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# Me being bummed

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The Code Zone logo contest ends tomorrow. Unless I get a flood of entries in the next 24 hours, I'm going to declare the contest to be an utter flop. I'll post the entries and crown a winner and award a prize, but I'm pretty disappointed in the number of entries.

Safari on Windows is official and, ACID scores notwithstanding, it is a steaming pile. The only reason to have this thing on a windows machine is if you're a webmaster who wants to see how your page looks on a Mac and don't actually wanna buy a Mac. Otherwise it's the most jarring unintuitive thing around. Imagine for a moment the consumer backlash if Microsoft released Office for the Mac and it was a pixel-for-pixel clone of the Windows version, right down to the Vista-style titlebars. The fanboy angst would reach the heavens!

But it's not really an issue. Safari really doesn't have a reason to exist on Windows marketing-wise. Firefox is excellent in Windows, and you'll need to have more than slightly better handling of javascript esoterica to unseat Firefox's nigh-unlimited customizability and extensibility.

Speaking of which, the new Firefox is pretty good. Google Browser Sync doesn't work with it (and appears to have been abandoned), so I'm trying Mozilla Weave. Good so far.

Also I'm now using NetVibes instead of iGoogle because NetVibes has better google calendar support, go figure.

I might tweak the scoring for ConFusebox 2 a second time because one of the metrics is still too high. Mind you, this is closing the barn door after the cows are out, but so far only a couple of cows are out, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Intel/Microsoft are apparently releasing a mini-laptop. It runs Windows and is dinky like an OLPC and is $400 and I just don't get it. I bought an Acer laptop at a Black Friday sale for$350, and it beats the pants off Intel's offering at every turn except for two things -- size and lack of rotating storage. Are Flash-based mini-laptops really so compelling that people are gonna pay a price-premium for 'em? I mean, I can understand selling mini-laptops for education at a really attractive price-point, like $150-$200, but once you get your laptop into the $400 range, then you're competing against real laptops. And in an apples-apples comparison of features, the mini-laptops are gonna lose. But at the low end of the scale, like$200 and below, the main competition is against PocketPC machines, and the tables turn. Save for phone-capabilities, a mini-laptop can beat the pants off a Windows Mobile device, and that's where they need to be.

But hey, I'm no marketer. I'm also not the target market for these critters so what do I know.

Speaking of which, Maggie's still having great fun with her OLPC. She discovered that, while some Flash sites are slow, Strongbad emails play just fine. She likes the songs he sings while he checks his emails.

She sent Strongbad an email last week. Gotta watch that kid.

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 Original post by johnhattan Imagine for a moment the consumer backlash if Microsoft released Office for the Mac and it was a pixel-for-pixel clone of the Windows version, right down to the Vista-style titlebars. The fanboy angst would reach the heavens!
Word 6.0.

It did.

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