October 26th, 2006 — Browsers
Mozilla released Firefox 2.0 on Tuesday. Major new features include:
- Updated theme and user interface
- Built-in phishing protection
- Enhanced search capabilities using search suggestions
- Improved tabbed browsing (new links will now open in new tabs as a default – funnily enough, this was the very first thing I changed when I downloaded earlier versions of Firefox!)
- Resuming your browsing session
- Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds
- Inline spell checking
More information is viewable at the Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Notes site.
I’m just in the process of downloading and updating my version of Firefox……
Edit: Just installed it – having major issues trying to run it. Tabbed browsing is broken for me. Will have to try more troubleshooting today after work.
October 9th, 2006 — General, Photography
My MiniCards from MOO arrived today. They’re gorgeous! I want more already.
If you haven’t heard of MOO, it’s a new kind of printing business that helps you to “share your virtual life with the real world”. It links in with your Flickr photostream and with four simple steps, the Flickr MiniCards can be yours too. The best thing is the price: $19.99 (US dollars) for a pack of 100. At this stage, you can only purchase the MiniCards in packs of 100.
As a Flickr pro user, I was lucky enough to take part in the MOO promotion of a sample 10 pack. The hardest thing about the entire process was trying to pick the 10 I wanted, and to come up with something witty for the back of the cards (I couldn’t at the time). The rest of the process was dead easy.
Anyhow, enough with the talking – check out the Flickr MiniCards for yourself!
October 4th, 2006 — General
The Best Present Ever. Little Britain comes to Australia! So far, I’m only aware of the one show in Sydney. Tickets are pretty pricey. Not sure whether we can justify that cost…. but it’s still very cool!
October 3rd, 2006 — Conferences
So another year of Web Directions is over, as well as the inaugural OzIA conference/retreat, both held in Sydney. Attending the Web Directions conference is a bit like coming ‘home’. It’s such a comfy feeling to be hanging out with like-minded folks.
I love meeting both old and new friends, great to put some faces to the names that I see frequently on the web, plus to meet some of the Perth people.
Highlights from the week (covering both conferences) include:
- Derek Featherstone’s various accessibility talks, in particular the concept that accessibility is personal and that it’s not just about checklists. This one really strike a chord with me – I’ve been talking myself blue about the same issues for a long time, and it was great to see it so well articulated.
- Andy Clarke‘s talk about inspired design – it reinforced my conviction in seeking inspiration among everything around me.
- Mark Pesce’s interesting talk about social networks.
- Donna Maurer‘s Lakoffâ€™s â€˜Women, Fire & Dangerous Thingsâ€™ – What every IA should know – very interesting topics, not sure where to start!
- Dan Saffer‘s beyond wireframes: documenting AJAX and RIA – particularly relevant to the current organisation where I’m at.
- Thomas Vander Wal’s Folksonomy to Improve IA presentation that really highlighted the intricateness (and coolness!) of tagging.
So I’m back in reality, well sated and well energised (mentally) from both conferences. Totally exhausted physically though! Anyhow, I’m really looking forward to Web Directions South 07 (perhaps Web Directions North too?), and OzIA 2007 depending upon how close it is to Web Directions South 07.