January 30, 2003

Oh Jesus

I went strolling through the Opera7 pages and noticed this innovative new feature:

Multiple user style sheets (new!)
Opera comes equipped with 12 new style sheets, varying from helpful features for users and developers, to the more zany like a Commodore 64 browser emulator.

I'm off to file a bug for mozilla right after I hit save. Opera is truly the browser of the future. Apple, be warned!

Posted by pinkerton at 11:10 PM


I've been asked to comment by several (read: more than three) friends today on what I think about the reports of AOL losing $100 billion last quarter. First off, nothing could be further from the truth. AOL posted a profit last quarter, and revenues were up from this same time period last year. The $44 billion charge was from devaluation of stock and its reporting was federally mandated. No money left the building. We didn't spend $44 billion more than we took in. It was a correction in the street value of the company. Of course, the media reports this in a footnote long after the sensational numbers of $100 billion are tossed around.

And no, I don't know why Ted left the building. He didn't stop by my office to tell me before making his announcement.

Posted by pinkerton at 2:21 PM

My Gut Was Right

Someone today pointed me to an article that pretty much proves that my gut feeling about this Townshend pedophile nonsense was correct. It seems that he was in contact with the Internet Watchdog Foundation (IWF) from the beginning and has proof that they even responded to him, despite adamantly denying in the press that Townshend ever contacted them. Fuckers.

Of course, his name will never be truly cleared, and he'll forever be the butt of jokes on Leno and at the office water cooler. I guess it's up to people like you and me to put a stop to that, one person at a time.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:36 AM

January 29, 2003


I'm a little confused by the reactions from the Mac community about Opera's little vent of frustration towards Apple. The general consensus is that they're a bunch of whiners who took their ball and went home because Apple did it better. However, a little over a week ago I said basically the same thing and got an outpouring of affection. Does nobody else notice the hypocricy?

Opera has every right to be really pissed off. Apple walked right into their market and (with much fanfare) gutted it. They did the same thing to Chimera. Am I bitter? Youbetcha. I think what makes me more bitter is that Apple has done this before to developers and I've seen the whole "bundling = victory" scenario play out from my extended stay at Netscape. Been there, done that. Wrote the screenplay. Saw the movie.

I think that's what prompted my childish whining last week, but at the same time, I think it gives me a little bit of perspective that the Opera guys are lacking. I've been beaten down before and it's old hat now. Losing a browser war is just another day at the office for me. I'm still working on Chimera, but I completely understand their desire to just go home.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:26 AM

January 28, 2003

Red Carpet Dreamin'

Move over Chicago. Move over Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. A new movie is hot on the scene and it's sure to win over the critics. Fresh off his recent films Driving In A Straight Line and Car Stereo Fever, sizzling new director Ben Goodger presents an amazing journey of intrigue, seduction, and good old fashioned shit blowing up in Behind the Conference Room Door.

Posted by pinkerton at 2:42 PM

January 27, 2003


Yes, I know my new page is fugly. Anybody (Ben?!) want to donate some CSS that doesn't suck and make my page look reasonably pretty?

Posted by pinkerton at 1:07 PM

Why I hate ABC

ABC should really take their cue on how to do HD football from CBS. While the game looked great, the majority of their portable on-the-field cameras were standard def, 4x3. Not only that, every one of the graphics was 4x3. How hard is it to think about widescreen when you're designing the graphics?! Even Fox gets it right on their widescreen games!

Then there's my local affiliate, WJLA. You could tell whenever they switched back to the local feed because the sound would drop 10db and two little blinking dashes would appear in the upper right and left. As if that wasn't bad enough, nine times out of ten, the engineers at the production desk would forget to switch back to the HD feed until midway through the first play back from a commercial. It's as if they were too busy playing cards or smoking dope to notice the game had started again.

It's obvious to me that not a single member of the Super Bowl production team ever saw a HD broadcast, or even one of Fox's faux widescreen broadcasts. I hope this isn't what we have to look forward to for Monday Night Football in the coming years.

Posted by pinkerton at 1:05 PM

January 24, 2003


Tony wrote, in a comment on my blog (emphasis mine):

Seriously though, your thinking of Virgina or something, the schools in Texas are quite good.

Oh, the irony.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:23 AM

January 23, 2003

Go Texas!

Tony makes it perfectly clear he knows what a "Xenophone" is. Gotta love the education system in Texas. Top notch!

Posted by pinkerton at 4:18 PM

January 21, 2003

Merril Lynch today upgraded AOL-TimeWarner

Merril Lynch today upgraded AOL-TimeWarner to a "strong buy" and set their target price at 200 by Fall 2003. No? God Damnit. Why is it that none of the important stuff ever gets quoted from my blog!?

Met a couple of guys tonight to jam for a few hours. It's nice to actually get to play with others, especially guys who like to play the same stuff I do.


Posted by pinkerton at 11:06 PM

I'm so pretty...

Wow, ok. First I'd like to thank the 75 of you that took the time to write me an email about my last blog entry on Chimera. One of the emails went like this:

OK, Chimera will never be an app used by the masses, and possibly not even by the masses of Mac users. Still, choice is good, and choices of several apps that suck less is even better.

You know, he's exactly right. It's all about motivations. Why did we even start Chimera in the first place? Because we wanted to make something that sucked less. Safari aside, it stands on its own as a solid product with a good UI that is pretty damn bug-free for an 0.6 release. It's easy to get sidetracked on the "woe is me, we lost again" tangent (especially if you've been at Netscape for 5+ years), but it's time to get back to why we're doing this at all: because we enjoy it. It's fun making a product that more than seven people use. I wish that was 7 million, but I guess we have to set our expectations appropriately. Chimera's not going anywhere, regardless of whatever I post on this blog. Will this get picked up on MacSlash? Unlikely. I guess the damage has already been done.

I'd like to correct many of the emails that commented that I was the only developer working on Chimera. I'm not by any stretch of the imagination. While our unofficial "team" is smaller than Safari's, we certainly have a lot of coverage from the open-source community.

Certainly I recognize the irony that my musings about my fifteen minutes running out generated more email than my weekly amount of spam. Next time I get depressed, remind me to just talk to my cats.

Posted by pinkerton at 11:26 AM

January 19, 2003

I endulged a guilty pleasure and recorded Fastlane this week and I was pleasantly surprised. While it's no Roots, it's fast-paced, well cut, and doesn't take itself too seriously. While it may be Fox trash at the core, at least it's entertaining.

Six Feet Under returns March 2nd. The first season will be out on DVD on Feb 4. You can preorder on Amazon today.

I'm torn about what to do with Chimera. It's obvious it will only ever be a marginal product on a even more marginal platform. AOL and Netscape have no interest in supporting it. Who aspires to be number two in an already over-commoditized space? Working my ass off for 3% just isn't any fun any more. Safari has already won, the rest is just to see by how much.

On a long enough timeline, the survival rate drops to zero.

Perhaps what is more disappointing is that my fifteen minutes of fame are just about up and I've really got nothing to show for it.

Posted by pinkerton at 8:57 PM

January 13, 2003

Something deep down inside compels me to respond to the story about Pete Townshend's arrest for suspicion of possessing child porn. Maybe it red-flags me as a Townshend apologist, but his explanation suits me just fine. His work (no, his devotion) to charities which benefit children is remarkable. Most of the proceeds of his recent solo albums and tours go to children's charities.

Anyone who has spent more than five minutes listening to the music of this man should see that he's deeply introspective. If there are spectres of his past that he needs to deal with, to overcome, then I think that's his business. He's beaten drug addiction, overcome alcoholism and suicide, explored bisexuality, watched his closest friends die, all through his music, all in the naked eye of the public.

You at home can easily decide what's right
By glancing very briefly at the songs I write.

What do I think? It's not for me to say. His music has inspired me, nurtured me, tore me down and built me back up. I'm a different man because of him. What do I think? He's still every bit the man I admired yesterday. Nothing has changed.

Posted by pinkerton at 11:35 PM

January 12, 2003

I have the world's greatest girlfriend

I have the world's greatest girlfriend. For xmas, she bought me tickets to the Caps and the game was last night. 6th row on the floor to the side of the crease. Even better than watching it at home in HD. It didn't hurt that the Caps won 12-2 and that she got me drunk ;)

Football in HD is incredible. Just finished watching the Raiders/Jets game and, um, wow.

Posted by pinkerton at 8:37 PM

January 10, 2003

Drink, monkey boy!

Drink, monkey boy! Drink!
Some enterprising college students (with waaaay too much free time) have come up with a marvelous invention. Why didn't I have one of these in college? Well, perhaps if I did, I wouldn't have a job now.

Posted by pinkerton at 3:13 PM

January 9, 2003

Announcement from CES

Found this announcement from CES when surfing the web today:

DIRECTV, Inc. and TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) will introduce a new DIRECTV® HDTV Digital Video Recorder that will enable consumers to record and play back DIRECTV high-definition, as well as standard-definition DIRECTV® programming and terrestrial ATSC broadcasts. The DIRECTV® HDTV DVR, to be demonstrated this week at CES (DIRECTV Booth 13525, TiVo Booth N208), is expected to be available to consumers by year-end.

Ohhhh yeah. Yeah yeah yeah. Ohhh yeah.

Posted by pinkerton at 6:51 PM

January 7, 2003

So I bet you want to know what I think about Safari? Kudos to jinglepants and gramps and the rest of the team.

What does it mean for Chimera? Well, we have the ability to be much more flexible simply because we don't answer to one man: Mr. Happy. Sure our UI isn't as polished or as sleek or as visibly stunning, but we've got potential as well. We're also a real open-source project, not just one that dumps its changes back at the 11th hour because we're mandated to. That means we get the help of everyone on the net not just in testing, but in development and feedback that is crucial to the success of the milestone releases.

We've come a long way in less than a year. Where do we go now? Now that the cat is out of the proverbial bag, we have a chance to openly evaluate what each browser brings to the table and ensure that we're going in the right direction. Then probably 1.0 after a couple months of polish, then back on the Mozilla trunk so we can pick up a lot of the cooler features that have gone in, as well as speedups (15% by bryner's latest numbers, and that's almost as much as we need to catch Safari).

2003 will be interesting, that's for sure.

Posted by pinkerton at 4:58 PM

January 5, 2003

After having the last three movies I wanted to rent at Blockbuster only be available for rent in full-screen pan&scan (they only carry one or the other), I have given BB the finger and opened an account at NetFlix. You've lost my business, Blockbuster. Of course, I know they don't care.

It's snowing again. Crazy. This is Washington. It just doesn't snow that much here.

Got my C-LNB working after swapping out the entire dish with a new 18x20 3-LNB dish from CircuitCity. CC took the old dish back w/out question and only charged me the difference between the two dishes (about $20). Apparantly the built-in multiswitch on the old dish was bad, and now I can get Showtime HD as well. I'm very impressed with CC. Their customer service through this entire episode has been top notch. Not only that, they price-match with Amazon.com with no questions asked! That's pretty tough to beat.

Posted by pinkerton at 2:11 PM

January 2, 2003

Anyone curious what I did on New Year's Eve can check out my pictures. About 20 of us gathered at a friend's for a celebration. I remember only bits and pieces.

Posted by pinkerton at 3:30 PM