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From (Robert S. Thau)
Subject Fun with Microsoft's web servers...
Date Mon, 24 Jun 1996 20:09:11 GMT
So, the new Michael Kinsley webzine, Slate, is up, and I decided to
glance at it.  Kinsley, you may recall, has been accused of not
fundamentally grasping the nature of the high-tech arena, and he's
proved it now by producing a high-quality, well polished product while
working for Microsoft.  (Skip the "Is Microsoft Evil?" dialog, though
--- it's less fun that a Feed dialog, and so far, at least, a great
deal more predictable).

The technical innards of Slate are another matter.  Leaving aside the
stuff that isn't up yet (they had only six months, which clearly
wasn't enough time to set up their chat room), there's this response
to the traditional "HEAD / HTTP/1.0" request to, which
begins sort of OK, goes wrong by appending a message-body into the
response from HEAD, and then gets a little weird (remember, this is
all the response to *one* request, no matter what it looks like):


HTTP/1.0 302 Object moved
Server: Microsoft-Internet-Information-Server/1.0
MIME-version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Length: 172

<head><title>Document moved</title></head>
<body><h1>Object Moved</h1>This document may be found <a HREF="">here</a></body>

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 1996 19:59:03 GMT
Server: Microsoft-Internet-Information-Server/1.0
Expires: Mon, 24 Jun 1996 19:59:03 GMT
Content-Length: 842
Content-Type: text/html

<! REM *************************************************************************>
<! REM ****  (c) 1996 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.          ****>
<! REM *************************************************************************>




default.asp(22) : error 80020008: Bad variable type. 

default.asp(22) : error 80020008: Bad variable type. 

default.asp(29) : error 800A5012:

        Sorry, your browser is not powerful enough to read Slate.  May we suggest you upgrade
to <a href="">Microsoft Internet Explorer</a>?<BR>


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