This is a test page to try out the HTML5 audio features. Please note that not all browsers support HTML5 contents.
HTML5 is the latest HTML standards set out by the W3C. As you can probably see, playing the audio file below does not require additional software like Adobe Flash Player, Quicktime, etc. HTML5 allows videos and audio to be embeded in the website to be played back by the browser. To learn more about HTML5 audio, see this article at HTML5 Tutorial. To learn more about HTML5, see this article on W3C schools or this Wikipedia article or search for "HTML5" in your favorite seach engine. Note: The song is downloaded from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCQtrlFAyf4.
but to get the full experience of HTML5, upgrade to a modern browser like Internet Explorer 9 or later or Firefox or Opera. In addition to the support for HTML5, modern browsers come with many additional benefits, such as speed and security.
The update bumps the update version of Internet Explorer 9 to 9.0.3 as shown below.
If you haven't done so, go to http://update.microsoft.com to fetch and install the updates. Install ALL the updates. On a side note, the update patch 8 bulletins, two of which are marked "critical" meaning that the exploit which the update patches could be used to take over you PC.
Today I installed the Google Chrome browser, which is claimed to be the fastest browser in the world. However, I was shocked over the lack of native RSS support. When I go to to the RSS feed of this blog using Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, I am greeted with the following page where I am able to subscribe to the RSS feed. Internet Explorer also have a nice option to add the feed to your favorite bar. The item will become bold once a new feed item is detected.
However, if I go to the same RSS feed using Google Chrome, I am greeted with a jumble of assorted text and codes.
Apparently Google thought the RSS feature would not be used by many people and would bog the browser down. In addition, the RSS icon would be distracting.
A Google Chrome engineer offered a more detailed explanation:
"We originally intended to include RSS support by default as a native feature of Google Chrome (and we still might in the future) but we decided instead to implement this as an extension. This decision was made based on our philosophy of trying to limit ourselves to adding only the UI features that a vast majority of users need and allow each user to customize the browsers to fit their needs with Extensions. Given that most people are not familiar with and don't consume RSS feeds, we thought that RSS support would be a better fit as an extension, at least to begin with."
Google Chrome allows RSS to be read using an optional extension that can be installed by the user. However, the plugin require you to subscribe to the RSS feed using other commercial RSS readers, which require you to sign up to their service.
The default option is the Google Reader, which, lo and behold, require you to register a Google account. Either way, there is no native support for RSS and Google Chrome can't handle RSS without using additional service.
Internet Explorer is considered the scourge of browsers but it has more features than Google Chrome. Also, Internet Explorer 9 has almost the same loading speed as Google Chrome, which is considered the fastest internet browser thus far. Another reason why I use Internet Explorer over other browser. It seems Microsoft has done a good job to keep Internet Explorer on par with other modern browsers.
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