My wife, Kim, is 9 weeks pregnant. This morning we had our first sonogram!! Here are our baby’s first pictures
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You can check out the new AIM Triton Beta by clicking here. Note, you must be an AOL user or have an AIM screenname to access this site. Note this is a different build than the post made earlier today.
New AOL Beta (5.9.3782) now includes a web browser (built on top of IE6) called AOL Explorer. Here’s a screenshot:
Seems pretty cool so far. Has tabbed browsing, a popup blocker, integrates with AOL Desktop Search (which must be installed seperately), and appears to have spyware tools built-in.
I thought this was a pretty interesting development for AOL. This feature is tucked away, and I wouldn’t have known it was included had the AIM Today window not popped up when I first loaded the new beta.
Apparently even more changes are in store for the newest AIM releases which, to my knowledge, are not available online yet. CNet reports the new client will have tabbed chats (text, video, voice), a feature called QuickNote that will let you access data re: your buddies, and more…
I’m most intrigued about the inclusion of this new browser though… might this be considered further competition for Firefox and IE(sorta)? Time will tell…
Addendum: AOL Explorer also includes an RSS FeedReader…!!!!
Some of these I agree with, others could be reworded. I’ve taken the liberty to post comments in grey/span> below.
A lot is riding on the new Internet Explorer 7, due Summer ‘05. Web webgeeks are clamoring for better standards support, improved rendering and more. On May 16, webgeeks weezed a collective sigh of relief as the IE7 developers announced IE7 will, in fact, have Tabbed Browsing support.
This seemingly mundane feature has been available in other web browsers for some time now, but the adoption of the technology will make it a standard to the 89% of the market still using IE. This coupled with other highly requested features, including a RSS reader, will help bring several popular web technologies to the masses.
RSS/XML is going to enjoy even wider adoption. They’ll be found on all of the sites you frequent – not just the blogs and news sites you visit often.
Better support for PNGs will mean improved graphic quality without compromising site load speed. They’ll also mean better alpha channel support (GIFs just don’t cut it anymore). Better support for web standards will mean improved and more consistent page rendering. Most of these things are going to be seemless to basic users, but they are going to make a huge difference for developers and designers alike.
It’s still early, but there’s a lot of hope that IE7 will be a browser worth using. I hope the developers really listen to all of the feedback they’ve been getting and deliver a product worth upgrading to.
It is our responsibility – as designers, developers, salespeople, etc. – to educate customers as we build a relationship with them. Setting expectations as early on as possible and explaining deliverables is key to creating and sustaining a healthy client/company relationship.
Failing to educate a client can cost you money.
With all of the sites we create at PowerServe we do an initial site submission to Yahoo!, Google and MSN upon completion of a project. We explain to clients that it may take several weeks before spiders start crawling their site. The initial submission is not a magic bullet. It does not guarantee inclusion in any of the engines, nor does it guarantee placement. If this is not explained to clients, they might assume we haven’t done our jobs.
Search Engine Optimization takes a lot of time and effort. It’s a combination of optimizing TITLEs, META keywords, META descriptions, and CONTENT among other things! In order to improve placement on search engines, you have to keep your content fresh and relevant to your keywords, descriptions and titles. The time and effort involved in successfully optimizing a site for search engines can be costly. SEO can be a crap shoot most of the time, and tweaks you make to any of the elements of your site can positively or negatively effect your placement on search engines. You’ve constantly got to educate yourself on the latest strategies. Customers need to understand all the work that is involved in Search Engine Optimization.
Design takes time. Design isn’t easy. Just because tools are readily available to allow home users to publish websites or to create basic graphics, does not mean that it is easy to do graphic design or web design. Paying a professional to design a website or an ad or a brochure, etc. for you buys their expertise and their ideas, which are things no program can buy you.
Sites made by Front Page or Publisher, for instance, look unprofessional.
I just stumbled across the updated Google Alerts feature while searching on Google tonight. I was aware that there was a Google Alerts for News… but now it seems you can also save Search Terms and have those search results emailed to you on a daily basis as well. Very cool. Nice extension of an existing service. This will come in handy for SEO professionals. There are already services that do this … but it’s interesting to see that Google is now doing it as well.
Link: Google Alerts
Google is launching a personalized home page tonight, which you can view now by going to the URL below. It’s basically a custom portal of your own Google services, like a Gmail preview and Google News highlihgts, as well as Word of the Day, Weather, and Wired News updates (they must be pretty happy about that).
Oh, and a search box. I forgot about that.
I’m not overly impressed by it.
I’ve been wondering when Google would get into the portal game to compete against the likes of Yahoo!, AOL and MSN… but this seems like a sub-par effort.
The personalizations that are available represent a good cross-section of info I actually would want displayed on myGoogle. The design is, well, boring, at best. Pretty much everything Google has done, with the exception of Google Maps, has been pretty bland when it comes to design. (Obviously, Picasa and Hello are exceptions to this.)
A few things to note:
Drag and drop the modules you choose where you want them positioned on the page. This was pretty cool. Nicely implemented. Worked in Firefox. Did not test in IE.
Select only what you want displayed and how you want it displayed. Choose how many articles, quotes, emails, etc. are displayed on the page at any given time. Easily edit the settings on the page to make it more to your liking. Worked in FireFox. Did not test in IE.
Not bad, not great. I’d like to see where they take this. But right now, I’m not overly impressed. I know it’s fresh from the labs, but I’ve come to expect a lot more from the folks over at Google. They need to really innovate if they hope to stay ahead of all of the competitors nipping at their heels right now. I do use Google.com as my primary search engine, and I use Gmail exclusively for my private email account, so I will use this new page as my main Google entry… I hope to see it evolve more, and soon.
I’ve been using the Netscape 8.0 Beta off and on for a couple of months now. I wasn’t especially thrilled with it, since I’ve been using Firefox as my browser of choice. Having said that, Netscape may be the right browser for you. I’ll explain why below:
The most important feature of 8.0 is that you can toggle rendering engines on the fly. If a page doesn’t display properly (or at all) using the Firefox engine, you can switch it to the IE rendering engine. In some cases, the browser will do this for you automatically (i.e. while browsing https:// pages for instance).
Most people aren’t going to worry about this feature. Designers however may be able to use Netscape as a development tool to preview their work using the two primary rendering engines without the need for two different applications open.
I realize that this does little to convince you to download it, but you might find it useful if you’re tired of switching back and forth between applications.
The new Netscape sports a new interface design with tabbed browsing and something they’re calling the “MultiBar“. The Multibar has multiple “trays” of information that you can have displayed in the MultiBar where stuff like the weather, email status, news, and more can be configured to be displayed in this area. Clicking on items in the MultiBar can generate Live Content. Not groundbreaking… but not a terrible idea for some users.
Like 7.0, this also features the Sidebar where you’ve got built-integration of AOL Instant Messenger, Weather, etc. I hide these by default when using the app. I use the standalone version of AIM for instant messaging and don’t like having to rely on keeping a browser window open in order for my buddy list to persist. Nor do I like IMing within Netscape. The interface just doesn’t work for it.
8.0 also has built-in Search, skins, a “Security Center”, and more…
All in all, it’s not a bad browser. It’s a nice upgrade from Netscape 7.0, but probably won’t win many IE or Firefox converts. The downside? It’s PC only. (Sorry, Mac people.) It’s bloatware (it has lots of extra features that some might enjoy, but aren’t really necessary in a web browser.)