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Is Firefox Caged? (The Motley Fool via Yahoo! News)

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Mon, 15 Aug 2005 17:38:23 -0700

Is Firefox Caged? (The Motley Fool via Yahoo! News)
The open-source Firefox Web browser may have been all the rage last winter, but some news headlines today proclaimed a possible end to its momentum. The grassroots favorite from the Mozilla collective seemed to be taking ever-larger nibbles at Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) heels. Now its long-term future seems far more uncertain.

Have you ever eaten a lot of food and yet your stomach feels like it hasn't took in any mass? That is exactly what it feels like when I read this news article titled, "Is Firefox Caged?" It feels like I have read a lot, but yet I haven't read anything--interesting that is.

First, the article gets me all rallied up with its intriguing title. It makes me wonder how Firefox is caged. So reading the beginning of the article seems to explain why Firefox is caged. The author is simply indicating a slow-down in its momentum, which makes sense. The author even cites some valuable data that backs-up the possibility of Firefox momentum slowing down.

Second, the author emphasizes its data by citing a few strong reasons on why the momentum for Firefox is slowing. The author claims many users switched over to Firefox due to security risks in Internet Explorer. And now that many of the security issues have been resolved, there are fewer incentives to switch over to Firefox. The reasoning made sense, so I applaud the article.

Then all of a sudden, the author made an 180-degrees about face, claiming that all he wrote could be meaningless speculation. Nothing is for certain. All the data he presented and the reasoning he made on "Firefox's slump may just been an anomaly".

The author's sudden drop of his/her authority seems to have indicated to me that I have wasted my time reading his/her article. Basically, the author is saying, read what I just wrote, but don't put any weight on it. With no weight (mass), my stomach is still hungry. Ok . . . so I gotta ask, why bother even writing that article.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 15 Aug 2005 17:54:05 -0700

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