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Re: Netscape 4.79 Unblocked



Emily wrote:

"It is the same decision process that will put C-Band transponders on Eagle
while leaving tin can and string solutions on the ground where they belong".

Amen!  Thanks AMSAT BOD!  I will make a donation for Eagle after the
holidays.

73,

Woody
KJ4SO

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Emily Clarke" <w0eec@AMSAT.Org>
To: "laura halliday" <marsgal42@hotmail.com>; <AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 7:42 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Netscape 4.79 Unblocked


> At 03:22 PM 7/2/2004 -0700, laura halliday wrote:
> >The over-riding principle in all of this must remain, though,
> >why we put this information on the web in the first place.
> >Because we want it *read*. Any requirement above plain
> >vanilla brain-damaged least-common-denominator html
> >must be looked at very carefully.
>
> If the overriding principle was to put out electronic ink, we would have
> simply made one giant blog and turned access over to anyone on the
> BB.  That wasn't the goal here nor would I have participated if it had
been.
>
> The overriding principle(s) that drove the re-design of the web site
> include reliability, being pertinent, staying current, being navigable,
> being understandable and being easily maintainable.  We aren't there 100%
> yet, but we are much closer than people would probably imagine.
>
> While we will always strive to provide a continuous stream of information,
> we feel under no obligation to spend endless hours in the future catering
> to people who, for no other reason than pure stubbornness, refuse to step
> out of the stone age.  The change in priority to support Netscape 4.7x was
> not because of the uproar on the BB, but rather because there were a
number
> of situations brought to our attention, primarily military and other
> government users, who were affected by the outage.  Our intention to
> support Netscape 4.79 was always in the plan but for the reasons stated we
> changed our priorities and have provided a timely solution.  While we are
> open to Netscape 4.79 browsers, we still urge users to upgrade.  Netscape
> 4.7x was a fine browser in it's time, but that time has long since passed.
>
> In the future we reserve the right to set priorities within the project
> team based on benefit to the 99.8% of the user base that makes an effort
to
> stay current with the technology, without consulting the .2% of people who
> are opposed to progress. It is the same decision process that put 9600+
> baud modems on Echo, not 1200 baud modems. It is the same decision process
> that will put C-Band transponders on Eagle while leaving tin can and
string
> solutions on the ground where they belong.
>
> >With that said, the new Amsat web site looks good. I've
> >seen some disastrous web pages, but this isn't one of them.
> >Well done!
>
> Thanks!  We will continue to improve the site over time, and hope that the
> results are worthy of the kind of praise we have received from the vast
> majority of the membership.
>
> 73
>
> Emily
>
>
>
> "Libraries keep records on behalf of all humanity - the unique and the
> absurd, the wise and [the] fragments of stupidity."
> -- Vartan Gregorian
>
>
>
>
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