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Links for the week of August 23, 2010

If you plan on graduating from Wabash College, in Indiana, you’ll need to have played the game “Portal”.

Ommwriter – Plaintext editing, zen style.

How to read without distraction.

Dieter Rams, a major inspiration for design at Apple.

Safari Reader Mod, makes things a bit nicer.

Miniature Pencil Art, carved in the lead/graphite of pencils.

I guess Android development rakes in the cash after all.

Fighter jets and Russian bombers, in Canada:

Three Great Safari 5 Extensions

As you might have guessed from my Enabling Extensions in Safari 5 post, I’ve  been keeping an eye on extensions as they get released, and trying to figure out what suits my web browsing habits the best. So far, I’ve found three extensions that I really think are worth having: AdBlock, Lucidica, and YouTube5. Continue reading

Enabling Extensions in Safari 5

Safari 5 Icon

1. What are Extensions?

Apple recently released the newest version of its web browser, Safari. One of the major new features that Apple has introduced is the ability to add extensions. What are extensions, you might ask? Extensions are a way for software developers to add their own features to the browser. For example, a developer could write an extension that would automatically remove Google Ads from web pages you visit. All you, as a normal computer user, would need to do is install that extension – and bam! No more Google Ads cluttering up your web browsing experience.

However, there is one catch: Apple wants to launch the feature to the public with a large gallery of tested and approved extensions ready for public consumption. So, Apple has hidden the ability to use them, while they give developers time to create and test their extensions. Don’t worry, it’s dead easy to flip that hidden switch and enjoy your own extension-goodness ahead of the crowd!

2. How do I enable extensions?

Enabling extensions is a simple two-step process, that only takes a few mouse clicks. Continue reading

iPad Thoughts

For the people who are looking to buy a laptop or netbook, the iPad wont be a replacement for that. However, I don’t think that this is meant to compete with a netbook. I don’t know quite what Apple is intending the iPad for either. However, I can see some uses in things like education/medicine (with more and more pre-university level schools giving out BOTH laptops and textbooks, it would make sense to just give out a single device that would replace both the books and the laptop, while being cheaper and much lighter on the back than both).

Reading an ebook on a netbook or laptop is not an ideal experience, and this is where the iPad’s strength lies. As a tablet-style ebook reader, I think it will blow most of the current competition out of the water, unless you really want an e-ink screen. I think this because of a) the full colour display (instead of black and white) for things like pictures and graphs, and also b) because of the very broad implementation of the EPUB standard (so book publishers can include lots of multi-media in their books). To illustrate how EPUB might come into play, let’s say you are reading a book where -for example- an interview the author did gets referenced, and you can just tap to watch that full video without having to leave your “book”, I think that’s a very compelling thing that will jump out when somebody uses the device. Without a doubt, it will still be a luxury device though, not something everybody and their third cousin has.