9 Reasons Not To Switch Back To Safari from Firefox

I remember the day well.

I wanted to try out Zillow, but it would only run on IE or Firefox, not Safari. I downloaded Firefox, tried it out and never looked back.

Best was using the same browser on my Macs and the corporate laptop. With the Safari for Windows, I thought I’d try Safari again, since I could duplicate the browser experience across platforms once again.It seems the experiment is over and I’m back to Firefox.

The reasons?
1. The web editor for WordPress is flaky in Safari, rock solid in Firefox.
2. While both browsers auto detect feeds, only Firefox allows direct subscription in Google Reader, by current reader of choice (sorry Brett!)
3. OS X antialiased font rendering is great on the Mac. On Windows, it makes Safari look fuzzy. I saw it immediately.
4. Safari spawns new windows even when I tell it not to. Firefox obediently opens new tabs and rarely overwrites a page that I want to keep open
5. Both browsers are equally prone to memory leaks and have to be shut down prior to using memory intensive programs like Photoshop. Safari failed to provide any gain.
6. The bookmark sidebar in Firefox allows for rapid scanning of pages for new content within a window, especially on a large monitor. Safari only displays bookmarks in the main content window.
7. There are nice EXIF browser plugins for Firefox that let me see what camera David Allen Harvey is using today (D200, D70s or M8?). No such plugins for Safari.
8. Both browsers allow tabs to be reordered. Only Firefox allows dragging a tab into another window. It’s one of my organizing methods when I doing extensive research on the web.
9. Only Firefox has find as you type in the toolbar search box. It’s usefulness borders on the uncanny.

I couldn’t think of 10. Really.

I keep coming back to Safari for one reason. On the Mac, there is the new Inspector for webkit.  It allows you to browse styles while displaying the page. Select text and the synthesized CSS style is shown. Since I’m now engaged in understanding CSS for the first time, this is a very useful learning and troubleshooting tool.

Memories of Newton

tech ronin: To iPhone or Not?

The painful memories of looking forward to and being disappointed by the first Newton still affect my thinking on whether or not to get in line and buy an iPhone next week. I am an optimist and a technology enthusiast.

I know the feeling. I’ll never forget sitting in my car and staring at the Newton MessagePad screen that was almost unreadable in daylight. Some how I got used to it and perservered with my Newton for several years before switching over to the much more practical Palm Pilot.

Now I carry a Blackberry, required because of corporate mail. It’s a decent phone and a really good mobile email system. It has a tiny screen and can’t display attachments like my last Palm could, so I always need to travel with a laptop to read attached documents. It works as an EVDO modem with my corporate laptop (not my Powerbook). The calendar function works fine, syncing with the corporate Exchange calendar well enough. I’ve never been able to use it for note taking or mobile text database the way I did with the Palm. I blame this on it’s Outlook style Notes and Tasks which just don’t work for me. I use the Web browser for Weather Underground and Google Reader almost exclusively as they provide a pretty good mobile experience.

It’s on Verizon, so in Europe it needs to be synced from the laptop. I’d like to believe that I could switch to the iPhone, get global GSM, usable browsing, calendaring and note taking but I just don’t think the corporate integration will be their. I’d have to carry both the largish iPhone and the large Blackberry. I imagine that I could use the web access to corporate email, but I doubt I’ll get usable email and calendar integration. We use Blackberry. Otherwise you’re on your own. Like the iPod and Apple TV at their introductions, they will useful gadgets, but probably will take some time before they gain enough traction to force general integration.

If ever. I’m on the sidelines for this one. For now.

On Deciding . . . Better : Imagination as Simulation

On Deciding . . . Better : Imagination as Simulation

Simple solutions to complex problems are usually wrong. Complex problems usually require complex solutions. In a complex situation it can be hard to know which variables are important. We tend to act from simple biases based on simple analogies once complexity becomes too great.

When decisions involve uncertainty, multiple goals and multiple effects technology can help amplify imagination. In my own life, I’ve been exploring how this technology can help me clarify my goals, understand my assumptions and help me act in a way that is most consistent with what I believe.

With my effort to set ODB 3.0 up on a new server, I was feeling a bit nostalgic. Via the Wayback machine, this was my first ever posting to ODB 1.0. My beard was black and there’s an energy in the writing that I now find admirable. I was learning about new domains of knowlege in Decision Theory. Having digested and incorporated them, I’m on to new challenges.

These days I find myself wondering about the border between awareness and . . . well whatever we’ll call the behaviors generated by the brain that we are not aware of as conscious experience.

Mind Hacks: Personalised drugs

Mind Hacks: Personalised drugs:

The idea of genetically testing people for drug suitability is causing them [Drug Companies] a bit of a headache at the moment, as they’re desperately trying to think of ways to make money out of it.

Pharmacogenomics has to be one of the most misunderstood areas of drug development today. We’re used to the idea by now that our genes do not determine who we are. Genetic inheritance puts us at risk for some diseases more than others, makes us more or less likely to excel at certain mental or physical tasks, influences our adult height or weight. But strong effects of single genes are rare. Instead there’s a complex interacting system of multiple genes and environmental effects that, based on what we now know about complex systems, will not act deterministically, but rather affect the probability of future events.

It seems clear that, unless there is a strong single gene effect on something like proteins involved in drug metabolism and clearance, genes will have an uncertain influence on response to drug.

In the end, knowing some one’s genetic background, like knowing their particular symptom complex, will inform the physician about where to start therapy and the chances of success. But there will never be a way of “knowing” if that means a high degree of confidence in knowing the outcome of therapy.

Let Everyone Be Your Teacher

Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science: The backseat driver principle

The driver overestimates his control over the situation (including his own car as well as others on the road). The backseat driver (“Whoa–you’re taking that curve too fast!”) underestimates the driver’s control. As a driver, I listen to the passengers because they provide a useful corrective. Even if the backseat driver is sometimes annoying, it makes sense to listen.

My principle: There is no learning without feedback. Be open to every bit of advice, criticism and praise you receive. Evaluate it, but don’t automatically believe it.

Functional Path Training: Is Periodization Daed?

Functional Path Training: Is Periodization Dead?

Traditional periodization also fails to address adequately the planning and preparation for team sports. We build upon principles of adaptation and current research to build plans that are realistic in our cultural and competitive milieu.

As I’ve ramped up my activities this year, I’ve come to a similar conclusion. My activities are determined largely by weather, travel for work and family commitments. I can’t follow either Friel or Carmichael‘s classic periodization approach. So I have have a broad plan to achieve my goal of being more fit next spring than I was this year and work around the reality as it occurs. Best reference I have on this: Brian Clarke’s 5k and 10K Training.

The Pot Failed In It’s Attempt to Surprise

DSC_4481.fpw, originally uploaded by jjvornov.

This is image is for everyone who says that colors in Nikon D80 images don’t “pop”. I spent some time putting some of the Italy photos through the standard postprocessing for the first time. I had been hoping to have my new Macbook Pro by now, but it may still be “4-6 weeks” for delivery.

In order to get the look I want, images like this need to go through Photoshop where I can control curves and local contrast/luminance as I wish. I’ve been converting from RAW in Capture One, but I may give Nikon’s Capture NX another try once I have the new laptop.

The Bing Blog Tag — You’re It! «

The Bing Blog Tag — You’re It! :

I’m pretty new at this blogging thing and it’s clear to me, even as a newbie, that some blogs get noticed and some just sort of lie there on their backs, peeing like babies on a changing table into the brisk digital wind.

Priceless! And I should follow his advice here.

Beyond the Berm Was the Road

DSC_4660.fpw, originally uploaded by jjvornov.

I post processed this Nikon D80 image only because I wanted to compare it to the black and white images I’ve been working with lately. Desaturated, this image looks very similar. With the bright late spring acid greens added back in, it gets more prosaic. It’s not as strong a composition as the best of the recent black and white, but I took the lesson from it nevertheless.

It’s a different language for me. Color is more difficult, since the form and light have to support what the color informs.