Ch-ch-ch-changes

by Giles Turnbull

It's almost a certainty that a few weeks after writing an article about something on Mac Devcenter, my use of, or opinion of that software will change completely. Some time later, I'll be doing something completely different from the thing I said I'd be doing at the end of the article.



I'm fickle like that.



Some examples:



What's on Your Dock?



Since I wrote this, my Dock has shrunk down to a tiny row of icons in the top-right of my monitor. I only use it to see what's running, or to drag files directly into BBEdit or Graphic Converter.



Launchers for OS X



I stuck with LaunchBar. Quicksilver is nice, but I prefer LaunchBar.



Outboard brains for Mac OS X



I still use Notational Velocity for storing all kinds of bits and pieces, but no longer as a short-term text editor. Thanks to getting better organised and installing DropDrawers, I've been able to do all my editing in BBEdit.



21.5 Things You Can do With Office 2004



Office used to get fired up about once a month for me to maintain my accounts information in a spreadsheet - but in a fit of frustration recently, I suddenly moved all my (very simple) accounting details over to OmniOutliner.



RSS: The Next Generation



I'm still using era for some feeds that I like getting delivered, but have recently spent a lot of time using (and enjoying) the very capable NewsFire program for reading feeds.



Meanwhile, back in my Safari preferences...




I've just switched back to Camino, once again, after another brief fling with Firefox as default browser. Why? Wonderful as Firefox may be in many respects, it still suffers some problems that send me scurrying back to Camino every time.




A reader of Mac360 wrote in with comments that had me nodding in agreement.




And for me, the main problem is that if left unused for any length of time, it becomes unresponsive. Some commands will continue to work, but many stop. Mostly, the only way to recover is quit and re-launch.




Camino has no such problems. Sure, it might lack some of the more fabulous Firefox features, like open-all-in-tabs, or block-images-from-this-server, or a dozen other great Mozilla ideas that are so appealing to experienced web users. But Camino's rock-solid performance outweighs anything it lacks when compared to Firefox. It doesn't only Just Work, it also Always Works, and for me that's the most important feature of all.





Are you this fickle? Or worse?


2 Comments

madage
2004-09-26 06:08:20
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What version of Camino are you using? I picked up a nightly build the other day (9/24) that has most of the 0.9 features in it. When it imported my Safari bookmarks, the bookmark groups that are supposed to open in separate tabs not do. Pick up the most recent nightly build, you might be pleasantly surprised. Personally, I'm sticking with Safari for now, but I love Camino's speed.
madage
2004-09-26 06:09:16
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Sorry, that "not do" above should be "now do."