Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

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.

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WWDC 2007

June 11, 2007

OK. Leopard Beta is out. Steve came up to the stage and showed the 10 great features out of 300.

  • Finder. Steve heard the FTFF cries. Now the Finder is WOW! Windows Explorer is a history now 🙂
  • Core Animation. The true power of Mac. As per the demo, it was unbelievable. Movies playing in the screen and doing a search on the tags of those movies – all live!!! We need apps to take this power and deliver it to the user.
  • Spaces, Dashboard, Time Machine – nothing much new to mention. Just as we seen earlier.
  • Safari. The performance figures are quite impressive. And they are releasing a Windows version to kill IE! No, I’m not going to switch to Safari even on my MacBook. Not until all the Firefox extensions that I use, work in Safari.
  • iPhone ships with full fledged Safari. So create web apps. No iPhone SDK. Steve, are you kidding?

Verdict: I’m not going to upgrade to Leopard. Let me wait till the next version with more compelling features. Ah, for that matter, not going to purchase an iPhone on Jun 29th.

iPhone alternatives

January 27, 2007

Apple’s iPhone user interface is said to be copied from LG’s KE850. Both are full screen phones with similar buttons. I thought there should be something from Nokia as well. I was looking into Nokia’s site and found a similar model – N800. At $400, this is cheaper than the iPhone and its available in the market now.

BTW when I loaded the site, this is what I’ve got:

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Watch out for the numbers dudes. Not-A-Number is definitly not a number to be displayed in the progress bar!!!

Apple reinvents the next ____

January 10, 2007

When people were typing in commands and looking at the “Bad command or file name”, Apple introduced the GUI and the mouse to the computers.

When people were trying to click on the small buttons to scroll the list of artists to select the songs, Apple introduced the click wheel to MP3 players.

When people were trying to use the buttons and call people, Apple introduced a full-screen touch screen to phones.

Now that Apple Computers Inc, is officially renamed to Apple Inc, you can expect much more life style products from Apple. They are going to revolutionize the way we’ve been living so far.Whats next?

iHome:  You switch off the oven/water heater/lights from an small device?

iCar: Turn you head left you car will turn left. It will automatically adjust the speed and gear according to the angle. No wheels!

iPower: You have a wireless mouse, wireless keyboard, etc. How about powering a device wirelessly? Yes, the next Apple laptop will have no wires to the power adapter.

OK. I can come up with so many things, infact anyone can. But I’ve got a very special idea for Apple. An idea that is worth trillions of dollars: How about a iWife. All it needs to do is understand and execute one single command: “Shut up”. I believe that there is a huge market for this product. What say?

PS: iWife is technology patented by Pranni and a royalty of $50 should be given to him when ever you say/write/type the word.

Steve does it again…

January 9, 2007

Been following thru all the live coverage of the MacWorld. Oh boy! I wish I were there.

Only Steve can run this show. Getting a “wow” from teh audience every now and then; brining up CEO of Google and Co-Founder of Yahoo in a single stage; signing up a contract with Cingular without even showing a prototype; and more importantly, reinventing something. Steve. Only Steve.

I’m longing to see the video of this keynote. Although there were no ‘one more things’, this would be THE best keynote of Steve.

There is nothing much to be talked about iTV (called Apple TV), rather its all about iPhone. The websites are going to talk about it a lot for the next few months, so no much details here. It costs $499 will be available in India only in 2008. Will I buy it? I may! After all, I bought an iPod for almost the same price 3 years back. This iPhone is a phone + iPod + wifi + bluetooth + … (and holy cow, it runs a full fledged Mac OS X!!!)