Okay — so why does weblog software designed for Unix systems …

… only let you do the cool stuf like right-click blog entries in Internet Explorer? Argh.

Doesn’t matter. I’m not going back to IE except for those sites that won’t use anything else. I love Mozilla. Oh — and if you’re using Mozilla and haven’t changed your theme yet, take a look at DeskMod’s large collection of Mozilla themes. I found Pinball, which is both gorgeous and very thin. You don’t realise how much screen space IE eats until you’ve tried one of the well-designed small-footprint themes. There are several on the site — click on the name of the one you want and it will take you to the install page. Click Install, and when the theme has loaded, in your browser click View >> Apply Theme >> [name of theme]. Then shut down all open instances of your browser, and bring it back up. Beautiful.

Writing. Yes — I’m getting started on revising. Should finish the last of the proposal this morning so that I can get it out to Russ tomorrow; I still have one set of crits pending that I want to get before I call the case closed and zip the thing off. But I’m very happy with it.

And if it sells, I’ll post the first chapter in Sneak Peeks — haven’t done any good sneaks in a while.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

2 comments… add one
  • Robert A. Sloan Aug 4, 2002 @ 20:47

    Yayyy! Crossing my fingers for you, I’m really looking forward to a new snippet. (Who’s kidding, I’m looking forward to more books!)

    I have a problem with Mozilla that I’m not sure if it’s Mozilla or that Sonata is a slow machine, a p133 processor instead of something faster. IE seems to do chat a little better. Don’t know why, but I don’t have the latest IE either, I have 5.5 and didn’t upgrade it.

    Robert and Ari >^..^<

  • Jonathan Aug 4, 2002 @ 19:05

    Working at an ISP and being a huge fan of open source alternatives to M$ stuff, I tried Mozilla and Opera recently after having IE develop a huge page load lag problem (still not sure why it is doing it other than poor design not allowing it to be be fixed- but I digress…)

    I like Mozilla, especially since they have released a stable 1.0 version. My only complaint with it is that it does not handle colored table backgrounds at all. The lates rendere enging for said browser seems to totally disregard this which is anoying since our companies custom monitoring software uses colored tables to flag functioning/non-functioning equipment.

    I would suggest Opera if you havent tried it. The free version has a small banner add integrated into the upper right corner, but you can purchase it for a resonable price and have it removed. I will say that thier claims to it being the fastest web browser seems to hold true. I surf extensivly in my workday and it really has me hooked. My only complaint is that as it installed by default, it couldnt handle the 128bit SSL encryption needed to view my bank account online. But, it does not have the table back ground color problem that Mozilla has.

    Jonathan

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