Archive | October, 2008

19 October 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Payoff!

All my years of using Amazon, feeding my buying habits into their recommendation engine… well I knew the payoff would happen someday and here we are.

While preordering my 15″ MacBook Pro (hereto referred to as “the new hotness”) Amazon melted my face with a legendary buying tip:

First, I love the discount.  When spending nearly $4000, I can rest easy knowing that I’m saving 0.003%

Second, I have to applaud Amazon for suggesting this pairing.  I’ve been concerned that my new notebook might be lonely and this the perfect solution.

Third and finally, I really have to question this pairing.  A MacBook and a MacBook Pro?  Those of us who buy our notebooks in pairs would opt for the Pro and the Air, not the Pro and basic MacBook.  It’s just common sense.

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19 October 2008 ~ 2 Comments

“Whoever has the money has the power”

That’s a line from 2007′s The Lookout, now playing on the Encore network.

What accounts for Firefox’s success has been covered ad nauseum in comparisons of the two browsers – better security, smaller disk and memory footprint, faster rendering, etc.

What many may not know about Firefox is that it has a tool that has become a necessity for web development – Firebug.  Firebug is an add-on that allows you to inspect HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and modify content on-the-fly, allowing you to quickly find and solve problems with pages during development.

In 2007, Microsoft introduced the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar, which does similar things though not nearly as well.  Going from Firebug to IEDT is a noticable step down.

Combined with a better interpretation and implementation of various web standards (most importantly CSS), Firefox and Firebug are the tools of choice for every web developer I’ve ever met.  Internet Explorer is quickly becoming (let’s not kid ourselves – it already is) an also-ran for the web development community, only fired up when a bug is filed.

Take Salesforce as an example.  Salesforce is considering dropping support for Internet Explorer 6 later this year, at least for newer features.

“In addition to working on next-generation UI, we frequently wrestle with random, difficult-to-reproduce, hard-to-fix bugs in IE6.  And while we admittedly love a challenge…working around bugs in older browsers isn’t really how we want to spend our time.  In fact, investigating and coming up with solutions for bugs that appear only in IE6 robs us of time we would rather spend on new feature development, which is what we love doing and where we believe our customers would also prefer we focus our efforts.”

“But our current thinking is that our next-generation UI enhancements, to be released starting later this year, will not be supported on IE6.

This is one part natural decline in usage of IE6 and one part frustration in working with a poor client tool.

As another example, at work we make heavy use of Rally, a tool for managing Agile software development processes.  Rally is all but unusable on IE7 (I wouldn’t even attempt to use it with IE6) as it makes heavy use of AJAX.  The more front-end code you’re cutting, the more it behooves you to develop in an environment that provides a compelling advantage and right now that’s Firefox.

Microsoft has the money and Microsoft has the power yet developers have fled from the platform.

The web is now being defined by those developing for it and they’re increasingly focusing on Firefox first and Internet Explorer second. It’s the quickest way to get a site launched.

…which begs the question – do they really have the power?

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