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January 09, 2003

Back to Basics

This is, after all, a switching blog. Safari is very speedy, and has that nice brushed-metal finish. It doesn't appear to spell-check forms, though, and it's not tabbed. It also quits occasionally for no apparent reason; but then, so does Chimera.

I wasn't exactly sure about iSync and iCal. My phone's not compatible, and if i'm carrying around my Clié, why would I care about contact info on the iPod? I'd like to keep a calendar online, but I can't do that without a .mac account. Though perhaps I should look into using the Apache server right here on the iMac.
Anyway, Dr Plokta encouraged me. "Preparing to synchronise Alison Scott", it said. I looked around nervously but do not appear to have been assimilated.

Oh, yes, and of course I fancy a new laptop, only marginally smaller than a suitcase, for only 892 venti eggnog lattes.

Posted by Alison Scott at January 9, 2003 12:55 AM

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Your link to the eggnog replacement doesn't work
- it would appear your session has timed out(!).

Btw - thanks for the revamp of the page layout,
it works much more sensibly for me now. Is it
deliberate that it looks kind-of MacOS-X-ish?
(I assume so, given the context!)

Posted by: Tibs at January 9, 2003 10:19 AM

I'm going to guess Alison was looking at this [1], but if fru-fru latte eggnogs are more expensive in the UK, she might have been looking at this [2].

Safari has rapidly become my default browser -- it's fast, as correct as Mozilla, and uses very little system resources. It's not perfect -- heck, it's a .8 release.

As to no tabs -- cool. I don't grok tabbed browser. YMMV, and almost certainly does.

For the record, I want *both* of the above links.

[1] Hmm. Alison doesn't allow html in comments. So, link one is.

http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index12.html

[2] http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index17.html

Posted by: Erik V. Olson at January 9, 2003 02:20 PM

I've fixed the link to the powerbook. The site isn't designed to look particularly OS X ish, but most of the text seeks palatino first. So if you have Palatino, it looks much better than if you don't. And also more maclike.

Erik; venti eggnog lattes, being a Christmas special, are over 3 each. But hey, they have 810 calories; a meal in your coffee. But I'm using it as a 3 indicator. A normal grande latte at a cafe cheaper than Starbucks is just under 2.

I took HTML off becuase I couldn't see quickly how to configure MT so that you get 'easy' HTML but not weird complex stuff. MT automatically converts URLs though, I think.

So, yes, it was the huge powerbook. Though in pracitce, if I replace my laptop I would probably do so with the tiny powerbook.

Posted by: Alison Scott at January 9, 2003 02:21 PM

Wow. Venti Eggnog Lattes are expensive...

Note, as an owner of the 15" TiBook, if you travel often, it can be a pain to use, esp. on Airplanes. The 15" panel is really giving you the screen of a 17" monitor. The 17" panel has got to be *enormous.*

That doesn't mean I don't want one, of course....

Posted by: Erik V. Olson at January 9, 2003 02:27 PM

Safari is still a beta and is bound to have some quirks that have to be worked out. However, it has become my browser of choice. I still haven't found any site it won't work with and there are some sites that won't work with Explorer for Mac that render perfectly under Safari.

One thing to watch though. When you install Safari and run it for the first time, it makes itsefl your default browser without asking. You can change it in the preferences but it's a bit Microsoftish.

Still, Safari is a better name that iBrowse.

David

Posted by: David Stewart at January 9, 2003 03:11 PM

Some people are reporting that Safari trashes their entire Home directory -- the thing not to do appears to be to download files with an option click. The Safari team is working on it urgently but is finding it not sufficiently reproducible. (Obviously; because if it happened on their systems I doubt they'd have released the beta).

Posted by: Alison Scott at January 10, 2003 08:39 AM

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