Safari Madness

I’ve used it before, but today I gave Safari a real go. Despite the fact that some bugs exist, it does a pretty good job. My biggest complement goes to the UI. It’s clean, simple, and totally Apple. It shares the same DNA as Steve Jobs.

I also like the snapback and iSync functionality. Some nice little Apple features make web browsing pleasant. Rendering is pretty good, fast, clean, and pretty compatible.

Still though, I favor Camino. From the pages I tested (including my own) it loaded faster, and had the best rendering of the two browsers (both of which blow Internet Explorer away). The biggest incompatibilities I’ve noted are mainly with JavaScript not functioning properly (especially sites with large complex scripts) or some XHTML pages. All of which Camino and Mozilla do very well.

IMHO the winner is still Camino, and the entire Gecko line of browsers, although Safari gets an honorable mention. It’s UI features are clearly superior.

I don’t think many sites will cater to KHTML browsers though. I think it’s much more likely for them to test in Netscape or other Gecko browsers, than KHTML based browsers. As a result, Gecko based browsers will most likely always have an upper hand in compatibility, unless KHTML manages to really keep up, despite the never ending obstacles that lie in it’s way.

A side note: I’m need to check out OmniWeb (the WebCore version), and give that a go. I haven’t gotten to that yet.

PowerMac G5

Boy is it odd missing a week of such big news (though vacation is nice). Got to love the new G5. Serious power. Just an odd looking case. And lack of a 2nd drive bay is quite sad. Especially considering what power is behind it. IMHO I like the extendability the big G3/G4 towers provided.

Panther sounds yummy.

Safari being released means i will be busy at work.

Last post of the day (promise)… bed time now. 5:30 comes early. Even bots such as myself need some recharge time. To the bed cradle.

New Backend showing signs of promise

MacVillage.net behind the scenes is starting to show signs of promise again. The backend’s core is in place, and so is the general file architecture. Now comes the hard part:

  1. Porting the existing contents over to the new architecture
  2. Redesigning the site
  3. Finishing the authentication system upgrades
  4. Deployment
  5. The 10 billion other things I won’t bother mentioning, since they are all trivial, yet critical.

Boy do I have my work cut out for me the next few weeks.

Should I switch to Firebird/Thunderbird

Asa recently has been blogging a ton of opinions from others on Firebird, and Thunderbird. One particular post struck me. He suggests switching to Thunderbird.

I’m getting somewhat close, but I need a few things first:

  1. Stability/Reliability – it hasn’t even gone 0.1 yet!
  2. Spell Checker addon (if not built in).
  3. Minimize to tray (so I don’t have window clutter).
  4. Better notification (perhaps in the system tray for windows, dock for Mac).

So I’m leaning towards sticking with Mozilla 1.4 (hopefully released tomorrow). But not quite sure.

IE For Mac is no more

Microsoft is slowing pushing IE towards the point where it will no longer be available for anything but Longhorn. They announced the other day that there won’t be builds later than 6.0 SP1 for Windows, and the Mac side would not have new releases but would be supported “for the foreseeable future” (we all know what that means).

To me, this is the greatest news yet. Safari and Mozilla provide much better support than IE ever did. They are a far superior choice in browsers. It’s one less rendering agent that a mac webmaster has to support.

They claim that Office will still continue to be developed for the Mac, and there is already a new version in the works. Finally, Microsoft gets the idea, IE for Mac is crap. The Open source movement won as far as quality goes, long ago. What was lost is the PR war. And hopefully as Mac users learn about alternatives, their Windows friends will wake up as well.

What’s Playing revamped (part 1)

I got around to modifying the “What’s playing” (left of the page). It now makes links out of the songs that have/are playing. Hopefully later today I will break it up so that the artist name becomes the search term (that should be much more accurate). Of course buying the song makes me some $$$, so by music!