A Tale of Two Lock-ins
ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - Yesterday I was reviewing Mozilla's current position in the browser sector and its wider achievements in the Web world. One thing I omitted to mention there was that even if it did nothing more for the rest of its existence - unlikely given its current fecundity - it would still deserve our thanks for what it managed to accomplish in the early years of its life.
This is now sufficiently long ago that some people may not be aware that once upon a time Internet Explorer 6 dominated the Web browser sector to the extent that (a) people wrote specifically for its quirks and (b) Microsoft didn't bother updating it for years. That led to a monoculture that was parasitised by a massive plague of malware taking advantage of both facts.