Archive for July, 2002

July 24th, 2002

Chimera
Chimera 0.4 was released today and I must say it’s a great browser, possibly the best Mac OS X browser; or at lease it will be when it’s finished (but than there’s Omniweb 5 coming). I’ve been using the nightly builds of Chimera and I’ve been really impressed with their progress. It’s standards compliant, fast, and stable. The only problems I’ve seen with it are some plug-in problems, but those will be ironed out with time.

Recently I had the misfortune of having to use Internet Explorer for a night and I seriously don’t know why it’s the default browser for Mac OS X. To make matters worse, the majority of the visitors to our site are using Internet Explorer even when they have several good browser alternatives. Internet Explorer is terrible and what we call “a cheap Carbon port.” It’s slow, clunky, buggy and feels like you’re running under Classic. Don’t get me wrong, it was great under Classic, but it’s development has been lacking for Mac OS X.

So while you’re out & about, check out Chimera and thank me later. – Will

# posted at 9:15 pm by Will

July 19th, 2002

Apple’s Sorry State of Affairs
Well folks, another Macworld keynote has come and gone in historic fashion. Everyone is clamoring about the iTools to .Mac transition and the fact you now have to pay $100 dollars for a simple email address.

I personally always thought iTools was a great selling point for home users, it allowed them to publish pictures and movies with a couple clicks of the mouse for other family members to see. Apple has effectively killed one of it’s very cool advantages because budgets are “tight” over there, it’s a shame.

I believe Apple would have more than enough money to cover iTools if they would simply produce a pro machine people *actually* wanted to buy! I’m talking about a dual 1.8-2 Ghz machine, DDR RAM, faster bus and Firewire 2. Apple has lost the megahertz war and other companies are making them look foolish at a pathetic 1 Ghz for $3500 dollars. I know, I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but this is getting very old.

The good news is Think Secret claims Apple has an update to the towers coming August 13 after the current backlog of them have been sold. This update, which is supposed to be at speeds of 1.2 to 1.4 Ghz is welcome, but the processors are still too slow compared to PCs. Apple needs to play some serious catch up to once again have relevant hardware.

One good thing from Macworld is Apple’s new software. Jaguar, Mac OS 10.2, is looking extremely nice and so are their other offerings. If it wasn’t for crappy hardware, now would be a great time to switch to a Mac. 🙂

Cheers, Will

current music: live radiohead – planet telex

# posted at 3:20 pm by Will

July 14th, 2002

The latest…

Wow, it’s already the middle of July, it seems like only yesterday it was June 1st. Time really flies when you’re busy, and busy I have been. I’ve been absolutely swamped at my day job at Panic, so I haven’t had much of chance to work on Everyday Software. To see what I’ve been working on for the past 6 months, be sure to check out www.panic.com this week. Now that things are starting to settle down at work, I can start spending some time working on ES apps again. I’m still planning on a Bookit 3 update later this summer, and yes, we will be adding Chimera support! I also have a few other small app ideas that I’m still trying to pin down. All in all, activity on the ES site should start to pick up in the upcoming weeks. Until then

Wade

# posted at 8:05 pm by Will