Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mozilla Firefox 3.6.6 Released

Previously, I wrote about Mozilla Firefox 3.6.4 and the most prominent feature in this really is the Third Party Plugin crash protection.

Unfortunately, the side effect of this release is that plugins that rarely crashes before suddenly crashed more often.

But today, Mozilla released a patch and everything seems to be okay.

Whew! That was fast.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ipads, Laptops, Netbooks

Apple has managed to sell 3 Million IPads in just 80 days. Steve Jobs is really the master when it comes to hyping gadgets.

There is a popular saying that goes - "The best salesman can sell refrigerators to the Eskimos." I've always found this saying funny. But if there is one guy that could do it that has got to be Mr. Steve Jobs.

IPad Features

If there is one thing that the IPad can do very well is that it is great for viewing things. It is certainly the best for viewing electronic news, reading books, viewing pictures, reading electronic comics, and watching videos. However, you can not view the complete Internet with it since Apple has decided not to support Adobe Flash. Therefore, I you like to watch videos online, there are only a limited sets of videos you can watch. You cannot watch those videos available only using Flash Player ( which is a lot of videos by the way). And also you cannot use IPad to see web applications that run on the Flash Platform.

Nonetheless, I think IPad will be good for light tech users.

Netbooks for Highly Mobile Writers

You will still need your netbook. If you do heavy typing you won't feel comfortable using the onscreen IPad keyboard.

Laptop for Highly Mobile Programmers and Graphic Designers

Obviously you need a powerful laptop if you are engaged in these two professions.  The IPad is simply not flexible enough and powerful enough to handle the tasks programmers and graphic designers do on a daily basis.

Drawing and Painting using the IPad

I would have wanted to buy an IPad simply for this feature alone. Unfortunately, it does not have it. Which sucks.  Can you imagine having an IPad on your lap, a stylus pen, and a pressure sensitive brush drawing program. That would be fantastic. No more need to scribble on paper.

And also, Apple could have made the Wacom Cintiq obsolete. Because that one is a much more expensive hardware. Oh well. Maybe IPad 2.0?

Ipad and the Future

When people realize that the IPad is nothing but a very expensive reader I wonder what will happen? Ah, but Steve Jobs won't let that happen I'm sure.

I wonder if HP Slate will top the IPad.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mozilla Firefox 3.6.4 Released

Firefox 3.6.4 has been released today. The most prominent feature for this release is the third-party plugin crash protection.

It used to be that when a plugin crash, say Flash Player, you were left with no choice but to kill the browser.

Now plugins run within their own thread process. So that when a plugin crash, Firefox would just display an image to inform the user that a third-party plugin crashed. And then you can just close the Tab where the plugin was running.

One thing I notice with this release though, is that the Flash Player which rarely crash before now seem to crash more often.

I hope Mozilla release another patch for this problem soon.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blog Housekeeping

I did some housekeeping on this blog today. I decided to make the navigation simpler.

Cleaning up a blog is not much different from cleaning a house. You will accidentally unearth some things that you have already forgotten and they bring back memories.

I wrote several personal entries on this blog a couple of months and a few years ago.

It seems only yesterday.

Anyway, I think it is time for me to work this blog again.