Firefox: Product or Platform?

Steve Yegge's sprawling Amazon vs. Google platform rant (linking to Hacker News as Steve has since pulled his original post) has finally spurred me to expand on something I wrote recently about Firefox: In essence, Mozilla wants to focus on creating the best browser possible. The distractions inherent in maintaining…

Wonder How Chrome is Growing Market Share? Ask Adobe

Yesterday one of my colleagues started grumbling and swearing even more vociferously than usual. He had installed Adobe Flash in Firefox in order to test some changes to our website and claimed that Google Chrome had been installed as well. "Impossible," I said. "Remember Google's motto is Don't Be Evil.…

URL Musings

As I posted yesterday, I don't see the notion of hiding the browser URL bar as particularly revolutionary, although some users will doubtless appreciate it (just as some choose to autohide their Windows taskbar or Mac dock). However, it does point to a larger question: are URLs themselves an outdated…