roughly where it is now, with a penalty being imposed by a court. Do I think it’s right? Yes I do. Have a nice day.

• Posted by: Dave Winer on May 30, 2000, 1:54 PM
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