The Google Browser: Google Chrome (beta)

Looks like the Browser Wars have been rekindled with this new kid on the block. Yes, Google released their oft rumoured browser in the wild.Google ChromeMore info on the Official Google Blog: A Fresh Take On The Browser. And for the technically inclined there’s a comicbook explaining it all. Or skip the hoopla and take Chrome for a testdrive yourself (Windows only for the moment).

“Thank you for taking the survey.” – 2008

A List Apart is repeating last years survey:

The Web Design Survey, 2008Calling all designers, developers, information architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites. It is time once again to pool our information so as to begin sketching a true picture of the way our profession is practiced worldwide.

Take the survey yourself at http://aneventapart.com/survey2008/

“Thank you for taking the survey.” part 2

Back in April A List Apart held a survey among people working in the ‘web-industry’:

The web design survey 2007In April 2007, A List Apart and An Event Apart conducted a survey of people who make websites. Close to 33,000 web professionals answered the survey’s 37 questions, providing the first data ever collected on the business of web design and development as practiced in the U.S. and worldwide.

And *drumroll* here are the final results. Findings From the Web Design Survey

Testing with IE6 and IE7 on a Single PC

Logo Internet Explorer Great news from the people who brought us Internet Explorer. They’ve released a Virtual PC image containing a time-limited WinXP SP2 with IE 6 for all our testing pleasure. No licensing required! And if you don’t have a copy of Virtual PC yet, they’ll give you Virtual PC 2004 for free to run it all.

Logo Internet Explorer Great news from the people who brought us Internet Explorer. They’ve released a Virtual PC image containing a time-limited WinXP SP2 with IE 6 for all our testing pleasure. No licensing required! And if you don’t have a copy of Virtual PC yet, they’ll give you Virtual PC 2004 for free to run it all.

Read the IEBlog on how to run IE6 and IE7 on a single PC.

Note: Haven’t tested it myself yet. I need to do some HD-cleaning first.

MSN …ehr… Live Local Virtual Earth 3D (Beta)

Local Live Virtual Earth 3D Apparently it’s live. A 3D extension to the map search of live.com which lets you fly through their maps like a bird.

Local Live Virtual Earth 3D Apparently it’s live. A 3D extension to the map search of live.com which lets you fly through their maps like a bird.

Of course I wanted to:

See brand new, amazing 3D views that make using maps more exciting than ever.

No need to tell you this is IE 6/ IE 7 only. But a few install screens down the road I got the warning that my locale wasn’t supported. Argh… couldn’t that particular piece of detection not be done in advance? Or let me install anyway so I could view the skylines of US-only cities?

Thus for the moment no ‘review’, but there are plenty to be found around the web. Although I wouldn’t want to call it a ‘Google Earth killer‘ yet.

Oh and BTW: Why does Live.com keeps thinking I understand Spanish?

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Released

Logo Firefox And another official one down! Less than a week ago Microsoft upped their browser to a 7.0 version. This time it’s the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla Firefox is now a 2.0.

Logo Firefox And another official one down! Less than a week ago Microsoft upped their browser to a 7.0 version. This time it’s the Mozilla Foundation. Mozilla Firefox is now a 2.0.

Yes, improved tabs, RSS discovery, looks, spell-checker for form-fields with downloadable dictionaries,… Get Firefox. If you dare.

I wonder how many extensions are borked this time. Let me tell ya in a minute…

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Major Google Earth Update (Maps to follow)

Read all about it on the Official Google Blog: Happy Birthday, Google Earth:

We got so excited around here about the first anniversary of Google Earth that we decided to celebrate a bit early. Beginning today, you can download a brand new version, Google Earth 4. Running on OS X? Feel the love. Prefer Linux? Ditto. Yes, we’re releasing simultaneously for PC, Mac (universal binary for full performance on both Intel and PowerPC based Macs) and for the first time ever, native support for popular Linux distributions. And we should say “salut,” “ciao,” “hallo,” and “hola” to our French, Italian, German and Spanish users, because Google Earth is now fully localized for those languages in addition to English. This includes a UI localized to French, Italian, German, and Spanish, as well as local search, driving directions, geo-coding, and unique local information layers for those countries.

And… better resolution, KML for Maps, geo-coding, Maps for Enterprise …

Firefox ACID2 compliance on its way

ACID2 Reference image Now, after Safari, iCab, Konqueror & Opera 9 beta, it’s Firefox’ turn to comply with the ACID2 test. David Baron has built a special development version of Firefox that fixes some rendering issues that kept it from complying before. You can see the screenshot of ACID2 in action on his Flickr account.

Now, why is seeing a smily face a good thing? Well, hopefully, this will bring about full cross-browser handling of CSS. And hopefully the times of hacking around for browser differences is coming to an end. IE7 fixes a lot of CSS-bugs, but apparently is not fully compliant to all CSS-standards. So the questions remaining: When will it be incorporated in the regular Firefox? When will IE(7) comply?

Hell hasn’t frozen over, yet…

I know Apple didn’t mind if anyone were to install Windows (XP) on their new Intel Macs. But actively making it feasible by themselves?

Apple – Boot Camp:

More and more people are buying and loving Macs. To make this choice simply irresistible, Apple will include technology in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets you install and run the Windows XP operating system on your Mac. Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.

Sidenote: It only works when you have an Intel Mac, the latest OS X version (10.4.6) and a legit WinXP install-cd. I’m happily cruising along on my PowerPC. 🙂 What’s next? Linux on a Mac? 🙄 😛

Google Earth: Suspected Earth Impact Sites March 2006 update (KML)

SEIS database legendThe IFSG released a new database containing all the known suspected earth impact craters. I could not stay behind and updated the collection for Google Earth.

Google Earth KML Download the March 2006 edition of the SEIS database (200KB KML).

So if you happen to discover some craters yourself, now you can check if it’s in the collection of suspected and/or confirmed craters.

Addendum (2006-03-14): A few people noticed that some craters are far off from where they’re ‘supposed’ to be. Just take a look at the crowd at 0 lat. & 0 lon. or ‘Hongkong’ in the middle of Africa. It’s all because the positioning in the original database is sometimes missing or just plainly wrong. It was my deliberate choice to include all structures and not filter out the bad ones.
I’m slowly trying to find the right spot for some craters, but with 500+ structures it isn’t easy it’s quite a puzzle. 🙂 Especially if there are no visible cues on the ground. So if you have any suggestion as to where each crater really belongs, use the comment box below and I’ll update ASAP. Thanks!
Added note: It looks like the conversion from Excel to KML introduced some errors as well. My bad, sorry.