Entries from January 2005

So this is the New Year

It’s finally time to shimmy the last vestiges of the holidays out of the system and get down to business. Well, if posting to my site could be considered business, that is.

All told, my holidays were quite lovely, thanks. There was lots of visiting, lots of hanging out with friends and family, and much partaking of the “you’re a lucky bastard / don’t take any of this for granted” yuletide epiphanies that somehow makes the holidays even more enjoyable. I stared down a mason’s brick of fruit cake and won, and managed to make it through another freezing winter without losing my sense of humour. Let’s hear it for highs of -40° Celsius with the wind chill!

Okay, that’s enough of that. Consider this to be more of a big-toe-in-the-water test post than anything substantial. My weblogging mojo was weakened a bit from too much time slumming it Franco-Ukrainian style in Winnipeg.

In other words: Helllooo, 2005!

G5-optimized Firefox nightly builds

July 7th: Thanks to the wily geek powers of Voon Siong Wong, we now have a reasonably consistent source for nightly Firefox G5 builds. Voon was nice enough to allow me to link directly to his builds from here, as quite a few people have this page bookmarked. I’ll update this page with new build links as they appear.

You might want to check out the mozillazine thread, too.

firefoxI’ve started building G5-optimized Firefox again, this time pulling from the latest nightly code. Thanks to everyone who sent in compliments, complaints, and feedback on the previous set of builds.

For those who missed it the first time around, these unofficial builds have been created with optimizations for Apple’s G5 processor, found in the more recent Powermacs and the latest iMac models. They should be faster and more responsive than the official builds. You can read more about these builds and comments from users in the initial post.

Keep in mind that because these builds are being created from the most recent, mostly untested Firefox code, there will be bugs, missing features, and other stuff. In other words:

If you are not comfortable using pre-release software, don’t use these builds.

» G5-optimized Firefox nightly builds continues...

Current State of Mind


Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there’s a message in my Alphabits. It says, “Oooooo.” Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.

21 Years of the Macintosh

mac128k.jpgToday marks the 21st anniversary of the introduction of the Macintosh, which was launched on January 24, 1984 accompanied by the now famous Ridley Scott directed Super Bowl commercial. I remember this vaguely - I was only 13 at the time, after all. Our first family computer was an Apple ][+ we used to play Breakout and Castle Wolfenstein on, so we were familiar with the Apple name.

To celebrate this milestone, TextLab has posted a video to their weblog of Steve Jobs introducing the Macintosh to Apple shareholders from that day:

Fear not, faithful Mac believers. We have found it. We have found what seems to be the only copy of a public TV broadcast on that very day. It was recorded and preserved by Scott Knaster, the “legendary Mac hacker”, as Amazon puts it. Scott kept the tape (a NTSC Betamax III longplay) for 21 years since he keeps everything. Andy Hertzfeld saw it when he wrote the story “The Times They Are A-Changin’” on folklore.org. From there we followed the hints, and that’s how we found it.

We worked with Scott to convert it from NTSC to PAL, we’ve polished it, cleaned it, huged it and digitzed it. Here it is. It goes back to the people who’ve made the Macintosh, and to the world. The complete material of about 2 hours is returned to Scott, Andy and the folklore.org people, and this weblog will report the story of the “missing 1984 video” in detail. We’ll release other clips in the coming days, so bookmark and check back.

They’ve been looking for people to mirror the video as their servers are getting massacred (they got Slashdotted, c|net’ed, and linked to by pretty much every Mac fan boy out there), and who am I to resist?

So, here it is: a very young-looking Steven P. Jobs introducing the Macintosh. Chariots of Fire never sounded so good.

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