Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2004-11-30

This is way too funny for any of you geek inclined I’m sure, but for those uninformed, I feel the need to evangelize. Many years ago there was Netscape. Netscape sorta died and Mozilla was born from the old Netscape code base. Then, from the tree of Mozilla, a new browser was created, which should be affectionally known to all of my readers as Firefox. In the meantime, Netscape still struggled to push it’s own browser and keep up its own code while Internet Exploder gained better than 98% of the browser market share and the Mozilla project began to excel in what it was doing, really leaving Netscape in the dust and eventually leading to the swallowing up of Netscape by internet mogul AOL Time Warner. So now, today, Netscape announced a beta version of a new browser, based on Mozilla Firefox 0.9.3. Rather than try to develop in house this time, Netscape outsourced the development of it’s browser to Mercurial Communications. Probably a smart move, but this gets even better, so don’t stop reading.

One of the “features” of this new browser from Netscape is the ability to switch to the IE rendering engine via an ActiveX plugin. That I simply cannot understand. Why degrade your browsing?! I know that one out of about every 1,000 web sites have a problem rendering properly in Mozilla, but when that time comes, seems smarter to me to just use Internet Explorer?

So for the real comedy here, I refer you to a comment from one Slashdot’er, “That’s the perfect name for a company hired to knock-off the Firefox browser…” His editorial comment was followed by an excerpt from, but here are all of the meanings for the word mercurial:

  1. often Mercurial
    1. Roman Mythology. Of or relating to the god Mercury.
    2. Astronomy. Of or relating to the planet Mercury.
  2. Having the characteristics of eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, and thievishness attributed to the god Mercury.
  3. Containing or caused by the action of the element mercury.
  4. Quick and changeable in temperament; volatile: a mercurial nature.

“shrewdness… and thievishness…” Muhahahaha!

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