Tag Archives: browser

Google Chrome

Google finally released Chrome, their new (and long rumored) browser yesterday so I had to take it for a quick spin at work.  My initial reaction is that it’s a pretty solid and fast beta.  Its biggest flaw at the moment is that it’s Windows only right now, but there’s a lot to like otherwise.  Things that I like:

  • Tabbed interface – every tab gets its own address bar and can be easily moved around
  • Sandboxing – every tab/page is kept in its own process/memory sandbox and a bad page can’t take down the whole browser.
  • Fast – javascript is blazing and this browser ran great on the old 1GHz/512MB XP machine I tried it out on.
  • Efficient – memory management is really good.
  • WebKit based – builds on all the quality open source work that Apple has done with Safari.
  • Open Source – innovations should trickle down throughout the rest of the industry.
  • IE 8 just became that much more irrelevant.
  • Evan Martin – I’ve been reading this guy’s LiveJournal for years so it’s really cool to find out he’s directly involved in the project a developer.
  • Scott McCloud comic – I can’t think of a cooler way to introduce the features.

Firefox 3 Arrives

I’ve been test driving Firefox 3 for a few hours now (after finally getting access to a download link) and I’m really liking it so far.  The fact that it actually looks like a native MacOS X application, is huge in my book.

Firefox 3

I only have a couple add-ons installed at the moment, but Firefox 3 definitely seems speedy out of the box.  We’ll see how it does once I start adding in some more plugins.

At any rate, if you haven’t downloaded Firefox 3 yet go download it and check it out (and help break the world download record if it’s still June 17/18, 2008).  Official Firefox 3 Download Counter (1.8 million and counting as I write this).

iCab

Looks like iCab does indeed work with Blogger. I checked my iCab preferences and discovered that InScript is not activated by default. Turning it on allows you to publish. Cool!

The new version of iCab is out and it supports JavaScript (or InScript in this case with trademarks and such being what they are). Unlike IE 4.5 for the Mac, it actually seems to work with Blogger as I’m using it right this moment (got to love that German engineering). Oops I spoke too soon, I can post stuff, but the publish button dosen’t do anything. That and there’s still no support for CSS. Still, it’s great to see some third party competition for the big two and it is still in Beta.

In the tradition of EvHead, Megnut and countless other weblogs, I’m hoping to do my own redesign sometime this week. This will of course have to be fit in between work, basketball practice, basketball games, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, eating, spending time with my girlfriend, Ferazel’s Wand, updating my weblog, riding my bike, and everything else. No Mary, those items were not listed by order of importance!

Bye-bye free time, my copy of SMAC for the Mac has arrived.

Break Out The Funny

I was starting to think Etherlife was never going to be funny again after the last couple weeks. Thankfully Zach came back strong this week and allayed my fears. I especially enjoyed today’s bit of geek humor.

Mozilla Milestone 13 is ready to rumble. Hopefully this version will have fixed some of the keyboard command issues for the Macintosh.

I’m still annoyed that IE 5 for the Macintosh isn’t ready to go yet.