Geek Smithology

June 12, 2008

Well Done, Mozilla

Filed under: Announce,Craft of Dev by Nathan @ 9:59 pm

I just got around to installing Firefox 3 on my MacBook Pro, and while I find the new Firefox is completely hideous under Ubuntu, it is beautiful in OS X. It’s obvious that a lot of effort was put into making the GUI have the native look and feel. From a couple hours of light browsing everything is better – from the little things like buttons and checkboxes and text fields looking “right”, to the new look for the tabs, to the buttons, Firefox finally looks like it belongs on a Mac.

I’ve never been a fan of skinnable applications, I’d rather have everything be consistent (in an aesthetically pleasing way). So, great work on making Firefox look great out of the gate. And this doesn’t even include any of the new features:

- It only saves passwords after you’re authenticated – about damn time!
- Nicer download window
- Waaay better incremental search in the address bar
- like the new add-ons and plugins look and feel

And it’s noticeably faster for general browsing. I’ve tended to use Safari (gasp!) over the last few weeks, but Firefox has come back with a vengeance.

My only real complaint is that my All-in-One Gestures plugin isn’t compatible. When the hell are you going to make mouse gestures part of the core feature set, Mozilla? Opera did it years ago…

Update – All-in-One Gestures has been updated, so Firefox is back to it’s glory. That said, I’m doing this update from Safari…go figure. Oh, and I changed my heretical misspelling of MacBook because Popowich made fun of me.

June 8, 2008

Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Ball

Filed under: Grab Bag by Nathan @ 10:28 am

Just saw a commercial for this:

The Cosmic Catch. Allegedly, this ball “knows your game” and a group of chums can use the provide RFID tags to “sign in” and then the ball tells them where it wants to be thrown (while no doubt using nefarious Hasbro Hacking technology to steal identities through the seemingly innocuous RFID tags.) My cynical mind could not help but jump to (what I thought) were fairly obvious thoughts:

What happens if you don’t have enough RFID tags? This gives being picked last a nice Orwellian undertone that was (usually) missing during my days on the playground. How does a game of keep-away work when the ball is yelling at you?

And, of course, the commercial makes it look like the ball compliments you on a good catch. What happens if you miss, does it trash talk? Or is Cosmic Catch smart enough to know it could be spiked by an overzealous tot at any moment?

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