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Sunday Midday (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-December-2007  12:55:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The end is nigh for Netscape Navigator, one of the very early web browsers. Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported after 1 February 2008, the company has said. In the mid-1990s the browser was used by more than 90% of the web population, but numbers have slipped to just 0.6%. Interestingly that article quotes IE as having 80% market share, which is definitely not the case for OCAU readers. I'll whack some Google Analytics graphs up one of these days showing some interesting breakdowns. A little more info on Netscape's demise here. Discussion here.

Quite a few people sent word of a new Optimus Tactus keyboard from Art. Lebedev. Looks great, but is it just another prototype we won't see for years? The release date says 01.01.2008, so maybe not. More here from Revolution.

The state of New Jersey has banned some sex offenders from using the internet at all. The bill applies to anyone who used a computer to help commit the original sex crime. It also may be applied to paroled sex offenders under lifetime supervision, but it exempts work done as part of a job or search for employment. More on ArsTechnica here.

There's a update to the iPhone on the way, adding a few cool features etc. Actually I have no idea about the iPhone but a few people sent this in so I assume it's interesting. :)

From Robert: Rolling Stone has an interesting story on how record producers alter the way they mix albums to compensate for the limitations of MP3 sound. Much of the information left out during MP3 compression is at the very high and low ends, which is why some MP3s sound flat. Without enough low end, 'you don't get the punch anymore.

Geeks flying to/from the USA beware, there are soon to be limitations on taking lithium batteries with you on the plane. The following quantity limits apply to both your spare and installed batteries. The limits are expressed in grams of “equivalent lithium content.” 8 grams of equivalent lithium content is approximately 100 watt-hours. 25 grams is approximately 300 watt-hours. Seems to be some general grumpiness on the net about this, largely because nobody has explained WHY they're now restricted.

Dan has more letters. In this jam-packed end of year edition: Foraging for free NiCds, HAL's dimensions, Prius battery longevity, plug-in hybrid battery selection, dodgy Dells, add-on noise cancelling, immortal vacuum pumps, and fake instructional videos.



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