Tag Archives: Browser

Windows 8 Has Enough Apps

Over the past week or more as things had been building up to the launch of Windows 8, one common theme has been running through a good number of the tech blogs and review sites, i.e. “Windows 8 does not have enough apps“. I call bull on that.

I’ve been running Windows 8 Enterprise Preview for the last 3 months on and off dual booted with Windows 7 and personally, I don’t use that many Metro/Modern UI style apps because I’m a coder, I live in Netbeans. But over the last week, many more apps have been added to the Windows Store and personally I think there are more than enough applications.

It’s been said and it has been proven many times that most people do not use more than 30 applications at any given period in their life time. How many games can one play simultaneously, if I might ask? At best, one will have approximately 5 good games they will alternate through given their daily schedule or interest. Currently the Windows Store has over 990 games. Some are crap, and others are pretty good. But truth be told, I’d only ever play at most 10 of them.

Beyond games, we have productivity suits and dedicated apps for web services, like the WordPress App I’m using to compose this. Most people will only ever need a handful of these, and the rest they can have access to directly via their favorite web browser. Then we have communication tools such as Skype, which is already present, and I expect the official Facebook and Twitter apps to arrive soon as well. In the mean time, I can use my web browser, or the Windows People application for Facebook.

News apps? I fail to see the need of these applications, when I can just fire up my browser and hit their web page. No added value in my opinion beyond wanting to have a presence in the store. And there are over 50 of these already in the store.

When I look at people using an iPad or Galaxy Tab, the above applications mentioned are all I see them use them for, and most of these basic applications are already present in the store, so I really don’t buy the argument that Windows 8 doesn’t have enough apps. Once again, I call bull on that.

I don’t think anyone should use that as a valid reason not to consider purchasing a Windows 8 device, and actually if you go Pro, you won’t need all those Modern UI apps because you can just install their desktop counterparts and get stuff done, or better still, open up a browser and hit the web service and get stuff done via that channel as well.

If you don’t like Windows 8 or you are already heavily invested in another platform such as iOS or Android, that is cool, but it should not be the basis for criticizing a platform before you try it.

I think Windows 8 is going to do well on its own and although I won’t be writing any Modern UI apps in the short term, I certainly will be putting a whole lot of stuff on the world wide web. So just get a browser and hit the interwebs. I always recommend Opera.

So You Don’t Like Facebook’s Small Font? Here’s A Solution

With the recent re-design on facebook things have changed quite a bit and one of them is the font-size of the News Feed. I personally don’t like the small font size and I hate to strain my eyes. So here is a 3 minute, 3 step solution to get your News Feed looking nice and dandy. Continue reading

Yahoo! Must Hate Opera

Yet again Yahoo! goes live with new a Beta Version of its awesome web based email system, sporting some interesting colour changes, menu improvements and organization. But once again, they have dealt a heavy blow to the Opera Browser by distinctively excluding it from its list of supported browsers.

Yahoo! Mail Not Supporting the Opera Browser

Yahoo! Mail Not Supporting the Opera Browser

It may be true that currently Opera holds the least market share in the browser wars but I do not feel that is a justification for Yahoo! to consider leaving out the browser. In the previous iteration of its email client, the same approach was taken and the ever hard working team of Opera devs found a nice way to by pass the problem and allow their browser users to continue their daily work unabated by the tactics of the Yahoo! corporation.

I wonder what issue the Yahoo! devs have with the browser that make them consistently ignore it. Is it JS? Opera has one of the best JS engines in the running. Is it HTML5? I don’t think that is the problem. Perhaps it might be the rendering engine not providing the same font-sizes and pixel counts as other browsers; but that should hardly ever be an issue.

I would be glad if a Yahoo! dev or someone who knows enough about the workings of the Yahoo! Mail development would comment on this issue and probably make me and hopefully the Opera browser developers know point blank the issues they have had with their browser. Or perhaps they should just openly state they don’t provide support for it due to it minimal market share (but then that would be open discrimination, not based on technical reasons :) ).

Internet Explorer 9 Will Be My Second Favourite Browser

As  a designer or developer, you need tools that inspire you to work or create, and few of our tools provide the inspiration we need at times. One of our major tools when it comes to web development is the browser and one needs to use a browser that inspires innovation, design wise. Internet Explorer 8 is one such browser. Continue reading

JavaFX Running In Opera 10.5 (a hack)

I just had to post this. After I posted about two weeks ago while using Opera 10.5 pre-alpha about how Opera failed to use the Java Plugin and hence could not display JavaFX applets, I finally got JavaFX to run in Opera. Awesome. See below for images of Opera 10.5 with and without the hack.

Here is what you need:

  1. Download the new version of Opera 10.5 beta, which supports the Java Plugin instead of their old way including applets
  2. Download this Opera menu extension which provides an augmented developer menu
  3. Change your User Agent to identify the browser as Internet Explorer or Mozilla by going to “O Menu (top-left)” – > Page Tools -> Developer -> User Agent -> Internet Explorer
  4. Go to www.javafx.com, and you should get JavaFX to load in Opera smoothly (ok mine hanged a bit before it loaded the applet, but hey this is a beta so such things can be expected, but on refresh it loads in a Flash)

So now, all we need to do is wait for Oracle/Sun JavaFX engineers to update their browser detection code, so we do not have to use this hack.