Sunday, June 24, 2007


But don't you like computers?

There's one thing I really don't like doing with computers -- I'm not enthused about installing operating systems, reformatting and rebuilding computers. It's not really *doing* anything with a computer -- it's just something that needs to be done in order to do anything with them.

It's one of the reasons why despite my liking Linux and the like in theory, I've never really bothered to install it and tinker with it -- for me what's interesting and exciting is what you can *do* with computers and technology. Certainly I'm interested in applications -- and getting things done. And I'm interested in all of the computer science parts of how operating systems, networks, and databases work -- that's what I went to school for.

One of the frustrating things that you can get in life is that if you love computers (and have an IT related career) -- that this is the sort of thing that you like. The "fix my computer" sort of thing -- and it is something I don't really like to do with my own computer. It might be like the person in construction who doesn't repair their own home...but yeah, I hate those sorts of repairs on my own computers.


Monday, June 11, 2007



I was a bit surprised to see that Apple is releasing Safari for Windows. I only occasionally use Safari, as I primarily use Firefox across all the platforms that I use. Just like Fake Steve Jobs.

However, I downloaded the beta version of Safari for Windows, and it's a bit odd. I don't really think that "typical" Windows users are going to use it -- it'll be good for web developers, and especially good once you realize that's how iPhone applications will be delivered. I'm a bit skeptical about how much the iPhone will really take off, though elements of it look really good and I think it'll be good for the smart phone industry as a hole.

One of the strange things is that Safari doesn't feel like a Windows application -- it feels even less like one when running on Windows than iTunes, perhaps because we've had a decade worth of experience in how a browser on Windows should be like. But I think it's a bit strange that as people are critical of applications like Firefox and the like that aren't fully Mac-like, that it's ok for Apple to make software for Windows that isn't like any Windows software.

That said, I suspect that the main users of Safari on Windows will be web developers...

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