Category Archives: Beta

Safari 4 Beta for Windows and Mac

Well it is that time again Apple has relased the Safari 4 beta For Mac OS X 10.4/10.5 and Windows XP/Vista (I’m sure it will work in Windows 7 Beta). This time around it brings a new javascript engine called Nitro that claims to be the fastest. Som more of the new features include: Coverflow in bookmarks manager, 3d style top sites view that shows sites that you view often, top title bar style tabs, and the most important of the features is os native themes (It now looks proper on windows). Yes all of that does sound much like Google Chrome (Except the coverflow bookmarks) but it is done its own style.

The bookmark manager stil exibits the same issues as the prvious versions… the issue is where sometimes titles are not imported right from firefox exported bookmarks.html. Bookmarks access is a pain for those who choose to hide the bookmarks bar due to the auto hide menu bar (Which you can set to always show). And if you hide the bookmarks bar you loose access to the Bookmarks and Top Sites buttons.

Over all it is a good browser but is not enough to get me to switch from my Chrome knock off Firefox setup. For those looking to try another browser you can check it out at apples site (http://www.apple.com/safari/).

Safari 4 Beta for Windows - Classic Safari 4 Beta for Windows - Luna
Safari 4 Beta for Windows - Royale Safari 4 Beta for Windows - Aero Glass
Safari 4 Beta for mac - Leopard

FlashBack: Apple Rhapsody DR2

I recently recived a old IBM Aptiva E 294 and I decided to install FlashBack: Apple Rhapsody DR2 on  it.

It didn’t go as planned over all… First off it didnt like the 13gb hard drive until deleted all of the partitions.  Then once i got it installed there was driver issues (Thats to be expected).

The driver issues were that the ATI Rage pro turbo onboard video and ESS Solo-1 integrated audio and Realtek pci network card. I spent hours trying to get the video fully working (I couldn’t get it past greyscale)… didn’t even get to sound or networking working before i set the project aside for now.

I will try the project later on if i track down some some drivers for some of that hardware.

Google Sync & iPhone OS

Recently Google released “Google SyncBeta for your mobile phone”… a way to sync your Google calendar and Gmail contacts with various phones including the iPhone (also works on iPod Touch). I Tested it on my iPod Touch and found it works amazingly well.

Combine GMail Imap with the new product and all my important data is in sync on my iPod Touch.
Anyway this was my short initial Mini revew.

If you have one of the support phones below give it a shot:

  • iPhone (and iPod Touch)
  • BlackBerry
  • Nokia S60
  • Nokia standard
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Windows Mobile

You can check it out @ http://www.google.com/mobile/default/sync.html

Youtube HD – My First Test

A while back YouTube launched HD support… but I havent had a chance to try it yet. Well I decided to give it a shot in the processing of testing another laptop. I used a Fraps captured clip from the game Bully: Scholarship Edition captured and uploaded at 1280 x 800.

Here is the test video

As a bonus here is my current play in the game ;)
Me in Bully: Scholarship Edition

Windows 7 Beta

It seems Microsoft underestimated the demand for the public beta when they announced it…. to make it worse they set a cap of 2.5 million download slots. Due to that cap everyone flooded in to get the beta when the 9th started… essentialy a user created DD0S. Few peole were able to get through but most weren’t able to (me included).

Later on in the day some direct urls for the x86 and x64 iso files were posted and many downloaded… but no keys due to that Microsoft had pulled the system offline with the message  “Windows® 7 Beta coming soon!” and later on the message changed to “Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal — we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.”

I look forward to them releasing the beta again… but I hope their system can handle it properly this time. Anyway when its brought back online you will be able to get it at:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx