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>PensioenPage supports Firefox 3.0

>As one of the first companies, we at PensioenPage are proud to announce we have confirmed compatibility with Firefox 3.0, mere hours after it’s release. Since we adhere to a standards-based approach, compatiblity is mostly out-of-the-box.

 

>Firefox 3.0 released – and other browser news

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Today (June 18), Mozilla Firefox 3.0 has officially been released. YSlow (a web page performance analysis extension for Firefox, by Yahoo) has been updated to 0.9.5 beta 2, just in time to support Firefox 3.

Some other browser news:

  • Opera 9.5 has been released;
  • the Firefox 3.1 features have been defined, see the MozillaWiki and the article on MozillaLink; a first alpha release is target for mid July;
  • Microsoft announced that the 2nd beta of IE 8 is scheduled for August 2008;
  • Apple has provided an early build of Safari 4 on the Apple Developer Connection, apparently with their new JavaScript engine SquirrelFish integrated;
  • the GrApple theme (that makes Firefox look like a native Mac app) has been updated for Firefox 3.
 

>Mac OS X 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’ (updated)

>Several sites (including MacRumors and Arstechnica) are spreading the rumor that Mac OS X 10.6 will be announced at Apple’s WWDC, this coming week. The new release will supposedly be called “Snow Leopard” and the release focus will be on stability and performance.

If this is true, then that is in my opinion a Good Thing. After using FreeBSD and Linux on my primary desktop for years, I switched to Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) in Q4 2006. Although I’ve not had major problems, OS X has been pestering me now and then:

  • crashing background processes (sometimes several times an hour)
  • spontaneous reboots (1 or 2 per year)
  • failures to come back to life after being suspended (closed lid on MacBook Pro)

Rock solid stability is definitely very much welcomed, as well as improved security, especially for professional/business users like myself.

For me, a desktop computer should allow it’s users to work efficient. For this, you need sufficient speed, proper functionality, an effective keyboard/mouse/touch interface, stability and security.

In my experience, the OS X 10.4 operating system works nicely, but has it’s stability issues. It’s probably more stable than Windows, but definitely less than Linux and FreeBSD.

Update (June 10): Indeed this has been announced by Apple as anticipated, see the Apple site for more information.

 
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Posted by on 4 June 2008 in apple, leopard, mac, macos, macosx, osx, snow leopard

 

>Firebug 1.2 beta 2 for Firefox 3.0

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On the Firebug blog, an announcement is posted about the release of Firebug 1.2 beta 2. It’s compatible with Firefox 3.0 RC, but not with Firefox 2.0.

For the uninitiated, Firebug is a Firefox extension that provides a host of web development tools, such as various inspectors, a JavaScript debugger, etc.

 

>WebKit (Safari) gets a new JavaScript engine: SquirrelFish

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On “Surfin’ Safari“, the WebKit blog (WebKit being the engine for Apple‘s Safari browser) an new JavaScript engine has been announced. It’s called SquirrelFish.

While the current JavaScript engine (in Safari 3.1) is an interpreter, the new one is based on bytecode execution, increasing the possibilities for performance improvements. Already the WebKit developers are claiming a 50% improvement over the production release of Safari, version 3.1.

Although the fish logo is funny, I find it hard to associate it with speed in any way…

 

>Finding files on Mac OS X: Leap

>Today I came across Leap, a search utility for Mac OS X. It seems to be much better than Spotlight. Have a look at the introduction videos. Leap works on Mac OS X 10.4.10 and up and is available as a Universal Binary.

A fully functional 21-day trial can be downloaded from their site.

 
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Posted by on 2 June 2008 in finder, leap, mac, macos, macosx, osx, search, spotlight

 

>NeoOffice 2.2.3 patch 5 available

>NeoOffice 2.2.3 patch 5 has been released. Nothing exciting, just some bug fixes:

  1. Opening Office 2003 XML files produced a General I/O error
  2. Poor selection of Polish and Cyrillic replacement fonts
  3. Landscape documents could be cropped when printing

Download from the patch download page. For more information, see the NeoOffice 2.2.3 release notes.

NeoOffice is an OpenOffice.org-cousin that nicely integrates with Mac OS X, unlike the regular OpenOffice.org 2 for Mac OS X, which requires X11 to function.