Posts Tagged ‘Safari’

A zoo weekend

Sunday, March 21st, 2004

This past Saturday, I went to the zoo. While visiting, I took a lot of pictures with my trusty camera (and overhead lots of people talking about my equipment — everything from "Whoah! Check out that lens!" to some communication in Spanish obviously about a camera). I also had lots of people smile and point out something they thought was interesting for a picture. Everyone was friendly and there were lots of kids who seemed to have almost as much fun as I was having.

On this trip, I was finally able to take a few pictures of a reclusive red wolf too. (They usually like to hide out inside the back fence shrubbery, far away from people.)

I have separated out the pictures into nine different logical groupings, as there are a lot of photos.

  1. Aquatic Creatures
  2. Birds of the Zoo
  3. A Flock of Flamingos
  4. Forest Dwellers
  5. Prairie Animals
  6. Reptillian Friends
  7. Animals You’d See on a Safari
  8. See a Seal and Some Sea Lions
  9. Some Simian Friends


Revised site look

Saturday, August 16th, 2003

I have updated my website’s look. It now has more random thumbnails at the top, and I have added icons to the side area. There are also some font changes and a few other things were altered.

It should also look great on Internet Explorer, but even better on Mozilla, Safari, etc.

Note: You may need to hold down shift and click the reload button to see the site properly.

Let me know what you think of the changes. (:

Update: I’ve made it so that you can have up to seven random thumbnails displayed on a page. The number displayed depends on your resolution. I styled up some nifty CSS-fu in order to display as many as possible within a given area. Also, it displays a higher frequency of recent images towards the right, with the left becoming more inclusive of all the pictures in the gallery.

The image drop-off feature basically means that my site is works better at higher resolutions, yet it is still fully compatible with 800×600 — and even 640×480 and below. You’ve gotta love CSS. (:

Internet Explorer for the Mac is pretty much dead too

Saturday, June 14th, 2003

Microsoft is killing off Internet Explorer for the Mac. The company already pronounced the Windows version of IE dead not but a short while ago.

In other Microsoft-is-killing-something-off news, the company has bought a Linux-based anti-virus company and has killed their product too.

Discontinuing the two products also will play into competition and influence, simply because Microsoft has a very large presence within the world of computers. The impact will not be as great as with Internet Explorer for Windows being shelved, however.

The death of IE for Windows is a huge blow to web standards. We’re going to be stuck with a broken browser for around seven more years (if Longhorn makes its estimated debut in 2005), as it takes a few years before a browser can be considered "phased out". Think of Netscape Navigator 4.x. The old Navigator browser is just now going away — and only after tons of effort.

At least Mac OS X has Safari and does not have to rely on Internet Explorer any more. Thankfully, the lack of IE on Linux has furthered Mozilla’s development over the years. As Mozilla is available for all platforms, we can hope that adoption might be increased over time. With more people raving about it, hopefully more and more will install it on their computers. We can hope. Still, even if 75% percent of the web browsing population suddenly switched to Mozilla overnight (a very optimistic number), there still would be around one-in-four using Internet Explorer. Such a dwindled number would still be a large enough percentage to care how sites look in Microsoft’s non-compliant browser. That’s quite a bit of market influence to be tied up in one company, especially one determined to be a monopoly by the courts of the land.

The death of Internet Explorer?

Saturday, May 31st, 2003

It seems as though Microsoft has decreed Internet Explorer, the de facto web browser for Windows, dead (at least feature-wise and as an installable browser) at this point in time. Straight from the horse’s mouth, they declare the following (in a Q & A session):

Q: when will IE get transparent PNG support?

A: Ian, I’m sorry, I can’t answer that question for you

Q: when / will there be the next version of IE?

A: As part of the OS, IE will continue to evolve, but there will be no future standalone installations. IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation.

Q: What’s the long-term outlook for IE as a development platform? Are there major limitations planned for future releases (such as in Longhorn) due to security reasons? I know that this is a concern to many developers that rely on IE technology.

A: Security continues to be a top priority. The platform will change for longhorn but you can expect the client, where folks need to browse, to not be as restrictive as the server. I encourage folks to get involved in our beta program to help us evolve the platform

Q: Why is this? the anti-trust? (no further standalone)

A: Although this is off topic, I will answer briefly: Legacy OSes have reached their zenith with the addition of IE 6 SP1. Further improvements to IE will require enhancements to the underlying OS.

Sorry. Having to update the operating system is complete and utter hogwash. Mozilla takes advantage of PNG transparency, has nice rendering and proper CSS support, tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking, renders pages quicker, and is open source — and it does it on multiple versions of Windows (taking advantage of what it can, like in XP, it uses the native theme infrastructure). In addition to Windows, Mozilla even does what it does on multiple, non-Windows operating systems!

Listed directly above is just a few of the big features. There’s a more exhaustive list of several other reasons why Mozilla is better available.

Anyway, according to the project manager of the Internet Explorer project at Microsoft, it seems as though their browser is grandfathered. It will not get any updates unless they deem it necessary (mostly security "enhancements", something that it seems to take them a while to fix…)

We can hope that hardware vendors, ISPs, and others relying on Internet Explorer take this into consideration. I’m sure Internet-related companies outside of Microsoft want the best experience for people browsing the web. Eventually, some of them may hopefully start shipping alternative browsers on the desktop, such as Mozilla or even Opera. AOL has already embedded Mozilla in their AOL for OS X and Compuserve clients. (Of course, I’m not sure how yesterday’s AOL and Microsoft announcement factors into all of this…)

Anyway, it’s sad to see that Microsoft does not seem to support real innovation, especially in something as neat (and important) as the Internet.

With a company so large and a product so important, you would think that there would be more emphasis placed on the browser so that it supports even the basic standards that have been around for years (PNG, CSS 1 & 2, etc.). Mozilla, Konqueror, Safari, and Opera all support this basic featureset all extraordinay well.

If Microsoft’s stated position on the subject (from the Q & A session linked above) is accurate, then they are really doing a disservice to not only their users but to the world wide Internet community as well.

(Thanks to Kevin for pointing out the link.)

The future of Internet Explorer?

Tuesday, May 27th, 2003

Does Internet Explorer have a future? It has seemingly been more-or-less untouched over the past few years. The website "Slightly Bent" has more on the subject.

If you visit my website in Mozilla, it looks great. In Safari and Konqueror, it’s almost the same as Mozilla (except for the rounded edges which are implemented in both CSS3 and a Mozilla hack which is more-or-less the same as the CSS3 border-radius). If you view my site in Internet Explorer, it does not fare as well. It works, but the side box area is offset to the right a bit and none of the nifty hover stuff works. Why is that? My website is not broken — it renders fine in multiple browsers (even IE on the Mac); it’s Internet Explorer for Windows which is at fault. I can’t fix that. I must either ignore the 90% (or so) stranglehold Microsoft has on the market or work around issues (and accept the fact that IE won’t render things correctly).

In the mean time, if you are currently using Internet Explorer, please see a few reasons to switch to Mozilla Firebird, and download a build. (The latest release, Mozilla Firebird 0.6 might be a good starting point.)