Firefox continues to lose market share alvin March 7, 2015 - 10:08am

I was surprised to read on Computerworld that Firefox continues to lose market share. A couple of years ago it felt very slow on Mac OS X, but these days it’s much better, and I use it as much as I use Chrome. (Maybe they lost users when it was slower, and they never came back.)

Website visitors by Operating System and Browser alvin August 31, 2013 - 6:18pm

Here’s a quick look at recent visitors to this website, first by Operating System and then by Browser.

The Chrome JavaScript debug console and [Object object] alvin August 11, 2013 - 1:38pm

As I’ve gotten back into client-side web development -- specifically using Sencha Touch 2, a JavaScript framework -- I’ve quickly run into a problem in the Chrome JavaScript debug console. When I try to use console.debug() to debug an object, I get this non-useful output about the JavaScript object I’m printing:

[Object object]

There may be better ways to print the desired object, but I quickly discovered this trick to printing all of the properties of a JavaScript object:

A Chrome OS notebook (netbook) test? alvin December 18, 2010 - 6:39pm

A Chrome OS notebook test? - As a friend wrote to me the other day, "Want to try a Google Chrome OS notebook? Take you current notebook/laptop/netbook, fire up the Chrome browser, put it into full screen mode, and see how long you can work that way."

Mac Social browsers (a review) alvin December 17, 2010 - 12:38pm

A Mac social browsers review: For the last two weeks I've been bouncing back and forth between using different "social browsers" on Mac Mac OS X systems, including Mac browsers like Flock, RockMelt, and related apps like YooNo. Here's what I've learned about Mac social browser browsers, apps, and widgets.

Mac Safari shortcuts alvin December 14, 2010 - 3:48am

Mac Safari shortcuts FAQ: What are the most common Mac Safari shortcuts (Mac Safari keyboard shortcuts)?

Here's a quick list of the most common Mac Safari shortcuts (Mac Safari keyboard shortcuts):

Social networking - Who do you trust? alvin December 12, 2010 - 3:53pm

I've been trying to do a lot of things lately to make my "social networking" life easier, but technology keeps beating me down. Yesterday I created some Safari web clips so I could see Twitter, Facebook, and several other web pages on my Mac dashboard (dashboard widgets), but the Twitter and Facebook web clips kept crashing, so after several tries, I gave up.

The network is the computer - The Chrome OS mantra?

After I posted on Twitter that the Google Chrome OS reminded me of the Tektronix X-Terminals we used at NASA around 1990, a friend tweeted the reply, "The network is the computer."

If you know anything about Unix history, you know "The network is the computer" was the slogan of Sun (nee Sun Microsystems) for many years. I remember reading an article one time where Sun executive said something like, "We don't really know what it means, but we like it", in regards to this slogan.