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Friday Five: Mosaic browser, Zach Braff kickstarter and Facebook’s mobile rebirth

Elliot Bentley
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As ever, we’ve collected five of our favourite off-topic links around the web for your browsing pleasure.

As ever, we’ve collected five of our favourite
off-topic links around the web for your browsing pleasure. On a
quick personal note – I’ll be scaling down my involvement with
JAXenter from next week onwards, as I move over to another S&S
Media publication, Web &
PHP Magazine
, with Chris continuing to helm the good ship
JAXenter. Thanks for reading, everyone!

1.
Mosaic turns 20

With browsers now central to the way we interact with the
internet, it’s difficult to imagine a time without them. Yet it was
just two decades ago that the world’s first (popular) web browser,
Mosaic, was shared with the world – a piece of software that would
go on to directly influence Netscape, Internet Explorer and (later)
Firefox – not to mention practically every other browser since
created.

To commemorate its 20th birthday, Register writer Tim
Anderson loaded
up the browser
once again to see if it could handle today’s
web. As you might expect, the web has moved on somewhat since 1993:
Anderson notes that Google.com is “somewhat intelligible, though
the search box does not appear” and Mozilla.org “came up with a 403
Forbidden error”.

2. The inevitable robot apocalypse comes one step
closer

Singularity
Hub
is a news site diligently tracking the steps towards The
Matrix becoming a reality, and a recent story is surely the most
chilling yet. Beijing restaurant owner Cui Runguan has
employed a robot workforce
to peel noodle strips from dough and
toss them into boiling water, and says they’re doing “a good
job”.

Not only are the robots more efficient cooks than any
human chef, they’re cheaper, too: at 10,000 yuan ($1,600), they
each cost just a quarter of a human annual salary of 40,000 yuan
($6,400) per year.

While the noodle robots may be somewhat of a novelty,
apparently gadget manufacturers Foxconn are to
replace
a million employees with automated robots. (I for one
am dreading the day they invent a robot that can write articles
faster than I can.)

3. Yes, it’s another Kickstarter…

Zach Braff, star of Scrubs and cult indie flick Garden
State is producing
a new film
. But instead of going down the regular route of
financing the film and risk conceding creative control, he’s chosen
to get on board the Kickstarter train.

Wish I Was Here

“I’ll be honest with you, I have no idea whether
raising money on here is going to work,” says Braff in the video –
but two days in, his gamble appears to have paid off, as the
project has almost raised 90% of its $2m goal.

4. Facebook’s mobile rebirth

Got time for a long read? Jessi Hempel of Fortune
Magazine has written a feature on Facebook’s
internal struggle
to adapt to a mobile world:

To address [Mark Zuckerberg’s] mobile problem, the
wunderkind who had tasted enormous success so early in his career
had to come to terms with failure, and he had to make sweeping
structural and cultural changes at the young company — moves that
often went against his instincts. Instead of going faster
(virtually a religion at Facebook), mobile developers had to take a
pause on new releases. Instead of doubling down on the mobile web,
they had to embrace apps. And instead of trying to reach the
broadest possible audience with a killer product, Facebook
ultimately would have to pick one operating system to show off what
it could really do in mobile. “I can’t overstate how much we had to
retool the whole company’s development processes,” he says.

5. Man’s best friend

And finally… via @semadivad, here’s a GIF that
successfully encapsulates the twin meme pillars of “CUTE” and
“FAIL”. Enjoy.

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