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Permanent link to archive for Monday, June 30, 1997. Monday, June 30, 1997

DaveNet: "Java is a Brand". 

In response to "Java is a Brand", Dave Buell, dbuell@ls.com asks: Permanent link to this item in the archive.

"In your mind, take Java forward. Let it mature. Now compare this mature Java with Smalltalk. What does Java do better?"

Julie Pitta in Forbes: Format wars

Chris Nolan in the SJ-Merc: Wired cocktail party in the park

Aug 4-5 in Boston: Be Developer Conference

I need some help... I'm putting together a DaveNet piece right now, and am Permanent link to this item in the archive.

looking for the new Sun TV ad for Java.

The ad is very cool, a bunch of slides that come on and off the screen

quickly. It talks about limits, you don't know who the ad is for,

but by the time they show the name, Java, you're interested and almost

have a clue. This ad would play really well on a website. I just spent

15 minutes looking for it on http://www.sun.com/. If you can find the ad, please send

me a pointer asap. Thanks! dwiner@well.com.

Sending email from a script on a Mac: MondoMail Pro

Permanent link to archive for Sunday, June 29, 1997. Sunday, June 29, 1997

Kleiner-Perkins Java Fund partner "Ted Schlein on Java". 

"Mail Starting 6/29/97". 

Permanent link to archive for Saturday, June 28, 1997. Saturday, June 28, 1997

"Steve Johnson on Free Speech". 

PC WEEK on  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

growing pains at www.microsoft.com.

It's a huge complex high-traffic site.

How Microsoft manages www.microsoft.com. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Explains how the servers work, but doesn't explain their editorial process, how templates flow, how people write for their site and

how they update all those pages.

MacWEEK: Steve Wozniak says  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Apple's purchase of Next was a mistake.

He says the money would have better been spent on education. Good point!

I'd add, just think what a $400 million cash infusion could have meant to the Mac developer community.

See "Gotta Be Aretha!", 1/8/96, for some ideas.

Of course what's done is done, the money is gone. Too bad!

And news.com wonders if  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Steve Jobs has sold his Apple stock.

"Late June Home Page Changes". 

Permanent link to archive for Friday, June 27, 1997. Friday, June 27, 1997

DaveNet: "E Pluribus Unum". 

A loop repeated... In the 80s, popular music was under attack  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

in much the same way the web is.

The PMRC was started in 1985 by Tipper Gore, Vice-President Al Gore's wife.

By the time a child is 18, he or she will see 80,000 murders on TV and will never see a couple making love.  

In the San Jose Mercury-News,  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

John Russo of GeoNet says "Obviously, no one advocates that children enjoy unrestricted access to porn sites."

I understand that my views

are not widely held, but I think exposing children to human sexuality at an early age would avoid many problems later in life.

We lie to kids about sexuality. The lie is that it doesn't exist. The truth is that everyone, even children, are sexual.

"Mail Starting 6/27/97". 

Netgrams -- send a telegram to your congressperson. 

Our runtime environment: The United States Constitution

A great song! It's a small world

Permanent link to archive for Thursday, June 26, 1997. Thursday, June 26, 1997

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Other stuff...  

News.com: Netscape's JavaScript is declared a standard.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Borland, Sun and Microsoft contribute to the spec.

Yesterday was a big hit day on Scripting News. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Makes sense. But I thought most of the hits would be on Java-related pages.

Not true. Looking at yesterday's log digest, the top story was Brent's

piece on Connectix Virtual PC for the Mac.

That was a surprise!

Everyone who wants to understand high-tech marketing in 1997 should read  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Marketing Warfare.

Let's also take a look at where we were  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

in the summer of 1995 just before Windows 95 launched.

Permanent link to archive for Wednesday, June 25, 1997. Wednesday, June 25, 1997

The Scripting News page gets a column of callouts down the left edge.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I'm using this space for permanent messages that don't scroll,

and to allow a new way to flow small bits of graphics thru the page.

Get the source at the fat pages site.

More Java opinions in "Doc Searls on Conversations". 

Just-in-time search engines: "NewBot -- June report". 

DaveNet: "Making Sense of Java". 

"Mail Starting 6/25/97". 

Brent Simmons on Virtual PC for the Mac. 

How to choose the perfect PC. (Great use of Flash 2.0.) 

NewsHub appears to be a just-in-time search engine. 

News.com: Microsoft is adding Castanet-like features to IE 4.0

The WebMonkey man named Taylor hates tables! (Me too...) 

"Honesty is the best policy," said George Burns. "If you can fake that, you got it made." 

Permanent link to archive for Tuesday, June 24, 1997. Tuesday, June 24, 1997

DaveNet: "LineTo MoveTo". 

"Mail Starting 6/24/97". 

"Steve Wozniak on Web Graphics". 

Tomorrow or Thursday: "Rally Against Internet Censorship" in SF. 

Do you read German? If so, check out this review of Frontier in c't. 

New scripting.com feature: "Special Stories Site". Permanent link to this item in the archive.

It's a reverse-chronologic list of the special stories, dating back to 2/8/97.

The page is rebuilt every night at 2AM so it will stay current automatically.

The source for the macro that generates this page is on the fat pages site.

This is cooool! Turtle graphics in a CGI application

From MIT's Media Lab: Turtle graphics for Java

Inside Macintosh: Chapter 2 - Basic QuickDraw

6/9/97: "Macromedia Flash". 

"It's a pure branding play" says "Scott Guthery on Java". 

Is Java write-once, run-anywhere? PC Magazine says no

PC WEEK reports problems with JavaOS  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

include stability, performance, printing, internationalization, font

support and the lack of a device driver interface.

Permanent link to archive for Monday, June 23, 1997. Monday, June 23, 1997

DaveNet: "800 Words on Java". 

Microsoft's "Cornelius Willis On Java". 

MacWEEK's Carolyn Said likes Connectix Virtual PC

"Mail Starting 6/23/97". 

Webintosh on Flash

Infoworld: Compaq to acquire Tandem

Leonard Rosenthol: ICScriptor 1.1

C|Net launches Snap! Online

Jeff Veen gets a scoop. Web browsers are boring! Right on. 

Permanent link to archive for Sunday, June 22, 1997. Sunday, June 22, 1997

DaveNet: "Scalable Content". 

If you're using an older browser such as Netscape 2.0, please bookmark this page

"About Rhapsody and Scripting". 

Permanent link to archive for Saturday, June 21, 1997. Saturday, June 21, 1997

"Acronyms Anyone Could Love".  

The text-gifs are still there, but microsoft.com is back on the air with an explanation

The most popular pages on www.scripting.com. This report is updated every night at 2AM. 

The site changes file is rebuilt every night at 12:01AM. It lists all the pages that changed in each 24-hour period Permanent link to this item in the archive.

going back to 4/29/97. We think this is a more rational approach than CDF or MCF for telling crawlers what changed on a site.

It's low tech, and it gives the crawler exactly the information it needs.

We provide full source code for the suite that maintains this file.

It's Mac-only, but it can easily manage NT sites accessible over a LAN thru file sharing.

Permanent link to archive for Friday, June 20, 1997. Friday, June 20, 1997

DaveNet: "Thirty Miles of Air". 

News.com: Georgia and New York courts rule in favor of free speech on the Internet. 

MacWEEK: reviews Virtual PC; Quark gets ready to upgrade QPS. 

I think it's interesting that Apple is  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

bundling Pointcast and Castanet in Mac OS 8,

two bits of Mac software that are at best equivalent to their Windows versions;

and are not bundling the native PowerMac Frontier,

which is far ahead of its Win32 implementation. We've been open to discuss this with Apple, have invited such discussion many times over many years.

Scripting News "June Design Update". 

The latest rage: Internet auction sites


Scripting News redesign: Matt Daw

According to www.news.com, Microsoft's web server  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

is buckling under an increasing load.

Now would be a good time to scrape off all those bandwidth-wasting bits of gif-text.

Look at the link-bar at the top of this page for an example of a low-resource way to provide a consistent set of links.

Basic to Java on Mac

Permanent link to archive for Thursday, June 19, 1997. Thursday, June 19, 1997

Wow! Great article about Frontier in the August issue of MacUser. 

DaveNet: "Anyone But Microsoft". 

A rebuttal: "Rich Siegel on Mac OS 8". 

"Mail Starting 6/19/97". 

JavaWorld: Is Java development for Macintosh viable? 

State parks in Napa County

7/18/95: "Huge Wingspans". Permanent link to this item in the archive.

[Macro error: Can't call the script because the name "websites" hasn't been defined.]

Permanent link to archive for Wednesday, June 18, 1997. Wednesday, June 18, 1997

DaveNet: "Killer Clouds". 

Check this out... "Rob Glaser on Java". 

And this... "Craig Cline on Java". 

8/22/95: "What is a Platform?" 

"Mail Starting 6/18/97". 

Delphi 2 Java -- convert your Delphi source code to Java. 

Two ISP listing services: #1 and #2

SJ Mercury: great piece on Microsoft's J/Direct rollout. Lots of juicy quotes. The gloves are off folks! 

4/2/97: "Toolboxes". 

Permanent link to archive for Tuesday, June 17, 1997. Tuesday, June 17, 1997

DaveNet: "I Love Acronyms". 

Webintosh reviews Castanet Tuner 1.0 for the Mac. 

News.com: Microsoft to tie Java directly to Windows

"We're TGH on Java as a programming language," says a Microsoft product manager, in an InfoWorld report. 

TechWeb: Wading thru the ISP Pool

Inverse Network Technology -- monitors net performance from the user's perspective. 

7/31/96: "The Compaq of ISPs". 

See "The Promise of Push", 2/23/97: "If push technology can take email-like stuff to a higher level, software growth can happen..." Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Here's an example. Neomorphic announces a collaborative graphic environment for bioscience researchers.

PC WEEK takes a first look at Mac OS 8

Caryn Shalita is an original DaveNetter, which has its benefits

Permanent link to archive for Monday, June 16, 1997. Monday, June 16, 1997

DaveNet: "Sucking Sideways". 

"Mail Starting 6/16/97". 

WebMonkey: HDML offers an alternative to the feature-rich world of HTML. 

New Jersey Online: A frustrated Windows 95 user vents

Sun's John Gage talks about Java, acquisitons, money and Apple. 

Permanent link to archive for Sunday, June 15, 1997. Sunday, June 15, 1997

Very interesting Scripting News redesign

Permanent link to archive for Friday, June 13, 1997. Friday, June 13, 1997

Check out version 1.0b7 of the Mac/Win32 object database engine

Netscape: JavaScript debugger, written in Java. 

Venture capitalists on wheels! September 21 -- The Sand Hill Challenge

PC Magazine confirms Netscape security loophole, but doesn't disclose the  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

technical details.

Check this out! CNN documents the workflow process on their website. What an interesting site! 

Netscape posts the spec for their answer to CDF; our old friend, MCF! What a long twisty road. (Yes, Guha works at Netscape now.) 

Thad McIlroy on the Seybold site: The Terror of Technology. (Excellent response to "Where did the Okies go?") 

Jon Wiederspan on the MacWEEK site: Toolboxes of Mac Webmasters.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

See the related stories for case histories of several famous Mac webmasters including

Steve Noreyko and

Matthew Dornquast.

Permanent link to archive for Thursday, June 12, 1997. Thursday, June 12, 1997

DaveNet: "Web Economics". 

"Mail Starting 6/12/97". 

An animated gif for Frontier 5 from Jay Goldman, jay@circledream.com. ;

11/2/95: "New Cave Needs Curtain". 

The Boston Computer Museum is looking for a Director of Exhibits

Jerrold Maddox: Scripting News redesign

Permanent link to archive for Wednesday, June 11, 1997. Wednesday, June 11, 1997

Some people dig the look of CyberDog

WebFree removes ads from web pages by carefully hooking into TCP streams. (Mac only.) 

DaveNet: "Style and Technology" and "I Make the Cover of Wired!" 

"Mail Starting 6/11/97". 

A friend of mine, Karen Bentley, is doing a concert in Palo Alto on June 22. 

Netscape responds to CDF, endorsing MCF

WebMonkey tells you how to cook your own Netcaster channel. 

André Radke: Claris Emailer & Frontier.  

André has also implemented support for the Mail Agent Protocol for Claris Emailer

Searchable AppleScript archive

Michaela Baldwin: Scripting News redesign

NetscapeWorld's DevConDaily. (Is it all advertising?) 

Steve Jobs in early 1996: If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it's worth--and get busy on the next great thing. 

Dave Winer in early 1996: What a silly demise! 

Permanent link to archive for Tuesday, June 10, 1997. Tuesday, June 10, 1997

Scripting News redesign: Cameron Barrett

ZDNet's Steve Hamm on what's at stake for Netscape in tools. 

The Be browser looks good right out of the box. 

WebWeek checks out Nombus scripting. 

Another postscript to "Dinner with a Designer": you can also configure the buttons on Microsoft's Mac browser

Lots of comments on "Mail Starting 6/9/97". 

Permanent link to archive for Monday, June 09, 1997. Monday, June 09, 1997

Ooops. Lots of mail on this one... You can set up MSIE 3.0 for Win95 to look like Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Marney's toolbar. (I still like Marney's better, better use of

horizontal space.)

DaveNet: "Dinner With A Designer". 

It's going to be a two-DaveNet day. Hi-ho! For background, check out "It's HTML, Dummy!", 12/5/96. 

DaveNet: "Macromedia Flash". 

"Mail Starting 6/9/97". 

Paul Allen's website. It's much more interesting if you have Flash installed. 

Macromedia's Shockwave Flash download page

I wrote about Flash in "Charlie Has a Dream Too", 1/5/96; 3688 days ago. 

PC WEEK: A survey in March of about 20 million Web pages showed that about 30,000 pages use Java, while fewer than 1,000 use ActiveX

Netscape: Dynamic HTML

Microsoft invests $1 billion in Comcast, a cable company. 

"Possible Power Outage". 

WebMonkey's Jeff Veen may be too busy for Microsoft's 4.0 push features. 

Chuck Shotton's HitTunes plug-in makes your WebSTAR-compatible server sing! 

Permanent link to archive for Sunday, June 08, 1997. Sunday, June 08, 1997

Scripting News redesigns: Jason Gerry,  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Ken Dow.

Red Herring: Top 20 Entrepreneurs of 1997. (A teaser, the list will be filled in tomorrow, according to the page.) 

Philip Suh: Use command-E to edit images with external editors

Profiles of two Silicon Valley CEOs, Eric Benhamou of 3Com and Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Gil Amelio of Apple; in the SJ Mercury.

Permanent link to archive for Saturday, June 07, 1997. Saturday, June 07, 1997

SJ Mercury: Microsoft ads suggest threat to PC

Permanent link to archive for Friday, June 06, 1997. Friday, June 06, 1997

DaveNet: "Brains and Sex Appeal". 

Maggy Donea: Scripting News redesign. (It will evolve over the weekend.) 

JavaSoft ships a Java-based web server. US$295.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

According to InfoWorld,

"Java Web Server is available for Sun Solaris, Windows 95, and Windows NT, and Sun claims that it can be easily ported to other platforms."

"Mail Starting 6/6/97". (Includes a first look at the Java web server.) 

I wish Erik Sherman of MacWEEK had told his readers about the  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

connection between Frontier and BBEdit.

Whitford Middle School uses Frontier for its website. 

Fascinating! "Preston's Amazing Puzzle".  

Funny! "Euro Language". 

InfoWorld: Apple will port AppleScript to Rhapsody. 

The DaveNet view of the Mac-only ODB Engine from September 1996. 

AskSam does database publishing on the Internet. 

What is Drumbeat

ObjectStore PSE, persistent storage for Java, C++ and ActiveX. 

PageSpinner 2.0

Permanent link to archive for Thursday, June 05, 1997. Thursday, June 05, 1997

From August 1996, a fat page containing suites.mailShop,  

an attempt at email nirvana. Contains code that could be useful to people implementing a mail server in Frontier.  

Provided as-is, all source included, feel free to scavenge. 

DaveNet: "Where the Okies Went". 

"Mail Starting 6/5/97". 

Microsoft takes the high road as we suggested in "Saving Netscape's Pride". 

June 19: Apple CEO Gil Amelio at the Stanford CEO Forum

June 26: Apple founder Steve Wozniak will keynote MacHack 97

Another news page, this one is not done with "NewsPage", but it's still cooool. 

Atlantic Monthly: Whatever happened to multimedia? 

Permanent link to archive for Wednesday, June 04, 1997. Wednesday, June 04, 1997

The first public release of ODB Engine 1.0b6. Yes, it's cross-platform. Wow! (A milestone.) 

Quark Publishing System -- is this the prototype for a web publishing system implemented in Frontier? 

Please send email to webmaster@scripting.com if you have experience with QPS. Thanks! 

CPAN is to PERL what the LTODBS is to Frontier. 

Jesse Berst: Controversy Clouds Java's Future.  

Three DaveNet pieces from April: "Hail Mary!", "Hail This!" and "Bill Gates on Java". (I guess Java inspires football analogies.) 

New Frontier sites: Calvary Presbyterian Church,  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Barreau du Québec,

The Pixel Pen.

It seems like I'm pointing to HotWired's Packet channel every day.  

Today's piece by Simson Garfinkel is an invaluble explanation of how MAE West works. 

Our ISP, Conxion, is linked into MAE West, which means that DaveNet and 

Scripting News come thru the MAE system (I think...). 

ZipIt is a Macintosh program that zips and  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

unzips archives in a format fully compatible with PKZip for the IBM and zip implementations on other systems.

It's vastly easier to use than the Windows equivalent program, WinZip,

which is a dauntingly complex maze of wizards and vacuous help files.

ZipMagic -- use zip files without unzipping them. (Windows) 

Permanent link to archive for Tuesday, June 03, 1997. Tuesday, June 03, 1997

Frontier Image Management List

Unsolicited endorsement: It's been a long time since I've enjoyed learning a new product as much as I've enjoyed  

TypeStyler. It's a type-creator, with infinite options, elegant user interface,  

and it always surprises me with the great output it  

produces. If you use PhotoShop to do your type styling, check this one out. It's a real score! 

Beautiful writing! "Dethe Elza on Gardens". 

Scripting News redesigns: Jeb Bateman,  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Chris Gorski,

Adam Rice.

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SJ Mercury: Microsoft finds that the ISP business is no picnic

PC WEEK: Implementing a push solution from scratch. Cost: $540,500

Permanent link to archive for Monday, June 02, 1997. Monday, June 02, 1997

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www.amazon.com: Atlas Shrugged, The Grapes of Wrath

www.starmax.net: A Frontier site. We dig them clones! 

Lyrics: I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee

CNN: McVeigh verdict in -- guilty

DaveNet: "Where did the Okies go?" 

"Mail Starting 6/2/97". 

The ScriptWeb-announce list

Brian Daly: Scripting News redesign

 Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Sheila Erickson: Scripting News redesign

Permanent link to archive for Sunday, June 01, 1997. Sunday, June 01, 1997

Check this one out. It's colorful! 

A beautiful "NewsPage" site: Internet scripting and life in Japan

Henry Norr in MacWEEK: Little progress in Apple's negotiations with Mac cloners

Chris Schweitzer: Redesign of the Scripting News page. 

Popsite does some of what the BBEdit/Frontier combo does. 

A web-based Java applet that loads (almost) fast enough, but leaves me wanting more. See "Mail Starting 5/29/97" for more info. 

Wesley Felter: Generating Pointcast PCC files.  

Pointcast 2.0 is expected next week.  

This script makes it easy to turn a Frontier-managed website into a Pointcast channel. 


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