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Safari 4 Reaction

I’ve been using the Safari 4 beta since the day it was released and I have a few comments to make.

1. The page loading UI device is just too hidden. The current spinner approach is worse than the previous aqua background animation in the address bar. Users look at the page itself to see if anything is happening, not the right end of the address bar. I suggest Apple consider either layering something on top of the center of the page (dimming it a little and showing the spinner).

2. The Top Sites feature is neat but not terribly useful. It’s basically a graphical bookmark folder. I’d suggest adding a tracking feature to the bookmarks menu that lets you identify URLs that you haven’t visited in X months/days so you can prune your list.

3. The history page just doesn’t need a cover flow UI. It’s totally useless because pages from the same site can look almost identical, therefore forcing the user to jack up the cover flow icon view to full size. I’d rather have the history break things down by hour if possible. I frequently try to recall pages in terms of time: “I saw that yesterday around 9am.

4. The new tab button in the top right corner is just not useful. It’s dimmed to a darker gray and makes the user think they will get a new window, not a new tab. If the new tab glyph must be there, why not add “New Tab” to it as well?

5. The tab bar at the top of a window was very jarring at first. I think it would be interesting for Apple to allow users the option to revert functionality and then track it (with the user’s consent) to better evaluate major changes like this.

Remote.app Hints

This is a helpful hint if you’re running 10.4.11 like I am and would like to try the new iPhone app called Remote.

Step 1: update iTunes to 7.7.

Step 2: Go to your System Preference > Sharing and make sure Remote Apple Events is checked in the Services tab. Also check iTunes Music Sharing on the Firewall tab too just for good measure. You can leave the firewall itself off.

Your iPhone should show up in the left column in iTunes under “Devices”. It will automatically ask you for the 4 digit passcode as shown on your iPhone. Fill that in and you’re done.

Tiny Safari Hint

This is really just an odd thing I stumbled upon one day…

In Safari, open one window and then create a new tab so you have 1 window with 2 tabs beneath the address & bookmarks bar.

Open a URL in the first tab. When it’s finished loading, you can drag the url’s Favorite icon to the second tab to load it there without having to bring that tab to the front. I think that’s kinda neat.

How I Blog

Sometimes people comment to me in person about how quickly I can get posts up on my blog as if I’m doing some magic trick. I’m also writing this because at the same time, I was looking at MarsEdit and wondering how it would make my blogging experience easier. I guess I’ve determined that it won’t since I’ve already come up with a few shortcuts to speed things up:

1. Bookmark the post composition page on my blog.

2. A custom FTP applescript application that sits in my dock. It’s configured to pop open my FTP client, log into my server, and go straight to my images directory. When I make a graphic for the site, I just drag it onto that icon in the dock and forget about it. I never use the built-in photo upload feature of WordPress when this seems so much faster and reliable.

3. I tend to refer to other sites in most posts, so I just open a new tab in the same window and open the post bookmark. This way I’m not hunting for the source URL when I’m trying to create the reference link.

4. When I make any kind of screenshots, they’re already in a webready format, so there’s rarely a trip to photoshop to modify things. I may end up using skitch just because it’s great at quickly drawing arrows, circling things, and creating instant saves.

Designer Tip: Zoom In Anytime

For those of us who need to know if something is “off” by a pixel, this is a great way to do so in any application at any time.

Open the “Universal Access” Preference Pane and on the default tab “Seeing” is the “Zoom” on/off radio button. Click the “on” radio button and then configure the amount of zoom in the “Options” button to the right.

Test it by pressing Option-Command-+(plus) and you’ll zoom in in no time. To get out of the zoom, press Option-Command–(minus).

World Tour for Shut-Ins

This isn’t news but it seems that people are really taking advantage of performing for audiences around the world via the internet. I think it’s highly cool and I have considered doing something like this in the past with my former bandmates from college. Except we’d be collaborating over the web by emailing recordings and guitar/bass tab back and forth to create the songs. I’ve been getting the itch to play again and just might start something in Ann Arbor/Northville once we get moved in. The new house has a huge basement and would be a great place to practice.

Hello world!

Okay, I just couldn’t take the Blogger experience anymore. It was driving me crazy with the neverending site rebuilding and lack of basic features. I switched over to WordPress and the install worked just as described. In five minutes, I had my blog up and running. I had to only edit 2 lines of code. Now that’s what I call an installer.

There won’t be anymore post icons as I don’t have the time to update every imported post. Therefore, I’m losing the category icons in favor of the text on the left column. A small price to pay for the functionality I was dying for for so long.

My plan is to create some static pages for things like guitar tab that I’ve had to create as a result of playing the tribute nights with my brother and occasionally, his band.

I also want to make a page for my Jeep Wrangler parts wishlist. I’ve been drooling over tons of parts for so long in 4×4 catalogs that I figured I better post the part details before the pages become unreadable due to excessive saliva buildups.

The old design was also getting on my nerves because I felt like it really didn’t suit me anymore. I’m really happy being a new father and loving my little family. The black pages had to go. I needed to lighten it up a little.

I wish I had more time to upload more baby pictures, but I haven’t. Therefore, I think I’ll just make a pic of the week from the homepage. This way, I can manage 1 upload a week compared to 80.

In other news, Elise is 6 months old and teething like there’s no tomorrow, I’m heading up to Drummond Island June 16 for my 2nd Jeep Jamboree, and Melissa is easily defending her title as Best Mother In The World.

We are also planning two more house projects. As if not having a kitchen for 2 months is bearable, we’re scheming to rip apart the backyard to throw down sod and a dog kennel for the nuttiest woofer I’ve ever known..

The other project is geared toward solving our 5-year closet space dilemma. We are looking into the idea of converting our sun room to a large walk-in closet. The changes would not structurally wreck the room but would make a MASSIVE difference in the way we feel about our house.

Melissa and I like our house alot and don’t see an upturn in the real estate market around the bend anytime soon, so we’re trying to fix the place up enough so that we’re happy with it again. Elise’s belongings are multiplying every week and we desperately need to create more usable space before we get completely squeezed out of our house.