If you’re planning on using an absentee ballot in Virginia’s primaries, you’d better have it faxed by close of business tomorrow. You have to get that to the State Board of Elections by then in order for it to count. If you’re applying for the absentee ballot in person, you have until Saturday.
Passing quietly into the mists of history, so quietly even tech-heads like me missed it, Netscape Navigator has slipped into that graveyard of software: “no longer supported.”
It birthed the web as we know it. But tomorrow, February 1, marks the demise of Netscape Navigator, the first commercial web browser.
Navigator will continue to function should you happen to have a recent copy stashed away. But America Online, which has been Netscape’s guardian during its long, downward slide in popularity, will no longer support the browser and will stop releasing updates. Support for all versions of the software will be off-loaded to the Netscape community forum. Netscape.com will continue to live on as a web portal.
How did it come to this? In two words, Internet Explorer.
I used Netscape myself for a couple of years, primarily because IE was such a buggy… er, bugger. Netscape lost me when they started suffering feature bloat. When they released their code to Mozilla I slipped away and when Firefox made the scene, I went over to it completely. I haven’t even considered Navigator since. As with most things, it’s a little sad that it’s passing but these events happen fast in this industry. So let’s hoist one in memory of the browser that started the browsing and bid a found adieu.
(h/t: Little Green Footballs)