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monument to the days when Netscape reigned in glory.
Why I Netscape
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Ban the <A TARGET="..."> tag!
There are million reasons to dislike Netscape (the only program
I know which is able to crash standard X running on the standard
Sun SparcStation and reboot the standard SunOS Unix). I always
disliked Netscape, because I used to use monochrome monitors, so
most Netscape-specific color schemes looked as black-on-black.
But, ability of making the fonts and backgrounds colored is
not entirely without merit, even if its implementation
by Netscape is braindead. Netscape corporation is braindead anyway.
They still have not been able to fix the print function
so all different-encoded documents get printed as garbage.
And Netscape Corporation
is greedy and hell-bent on monopoly, just like Microsoft.
Needless to say, the Netscape-specific HTML extensions
are epitome of evil. No self-respecting HTML stylist
partakes this abomination. Let your pages be Mosaic-friendly.
If I don't write anything about Internet Explorer, it's only because
I don't use Micro$oft products.
I may warm up to scat and BDSM, but I don't like
We have Linux, we have Emacs, we have TeX, we have X11, we
have gcc, we have tons of decent, free, fun to play with
software. The only reason
why we don't have a decent browser is that some greedy
company adopted Micro$oft's tactics and brow-beats the WWW
community into spurious and harmful changes of HTML
standard, giving no space for maneuver to independent
By now, you probably have guessed the name of this
incompetent monopolist corporation.
Recently I started hating Netscape with passion. Why?
The dreaded <A TARGET="..."> tag.
It seems that in Russia most Netscape documents get produced
with Micro$oft Word or some such poor attempt at text processor
and then converted to HTML using some
horrid homebrew converter. Result, whenever a positive-IQ
HTML author would use <A HREF="...">, these Russian
folks use <A TARGET="...">. Which means, whenever
I try to follow some link, the braindead Netscape creates
another browser window. This takes some time. Worse, the damn
Netscape seems to be full of memory leaks, and even if I kill the
first window immediately after the second is opened, the Netscape
takes some additional memory and gets slower.
After a while of going, this invariably crashes
my X, killing all my programs and rebooting the Xstation
(which has 32 Mb of RAM, by the way. Without Netscape
Xstation works fine with 4 Mb, but with Netscape 3.*,
8 Mb is bare minimum).
Of course, there is nothing striking in Netscape crashing for someone
accustomed to working on Mac or Windoze. On Unix, almost nothing
crashes, ever, so I keep several things running at the same time,
and crashes are painful.
I really need a way to disable the vile <A TARGET="...">.
Ability to disable frames would have been
nice as well (right now, I just ignore most frame-ridden pages).
Right-button trick does not work.
Some of retards using <A TARGET="...">: a hall of shame.
I put here only the pages which I keep reading for some time --
the complete Hall of Shame will take half of Russian WWW servers.
News Columnist, writes about Russian WWW.
- Here was a link to a
daily column of Anton Nosik. He does not use a
<A TARGET="..."> tag anymore.
Nosik also has an ever-popular
- Russian Journal
(a. k. a. www.russ.ru).
A popular WWW journal purporting to introduce the Culture to Internet users
of Russia (or vice versa). Abuses <A TARGET="..."> most viciously.
``Russian'' Journal hosts a couple of virtual talk-shows
which are most entertaining
Ssylka (indeterminate link) a weekly essay column of Roman Lejbov.
Monocle: a survey of developments in film, music and lifestyles,
by Sergey Kuznecov.
This page is a pure dreck, with many claims in error.
Its proprietor is the head of the firm
responsible for most commercial Web design
in Russia (I think it has the words "Web design" trademarked).
It is addicted to the most dreadful Netscapisms,
such as the omnipresent <A TARGET="..."> and giving width
of stuff in pixels (as opposed to the percentage). Embodiment
of bad HTML and worse.
Resistance in Russian WWW.
The Russian WWW is dominated by Microsoft and ugliest corporate spirit.
The reasons are abound. Due to the criminal ``reforms'' of Gaydar
and others, the budget of education was slashed drastically,
so the students have hard time getting on the Net, comparing
with the West. Hence there are almost no non-commercial WWW servers,
and most folks who populate the web are the corporate boot-lickers and
mindless wage slaves. While the rest of the population suffers from
poverty, getting worse from year to year, the corporations wallow
in profits and have jolly good time spreading advertisement
and similar propaganda. The corporate enforcers
(like the Lebedev of NMZhD fame) are those who determine
the ugly face of Russian WWW, and these are of course
addicted to commercial values.
There is another reason why the Russian hackers and Net people
worship Microsoft, corporate values and advertisement. In Russia, the
copyright enforcement is (fortunately) non-existent, so anybody can buy
CD-ROMs with $40,000 worth of junk Microsoft software for
$7. Not a good incentive to use GNU, uh? I don't think many of these
poor misguided folks are aware of the GNU values, or even of GNU
and Linux. The only Russian text of GNU manifesto that I came across
was almost unintelligible, probably translated by computer program. Still,
there are some voices of resistance, barely heard in this fountain of
advertisement, by Andrej
The banner advertisements, perpetrated by Sputnik and others,
are excessingly ugly, slow the connection to a crawl
and the guys controlling the banner exchange agencies
are dumb assholes. In Russian WWW, the
banner exchange is just spam, no better than
junk emails and Make Money Fast articles in Usenet.
Lotsa reasons to cut all banner ads off
completely; A. Kovalev suggests a way to do this through proxy.
Also, the justified and ancient crusade agains animated GIFs and
- Sergei Barbarash,
``Internet bez Soplivykh''.
People who like
frames should kill themselves
Also people who use scrolling text in the status bar.
Fellow frame haters:
- Frames suck.
This page is done with beautiful multicolored frames. It's a way better
than anything Ms. Lyalina
ever produced. And more to a point.
- The page
Why frames suck is done with frames, too.
I Hate Frames Club
Stev0's (Hideously Nutscape "Enhanced") Home Page
- Being Framed
A gorgeous rant by Stev0 (Steve Berlin), who also made a table of
contents for Kibo's
.signature and keeps the lovable
``I'm not talking about
the CDA - this is much, much worse. Of course, I'm talking about
Just say NO, even better rant from Stev0.
``If you want to make a relatively useful page
utterly useless, you can do it in one easy
step: Add Frames. ''
I hate frames! An essay.
``So why do people insist on using Frames when they can use tables? Well,
mostly because Frame-lovers are stupid, gullible geeks...''
Right on, bro
- Yet another
I HATE FRAMES page, this time designed with monochrome frames,
just like Ms. Lyalina.
The looks are similar, but there is so much more poetic
``Kids, does your mommy or
daddy use frames? Kill them.
No, it's OK. If they use frames
they deserve it. ''