November 2nd, 2001

Atacama

I feel vindicated.

Reading through the US Dep't of State travel warning advisories, they posted a warning about travel to Tbilisi, Georgia about four weeks after I left. Apparently there is signifcant risk to US citizens from kidnappers, and US citizens are being asked to leave the country.

I don't feel so bad about cutting short my trip to Tbilisi now. I guess that the vague threatening feeling I had might have had some basis in reality after all.

This weekend, however, I would like to check out a supposedly Georgian restaurant in Encino. It'd be nice to have that excellent food again, this time hopefully without the gastrointestinal distress of the genuine article.
Atacama

Oh yeah.

United have just announced that they're continuing the double miles promotion through December 15. This means that my flight to and from Europe now qualifies. Woohoo!
Atacama

Wow, man.

Oooh, hold me back. Netscape 6.2 has been released. My first thought: What the fuck? When I left on August 2, they were just finishing up with Netscape 6.1, which was a royal fuck-up of a release. Guess they patched it up some and rushed it out the door. According to their Web page, it includes "Marcromedia Flash" [sic] - yup, sounds like Netscape quality control is exactly as it used to be. Of course, it doesn't help if you lay off even more QA folks in late August.

The reviewer's guide is also mega-retarded. I see that it now supports "Macintosh OS X". Have you ever not seen that referred to as Mac OS X? Please. MORONS. They also misspell "PowerPoint" on the first page of the reviewer's guide. FUCKWADS. Oh, and it still says "CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL AUGUST 8, 2001" at the bottom of the page. Funny - guess it's really just the 6.1 reviewer's guide tarted up a wee bit. LOSERS. Oh, wait, now I get it. This is the 6.1 reviewer's guide with on additional page tacked on the front of it. The only "new" features are "better integration with Windows XP" (whatever, it still doesn't support basic Windows functionality) and "full support" for OS X (again, they don't specify what they mean, but I guess it's now been Carbonized).

Yay Netscape.
Atacama

It only gets worse.

I went back to the Netscape 6.2 pages to make sure I read the typos correctly, and now there's this to read:

Now compatible with Windos XP and Mac OSX!

It's a graphic image, not plain text, so of course I've downloaded the image for posterity. If anything, I'm pleased to see that they can't spell either major OS correctly. :)

Here's where you too can see this for yourself:

http://home.netscape.com/computing/download/images/feat.gif