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Tuesday, January 07, 2003

New Mac Stuff....


New PowerBooks
The new [powerbooks] released today have some cool stuff. A 12" and a 17" were both released (mine is 15). The 17 seems too big - my 15 is already too big for most bags. The 12 seems too small to be practical (though should be real popular in Japan). The cool stuff, though, is:
1. [FireWire 800]
Double the throughput of the original. While no devices yet will really push 800mbps, this are the first machines to carry FireWire 800, which itself is significant.
2. [AirportExtreme]
Apple has now embraced 802.11g, which is cool. Better range and security than 802.11b, and backwards compatible, now "g" will be mainstream. BUT Apple's new Airport Extreme internal card is mini-PCI, NOT PCMCIA, so you can't put it in older machines like my PowerBook G4 that's all of 3 months old.
3. GeForce 4 graphics.
These are the first PowerBooks to have nVidia chips (which usually run too hot for powerbooks).
4. Bluetooh
So my fairly new powerbook is already very outdated :(

New Software
[Keynote] looks like PowerPoint without all the useless crap MS tries to convince you you need. Apple's X11 implementation looks pretty rad, I know lots of geeks will be wetting their pants over it.

Safari: Yet Another Web Browser (and how to turn off the Metal appearance in safari)

So Apple released the first beta of their "Safari" browser today. Unfortunately, like all their other recent "iApps", it uses the "brushed metal" look introduced with QuickTime Player 4. This use of the metal appearance actually violates Apple's own Jaguar Human Interface Guidelines:
Mac OS X version 10.2 provides developers with a new ?textured? window
appearance (see Figure 5-4). This window style has been designed specifically for
use by?and is therefore best suited to?applications that provide an interface for a
digital peripheral, such as a camera, or an interface for managing data shared with
digital peripherals, such as the Address Book application.
This appearance may also be appropriate for applications that strive to re-create a
familiar physical device?the Calculator application, for example. Avoid using the
textured window appearance in applications or utilities that are unrelated to digital
peripherals or to the data associated with these devices.


Well, it turns out that Safari looks a LOT better without the silly brushed metal look! Here's how to turn off the heavy metal in the browser...

Make a backup of your Safari before trying this!
1. Control-click on Safari to bring up the "Show Package Contents" contextual menu.
2. Navigate into:
Safari:Contents:Resources:English.lproj:
3. Open "Browser.nib". You will need the most recent MacOS X Developer Tools package to do this!
4. In the window marked "Broswer.nib" select "Window" and hit shift-command-i to bring up the Inspector. The last item in the inspector is a checkbox "Textured Window". Uncheck that, save, and quit.

Now start up your modified Safari. Now it looks like it should!

The coolest thing about Safari...
Safari already has a pretty well fleshed out ScriptSuite - while it doesn't even support Open URL yet, it seems, it does have a Document class that let's you get the current URL in the browser from AppleScript or JavaScript. I've been wishing Chimera could do that for a LONG time for some of my little hacks for doing Blog posts and editing HTML. Now if only the rest of Safari's scripting support worked....

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