Archive for the ‘Mac’ Category

Cleaning Trash

August 23, 2007

I’ve never looked at the trash folder in my MacBook Pro. Today I opened it and found so many items. I said “Empty Trash”. It calculated the number of items and displayed this dialog box:

trash.jpg

I should say the sound effect after the cleaning was nice 🙂

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Pricesless Expressions – 3

August 5, 2007

Mac + iSight camera + Photo Booth Software + my daughter = Priceless Expressions 🙂

This time, I sat with her and kept on pressing the Shoot button at 10 seconds intervals. That was a long list of photos and few selected photos here.

In case you have missed: Part 1 and Part 2

Top 5 reasons why Safari on Windows is a failure

June 18, 2007

Disclaimer: Even on my MacBook I use Firefox rather than Safari because of the wonderful plugins that I need.

I’m using Safari on Windows since the day its announced (and switched back to Firefox today). There are some nice things about Safari (like Find) but I don’t like the product as a whole. Here are top 5 reasons why Safari is not going to succeed:

5) Safari installs unwanted apps: The installer of Safari tries to install other unwanted software. (No. I definitely don’t want Bonjour)

4) Safari doesn’t import your settings from IE/Firefox: When I install Firefox, I remember Firefox giving me options to import my settings from IE. So that I don’t have to loose any bookmarks. Safari doesn’t do that. So I’ve to recreate all the bookmarks

3) Safari is NOT a fast browser: I don’t know about the benchmark results. But the applications I use like Gmail, Google Reader takes more time to load than Firefox/IE. Googling around I found the real reason. More over, its neither a sleek browser. Even for the modest number of websites, the memory usage shoots up.

2) Safari is not a native Windows application: At least it doesn’t looks/behaves like one. For example, its Edit > Preferences not Tools > Options, you can resize only from bottom right corner, …

1) Safari’s font rendering is pathetic: Perhaps besides the other reasons like Security/websites compatibility, if there is a single big reason a user is going to dump Safari on Windows, it could the font rendering. There are reasons why Apple selected this rendering. Honestly I don’t give a shit about that. To me it should be easily readable in my screen and its not so.

I was wondering why the hell did Apple enters a game which it can’t win? The reason is simple. Steve decided to close iPhone to third party applications and the only way to write apps is Web 2.0 and Safari is the only browser in iPhone. No Firefox/IE/Opera. So why should a developer write web apps for a browser that has a single digit market share? The only way to increase the market share is to let Safari go out of Mac and explore the windows arena. Is it going to work? Who knows? It might!!! Look at what people said when iPod was released.

Playing with iSight

February 22, 2007

It could be addictive. Its interesting to see the pictures taken with effects applied. Here are some pics.

Bought a Mac

February 22, 2007

After a long thought, finally I’ve purchased a 2 GHz White MacBook. It did make a dent in my wallet, but I was sure that I won’t face any problem. I unpacked it in my office and started working with this. Installed Yahoo Messenger; added my Google Account to iChat, downloaded Eclipse, configured the office printer & wifi at home without any trouble…

When I thought working with Mac didn’t have much troubles as I initially thought. Until I tried to use Google’s Page Creator. The error message said:

Oops!
Sorry, your web browser is not yet supported.

Our programming wizards tried their darndest to get Google Page Creator to work with as many browsers as possible. But alas, even the most expert practitioners of web sorcery must sleep now and again, lest their JavaScript magic run dry.

So, for now, you’ll need either to download a new version of Firefox or download a new version of Internet Explorer (Windows only), and then come right back.

Hey, you guys at PageCreator team, if you didn’t know it, there is a nice toolkit for Ajax called GWT which gives you compatibility with most of the browsers. How about trying it? Its nice and it comes from a company called hmmmmm Google.