The feedworld software is coming along nicely
(check the site to see what i mean.)
I don't have the time for a more detailed post; instead this is a brief note about something that's been on my mind.
If you've done any web design, especially CSS, you probably spent more than half your time getting it to work on IE5/6 which gets absolutely everything wrong. My CSS book certainly devotes half its pages to IE6 issues.
IE7, on the other hand, although still worse than most of the other rendering engines (gecko/opera/webkit) is a vast improvement over IE6 and is not bad at all. So at some point in the next few years, web designers will heave a huge sigh of relief as they decide to drop support for IE6.
Current IE6 market share is 33%-40%. Fortunately, most of those are technophobes who haven't updated their computers in years. If your target audience is at all skewed towards young people/early adopters/etc, you'll see a dramatic skew in the browser market share. I've seen this repeatedly; In particular, on feedworld, webalizer tells me that IE6 is 5-10%, max. I'm even seeing some hits from Firefox 3 beta. (whoa, talk about early adopters.)
One of the great things about being noncommercial is that I can look at those numbers and decide to give IE6 the finger. That's right, feedworld doesn't and will never render correctly on IE6. And guess what? I don't care.
Boy did that feel good :)
P.S: by all accounts, Firefox 3 is going to be the most awesome piece of software ever.