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Mozilla Firefox 3.6 Released

mallumax Re:Javascript performance (284 comments)

I used to hold this opinion (benchmarks != real world speed) until recently. But I have found that the test results compare favourably to real world usage. For example Google wave is sluggish on firefox while chrome has no problems with it.

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Firefox 3.6 Released

mallumax Javascript performance (284 comments)

My javascript performance comparison between Firefox 3.6 and Chrome and Safari http://www.manu-j.com/blog/firefox-3-6-vs-chrome-vs-safari-javascript-performance/432/

As usual, Firefox performance on the v8 benchmark is pathetic where Chrome is more than 10 times faster.It is 24% faster than version 3.5.4 in V8 but it is clearly not enough. In the sunspider test, chrome is 2 times as fast as firefox. In this test, 3.6 is 17% faster than 3.5.4. Safari too comfortably beats Firefox in both these benchmarks

more than 4 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome For Mac and Linux Dev Builds

mallumax Re:Wha...? (251 comments)

No, I (or rather chrome devs) meant Cocoa. Take a look the relevant bug discussion

more than 5 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome For Mac and Linux Dev Builds

mallumax Re:Phoning home (251 comments)

You can use chromium if you don't want to use the google branded Chrome. Chromium will not send any data to anyone.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome For Mac and Linux Dev Builds

mallumax Re:Wha...? (251 comments)

I'm not current on development for the Mac, but I've heard that multiple processes can't share a single window in OS/X.

Do you happen to know how Chrome works around this, or is this not an actual limitation?

I'm not a mac dev and what i'm posting here is gleaned from several svn log entries. So it might be wrong and inaccurate :). The chrome architecture is that there is a main process which handles the UI and there is one process per site which is launched but do not handle the UI. In Mac, the one process per site works but if you open up Activity Monitor you will see that the additional processes are shown as "Not responding" though in reality they are.

What is happening here is that OS-X expects the additional processes to respond to UI events and since they don't mark them as "Not Responding". Two solutions have been proposed

1. have dummy code which responds to UI events to keep OS-X happy
2. Rip out the Cocoa code from the additional processes which will make OS-X not expect the process to respond to UI events.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome For Mac and Linux Dev Builds

mallumax Re:Wha...? (251 comments)

I have been following chrome for mac development closely on my blog with weekly updates. Here is a list of the functionality as of Build 17426
What Works

* Almost All Websites
* Bookmark pages
* Most visited sites
* Open link in new tab
* Open new tabs
* Omnibox
* Back, Forward, Reload
* Open link in new window
* Drag a tab to make a window
* Launch new tab
* Cut, Copy, Paste
* Keyboard shortcuts
* about:version, about:dns, about:crash, about:histograms
* Find in page
* History with search
* Form Fill
* Delete Thumbnail in New Tab Page
* Window Positions Remembered
* View Source with synatx highlighting and clickable links

What Doesn't Work

* Plugins (No flash -> No youtube)
* Bookmarks Bar
* Print
* about:network, about:memory
* Web Inspector
* Input methods such as Kotoeri (Japanese)
* Preferences (Partial implementation)
* Full Screen Browsing
* Favicon (thanks brin)

more than 5 years ago
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Safari 4's Messy Trail

mallumax Re:Safari does clean up after itself. (200 comments)

Anyway, chrome beta is coming on nicely and hopefully I will be able to ditch safari for good. [Firefox is my main browser but I do need a second browser].
I have been keeping track of mac chrome and in the last two months it has become quite stable and only thing missing is flash. Some here would even consider that a feature.

more than 5 years ago
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Safari 4's Messy Trail

mallumax Re:just poke around in ~/.mozilla/* (200 comments)

At least it is in one place. Here it seems files are scattered all over the place and in non obvious locations.

more than 5 years ago
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Safari 4's Messy Trail

mallumax Re:Safari does clean up after itself. (200 comments)

"Empty cache", doesn't delete everything.
before: 737M -Caches-
after: 571M -Caches-
This is seriously fucked up.

more than 5 years ago
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iTunes On OS X Finally Has Competition

mallumax Re:Basic feature? (668 comments)

As far as I know, except for visualization plugins there are no true plugins. What is listed in Apple site are uitilities which exist outside of iTunes. Show me a plugin which adds a feature to iTunes and can be managed from iTunes ? iTunes is touted as a music management program. Most of us have a well structured Music folder. What if you buy DRM free MP3 music online ? Or free music available from indie bands ? You should be adding them manually to the iTunes library ? I don't think so.

more than 6 years ago
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iTunes On OS X Finally Has Competition

mallumax Re:The Truth (668 comments)

Please check out the songbird player. It may not do everything you have listed but it does support quite a few

more than 6 years ago
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iTunes On OS X Finally Has Competition

mallumax Re:Feature Creep is not a Feature (668 comments)

I was not advocating for themes. But choice is good. My firefox theme is the default one because it is really good now. But in the past I have used many other themes because I didn't like the default theme. Also I'm not advocating for feature creep but rather for plugins. I rather like the firefox model in that also. But some features like folder watching should exist in the client IMHO

more than 6 years ago
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(Useful) Stupid Unix Tricks?

mallumax Re:There is this part ... (2362 comments)

FTP to desktop ? Which FTP client allows you to type commands like "cd a:" ?

more than 6 years ago
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D-Link DIR-655 Firmware 1.21 Hijacks Your Internet Connection

mallumax Re:Why... (428 comments)

The best wireless router I had is from Buffalo. It is switched on 24/7 and I never had any problems. It is also damn easy to install tomato on it though for some models like WHR G125 you need to install a special version of tomato.

more than 6 years ago

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Debian to Replace GLIBC with EGLIBC

mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mallumax writes "Debian has decided to replace GLIBC with EGLIBC primarily due to hostile maintainers of GLIBC (mainly Ulrich Drepper). The EGLIBC is a variant of the GLIBC which stays source and binary compatible with the original GLIBC. It has better support for embedded architectures, Support for building with -Os, Configurable component, Better testsuite for optimized or biarch packages and a stable branch with fixes for important bugs.This might be the start of an exodus from GLIBC and its fate is atrting to resemble that of Xfree86. The abrasive attitude of GLIBC maintainers has been source of much criticism but this is the first time that a mainstream distribution is willing to abandon GLIBC, which is one of the most vital components of any distribution."
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U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine F

mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mallumax writes "American health officials on Sunday declared a public health emergency over increasing cases of swine flu, saying that they had confirmed 20 cases of the disease in the United States and expected to see more as investigators fan out to track down the path of the outbreak. Other governments around the world stepped up their response to the incipient outbreak, racing to contain the infection amid reports of potential new cases from New Zealand to Hong Kong to Spain, raising concerns about the potential for a global pandemic. The cases in US looked to be similar to the deadly strain of swine flu that has killed more than 80 people in Mexico and infected 1,300 more."
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Former Halo Wars employees leave Microsoft for iPh

mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mallumax (712655) writes "ArsTechnica reports that two former Microsoft employees Paul Bettner and his brother Dave has left the Halo Wars project to create iPhone games, with their start-up company, NewToy, becoming the latest talents to throw their support behind the platform. According to them "We quit our jobs because we believe in the iPhone. We believe it has the potential to be as revolutionary to handheld gaming as the original Gameboy was". The ArsTechnica writer is not impressed by their decision to leave Halo Wars to create a Chess Game for the iPhone. But maybe they are just testing the waters with the chess game and is planning to learn from their mistakes for the next game which might be lot more complex than Chess."
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Change.gov launched by Obama

mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mallumax writes "Obama has launched Change.gov. According to the site "Change.gov provides resources to better understand the transition process and the decisions being made as part of it. It also offers an opportunity to be heard about the challenges our country faces and your ideas for tackling them. The Obama Administration will reflect an essential lesson from the success of the Obama campaign: that people united around a common purpose can achieve great things.". The site is extensive and contains Obama's agenda for economy and education among many others.They first define the problem and then lay out the plan. Everything is in simple english without a trace of washington speak. The site also has details about the transition. According to many sources Obama's transition efforts started months ago. It looks like, this site was also part of the plan. The copyright for the content is held by 'Obama-Biden Transition Project, a 501c(4) organization' . If Obama puts half this effort in translating his policies into actions, US is going to prosper like never before."
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iTunes on OS X finally has competition

mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mallumax writes "The truth is : iTunes is an average music player. Though the UI is simple and good like most apple products, it has lagged in features compared to music players available on linux and windows.A feature as basic as monitoring a folder and adding the latest music files to library is unavailable in iTunes. There are no plugins or themes. Despite the many faults many of us continued to use iTunes because of the lack of options available. But today the wait is finally over. Not one, but two music players have become credible contenders. Songbird: An open source music player which has been in the works for more than 2 years has finally released its 1.0 Release Candidate builds. The team behind Songbird have members which who previously developed for both Winamp and the Yahoo Music Engine. It has support for extensions and themes(feathers in songbird parlance). Amarok: The undisputed champion among linux music players is finally coming to OS X thanks to due KDE 4 being ported to OS X. Amarok developer Leo Franchi has been able to run a Amarok on OS X natively. So we can expect a reasonably stable Amarok to hit OS X in a few months time. Hopefully these players will gain traction among OS X users which will finally force Apple to either step up in terms of features or open up iTunes for extensions."
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Pocket Sized Projector has arrived

mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mallumax writes "David Pogue of New York Times has reviewed, Pico which is a pocket projector from Optoma . The review is quite entertaining(he projects the images on to a plane's ceiling leaving passengers baffled) and detailed. The highlights are : It is a pocket sized projector which runs on batteries and can project images and videos from a variety of sources like iphone,ipod and dvd players with a 480x320px resolution with a maximum screen size of 65 inches at 8.5 feet. It uses a non replaceable 10,000 hour LED lamp and a DLP chip from Texas Instruments. The battery lasts for 90 minutes and can be recharged through USB or with its own power chord. The device weighs 115g and comes with an inbuilt speaker which is practically useless. If you want one, it will set you back by 430$."
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Amazon launches "Frustration-Free Packaging

mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mallumax writes "Amazon has announced the launch of "Frustration Free Packages". The Frustration-Free Package is recyclable and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It's designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging (on the right). Products with Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box.Amazon works directly with manufacturers to box products in Frustration-Free Packages right off the assembly lines, which reduces the overall amount of packing materials used."
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Fallback plan for Google Apps

mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mallumax (712655) writes "A lot of small businesses use Google apps to simplify the IT administration and to take adavantage of the excellent web interface. My company is one among them.Right now, we are completely dependent on google for our email. In light of recent Gmail outages, it has become increasingly necessary to have a backup/fallback plan in place. We have around 60 employees and our mail volume is moderate. Setting up an email server is well within our capability. Considering all this, what are our fallback options ?"
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Hans Reiser Sentenced to 15-to-Life

mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mallumax (712655) writes "Hans Reiser, who had pleaded guilty and had led police to his wife's body earlier was today handed a prison sentence of 15-to-life.Jury trial had concluded in April this year with Reiser's first-degree murder conviction. That carries a 25-to-life term, but the authorities, in a backroom deal, later offered him 15-to-life if he produced his wife's body and waived any rights to appeal his conviction."
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mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mallumax writes "Eric Farrarohas discovered a phishing exploit using Google Public Service Search. This service meant for universities or other non-profit organizations allows you to modify the header and footer of the search results page. The modified code resides in the google server. Since the modified code was not filtered for javascript Eric inserted javascript functions(jpg) which hid the normal search results and rended a completely new page, all hosted on google's server. The result is GMail plus served by google.com doamin.Google has been alerted of the problem and they have taken down the login."
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mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mallumax writes "Virus.gr has tested more than 50 AntiVirus products with more than 147184 virus samples. Leading the pack is Kaspersky and Active Virus Shield by AOL followed by F-Secure. McAfee and Norton doesn't make it to the top ten coming at with McAfee coming No.13 and No.14 (Enterprise Edition) and Norton at No. 22. Among the free antivirus products Avast ranks at 16 and 17 while AVG ranks at 23 and 24.
In the pures heuristic scan Nod32 has blown away the competition with scores more than double that of the third placed VirIT and 4th placed AVG"
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mallumax mallumax writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mallumax writes "Google has started to offer its IM,Email,Calendar and Web Page Creator as a bundle under Google Apps For Your Domain. The service is free now and ad supported. Google said it will offer a ``paid, premium'' version with the option of being ad-free and more administrative control and compliance features to meet the demands of bigger corporations and government agencies. Is this the sign of Google Office? If Writely and Google Spreadsheets are added to this bundle, it can meet the needs of quite a lot of small businesses."

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