Through the eye of a Mac browser

View your site in Safari without having either a Mac or Safari – not bad!

You pass it the URL of the site you want to view in Safari, and on Dan’s Mac it loads the page in Safari, takes a screenshot and posts it to the web, where it remains for 24 hours for you to check.

The machine was getting a complete battering on Wednesday, which is when I saw it, but since then, traffic seems to have calmed down considerably, and the turnaround speed is high.

Match this with the news last week of being able to run multiple versions of IE on the same Windows machine, and web designers’ lives are getting a lot lot easier.

Remember, this is a free service being run by Dan Vine, so please click on the ad links and send him some extra money. This is a great service for those of us who don’t have access to Safari at all.

Website redesign! Work in progress – it looks pretty bad in IE (especially Win98 and 2000), but ace in Mozilla-based browsers, and not too bad in Konqueror, Safari and on WinXP.

Way to start the working day: A nice cup of tea followed by “Main Offender” by The Hives.

Anyway, despite internal protestations nearly a full year has passed since last December, meaning not only that Christmas is a short while away, but also that my birthday approacheth. All of which means my mind is being drawn inexorably to think about presents. Sad, but true; and whilst a new laptop (or in fact just any old laptop) would be very nice, it’s also just as unlikely.

So here are Some Things Off The Top Of My Head Which I’d Quite Like, on sites other than Amazon:

Viewtiful Joe
Kill Bill Vol.1 Soundtrack
Golden Sun 2: The Lost Age
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Castle in the Sky

Sourcesafe is shit.

Using the built-in Sourcesafe 5.0 text-file editor appends random characters to the end of a file. Quaility. Thanks for fucking up my Java classes Sourcesafe!

Whilst doing some cursory work at home (Windows XP) on my new weblog design (I promise I’ll move one day!) I realised that the page title was perfectly smooth and rounded, despite being quite large, and being plain text. I was very pleased with this, thinking I had in some way contributed to it by use of good colour and @em@s for sizing.

So imagine my disappointment when I came into work to look at the same page in Windows 2000 at found that it was horridly jagged,

After testing on another machine I confirmed that it was the XP/2K difference which was changing the smoothing, and I assume this is because of ClearType.

I’d always thought that ClearType only affected LCD monitors, but clearly CRT benefits in just the same way.

(I’d like to have included some screenshots, but my XP access has been cruelly snatched away from me here at work)