vendredi janv. 22, 2010

Almost a Chrome convert

It's been a while since I used Firefox and I'm really not impressed with the 3.6 release. It's interesting to see how adoption by the masses often happens when technical excellence is long gone.

I've been a Safari user for the most part and managed to live very well without any plugin (which was the real test for me). Safari is just faster and so much lighter-weight than FireFox. But Chrome has been my default browser for the past couple of weeks and so far I really like it. It's as fast if not faster than Safari, the integration with Mac OS is certainly as good, and I have yet to experience a crash. I am missing a few features though :
• how can I easily create a link on my desktop for the current URL? On Safari I was simply drag-n-dropping the bubble icon from the location bar.
• how do I see/use syndication for the current feed. Again, very easy in Safari. No obvious equivalent in Chrome.
• how do I configure the thumbnails on the "New Tab" view?

lundi oct. 13, 2008

Ajaxian guys joining Mozilla - brain dump

http://labs.mozilla.com/2008/10/developer-tools-and-the-open-web/
• That's two high-profile developer advocates (together with Dick Wall) leaving Google. Not that Google is any different now, but still...
• In a way Dion will keep on working on his former employer money given the Google investment in Firefox.
• Let's see how much XUL they have to swallow to be accepted by the mozilla folks :) (hopefully this is not going to start a flamewar...)
• Also funny how air.mozilla.org uses flash (but I love the idea of such public discussions).
• All in all, a very bright move by Mozilla. Who could possibly find something wrong with more standards and more developer tools?
• Now if only they could help make the JVM become the best open source cross-platform <video> implementation, that'd be great.

mardi août 24, 2004

Does Microsoft care?



Many seem to report significant increases in non-IE browser usage. As an end-user I've been using Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox on Windows for what seems like ever and lately had to use IE to access some odd web site (changing the user-agent wouldn't work). I was amazed to see that IE was where I left it years ago. Now, I sure it has been updated for security issues and brought up to the latest standards (XSL, DOM, etc...) but nothing for the end-user (tabs, ad-blocker, etc.).

So I'm asking myself, why should Microsoft care? While IE is not what could bring people to Windows, it is certainly what keeps them using this OS. I believe the vast majority of end-users have no idea that they could use an alternate browser (or mail client btw). As always, if something has to change significantly, it needs to first happen inside companies. So while obviously, users of Java Desktop System use Mozilla, I don't see (yet) companies going away from Internet Explorer on Windows, which to me would be the greatest sign of change.

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