Jul 17

Good news for all those that feel the new Developer menu in Safari 4 lacks some of the Debug options of earlier versions.  Apparently, the Debug menu is far from gone, and in fact just takes a new command to fire it up…This hack comes from chleuasme and Frederico over at Mac OS X Hints.

defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1

To shut it off, just switch the “1” to a “0”…

Found over at Mac OS X Hints…

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Jun 18

I just saw this on  modmyi.com, how to tether your iPhone via Safari.

Apparently, it’s even working for AT&T, although no one knows if AT&T will kill that function shortly.

So if you haven’t already discovered tethering is working on iPhone firmware 3.0 (even for AT&T). You can enable AT&T tethering via a simple .ipcc (download AT&T.ipcc) update via iTunes OR you can make it happen in an even easier manner via Safari on your iPhone!

BenM.at is hosting TONS of iPhone tethering configuration files for many many networks across various countries.

Simply browse to help.BenM.at/help.php via Safari on your iPhone

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Select Mobileconfigs

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Select Country

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Select Provider

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Select install

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Select Install Now

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Select Done

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That’s it, Now just browse to Settings->General->Network->Internet Tethering->On and you have tethering.

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Note: at the time of this writing tethering is still working for AT&T even though they said it would not work. Here’s hoping that AT&T doesn’t prevent this overnight!

thx to iClarified for pointing out BenM.at

via modmyi.com-Easily Enable Tethering on 3.0 via iPhone Safari!

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Jun 16

As this article points out, Safari is losing share, even on OS X.  While it’s been no surprise for some time that Firefox is the de facto standard for Windows users; I really didn’t think that many users out there on OS X also choose Firefox.

Asa Dotzler’s most recent posting on Safari usage graphs some usage statistics and shows that Safari is indeed losing share, albeit slowly, to Firefox.

Safari, just like IE, gets virtually all of its usage by shipping as the bundled and default browser with its operating system. (Safari’s usage share on Windows, where does represent an actual “choice” is even sadder than Opera’s — completely irrelevant.)

The actual case is that we have a bundled browser on Mac that’s losing share to Firefox over time. What does this look like? Well, according to Net Applications, here’s what it looks like.

As you can see pretty clearly by the trend lines, Safari is losing share on Mac and Firefox is gaining share on Mac.

That’s not “more and more people choosing Safari.” Exactly the opposite, more and more people are opting out of Safari and choosing Firefox instead.

Now, Safari usage is growing. That’s plain from my previous graph. The explanation, though, is not more people choosing Safari; it’s more people choosing Mac. That’s a very different thing. Having chosen Mac, Safari users, about 27% of them, have opted out of the bundled and default browser and instead chosen Firefox.

Is it just me, or does anyone else seem to see a major correlation that when a Windows user switches to Apple, that one of the ONLY things he/she can actually control and get a similar feel for as in XP/Vista would be Firefox?  I like what the last commenter on Asa Dotzler’s blog posted:

What I think you miss though is that most mac users who have been mac users use Safari. Most people I know who have recently switched from a PC to the Mac use Firefox just like they used on their PC. So I see it more as a natural progression…. but who knows… maybe your right…

Posted by: Mike | June 16, 2009 5:08 AM

In his most recent posting, Asa goes on to say

…Another example is Apple’s Safari browser on Macintosh. Apple’s bundling of Safari caused it to very quickly become the dominant Mac browser. In the four and a half years since we shipped Firefox 1.0 for Mac, we’ve managed to siphon off about 27 points of share from Safari, but Safari still sits with a comfortable 72% of Mac browser usage.

On both Windows and Mac, the OS vendor bundles a browser and taking browser usage share from those is very difficult. No one, other than Mozilla, has been able to put a substantial dent in the share of those two bundled browsers.

(What’s also really interesting to me is that Firefox has done better on Mac where it has had a much more capable competitor in Safari.)

One of the reasons that no one is able to seriously dent Microsoft and Apple’s browser share is that those two OS vendors ship their OS and their bundled browser on about 300 million new PCs every year.

…So, even if Mozilla or Google or Opera managed to get a PC user to switch there’s a very good chance that in the not too distant future Microsoft or Apple will at least temporarily regain that user’s default browser status and another shot at being just “good enough” for inertia to work for them again — all this without having to do anything to actually make their browser better.

I think that saying Safari (and maybe IE8- never used it, probably never will) isn’t doing anything to upgrade the browsing experience is ridiculous.  Although I do use Firefox quite a bit on Linux and Windows systems, Safari on OS X- at the very least, is a formidable competitor to the Firefox experience.

And going back to what the commenter said from Asa Dotzler’s posting…Hmm…maybe that’s why Firefox is growing on the Mac Platform, because there are Windows converts seeking some familiarity?  Just my .02

via Asa Dotzler’s Blog

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Jun 09

A major complaint for all versions of Safari on OS X is that there is no default ad-blocking.  While there may be several good alternatives or hacks to get ad-blocking in Safari, there is one that doesn’t touch your Safari install whatsoever.

GlimmerBlocker works around having to hack Safari by implementing it’s ad-blocking via http proxy.

From their site:

About GlimmerBlocker

The problem with other ad-blockers for Safari is that they are implemented as awful hacks: as an InputManager and/or ApplicationEnhancer. This compromises the stability of Safari and very often create problems when Apple releases a new version of Safari.

GlimmerBlocker is implemented as an http proxy, so the stability of Safari isn’t compromised because it doesn’t use any hacks. It is even compatible with all other browsers.

You’ll always be able to upgrade Safari without breaking GlimmerBlocker (or waiting for a new release); and you’ll be able to upgrade GlimmerBlocker without upgrading Safari. This makes it much easier to use the beta versions of Safari and especially the nightly builds of WebKit.

Because GlimmerBlocker doesn’t hack Safari, there is a few things it isn’t able to do: adding a block by right-clicking an image, stopping pop-unders, and filtering cookies from 3rd party sites. But you win a lot in stability, and GlimmerBlocker provides much easier methods for adding your own modifications to pages by adding css rules, pieces of Javascript or by transforming the html before Safari receives it. So I’ll hope you’re happy with the tradeoff.

If you can program in Javascript you’ll be able to add your own modification to pages. See the included filters for examples, e.g. adding a download link to YouTube

We will be trying it out and posting it to our Scripts/Plugins area if we like what we see.  This is not by any means new, but a lot of complaints have been surfacing with Safari’s lack of ad-blocking in general, so we’re throwing it out there…

via http://glimmerblocker.org/

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Jun 08

Well…for all those rocking iPhones, or or those who will be buying a new iPhone 3G s…This is for you.

The new iPhone 3.0 will sport some great new Safari features

  1. Autofill forms (it’s about freaking time)
  2. Javascript will be much, much faster
  3. Streaming audio and Video via Quicktime’s dark forces (actually it’s XHTML’s dark forces; Engadget is calling this X- style HTML, Apple has a funny way of “renaming,” so I’m pretty sure this is just XHTML)
  4. HTML 5 Support (audio/video tags)

I for one do not use an iPhone, but the new one has got some amazing features, and some that have been a long time coming (MMS, a camera better than the Fisher Price digital camera for kids…etc.)

So it seems that Apple won’t be loosing there market anytime soon, and I’m sure customers will be increasingly happy with the new features.  We just have to figure out how to get Coverflow for your browsing history on the iPhone.  Now that would be sweet…

The iPhone pretty much devours all the other news that drops at WWDC, and Engadget is my favorite place to get all the news at.  Check out Engadget’s coverage here

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Jun 08

Out of Beta folks!

Safari 4 has now dropped for the masses.  Obviously, Apple WWDC will explain all the latest and greatest so lets give you the quick n’ dirty rundown:

  1. fast, fast, fast
  2. ability to kill off a plugin without crashing the browser
  3. history via coverflow, more polished than beta (this hasn’t been tested yet by me)

download here

I haven’t got a link for the WWDC Keynote- if you’ve got iTunes its free and legal; bittorrent,  it’s at least still free…

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