April 28, 2005

Safari, better than ever

Safari continues to stay cutting edge, thanks to David Hyatt's work to make Safari the first browser to pass the Web Standard's Project's Acid2 Test. And while not part of the current release in Mac OS X 10.3.9 or the about to be available for the world Mac Os X 10.4, these changes are sure to be a part of a future release in short order.

Being fully standards compliant is extremely important in this age, there are so many browsers, so many web sites, that without standards, it would all be a royal mess. Internet Explorer is no longer the de facto standard, and has for years failed to be standards compliant as the internet evolved. Microsoft is now paying the price for that, as are web designers that catered to IE's flaws. Cute graphics on web sites claiming that the site looks best when viewed with IE or that require IE for certain features are no longer a badge of honor, but a warning label that the web designer failed to code properly, used obsolete tools, or just plain didn't care enough about their target audience to create a site that was browser independent, something that can no longer be done in this modern age.

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April 22, 2005

Apple Mythology and Desktop Security

Yahoo had a great article on Apple Mythology and Desktop Security, delving into some of the security problems that exist on x86 hardware, and how such vulnerabilities for the most part do not exist on other hardware platforms. An interesting read.

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April 17, 2005

Asterisk GUIs

Asterisk is making the news again, this time with a story about various folks coming up with GUI interfaces for Asterisk to help manage various tasks.

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April 8, 2005

Mac based PBX

Lately I've been reading up on a facinating piece of software called Asterisk™ , an Open Source PBX (Private Branch Exchange), basically a system for running multiple phones/lines just like most decent sized companies have. And the thing that caught my attention is that it can run on the Mac without too much fuss.

Of course, to get the most use out of it you'd need an IP enabled phone, or a softphone application for your desktop, but regular phones and phone lines can be made to work too with some extra hardware to interface them. I'm seriously thinking about setting up such a system here at home. I'll post more about this when I've had a chance to play with it a bit more...

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