offers a bad solution to a serious problem. The problem is, as the author puts it, the “IE-ification” of the the Web. There are more and more pages that just don’t work right in Netscape, and these pages can be a powerful incentive to move to IE, which is just what Microsoft would like. Some pages just adhere to published standards that Netscape doesn’t support, and that’s fine (but annoying). Other pages use Microsoft’s proprietary crap — these are the problem. The author suggests that a new browser should be created that hews as closely to IE as possible and runs on Unix. I think this is a bad idea, because it supports the idea that Microsoft dictates Web standards. We don’t want that. This is an interesting reflection of the problem we had a few years ago when Netscape dictated all the Web standards. That was a bad situation, too.