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Apr
29
2009
00:26

Tried IE8 today

I'm kinda late, huh?  But I took my time.  Every time M$ released a new browser (that's, err, twice in the last 7 years?  I think so) — so every time they released a new browser, I rushed to download it, install it, only to be horribly disappointed thereafter.

Well, today I'm quite pleased.  I tried IE8.  It's OK!  Can you believe I said that?  I, I mean, me — Mihai Bazon — am telling you that IE8 is OK.  It's about as OK as Firefox was 6 years ago.  It's even as fast as Firefox was 6 years ago (and here I mean Firefox on that hardware, compared to IE8 on bleeding edge hardware).

Other than speed (seriously M$, can't you do any better?  Come on!), IE8 does seem to do a lot better job than any older IE concerning rendering quality (and here I mean CSS).  And that's it.  No exciting news on the DOM side (but people didn't cry about it all that loud, because we could work around it).

So to recap:

  • Slowest browser on Earth (as usual).
  • CSS support is better than IE7, but worse than real competition (as usual).  Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera — they're all still light-years ahead.
  • Still no support for standard DOM events (as usual).
  • filter:alpha(opacity=STILL_SUCKS) (as usual).
  • Oh wait, still no font antialiasing when opacity is not 100% (as usual).
  • Dude, it's unusably slow. (as usual).

Good work folks.  Looking forward for the next 3 years.  Meanwhile, I'm happy to see your marketshare shrinking daily.

And by the way, Vista sucks!  It truly, deeply, sucks!

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    Sep
    03
    2008
    14:51

    Google Browser

    Google launched yesterday “Google Chrome”, their revolutionary (no bullshit) Web browser.  I played with it a little.  It's amazing how well they did it!

    It's incredibly fast, it has a nice and clean user interface, it knows most keybindings (which I couldn't live without) from Firefox.  It has a wonderful start page which shows thumbnails to the 9 most visited sites in your history.  But if you want to view pages that you don't want to show up there, you can turn on the “incognito” mode.  It runs one separate process per tab (I'll never understand why other browser makers didn't think about this) which means that even if a tab crashes, the others will stay up.  It also means that you can run some computationally intensive stuff in a tab without affecting the whole browser.  And did I say it's fast?

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    Filed in: browsers, google chrome, internet explorer, web design5 comments
    Apr
    01
    2008
    18:06

    DynarchLIB release

    I finally released probably the biggest projects that I've independently worked on.  DynarchLIB is a fully-fledged user interface toolkit for development of Web applications.  It contains a rich set of widgets, a consistent object/event system, browser-server communication helpers, various JavaScript extensions, etc.  Worths checking it out. ;-)

    Also see the Dynarch online chess, currently the first public application based on this toolkit.

    PS: the administration frontend of this very site is based on DynarchLIB as well. ;-)

    Jun
    26
    2007
    22:10

    Windows Update

    Anyone knows how to do that?

    I'm having a bad time.  No, I'm having fun.  But I really do want to upgrade—because of this.

    When I boot the Windows machine, it asks me in a hateful baloon: “updates are ready for your computer / click here to download them”.  OK, I click there.  I wait.  Then it says (of course, in a baloon) “updates are ready for your computer / click here to install them”.  I click there.  I chose default (“typical”) setup.  I wait.  I'm being asked if I want to reboot.  I click reboot.  The machine shuts down, and comes back up.  I login.  I get the usual (I fucking hate it!!) baloon: “updates are ready for your computer / click here to download them”.  OK, I click there.  I wait.  Then it says (again, in a baloon) “updates are ready for your computer / click here to install them”.  I click there.  I chose default (“typical”) setup.  I wait.  I'm being asked if I want to reboot.  I click reboot.  The machine shuts down, and comes back up.  I login.  I get the usual (fuck!) baloon: “updates are ready for your computer / click here to download them”.  OK, I click there.  I wait.  Then it says (guess where..) “updates are ready for your computer / click here to install them”.  I click there.  I chose typical setup.  I wait.  I'm being asked if I want to reboot.  I click reboot.  The machine shuts down, and comes back up.  I login.  I get the usual (fuuuu-hu-hu-huuuck) baloon: “updates are ready for your computer / click here to download them”.  OK, I click there.  I wait.  Then it says (grrrrr) “updates are ready for your computer / click here to install them”.  I click there.  I chose default setup.  I wait.  I'm being asked if I want to reboot.  I click reboot.  The machine shuts down, and comes back up.

    After several useless reboots, I get something weird.  The Logitech Update Manager.  Because one Update Manager is never enough.

    2007-06-26-215828_640x476_scrot.png

    Boy it looks so ugly!  This is definitely the last Logitech product I ever buy.  First off because the last Logitech Mouse I bought sucks (despite its incredibly huge price), and secondly—but more important—because they can't write software for Windows, let alone Linux and derivatives.  Yes they don't have a Mac OS-X driver for this shitty camera—because, after all, this camera sucks—so it doesn't even deserve a driver for OS-X.  Yes they suck.  (Microsoft sucks too, but they do produce great mice.)

    After a few more clicks, I get this:

    logitech-software.png

    I have friends that use Windows.  How can they?  Is there any black magic I could do so I can use Windows without going mad?

    Thanks guys.  I'm happy with my Linux box.

    Filed in: internet explorer, windowsNo comments
    Jun
    17
    2007
    16:11

    IE rendering MSDN

    Note how IE does a hell of a job rendering Microsoft's own MSDN site:

    ie-on-msdn-small.png

    All you have to do is to zoom-in, and it all looks broken.  Look how horrible is that text over the scroll bars, or how mutilated are the icons in the “toolbar”.

    Microsoft developers must hate it too.

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