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Apple Safari For Windows Partial Menus For Many




Apple, if I were a teacher, and you turned in a term paper with no titles, I’d have to give you a failing grade. This is how I felt when I decided to load Safari on my Windows XP computer. This week I read about Apple coming out with Safari for the Windows environment, and [...]






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Apple, if I were a teacher, and you turned in a term paper with no titles, I’d have to give you a failing grade.

This is how I felt when I decided to load Safari on my Windows XP computer. This week I read about Apple coming out with Safari for the Windows environment, and thought OK, I’ll give it a try. Now, I understood that the software was in beta form, but I did not think it was at an alpha stage.

The installation went fairly smoothly, except I was given an option to Install Bonjour Service. Confusing to say the least since I was expecting to be installing Safari. The installation screen reads:

Bonjour for Windows enables Safari to detect shared devices on your local netwok and make them available to you. For example, you can view and configure shared printers available through Bonjour, without any complica…

Was that last word complications?

Well, let me tell you of complications with the Safari for Windows XP Pro.

After going through the install, I launched Safari, and the first impression was all the menus were missing. They had little dashes – present in place of the menu items. Not only were the menus missing in the tool bar area, but the Apple website was missing large amounts of information and data. See the Safari screen shots below.

Apple Safari Missing Menus
Apple Safari Missing Menus

Apple Safari Support Information Missing
Apple Safari Screen Shot With Missing Support and Menus

FYI, I also have a Mac PowerPC G5 desktop computer, running Mac OS X, version 10.4.9 and did the install of the new Safari on that platform prior to installing it on my Windows platform. So, I knew what it was supposed to look like.

I tried a number of fixes for the problem. Tried downloading the complete package again, with QuickTime included and then uninstalled and reinstalled Safari. I still had the same problem. I hate spinning my wheels on something that should work, but at the same time I hate giving up. So, I placed the issue on the back burner until today. After doing some research online, it appears that many people are having the same no menus problem.

I went to the Apple forums area for Safari for Windows and there is quite a collection of talk going on about this problem.

See the threads: Safari 3 Public Beta for Windows

and all the various forum talk for missing menus:

Apple.com > Support > Discussions > Safari

There is a fix for the font issue. Fix font issue in Safari for Windows. However, I feel that it is a workaround solution at best. Apple, if 99.9% of all my Windows programs function properly, I should not have to use special treatment for Safari.

Letter to Apple

To be honest with you folks, I have not been a particular fan of Safari on the Mac for quite some time. Most people that have a Mac have switched to Firefox a long time ago, in order to have a better browsing experience. Pages that would not be displayed properly on Safari, would be displayed fine on Firefox. Safari has to be more forgiving, if you wish people to take up the use of it as their main browser.

As an Internet marketing marketer, I have had to verify different websites for various customers across a broad spectrum of industries. So, having more than one browser, and more than one computer system is a prerequisite for website development.

Don’t dismiss this so lightly. If you say, that if website developers were to program their pages to certain standards, then everything would work properly in Safari. No, with so many people using the Windows environment, this argument is foolish indeed.

Now, you are trying to make the step into the Windows browser environment. I applaud your thinking, and think it will be good in the long term for both the Apple brand and giving the consumer more choices, but in the short term you are frustrating many individuals and not exactly helping your brand image.

So, for the moment Apple, I have to give you a failing mark. Go back and rewrite your code. Give me titles that I can read. Let me see the text in websites. Don’t be afraid to use some color. I’ll give you another chance, but don’t short change yourself or your long time fans. Give me something that I can write home about.

Sincerely,

Jim Warholic
President of Professional Web Services, Inc.

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Ubuntu Linux Free And Easy Install OS




Microsoft Must Really Be Getting Worried About Linux With the story coming out this week, about how Microsoft is claiming patent infringements against open-source software programs such as Linux and Open Office by Sun Microsystems, Inc. I happen to discover a new Linux called Ubuntu through one of the news articles online. More about Microsoft [...]






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Microsoft Must Really Be Getting Worried About Linux

With the story coming out this week, about how Microsoft is claiming patent infringements against open-source software programs such as Linux and Open Office by Sun Microsystems, Inc. I happen to discover a new Linux called Ubuntu through one of the news articles online. More about Microsoft later.

A couple of years ago, I had an extra computer lying around that I decided to make it dual boot between Windows 2000 and Red Hat Linux. The install with Red Hat was through several install CDs, along with a documentation CD, and three source code CDs. It was somewhat of a time consuming job. Then, trying to get the Red Hat Updates to function was even more troublesome, (never did figure it out.)

When I came upon the Ubuntu Linux OS, I thought I would give this a try, especially after I read about some of the easy to use features associated with Ubuntu Linux such as a good graphical interface and numerous free software associated with it.

With Ubuntu Desktop Edition you can surf the web, read email, create documents and spreadsheets, edit images and much more. Ubuntu has a fast and easy graphical installer right on the Desktop CD. On a typical computer the installation should take you less than 25 minutes.

There are two main versions of the software. There is a desktop version and a server version of the software. The website is very informative about how to download, burn a CD image, verify the integrity of the CD, and finally installing of the software on a computer. In addition to being able to download the software from numerous websites from around the globe, you can request several free CDs, or buy them from one of their world-wide distributors. The download is relatively small in size for an OS, and actually fits on one CD. With high-speed Internet, it did not take very long to download. However, if you are on a dial-up, or have a slow connection, it might be good to order the free disk.

Once the software was downloaded and a CD was burnt, installation went very smoothly and incredibly fast. There were a number of immediate updates that the software recommended, which was automatically performed with a click of the mouse. Automatic updates are what we have all gotten used to with all the Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X software operating systems. But until seeing the ease at which Ubuntu performed the update function, which had been nonexistent or difficult with other Linux systems, has made Ubuntu Linux a really good alternative to Microsoft Windows OS. Once the OS software was installed, it was a simple matter to download, and load programs from a list of hundreds if not thousands of other open-source programs and applications online.

By-the-way, I now have a triple-boot system. One that has Windows 2000, Red Hat Linux, and now, Ubuntu Linux system.

Take a look at the minimum computer hardware installation requirements. Note: For older computers with even less memory or hard drive space and with slower processors, Xubuntu is a steam-lined version of Ubuntu. Xubuntu is also available for free. Both Xubuntu and Ubuntu come with lots of pre-loaded software including office applications and Web browsing software. Download Xubuntu here.

For something that is free and easy to use, I would say it is well worth the small amount of time to load Linux Ubuntu or Xubuntu OS on that spare older computer. You might be surprised what you can do with it. As always, have fun.

Jim the online marketer.

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