Monthly Archives: November 2006

iCab 2.9.9 hasn’t crashed yet

I’ve had troubles in the past with iCab crashing. On System 7.6.1, the lastest version doesn’t work, so it’s back to 2.9.9, which has a PowerPC-specific build.

As Dan Palka of System7today.com advises, I turned off CSS style sheets in all my browsers (IE, Netscape and now iCab), and things are indeed quicker. AND … iCab hasn’t yet crashed. It is getting through to Blogger (and I will test on Movable Type, too).

Movable Type likes This Old Mac

I’ve got the Powerbook 1400 hooked up to the Internet, and I have news. I can post with Movable Type, the blog software we use at the Daily News. The automatic links and HTML buttons (for bold, italic, block quotes) don’t work, but it’s easy enough to have pieces of dummy type set up to make the hand-coding of HTML easier.

Per the advice of System 7 guru Dan (system7today.com), I turned off CSS style sheets in both Netscape 4.78 and IE 5 (and iCab 2.99, from which I’m now posting to Blogger). So all that junk on the
sides of Web pages that often doesn’t display properly on these old
browsers instead comes at the top of the main page’s content (and comes down a whole lot faster.

I tried to do this post via Blogger’s e-mail “bridge,” which has worked for me in the past but didn’t today. And it’s not the Mac — e-mails from PCs also didn’t go through. Perhaps at some point, they all will bombard this blog, at which point I’ll have to delete a bunch. It should be instant, at any rate.

Anyhow, as far as posting to Movable Type goes, it was smoother on IE 5 than on Netscape 4.78. I’ve gotta upgrade to Netscape 4.8 — it’s supposed to be faster, especially on PowerPC Macs. It’s quite slow going with mail and newsgroups on 4.78. Of course, if I could get any other mail client to work in System 7.6.1, I’d be there. I don’t know quite what it is, but I do know that if there’s nowhere to list a mail server that’s different from the SMTP server, it ain’t gonna work, no way, no how.

What I’m up to

It’s been more than a month since the last 2,000 Days post, but I’ve been pretty active on the Daily News blogs.

We started a technology blog called Click, which has been mostly me, so that’s a good place to dump every techy-geeky think I come across.

I’ve done a few entertainment updates lately at Hollywood Babble-On, including a quickie on Tom Cruise’s ascent to the head of UA, and a few entries on Bob Barker’s exit from “The Price Is Right,” with my first suspicion of who will replace him, then a more educated guess (and a push for my most unlikely candidate).

At Table Talk, I pimp the Daily News food pages, and keep up with the controversial “ghetto latte.”

And there’s 2,000 Days’ Daily News doppelganger, Come on Feel the Nuys, which is where everything else goes. Including a visit to the Museum of the San Fernando Valley’s Museum Sundaes event, where we screwed around with markers at the kids’ table. Then there’s the excitement involved in painting our house … which will continue tomorrow with Scraping: Part V.