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Safari on Windows Crashes Too Often

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I’m not much of a fan of Apple softwares on Windows. I like iTunes though, even if it’s a bit bulky. I’ve tried using Safari on Windows for its super pleasing font rendering, aesthetics and, of late, some testing on WebKit/KHTML. However, it crashes just too often to be of any serious use and, of course, doesn’t have any DOM inspector. It has a barely usable JavaScript console though.
On a side-note, I’ve read that Safari can work on Linux under Wine. I’ll give it a try sometime. Now, if only I could run iTunes under Wine 🙂 .

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Written by Brajesh

January 23, 2008 at 10:25 am

Gmail Updated

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Gmail’s new version rolled out for me today, and first thing I noticed that it had reset my gmail chat config (basically I had switched off gmail chat), my greasemonkey scripts were broken and I had a firebug extension warning on top.

While I have no gripe about greasemonkey, resetting gmail chat setting means I’ve to check rest of my settings to be sure anything else is not broken.

New version seems quicker, with additional options in “More Actions” menu and updated “Contacts” section.

Written by Brajesh

October 30, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Tafiti

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Tafiti, Microsoft’s experimental search site built on Silverlight: pretty pretty, and beautiful tree visualization of search results. (As a programmer, I’ve experimented with tree visualization of search results in the past, but, personally I don’t find them very useful.)

However, Tafiti seems to be just too pretty to be used regularly, too intimidating. It doesn’t have that comfortable workhorse feel of Google search or even Microsoft’s Live search for that matter.

Written by Brajesh

August 22, 2007 at 9:05 am

Posted in Coding, Design, Microsoft

The iPod Professional Edition 2006

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From Robert Scoble’s What if Microsoft designed iPod box

[Update] – Another permalink to the video. The older link isn’t working anymore. Apparently, the user has removed the video from YouTube.

Written by Brajesh

February 28, 2006 at 7:10 am

Posted in Apple, Design, Microsoft

Visual Inconsistencies: WinXP

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WinXP Dlg FontProperties Window everywhere in WinXP adorns MS Sans Sarif font, glaringly diffent with otherwise “omni”present Tahoma, even that would have been a reasonably consistent UI scheme. But what is surprising that even the fonts across tabs are not consistent.

The font in ‘Summary’ tab is Tahoma, while all other tabs have MS Sans Serif. For UI-challanged, look for a ‘C’ in ‘Summary’ tab and that in any other tab.

The Win2000 has Tahoma everywhere but the Properties window, which has MS Sans Serif, consistently.

Take this proclaimed expert of Visual Design.

Written by Brajesh

September 20, 2005 at 11:00 pm

Posted in Design, Microsoft