Category Archives: Software

HTML5 Test Page Update

Yes, it’s been a long time since I have posted anything on here. I guess that’s the way life goes. Anyways…

I have updated the HTML5 test page. There are a couple of notes. The first being that Opera is moving to WebKit. The second is that Apple has decided to stop making Safari for Windows. Whether this is permanent or not is the question. The last version is 5.1.7.


Silent Updates To Begin For Internet Explorer

These are the words web designers, the world over, have been waiting to hear for a very long time.

Microsoft announced the decision earlier this week to roll out silent updates – starting in January – for users who have not, for whatever reason, updated to the newest version of IE. There are a few points:

  • If you are on Windows XP, you will be upgraded to Internet Explorer 8. IE 9 does not work on XP.
  • Windows Vista and 7 users not using IE 9 will be upgraded to IE 9.
  • Windows Automatic updating must be turned on.
  • Corporations unable to upgrade their IE 6 legacy applications OR corporations who have IT staff who test upgrades before rolling them out to the rest of the company, will be able to opt out of the upgrade using the IE 8 and IE 9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits.

Truth be told, I have stopped developing/supporting applications for IE 6 and 7 and I only marginally support IE 8. If someone is using IE 8, there’s no reason why they should not switch to IE 9. If their favorite site works in IE 8 but is broken on newer browsers then the problem is the people developing the site. Write them and tell them to join the rest of us.


Changing Your YouTube.com Interface Language

For a while now, I have been incredibly annoyed with how YouTube.com automatically displays the user interface in a certain language. What makes this even worse is that you cannot change the setting anywhere in your YouTube.com profile settings. I thought that this was because detected the country that I live in (Finland) – a noobish mistake on my part. While I can speak a bit of Finnish, and read even more, it takes me a lot more time to read each word carefully so I fully understand what is written. Continue reading


Firefox 4 Released

As the title says above. The long-awaited new version of Firefox has arrived. With a new UI (which kinda resembles Opera’s UI… just sayin’), support for CSS 3 Transitions and a little support for HTML5 Forms, Firefox 4 also boasts a massively upgraded JavaScript engine and better web page loading time. Hopefully, they also did away with the CPU hogginess that has plagued older versions in the past.

Also, like Google’s Chrome, Mozilla has planned for a 16-week development cycle. So, we can expect to see a new version of Firefox in about 4 months. Which is about the same time when we can expect a new version of Internet Explorer.

Oh wait, never mind…

Visit ArsTechnica for a review.


Internet Explorer 9 And Google Chrome 10 Released

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 a couple of days ago. There are various sites such as Ars Technica where you can go read reviews and benchmarks. I have tested it in my HTML5/CSS 3 test page and no changes have been made. It shouldn’t be surprising since the last version I tested was the Release Candidate. I’m sorry to say but Microsoft still has not addressed how they are going to go about updating the browser. Of course they will release patches if any security holes come about, but I’m more interested in holding Microsoft at it’s word that they are going to follow web standards. Microsoft has said that they will not add support for unstandardized web specifications. What happens when they become standardized?

Also, Google released Chrome 10 and are well on the way to releasing v. 100,000 sometime in 2014. Just like IE9, Chrome has no change to my test page. However, Chrome now natively supports CSS 3 box-shadow! No more -webkit prefix for Chrome. The same cannot be said about Safari though so, for now, -webkit-box-shadow remains.


Nokia Is… -insert cliché, catchphrase, colorful metaphor here-

Earlier this week, new Nokia CEO Steven Elop dropped a bombshell by announcing that Nokia is going to make Windows Phone 7 it’s primary smartphone OS. This announcement was preceded by an email to the entire company in which he used numerous clichés describing the state of Nokia as a company.

In the email, he stated that Nokia was being left in the dust by it’s main cellphone rivals at both the hardware and software level. Competitor smartphones have buried all high-end Nokia devices and cheap Chinese phones have been eating away at Nokia’s low-end dominance. Nokia’s software R&D was painfully slow and Nokia’s ecosystem was just a few plants in a greenhouse with a parrot in a birdcage and too many caretakers. Continue reading


Firefox 4 Delayed

According to this post, Firefox 4 has been pushed back to early 2011. So, I guess I won’t get to see how CSS transitions work in Firefox until then. I was really looking forward to that.

Since they are taking so long, maybe they can fix whatever is making Firefox eat up CPU power?