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Browsers You've Never Heard Of: QupZilla

QupZilla iconThe chances are that you are reading this article in one of the five most popular web browsers: Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera or Internet Explorer. Whichever browser you're using, you've surely heard of the other four, if not tried them at least once in your surfing career.

Of course, “the big five” aren't the only browsers available – there are plenty more for different platforms, and it's great that there are, because it means that the users are given a wider choice.

Joining the ranks of lightweight web browsers like Midori, K-Meleon and Pale Moon is QupZilla – a simple, zippy browser with features that some major browsers don't even have by default.

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10 Safari Productivity Apps

Apple users tend to be incredibly dedicated to the brand. So much so that they are less likely than anyone else to use a different browser. Instead, they remain loyal to Safari, and that isn't a surprise. It is a well made product, and the most compatible with the hardware it has been loaded onto.

But that doesn't mean it can't use some improvements. For those looking to increase their productivity, it is just as important to create a system of apps to assist them in the process (for fans of FireFox, here are your productivity plugins). Here are ten fantastic options to do just that.

1. Betwext


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Mountain Lion & Safari 6 Review and OS Giveaway

As Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion into the App Store yesterday for an all time low of $19.99, there was a special thing about this release: it's only available in the App Store. No other ways. Back in the days of Snow Leopard, OS installation/upgrade was still available in CD form. As Apple progresses to eliminate optical drives for their entire line of computers, Lion (or technically, OS X 10.7) became only available in two forms: App Store or an obnoxiously expensive $69. Despite the change in download options, the adoption rate soared through the roof when compared to it's only competitor, really, Windows 7. Within 9 month, 40% of Mac users have adopted Lion whereas it took Microsoft 3 times as long to get to the 40% mark. Coming on 2012, Apple's release of Mountain Lion is now only available in one form: App Store download. Will this hurt adoption rates? I truly doubt it. Mountain Lion takes the world's simplest and easiest operating system to a whole new level. It improves on the little quirks that Lion failed in certain aspects and it added features primed to make your lives easier. I'm not certainly not going to write a whole review of Mountain Lion itself since most other technology websites went into a OS-review frenzy the moment Mountain Lion was released. However, what I'm going to do is point out the best bits from some of my favorite reviews of Mountain Lion. 

If you're the kind of person who appreciates the tiny details in Apple's new operating software, you might want to read John Siracusa's review for Ars Technica. Trust me when I say this, but you'll need a hell lot of perseverance to get through the entire review. It's spread out of 24 pages with each page containing an average of 1,083 words. The total word count is in the ball-park of 26,000 words. It blows me away how John can write so much for what I would call an incremental upgrade. It covers every single intricate detail in Mountain Lion and a little more. It took me slightly more than 2 hours to read the entire review, which I'll admit, is the first time I've read spent so long reading a review in the 3 years I've been in the industry. If you plan on reading this, then I would say that this is probably the only review you need to read. Yes, it is that good. And yes, it is that long. 

However, if you're not into that kind of thing, I get why. I really do. You would be more interested in some parts but not others. Sometimes, it is those other details that John drones on and on. A few of the other technology reviewers did a stellar job and I'm going to quote the best parts of their reviews belowFor those of you asking, yes, I did read all of the reviews which I've quoted. That's some 50,000 words, I'm guessing. All of their take seems to be almost identical: It is an essential improvement over Lion. Let's take a look at the best bits from the reviews around the web.

MG Siegler, reviewing for TechCrunch

If you liked Lion, you’ll love Mountain Lion. If you didn’t like Lion, you’ll probably love Mountain Lion even more because it seems to fix a lot of the performance/quirkiness issues that some folks were having with the last version of OS X.

Nilay Patel, reviewing for The Verge

But there’s something else going on here beyond a simple purchasing decision: we’re witnessing a dramatic change in how desktop operating systems are fundamentally conceived. Mountain Lion is the first version of OS X to deeply integrate network services at every level, from storing documents to sharing photos to connecting external displays, and it seems that much lighter for it — as though Apple’s relentless charge into its post-PC era has allowed the OS X team to rethink exactly what a PC is and should be. Mountain Lion isn’t perfect, but it’s a confident, thoughtful step towards the future of desktop computing.

Jim Dalrymple, reviewing for The Loop (I'm not too sure if this is a review or not - but it can pass off as one.)

One thing that many people have been confused about since Mountain Lion was first introduced is its association with iOS. Is Mountain Lion becoming more like iOS? I asked Apple that question and the answer was “no.”

So there you have it. Mountain Lion is not trying to become like iOS, nor does it intend to. All in all, most, if not all of the changes made in Mountain Lion point to one direction Apple is heading for in the future: the cloud. Everything will be so tightly integrated through the cloud that your Mac (sorry PC people) suddenly no longer becomes the hub for all your media. It's no longer where you store most of your photos, songs, memories. It's going to be the cloud. Mountain Lion is definitely an affirmative step towards Steve Job's goal of the post-PC era. 

While I've debated on whether to include a Safari 6 review in this piece or make it a seperate piece, I've decided on the former. Truth be told, I uninstalled Chrome from my applications folder the moment I loaded Mountain Lion into my mid-2011 top of the line 13-inch MacBook Air. There are a few annoyances which I've discovered during my 3-4 hour of testing the browser that have prevented me from moving on to Safari 6 as my main browser. I'm going to some of them together with the things I like about Safari 6 in bullet point format:

  • Integrated URL/Search bar. Finally. This was a glaring mistake and omission from Safari 5.
  • Serious lack of extensions, which makes Safari look miniscule when compared to Chrome. Some of the most essential ones aren't even there. If you're a huge extensions junkie, you might want to hold off from using Safari 6 as your main browser, at least until it catches on to Chrome. 
  • It is incredibly speedy and smooth with no lags apparent when zooming in/out and sliding two fingers to the left or right ti forward and backward, respectively. However there is a limit to that smoothness and for my machine, it's 21 tabs. From there on, it starts to slow down and the fan speeds up to around 5970 rpm. Depending on how powerful your machine is, the "tabs limit" might be more or less.
  • Safari 6 pretty much forces you to use Reader from Apple, Apple's very own half-baked read it later service which they completely invented on their own. As I typically use Pocket for my read it later service, it is almost impossible to save pages from the Safari browser straight to Pocket. Emailing yourselves articles all over again. 
  • It did not crash during my testing. 
  • One major downside I felt was when I'm trying to bookmark a page that I like. When bookmarking something, I like to recognize stuff through their favicons, which also helps me save space on my Bookmarks bar. In Apple's attempt to simplify and minimalize their bookmarks bar, you can now only modify the name of the page you want to save. Their favicons will not appear on the Bookmarks bar.
  • Apple added a new, pretty cool "Show All Tabs" feature which allows you to glance at all your open tabs,a la iOS Safari. 
  • An added feature in Safari is the ability to iMessage or Tweet an article or page you found interesting straight from the browser. 

Overall, it's a major improvement from Safari 5, but not quite where it's supposed to be yet. Guess I'll still have to live with the Chromebugs. 

In conclusion, while Mountain Lion is possibly the best and most refined operating system for the Mac just yet (I'd argue for computers in general, too), Safari 6 falls short. While Microsoft have decided to radically change an operating system people have trusted and used for years, Apple decides to continuously refine their operating system until it is perfect. An analogy I can think off at the top of my head is how Apple tried, slowly yet consistently, improve their iPhones with the "S" versions, which is always an improvement from the ones without the "S" (think: iPhone 4 antenna and iPhone 4S antenna). As John Gruber pointed out in his conclusion,

That mindset and development schedule — “What can we do to make this nicer by next year?” — may well be the most important thing from iOS that Apple has taken back to the Mac.

Again, Mountain Lion isn't perfect. I'm fairly sure that we'll still discover more hidden bugs as we use Mountain Lion in our daily lives. But for now, it's as good as it gets. Frankly, it is probably the best way to spend $19.99 today, if you have a compatible machine. If you don't, too bad

PS: You just read 1581 words. That is 1/16 of John Siracusa's.


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LAMY Safari Fountain Pen

For a while now I have wondered what the hype about these LAMY pens is all about. The best way to find out of course is to buy one and try it, so that is exactly what I did. The pen writes great, looks amazing, and seems quite simple to replace the cartriges. The company LAMY has a wide selection of fountain pens, but the Safari is by far one of the most popular due to it's affordable price of around $25-$30 USD.

Unboxing Video

Using The Pen


What's in My Dock? February 2012 Edition 

In this video, I let you see what I have in my dock and the applications that I use day-to-day. This includes Photoshop, iMovie, iTunes and Pages, plus and a whole lot more. Enjoy!