02 Jun

Official Gmail Blog – Our plans to support modern browsers across Google Apps

For this reason, soon Google Apps will only support modern browsers. Beginning August 1st, we’ll support the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, we’ll begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.

As of August 1st, we will discontinue support for the following browsers and their predecessors: Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3. In these older browsers you may have trouble using certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites, and eventually these apps may stop working entirely.

via Official Gmail Blog – Our plans to support modern browsers across Google Apps. Wouldn’t that be amazing if this is start of all web applications/sites being able to only support this same list of browsers. I still know of companies that are required to support IE6. What is any company still doing keeping it’s employees on IE6?

10 Mar

PhobosLab – The State of HTML5 Audio

When I started to work on my JavaScript Game Engine back in October 2009, the biggest problems I encountered were with the new HTML5 Audio Element. The Canvas Element already worked nicely in all browsers that supported it at the time, albeit some were a little slow.

Now, in 2011, the rendering performance for Canvas has been improved dramatically, audio however is still broken in large parts. I think it is time for a change in tone. Be warned, there’s some profanity ahead because HTML5 Audio is still that fucked up.

via PhobosLab – The State of HTML5 Audio. I especially enjoy the specific complaints directed at Apple and Microsoft for only supporting MP3.

22 Feb

TechCrunch – Yahoo Engineer Complains About Lack Of Innovation At Yahoo

Right now Flickr video does support HTML5, but apparently only if it detects you have an iPad. And while the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and even IE9 are compatible with HTML5 (which does not require you to install a plugin to view video), people who want to watch Flickr videos without having to download Flash are out of luck. It’s enough to make a Technical Yahoo! go to Vimeo!

via TechCrunch – Yahoo Engineer Complains About Lack Of Innovation At Yahoo. What cruddy work Yahoo.

09 Dec

David Walsh Blog – WebSocket Update

Bug 616733 in Mozilla bug tracker details Mozilla’s plans to disable WebSocket in Firefox 4, enabled only by updating a pref setting. A Geolocation-style Firefox prompt was proposed but did not gain support. The reason for disabling WebSocket is a Google report detailing security issues with the current WebSocket protocol. That report is available here. Apple was recently known to be considering disabling WebSocket in Safari as well.

via David Walsh Blog – WebSocket Update. Remember this post about WebSockets, yeah now they are going to be disabled by default in Firefox.

05 Jul

QuirksBlog – IE’s big leap forward; CSS3 selectors fully supported

In the past few days I’ve been revising the CSS compatibility table with information about the latest crop of browsers. There’s no doubt about it: this is IE9’s show. It just supports nearly everything. No hassle, no buts.

Besides, CSS3 selectors are now fully supported by all browsers but one. And that one browser is not IE. It’s, curiously, Opera.

via QuirksBlog – IE’s big leap forward; CSS3 selectors fully supported. Awesome news and big kudos to the IE team for turning IE into a real browser.

31 May

HTML5 Globals and You – Nettuts+

Much has been written on the big ticket changes in HTML5, like forms, semantics, and media, but information on the less splashy changes is sparse. While global attributes aren’t the most sexy change of HTML5, they are the change that you will be using over and over and over as you migrate to the new specification.

via HTML5 Globals and You – Nettuts+. The most interesting attributes (to me) contextmenu and hidden are currently not usable by any browser engine.

28 Mar

IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3, iPhone fall on day 1 of Pwn2Own – Ars Technica

The first day of the annual Pwn2Own contest in which security researchers can win cash and hardware if they successfully compromise machines using zero-day exploits is finished. Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7, Firefox 3 on Windows 7, Safari 4 on Mac OS X 10.6, and iPhone OS 3 were all compromised during the competition. Google's Chrome was the only browser left standing—and in fact, was completely untested. None of the researchers at the competition even tried to attack Chrome.

via IE8, Safari 4, Firefox 3, iPhone fall on day 1 of Pwn2Own. If you are making browser decisions based purely upon security, Chrome looks like the way to go at the moment.

21 Mar

Firefox vs. Chrome

PC World yesterday ran a piece on Chrome and Firefox, comparing the two and essentially Firefox was dead and Chrome was going to win the latest browser battle.

Run Chrome and Firefox side-by-side, and Firefox is embarrassingly slow. It’s not even in the same league. It’s an old man on the running track trying to compete against a sprightly 20-year-old.

I think Firefox has lost the plot.

Personally I think the latest release of both Chrome and Firefox are good and solid releases that build upon what both of the browsers do really well. Chrome has a focus on three main things, speed, security, and getting out of the way. Firefox on the other hand, reliability, speed and extensibility. While both are in my personal and unscientific testing fast, neither is so fast as to make a huge difference towards using one over the other.

Chrome has one limiting thing that keeps me from using it, a lack of extensions. Granted in the some of the latest developer editions, which I am running, there is now support for extensions. However these extensions limit something that I enjoy so much in Firefox, the extensions are currently limited to JavaScript files that are tacked onto each of the pages that you visit. While JavaScript can certainly do a lot of things inside of the browser and such, it can’t make Chrome look different, or interact outside of a particular browser window. That provides a limitation that Firefox extensions don’t have.

At the same time, to quote Dave Winer: “Firefox hasn’t shipped a feature that I care about in a long time.” Indeed what new feature did Firefox ship with lately that I cared about? Nothing, I still and will always recommend Firefox to people and to switch away from IE and even Safari (don’t get me wrong Safari is a good browser, I just don’t like some stuff that it does), but I’m not passionate about either Chrome or Firefox. Granted right when Chrome came out it was really, really fast, and a browser made by Google with Google Gears built in sign me up. Then Firefox released their new JavaScript engine and Chrome and Firefox essentially became the same speed and now, meh.

They are both good browsers, but both have become simply a part of something that I use for hours on end and essentially use to do pretty much everything I do, from my job, to my finances, to heck finding an apartment and buying insurance is done through the web. The only applications I have open in my normal day to day life is Firefox, Chrome, Postbox, iTunes, Pidgin and Twhirl. Notice everything is built for and revolves around the web ultimately in that set, except for iTunes, mainly because music over the web is still a poor experience compared to playing my music.

I want a browser that adheres to standards and is fast and reliable. Both Chrome and Firefox and even Safari provide that, what else does the average person need in a browser?

Someone go and rethink that question for a few months and then I might start caring again.

21 Mar

Apple Pushes Safari Through Apple Software Update

Apple which is legendary in some circles as being described that it can do no wrong, well that just proven as not true today. The big story of the day is that Apple pushed onto Windows users via the Apple Software Update, Safari 3.1. What occured is that if you have iTunes or QuickTime you have an option when installing either of those to install the Apple Software Update. This application as even described by Apple is designed to Update your software, not to install new software. What happened is that if users weren’t paying enough attention as one of my very tech savy friends did today, when updating iTunes or Quicktime, Safari installs even if you didn’t have Safari installed.

This was a rather upsetting move by Apple in the minds of many people. Now granted the installation isn’t spyware, won’t hurt your computer, is promoting a diversity of browsers and certainly not a bad browser at that. Also your default browser remains unchanged, but that doesn’t change the fact of the matter that software was installed in a rather dubious manner. The software was installed via a program designed to update software not install completely new software on your computer. This in my mind makes Apple look either like a monopolistic company using it’s power through iTunes to push other software onto people’s computer or like a spyware company not being completely upfront about it’s intention or very clear when installing software.

Some columnists have said that users should pay attention as to what software is and isn’t being installed. I agree with that position 100 percent, no question users should be aware of what is and isn’t installed on their computer. Now I want you to all go and ask someone not so technically literate what is installed on their computer. If they can name beyond 10 programs, I would be surprised. Then have them go look at what is actually installed and see if they even know what about half of them do. If they are like most of my non-tech savvy friends they won’t know. Yes, people should be aware of what they are clicking on and what they are and not accepting. One of the largest complaints about Windows Vista Security Dialog, it pops up so often people become used to it and click accept no matter what. Same thing here, we are conditioned to click “Okay” and keep going no matter what.

This is the problem, companies already push software onto our computers as is. Why do we want one more company starting. Granted on the Windows world our computers come pre-installed with bloatware, and other companies have done it in the past. Does that give Apple a free pass to do whatever they want? No of course not. The question here isn’t whether or not companies have done it in the past or what is or isn’t pre-installed, the question is about what Apple is currently doing. I would love to have someone tell me how installing software via a program designed to update software is not being devious.